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  • Syrian Refugees Need Help, not Hatred

    Race and Immigration December 2, 2015 at 3:37 pm 0 comments

    As a former refugee, the response to the Syrian refugee crisis from government officials has been disheartening. With more than 4 million refugees, the U.S.’ commitment to admit merely 10,000 refugees is pitiful. As the richest and most powerful nation in the world, it is our duty to help others […]

  • A Blow to “Civil Death”: Kentucky Governor Restores the Right to Vote for Ex-Felons

    Criminal Justice, Voting and Elections December 1, 2015 at 7:13 pm 0 comments

    Over 150,000 non-violent ex-felons now have the right to vote in Kentucky, thanks to an executive order signed by Governor Steve Beshear on Tuesday. The Democratic Governor’s term ends in only two weeks, but believes this order is an important legacy to leave behind. In a press conference on Tuesday, […]

  • First Amendment on Private Campuses

    Amicus, Education, First Amendment, Race December 1, 2015 at 9:14 am 0 comments

    I. Introduction If you want to confuse a roomful of law students, teach them First Amendment doctrine. Courts have struggled over the years to develop a consistent jurisprudence, instead creating “a vast Sargasso Sea of drifting and entangled values, theories, rules, exceptions, predilections.”[1] Recent events at places such as the […]

  • Weekly News Roundup: 11/30

    Weekly News Roundup November 30, 2015 at 11:13 am 0 comments

    The Racist Legacy of Woodrow Wilson Dick Lehr, in The Atlantic, looks at the racist legacy of Woodrow Wilson with a particular focus on President Wilson’s “unprecedented segregation in federal offices”. Mr. Lehr’s piece coincides with arguments made by the Black Justice League at Princeton University. The Black Justice League […]

  • Losing Faith in Religious Arbitration

    Amicus, First Amendment November 21, 2015 at 8:39 pm 0 comments

    It is no secret the Supreme Court of the United States is both generally hostile to class action lawsuits and gives great deference to arbitration clauses. The use of arbitration clauses is becoming so ubiquitous that the public is beginning to take notice. The New York Times has recently published […]

  • Detained Without Due Process: Is Indefinite Immigration Detention Unconstitutional?

    Courts, Human Rights, Race and Immigration November 21, 2015 at 1:19 pm 0 comments

    Every year, the United States holds hundreds of thousands of immigrants in detention centers across the country. These individuals are subjected to prolonged periods of incarceration in a complex network of prisons and jails, where there is little oversight to ensure that conditions are humane and detention is not arbitrary. […]

  • The Battle For the Soul of Campus

    Amicus, Education, First Amendment, Race November 13, 2015 at 9:33 pm 0 comments

      What do the protests at Missouri and elsewhere have to say about the fight over future of the university experience?   Recently, the University of Missouri erupted in protests calling for the resignation of President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. The campus erupted in celebration as Wolfe […]

  • The End of Family Detention?

    Race and Immigration November 13, 2015 at 7:42 am 0 comments

    The past few months have been a whirlwind for immigrant-rights activists working to end government detention of families at the border. In July, Judge Dolly Gee of the Federal District Court for the Central District of California ruled that the Obama administration’s blanket policy of detaining all female-headed immigrant families, […]

  • Weekly New Roundup: 11/9

    Supreme Court Heard Black Juror Exclusion Case Timothy T. Foster, a black man, was charged with murdering Queen Madge White, a white woman and subsequently convicted by an all-white jury. Decades after this case, Foster challenged the striking of prospective jurors because of their race. The case, Foster v. Chatman, […]

  • Is Uber Illegal? A recap of the conversation with Shannon Liss-Riordan on employment rights in the digital age

    Uncategorized November 3, 2015 at 1:55 pm 0 comments

    Last week, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review hosted a conversation with Shannon Liss-Riordan about the legality of Uber classifying drivers as independent contractors instead of as employees. Liss-Riordan is an attorney at Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C., a plaintiffs’-side employment and union-side law firm. She is currently representing Uber drivers […]

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