• Weekly News Roundup – Week of 1/25/2016

    Uncategorized January 28, 2016 at 10:50 am 0 comments

    Flint and Environmental Racism Flints water crisis continues to draw commentary as an example of regulatory failure and environmental racism. There have been a number of recent legal developments concerning the emergency, including civil suit. There has been sustained criticism of Governor Snyder. Here is a profile of a councilman […]

  • Medicaid Expansion: Early Signs Show Good News

    Uncategorized December 5, 2015 at 10:05 pm 0 comments

    Last spring, I argued that, “the economic and social arguments for Medicaid expansion are overwhelmingly positive.” A recent report from the Kaiser Health Foundation confirms this argument, and adds additional insight to the advantages of expanding Medicaid. The Kaiser report analyzed all 50 states’ Medicaid programs. In doing so, it […]

  • 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 […]

  • Weekly News Roundup: 11/2

    Developments at Spring Valley High School A federal civil rights investigation has been opened by the Department of Justice following the violent arrest of a student caught on video at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina. Deputy Ben Fields, the officer seen violently pulling the student from her desk […]

  • October 26, 2015: Weekly News Roundup

    Family Hires High-Profile Civil-Rights Lawyer after Roadside Shooting of Black Church Musician by Officer in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Corey Jones, a drummer who played in his church and in a band, finished a gig when his car broke down on the freeway exit ramp. Mr. Huntsberger, a fellow band […]

  • Conservative Value Abandoned by Conservative Legislatures

    Uncategorized October 24, 2015 at 3:43 pm 0 comments

    In 1964, Ronald Reagan addressed the country endorsing Barry Goldwater. This speech—“A Time for Choosing”—brought Mr. Reagan in to the national political spotlight. One line from the speech stands out: he outlined what he believed was a fundamental choice “whether we believe in our capacity for self government or whether […]

  • Systematic Civil Rights Violations Along the Border

    With the 2016 presidential primaries around the corner, immigration reform has been a common topic of conversation, with border security the central theme. However, frequently overlooked in this conversation are the consequences of devolving an overwhelming degree of power to Border Patrol agents, whom are subject to minimal accountability. Resisting […]

  • October 19, 2015: Weekly News Roundup

    Uncategorized October 19, 2015 at 5:13 pm 0 comments

    First Democratic Presidential Debate Last Tuesday, the first Democratic presidential debate was held. Many felt Hilary Clinton was the winner of the debate, but Bernie Sanders scored one of the most memorable moments of the night, when in response to a question about Clinton’s email scandal, he said “Let me […]

  • Supreme Blindness

    Uncategorized October 8, 2015 at 10:55 pm 0 comments

    In 1987, petitioner Warren McCleskey, a black man sentenced to death in Georgia, presented to the Supreme Court powerful evidence of systematic racial discrimination in the application of capital punishment.[1] McCleskey’s key ammunition? The “Baldus study,”[2] an empirically impeccable examination of the death penalty as applied in Georgia. The study determined […]

  • For Love of Whitey Bulger

    Uncategorized September 28, 2015 at 6:07 pm 0 comments

    Whitey Bulger and Catherine Greig were two lovebirds who went into hiding from 1995-2011.  They never married.  Had they tied the knot during the period in which they were known as “Charlie” and “Carol,” Catherine Greig might not be facing new charges relating to her refusal to snitch on her […]

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