• Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole: Amicus Brief Personalizes Choice

    Amicus, Courts, Reproductive Rights January 29, 2016 at 6:14 pm 0 comments

    In March, the Supreme Court will hear Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, which is likely to be the most important abortion case decided by the court in nearly 25 years. This time, a compelling amicus brief in which female attorneys share their personal experiences with abortion may influence the Court’s […]

  • A History of Trump in Five Acts

    How the GOP created the candidate(s) who could destroy the party by Adam Mills   I. Our Wallace Many commentators have picked up on the striking similarities between Donald Trump and George Wallace. “Both candidates prospered by milking their followers’ sense of powerlessness,” wrote Jack Shafer recently for Politico. He continued: Never […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • When Housing Covenants Go Too Far

    Amicus, Issue Areas October 29, 2015 at 8:16 pm 0 comments

    Could a co-op require homeowners to consist primarily “of German extraction?” While this question may sound like a case straight out of the Civil Rights era, a homeowner in Yaphank, New York filed a lawsuit last week challenging a co-op bylaw that contained such a provision. Yaphank, a bucolic hamlet […]

  • Student Loan Crisis: Loan Servicers and Deeper Systemic Issues

    Popular news sites regularly post articles about the “student loan bubble” or “student loan crisis” with varying degrees of alarm at the problem and differing perspectives on the causes and solutions. Recent governmental reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provide some excellent hard […]

  • A Gift from My Parents

    Amicus, Race, Race and Immigration October 8, 2015 at 10:02 am 0 comments

    I had the talk with my parents when I started high school. No, not that talk you are thinking of right now. They wanted to talk about institutional racism in America. Specifically, they thought it was imperative for me to understand the bias against Asian applicants during the college application […]

  • Upholding the Foundation of the Fair Housing Act

    Amicus, Courts, Poverty and Economic Justice, Race April 21, 2015 at 10:10 pm 0 comments

    At the height of the Great Society in 1968, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), a piece of legislation aimed at ending housing discrimination. For the past thirty-seven years, every federal appellate court has interpreted discrimination under the FHA as providing both for claims of intentional discrimination and disparate […]

  • A Vicious Cycle: The System Behind Police Brutality

    Amicus, Criminal Justice, Race December 7, 2014 at 4:01 pm 0 comments

    Like many others, I have been moved to write about the recent police killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. The reaction to these events has been well covered on Amicus and I urge the reader to look to other sources for a more comprehensive conception of the many factors that […]

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