Post Tagged with: "equal protection"

  • Discussing Race with White People

    Race, Race and Immigration October 15, 2015 at 9:59 am 2 comments

    I worry that I am The Black Friend, you know, the one mentioned before a white person blurts out something racist. “Some of my best friends are black,” they say, thinking back fondly to a high school English class, a coworker at a summer job, or a person of color […]

  • Aligning Constitutional Norms with Reality: the Sixth Circuit’s Decision in United States v. Blewett

    By Jon Cioschi May 24, 2013 at 10:27 am 0 comments

    Like me, I imagine that many young, idealistic, progressive law students begin their legal educations under the impression that federal courts act—to use Professor Michael Klarman’s witty, if not slightly sardonic turn of phrase—as counter-majoritarian heroes.  As such, federal judges are just chomping at the bit to protect marginalized minorities […]

  • Alabama's HB 56: Federal vs. State Immigration Enforcement

    Courts, Race and Immigration October 21, 2011 at 11:25 am 0 comments

    Last week, the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta issued an injunction on two provisions of Alabama’s recent immigration law (known as HB 56), which the Alabama legislature passed in June.  The Eleventh Circuit temporarily suspended two sections of HB 56, including the section making it a criminal misdemeanor for failing to […]

  • In Their Own Words: Civil Rights and Aboriginal Australians

    Courts, Human Rights, Race and Immigration September 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm 0 comments

    U.S. jurisprudence has dealt with constitutional rights since the enactment of the U.S. Constitution. In contrast, it was explicitly decided by the framers of the Australian Constitution to not include a similar Bill of Rights, although the American notions of judicial review, separation of powers, and federalism were incorporated. Accordingly, throughout Australian history courts have rarely acted to protect civil rights on the basis of constitutional interpretation. This method of rights protection has been largely inadequate to protect Indigenous Australians from breaches of their civil rights, particularly in regards to equal protection and racial discrimination.

  • Essay: At Least One Thing to Watch For In The First Circuit's DOMA Case

    By Mary L. Bonauto and Gary D. Buseck Contrary to much of the commentary about the President’s decision not to defend DOMA in court, the issue of the standard of review for sexual orientation classifications is still a live claim in the First Circuit in the upcoming appeal of the […]

  • NY Times Wrong on DOMA Defense

    By Noah Kaplan, Issue Areas, LGBTQ Rights February 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm 7 comments

    The Editorial Board of the New York Times today encourages the Obama Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court.  The law, they say, is “blatant discrimination” that should be “presumed to be unconstitutional.”  With this, I agree.  DOMA, signed into law by Bill Clinton, […]