Category Archives: Authority on Legal Laws

Larkin & Lacey

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The Southern Poverty Law Center is an organization that addresses the issues of children’s rights, LGBT rights, immigrant justice, economic justice and criminal action reform. The SPLC was founded in 1971, and is a non-profit that seeks tolerance for vulnerable people in society, fights hate and teaches tolerance.

The SPLC monitors the activities of extremists and hate groups across America, such as neo-Nazis, racist skinheads, Black separatists, neo-Confederates, the Ku Klux Klan, Christian identity adherents, anti-government militias, etc. On their website, they provide an interactive map of the United States that shows where these groups reside.

On the interactive map, each group or organization is given a classification. Such classifications include “General Hate,” “Hate Music,””Black Separatist,” “Racist Skinhead,””Ku Klux Klan,” “Holocaust Denial,” “Radical Traditional Catholicism,” “Anti-Muslim,” “Neo-Nazi,””Neo-Confederate League of the South,” “Anti-Immigrant,” “Nation of Islam,” “Christian Identity,” “Anti-LGBT” and “White Nationalist.” Read more: Jim | Twitter and Michael Larcey | Twitter

The SPLC has a variety of educational material available to promote tolerance. They have 75 lawyers and advocates on staff to help with civil rights cases. Throughout 2016 and 2017, one of the their main issues of concern has been the presidency of Donald Trump, and what it may imply for the rights of individuals. The SPLC is concerned about anti-immigrant and anti-minority sentiment, as well as general racial tensions, that may exist as a result of Trump’s presidential campaign.

The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund is an organization that promotes the rights of immigrants, free speech and the Hispanic community. It supports organizations that support these causes. Some of the organizations that it supports include Aliento, 1070, American Immigration Council, Arizona Justice Project, Justice for Immigrants and Families Project, Owl and Panther/Hopi Foundation, Kino Border Initiative, Can the Border Divide Us?, Promise Arizona, Si Se Puede Foundation, Phoenix Immigrant Justice Project and many others.

Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin wrote for the New Phoenix Times, known by the mainstream media as a non-threatening and offbeat publication. The New Phoenix Times published stories about local corruption, mismanagement of funds, the poor treatment of inmates in jail and anti-Mexican fear mongering.

As a result, the Maricopa County prosecutors unlawfully sent subpoenas to the New Phoenix Times, demanding information about everyone who worked for the publication and its readers. They even demanded personal info such as the browsing histories of the publication’s readers. Larkin and Lacey refused to succumb to the subpoenas. Instead, as always, they wrote about the injustice and published it.

The county retaliated by throwing them into jail in 2007. Their situation received a lot of attention, which led to them being quickly let out of jail. For years, Larkin and Lacey were involved in a court trial pertaining to this event that lasted until 2013, when they received a $3.7 million settlement from the county. They used the $3.7 million to establish the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund.

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June 22, 2017

Sujit Choudhry – Firm Believer in the Methodologies of Comparative Law

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Sujit Choudhry is the man with international repute in the field of comparative law and has law degrees from Toronto University, Harvard Law School, and the Oxford School of Law. It reflects upon his important qualification and experience in the field of law. Sujit Choudhry was also the Rhode Scholar at Harvard and has served as a law clerk under Antonio Lamer, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

In an interview with Lynn Fosse, Senior Editor of CEOCFO Magazine, Sujit Choudhry said that traveling the globe and studying law at different universities has helped him get a broader perspective on the loopholes that have manifested in the legal systems across the world. It is because of this reason he started Center of Constitutional Transitions, which is one of its good institutes that discusses and propagates knowledge and information about comparative law worldwide.

He said in the interview that it is essential for the governments across the world to realize that the legal systems need necessary change as they move forward, and it can be done with ease with the help of comparative law. Comparative law is what helps understand the similarities and differences in different legal systems practiced around the world. Once these attributes are recognized, it can be worked out by the countries if they are eager to make the necessary changes. Sujit Choudhry also mentioned in the interview that working for different democracies helped add to his knowledge and expertise as a legal consultant.   For the full interview, click

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Presently, Sujit Choudhry is the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at Berkeley Law College. He has in the past also served as dean of the Berkeley law. He has even worked as a professor at the Toronto University and NYU School of Law, based on   Sujit Choudhry also feels that he should have formed an organization much earlier in his career that would bring research scholars, practitioners, and legal experts together. It would have helped in generating knowledge of the immense importance and could have assisted in spreading the awareness about comparative law much sooner. Sujit Choudhry is also the consulting member at the World Bank Institute and United Nations Development Program.  Related article on

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June 1, 2017

Director Sujit Choudhry: The Founder of the Center for Constitutional Transitions

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Sujit Choudhry is the director and founder of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. Additionally, he is the I. Michael Heyman Law Professor at Berkeley School of Law, University of California. Previously, he was the Cecelia Goetz Law Professor at the University of New York and the Scholl Chair at Toronto University. He is internationally recognized for his authority in politics and comparative constitutional law. Professor Choudhry has spoken in more than two dozen countries. More importantly, he combines immerse research agenda and has detailed field experience in the process of constitution building in Jordan, Egypt, South Africa, Nepal, Libya, Ukraine, Tunisia, and Sri Lanka. He is a holder of Law degrees from Harvard, Toronto, and Oxford. Based on

Professor Choudhry and Comparative Constitutional Law Research

Professor Choudhry’s research focuses on a wide range of politics and comparative constitutional law related topics such as constitutional design in societies divided by ethnicity, constitutional design as a transition management tool, secession and decentralization, federalism, constitutional courts, semi-presidentialism, group and minority rights, official language policy, proportionality and bills of rights, constitution building, constitutional design transitions to democratic rule from authoritarian, basic methodological questions in comparative constitutional law study and security sector oversight. Sujit Choudhry has extensively written on Canadian constitutional law.

Currently, Professor Sujit Choudhry is looking forward to completing three large thematic and collaborative research projects in collaboration with International IDEA. He broadly reads about comparative constitutional law and comparative politics because much of his work focuses on bridging the two fields. Some of his best reads include Andreas Wimmer, Lucan Way, and Steve Levitsky.   For more of Sujit’s blog, follow him on his page.

According to Professor Choudhry, constitutional process, interpretation, and design in various contexts of legal transitions remain to be big questions of concern in comparative law. Some projects he has worked on under this theme include what people can learn from Europe’s liberal democracy breakdown for contemporary debates concerning democratic deconsolidation. Also, how popular and elite constitution-making can be hybridized in post-conflict and post-authoritarian constitutional transitions, constitutional courts analysis of proportionality in post-authoritarian democracies, ways to blend accommodationist and integrationist approaches to the constitutional design of societies divided by ethnicity, negotiated democratic rule transitions and transitional justice tradeoff. Professor Choudhry’s message to young public law scholars, junior faculty members, and doctoral candidates is that this is the moment for the comparative constitutional law. Refer to to read an additional article.  The American exceptionalism legend has been punctured and more than ever, comparative experience has increasingly become important to mainstream political and legal analysis.

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May 17, 2017