Freedom from restraint, slavery, or imprisonment, and the power to follow one's own will within the limits set by the law or society.
An abbreviation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people or groups.
A document from a court to a foreign court requesting some type of judicial assistance. Often used to ask the foreign court to serve process on, or take evidence from, someone in the foreign jurisdiction. Also known as rogatory letters or letters rogatory.
A legal doctrine that prevents legislators from being sued for actions performed and decisions made in the course of serving in government. This doctrine does not protect legislators from criminal prosecution, nor does it relieve them from responsibility for actions outside the scope of their office.
Currency that is issued by a government. Checks, credit cards, and other noncash payments are generally not legal tender.
In accordance with and not in violation of the law; having any relation to the law.
A requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that school districts place disabled children in the classroom setting that best meets their individual needs, rather than automatically assume that a special class or school is the best option. In many cases, the least restrictive environment, or LRE, is a regular classroom with nondisabled children (also known as mainstreaming), with additional services provided to help the disabled child succeed at school.
A lawful permanent resident is a non-citizen who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, a person is granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a "green card."
Lawful permanent residents may leave the U.S. multiple times and reenter, as long as they do not intend to stay outside the U.S. for 1 year or more. Staying outside of the country for more than one year (without a re-entry permit) may result in loss of permanent resident status.
The body of rules, regulations, and laws that govern a country or jurisdiction. The United States Constitution declares itself "the supreme law of the land."