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The fall edition of The Legal Eagle is now available. The Legal Eagle’s fall issue contains articles on ranked-choice votinglife without parole for juveniles, remote learning & privacy and student free speech. A PDF of The fall issue can be downloaded or individual articles can be read and printed out from The Legal Eagle’s blog, The Lowdown.

Any questions, contact the editor of The Legal Eagle, Jodi L. Miller. She can be reached via email at jmiller@njsbf.org.

Here are the headlines from the fall 2021 issue:

Understanding Ranked-Choice Voting

Recently, voters in New York City used ranked-choice voting (RCV) to select the winner of the Democratic primary race for mayor. While New York may be the largest U.S. city to have adopted this form of voting, it’s not alone. READ MORE

Supreme Court Takes on the Case of the Cursing Cheerleader

Imagine if your high school drama became the subject of a U.S. Supreme Court decision. That’s what happened in June 2021 when the Court decided Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., which considered how the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution applies to the free speech rights of public school students outside of school grounds. READ MORE

Balancing Remote Learning and Student Privacy

In 2020, when schools across the country were forced to abruptly disband in-person learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school districts, administrators and teachers scrambled to find technological solutions that would allow for online learning from students’ homes. READ MORE

Juvenile Sentencing at the U.S. Supreme Court

For decades, the U.S. Supreme Court has treated the issue of sentencing juveniles differently than the sentencing of convicted adults. Since 2005, the Court has decided five prominent cases dealing with juvenile defendants in the criminal justice system. With the latest case, Jones v. Mississippi, decided in April 2021, the Court went in a slightly different direction. READ MORE

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