The Harvard admissions trial isn’t the only place where impact litigators are working to undermine affirmative action and school desegregation policies. In February of 2018, Lawyers from the Pacific Legal Foundation, a California-based legal organization, descended on Hartford, Connecticut to litigate Robinson v. Wentzell, an
The Trump administration is poised to enact sweeping changes to American immigration policy by drastically restricting who is eligible for green cards and eventual citizenship.
Under longstanding law, the “General Classes of Aliens Ineligible to Receive Visas and Ineligible for Admission” have included “[a]ny alien who,
Our criminal justice system acts punitively long after the sentence ends. Most notably, harsh laws continue to punish those convicted of sex offenses throughout their lives. Banished, a recent piece from the Marshall Project, describes the literal ostracism of those convicted of sex offenses from
The ability to vote has been a crucial tenet of American democracy, and one that has unfortunately been denied to too many in our history. This draconian practice of permanently stripping individuals of their ability to access the ballot will only further ostracize those who
The Trump Administration plans to quietly undo a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation banning health care providers and insurers from discriminating against trans patients.
To this day, no federal law explicitly prohibits health care discrimination against LGBTQ people (no federal law explicitly prohibits
In the upcoming November election, Floridians will have the opportunity to vote on proposed Amendment 4—a grassroots, citizen-created amendment—which, if approved, will restore voting eligibility to people with prior felony convictions once they have fully completed all portions of their court imposed sentence. The Amendment
What is the purpose of the public school? Professor Justin Driver of the University of Chicago Law School tackles this question in his new book, The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, The Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind, a comprehensive survey of the
Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
Graham Sternberg co-authored this week’s round-up with David Shea.
This week the Supreme Court upheld a North Dakota voting law that disproportionately impacts Native Americans, a women’s prison in Arizona failed to provide the most basic of
Holistic admissions policies like Harvard’s have repeatedly been found constitutional, and the law applies similarly here. However, the narrow legal formalism of the courtroom does not allow for meaningful adjudication or discussion of diversity and bias in admissions.
In her speech supporting Kavanaugh’s nomination, Senator Susan Collins’s support turned on “[his] presumption of innocence, and fairness.” While Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick were not afforded any semblance of a fair hearing or investigation process, millions of people facing the