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
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
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
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
On December 17th, 2014, the nonprofit organization Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) filed suit in the Massachusetts District Court against Harvard College, alleging racial discrimination in its admissions policy. However, the targets of the allegedly discriminatory practice are Asian Americans, a group that most people
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
There has been considerable coverage on the new Harvard University sexual harassment policy. On Oct. 15, a group of 28 HLS faculty members published this op-ed in the Boston Globe arguing that the new university policy 1) violates principles of Due Process, 2) inappropriately expanded prohibited
In the midst of rising racial tensions at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, the controversial figure at the center of the drama has come to Harvard Law School. Richard Sanders, infamously known for his strong stance against affirmative
And in the wake of Valentine’s Day, the battle for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties rages on:
“Federal Judge Struck Down Va. Gay-Marriage Ban” – Washington Post
A Valentine’s Day gift from the courts: a step towards marriage equality in Virginia. In the wake of United States v. Windsor, Utah, Oklahoma, Ohio, Kentucky and now Virginia have sided with same-sex marriage proponents.
“Florida Self-Defense Law Complicated Jury’s Job in Michael Dunn Trial” – NYT
Yet another black teen slain in Florida. Yet another jury failed to recognize the value of a black boy’s life. This weekend saw a flurry of articles on this topic; however, this particular article discusses the broader implications of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.
Video – “Being Black at UCLA Law” – Huffington Post
As part of an awareness campaign, black students at UCLA Law School highlight the lack of diversity on campus and its effects. The viral video is being referred to as “33,” the number of black students in a total student body of over 1,000. (Ironically (or perhaps, not so ironically), UCLA Law is also home to Richard Sanders, a staunch critic of affirmative action. Sanders will be at Harvard Law S