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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 cemented many of the bedrock federal protections against discrimination in this country.

President Barack Obama delivered a speech Thursday at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, marking 50 years of the Civil Rights Act opening "doors of opportunity for millions of Americans," including himself, The New York Times reports.

What exactly is the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and what does it cover?

What Are the Rules on Cell Phone Use in Court?

There are a lot of rules out there for cell phone use, but what are the rules for using cell phones in court?

Even though you can now cell phones (in "airplane" mode) when you fly, some courts have more stringent rules and may even prohibit cell phones altogether. In one notable case, a lady whose cell phone rang loudly during a trial was held in contempt of court -- though that was later overturned on appeal.

So can you use a cell phone in court? Here are some general pointers:

How Do You Find Free Legal Aid?

Legal services can be expensive, but for some issues, there may be free legal aid available. But how do you find free legal aid?

Here's a general overview about how to qualify for free legal aid and where to find it:

NYC Can Bar Churches From Public Schools: 2nd Cir.

The fight over a New York City policy that bars church services in public schools took another legal twist this week. A federal appeals court held the ban did not violate the right to free exercise of religion, reversing a lower court's ruling.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that the ban did not compel NYC officials to make decisions that "constitute excessive entanglement with religion," as a lower court had found.

What does this ruling mean for religious groups and for NYC's public schools?

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down aggregate campaign contribution limits for individuals, clearing the way for wealthy donors to support more candidates, political parties, and political action committees.

In McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the High Court ruled 5-4 that federal laws which placed a limit on the total amount an individual can contribute to federal candidates, parties, and PACs every two years -- currently $123,200, according to USA Today -- were unconstitutional.

Here are five key points to take away from the Supreme Court's campaign contribution ruling:

5 Legal Tips for Parents of Autistic Children

As many as one in 68 children in the United States may have autism, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

From your child's right to educational accommodations to different types of alternative dispute resolution, parents of autistic children are often unfamiliar with the legal protections in place to protect their children's access to education.

In honor of National Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day, here are five introductory and education-focused legal tips for parents of autistic children:

A federal appellate court has upheld Texas' recently enacted abortion laws, including requirements for abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision overturns a lower court's ruling which found that the Texas law was unconstitutional because it placed an "undue burden" on a woman's right to legally terminate a pregnancy.

What does this ruling mean for women in Texas and nationwide?

A Minnesota school has agreed to fork over $70,000 for demanding a sixth-grader reveal her Facebook password.

Riley Stratton, now 15, painfully remembers when Minnewaska school officials cornered her over a Facebook post and threatened her with suspension, reports the Star Tribune. The confrontation ended with Stratton relinquishing her password, but thanks to the ACLU's intervention, its ultimate end was the school cutting a check.

What were the legal reasons behind the school's Facebook password settlement?

What is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act? It's at the center of two Obamacare-related U.S. Supreme Court cases scheduled for oral argument Tuesday.

While the First Amendment guarantees persons the free exercise of religion, there are other legal protections for religious rights -- including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which has been the subject of recent court cases.

So what exactly is the RFRA?

What Are 'Ag Gag' Laws?

So-called "ag gag" laws have allowed some states to muzzle animal rights activists, barring them from taking pictures or videos at livestock facilities.

But many of these laws are being challenged in court. In the latest challenge, the American Civil Liberties Union is fighting back against Idaho's "ag gag" law, citing illegal constraints on First Amendment rights, Reuters reports.

So what are "ag gag" laws?