Sixth Circuit Review

Volume 80 (2019)


STUDENT COMMENTARY

Corpus Linguistics: Just Another Tool in the Sixth Circuit Toolbox?

Andria Dorsten Ebert.

This Student Commentary reviews corpus linguistics, an approach to studying language that uses electronic collections of linguistic date known as corpora, in the Sixth Circuit. The commentary reviews corpus linguistics as an approach to textual analysis and how this analysis has reached the Sixth Circuit in two recent cases. Read Dorsten Ebert’s full commentary here.

 

To Be Decided: Because of Sex or Not?

Meagan Dimond.

This Student Commentary reviews the Sixth Circuit’s holding in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., a case currently under review as part of a triad of cases before the Supreme Court. This commentary explores the underlying arguments presented in the case and the potential implications of the Supreme Court’s decision. Read Dimond’s full commentary here.

 

Ermold v. Davis and Judicial Shortcuts: Avoiding Tiers-of-Scrutiny Analysis in Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Andria Dorsten Ebert.

This Student Commentary reviews the Sixth Circuit’s opinions in three cases centered around Kim Davis and her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court ruling in 2015. This commentary uses these cases to address the issue of what level of scrutiny, if any, should apply in same-sex marriage discrimination cases. Read Dorsten Ebert’s full commentary here.

 

Are Online Spaces “Places of Public Accommodation” Under the ADA? It Is Still Unclear in the Sixth Circuit

Meagan Dimond.

This Student Commentary reviews the American with Disabilities Act and whether online spaces fall within the ADA’s provisions on public accommodations. This commentary explores this issue in relation to the Sixth Circuit’s August decision, Brintley v. Aeroquip Credit Union, where the Court determined the plaintiff lacked Article III standing to bring her ADA case. Read Dimond’s full commentary here.