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FindLaw's Favorite Laws, From Free Horses to Free Presses

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on September 01, 2015 12:58 PM

You can't work with the law, write about the law, and help people with the law every day without coming to love at least some of those laws. We here at FindLaw love the law.

Luckily, laws aren't like your children. You're allowed to pick favorites. (And pick your least favorites, too. We're looking at you, Rule Against Perpetuities.) Here are some of our favorite laws, constitutional provisions, and cases, from the FindLaw staff:

The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971: This Act doesn't make headline news very often. You'll rarely see it in a law school textbook. But for a wildlife advocate like myself, the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act is one of those unheralded, essential environmental laws that help keep the wilderness wild. The Act protects wild horses and burros on public lands, makes sure resources are set aside for their use, and keeps them from being corralled, branded, or killed.

Fisher v. Lowe: You wouldn't expect a state appellate decision on small fender bender to be "the greatest legal decision of all time," but that's exactly how Affiliate Manager for Consumer Injury, Kevin Ramey, describes it. He's not being entirely hyperbolic either. The entire opinion is written in rhyming verse. A quick excerpt:

A wayward Chevy struck a tree

Whose owner sued defendants three.

He sued car's owner, driver too

And insurer for what was due.

The Twenty-First Amendment: Raise your glass to the 21st and Chris Coble, FindLaw's Senior Writer for Consumer Blogs, will certainly join you. This amendment ended the country's brief experiment with Prohibition and made it legal to imbibe once again. The amendment inspired the name of the 21st Amendment brewery, just a stone's throw from FindLaw's Silicon Valley offices. It also keeps Coble's home brewing hobby legal.

Boozing aside, the 21st Amendment stands out among others as being the only constitutional amendment which repealed another and the only amendment ever adopted through state ratifying conventions. Keep the 21st in mind as you celebrate 5 U.S.C. § 6103 this weekend -- that's the law making Labor Day a federal holiday.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act: Steve Tanner's favorite law isn't a law just yet. FindLaw's Senior Writer for Consumer Core Content says the Employment Non-Discrimination Act "has been kicked around for way too long." ENDA, which has been before Congress in various forms since 1994, would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. "It's amazing to me that in 2015, LGBT people can still be fired, demoted, or otherwise treated unfairly on the basis of their sexual orientation," Tanner writes. We couldn't agree more!

The First Amendment: It's the last on our list but first among the Bill of Rights for a reason. The First Amendment protects some of America's greatest freedoms, including freedom of speech, religion, and the press. It makes sense, then, that the First Amendment is FindLaw Managing Editor Tanya Roth's favorite law. "It is the sold brick foundation of our democracy," she writes, "and without it, I'd be out of a job."

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