Issue Areas

  • Separate But Unequal: Is Access to Charter Schools a Civil Right?

    Education, Poverty and Economic Justice April 17, 2015 at 10:01 am 0 comments

    The controversial and polarizing charter school debate could soon become a civil rights battle in Massachusetts, where three lawyers prepare to mount a legal challenge to the state’s charter school cap. Currently, Massachusetts law limits the number of charter schools to 72 and total enrollment to 30,034. It also restricts […]

  • April 13, 2015: Weekly News Roundup

    F.B.I. Begins Civil Rights Investigation into Police Beating of Suspect in California On Friday, ten San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were placed on paid leave after a news camera taped them attacking a fleeing suspect. The suspect, Francis Pusok, attempted to flee pursuing authorities on horseback following a high-speed chase […]

  • Indiana’s Amended RFRA: Back to Square One for LGBT Hoosiers?

    LGBTQ Rights, Uncategorized April 10, 2015 at 3:15 pm 0 comments

    Last week, Stephen Silva wrote an article critiquing the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) for opening the door to increased LGBT discrimination in the state. As it turned out, many Americans shared his concerns. The public response in the week following the law’s enactment was overwhelmingly negative: interest groups and […]

  • Religious Liberty and the Unsafe Space Movement

    LGBTQ Rights April 5, 2015 at 1:42 am 0 comments

    There is nothing new about statewide Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (“RFRA”). After the Supreme Court held that the federal RFRA did not apply to the states, about two dozen states in the South and Midwest passed statewide versions of the federal law preventing any religiously neutral law from infringing upon […]

  • Where Gay Rights Meet Gender Wrongs

    With an ever-growing list of accomplishments—from state nondiscrimination laws to inevitable nationwide marriage to prominent positions in society and government—gay Americans and the Gay Agenda continue building momentum toward full equality. And women have played a major role in creating a society that’s better for gay men. Straight female allies […]

  • Reality TV and the Construction of Crime

    Criminal Justice, Race March 27, 2015 at 9:42 pm 0 comments

    On March 15, entertainment and reality intersected during the final episode of HBO’s six-part documentary, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.” The documentary, which examined Robert Durst’s life and his connection to three separate murders, made television history during its finale by broadcasting a murder confession on […]

  • Pitfalls of Online Education

    Education March 18, 2015 at 10:32 pm 0 comments

    In recent years, an increasing number of institutions have publicly offered university-level courses online for free. Elite institutions such as Harvard and Yale have recorded a number of their undergraduate courses and posted them online. Specialized providers of massive open online course (MOOC) have also emerged, ranging from for-profit organization […]

  • Does the LSAT Discriminate Against the Visually Impaired?

    Education, Uncategorized March 14, 2015 at 10:58 am 0 comments

    Last week, Richard Bernstein, the newest member of the Michigan Supreme Court, visited Harvard Law School to give a lunchtime speech entitled, “Justice Is Blind.” Bernstein, the only blind Justice ever elected to the Michigan Supreme Court, reflected on how that hardship shaped his character, giving him the empathy he believes […]

  • The Role of Violence in Ferguson

    Violence is more than just looting and fist fighting, but a harsh and rude disruption of the order of things. Can the whole of America be forced to wrestle with America’s most insidious problem absent violence of some sort considering the almost religious aversion to dealing with the continuing legacy of racism?

  • Bedford, Feminism and Prostitution in Canada

    Criminal Justice, Sex Equality March 6, 2015 at 10:01 am 0 comments

    In Canada v. Bedford (2013), the Supreme Court of Canada declared Canada’s existing prostitution laws unconstitutional and gave the Canadian government one year to redraft the existing statutes. Subsequently, the Court’s decision has provided an opportunity for feminists to discuss their competing conceptions of prostitution and of women in the […]