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Department of Education Releases New Title IX Regulations  

June 30th, 2022

On June 23, 2022, fifty years to the day after President Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Dr. Miguel Cardona, President Biden’s Secretary of Education, announced the much-anticipated 2022 Title IX Regulations, the fulfillment of Biden’s March 8, 2020 Executive Order guaranteeing an educational environment free from sex discrimination for all students. 

What the Dobbs Decision Means for Family Law in Pennsylvania

June 30th, 2022

On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark cases Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which have guaranteed the right to abortion for nearly five decades. How could this impact Family Law?

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Sparks Nationwide Employment Concerns

June 30th, 2022

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, changes in state laws will impact health care plans and other employment policies across the country.

A Proposed Amendment to Pennsylvania’s Constitution Could Have Huge Impact on Assisted Reproduction if Passed

June 30th, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique circumstances and dilemmas surrounding Assisted Reproductive Technology.

U.S. Supreme Court Gives Win to Football Coach in Prayer Case  

June 30th, 2022

On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District that a Washington state public school district cannot prohibit a high school football coach from praying at the 50-yard line after a game.

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Bill to Bar Transgender Athletes from Girls’ Sports 

June 21st, 2022

IOn June 6, the Pennsylvania Senate passed Senate Bill 1191, which would bar athletes who were male at birth from playing in girls’ sports programs. In a 30-20 vote primarily split along party lines, Republican proponents talked about safety and unfair competition issues, while those opposed framed the bill as an attack against transgender children.

Commonwealth Court Shields Disclosure of Right to Know Requests for Personal Contact Information

June 20th, 2022

On May 26, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled that personal contact information contained in requests submitted under the Right-to-Know Law may be exempted from disclosure. 

School Safety Requirements in Pennsylvania

June 8th, 2022

In the wake of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, school officials are once again hyperfocused on school safety. In Pennsylvania, Act 44 of 2018, enacted following the shooting at Parkland High School in Florida, established several school safety programs, notably the Safe2Say Something Program and mandatory safety training for school staff. 

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Holds Evidence of Bad Faith Through Municipal Actions Sanctionable Under Right-to-Know Law

June 6th, 2022

Pursuant to the Right-to-Know-Law, the Commonwealth Court finds a municipality’s unexcused failure to send requested documents until after the Office of Open Records’ ordered deadline, or with redactions, may demonstrate bad faith warranting an imposition of a civil penalty up to $1,500.

Will Changes to the 2020 Title IX Regulations Be Postponed?

May 10th, 2022

While educational institutions are holding their collective breath, anticipating the Department of Education (DOE) releasing its promised Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) detailing amendments to the existing 2020 Title IX Regulations, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals may have thrown a proverbial “wrench” into that release.