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DOJ Sues Uber for ADA Violations

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Uber, alleging that the ridesharing company violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by charging fees to passengers who, because of their disabilities, take more time to enter a...

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments upon whether Puerto Ricans should be constitutionally entitled to federal benefit programs, the California Supreme Court will decide whether a law prohibiting eldercare workers from misgendering transgender residents violates free speech protections, the US Department of Justice launched a historic equity probe in Alabama, and much more.

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Pretrial Transformation and Abolition

Carceral pretrial approaches lack evidence of effectiveness—in fact, research identifies that commonplace strategies such as money bail, detention, and even mandatory drug testing hamper pretrial success. In addition, these strategies are racially discriminatory while also contributing to harmful collateral consequences for individuals and communities. As jurisdictions across the country are beginning to confront these findings and explore alternatives, the pretrial space offers a unique opportunity for abolitionist transformations.

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Remote Work as a Reasonable Accommodation: Implications from the COVID-19 Pandemic

In Moncrief v. ISS Facility Services, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) argues that ISS Facility Services’ denial of an employee’s reasonable accommodation request to work remotely part-time violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Filed on September 7, 2021, Moncrief marks the EEOC’s first ever lawsuit claiming an employer violated the ADA by failing to provide accommodations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. This week, civil rights hero Claudette Colvin seeks expungement for resisting segregation laws, immigration authorities announced they would “limit” arrests at protected areas, two officers were indicted for murder for shooting Jamarion Robinson 76 times, two people were executed and experienced severe suffering during the process, passports will now reflect more gender identities, and more.

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. This week, activists support Ahmaud Arbery’s family as the jury selection continues in the trial of his alleged killers, the Supreme Court fast tracks a hearing on Texas’s abortion law, Howard University...

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. This week, indigenous activists marched to the White House to demand action on climate change, California will begin requiring free menstrual products in public schools, workers are striking across the country for fair pay and access to rights, redistricting maps in Texas decrease the voting power of people of color, Julius Jones is now on “death watch,” and more. 

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If you read nothing else today, read this by ⁦@NotesFromHeL⁩. What these children & grandparents are enduring should not be. We need a sane & urgent plan to address gun violence. But Terrez McCleary’s determination & the love of these grandparents… https://www.inquirer.com/news/columnists/inq2/gun-violence-trauma-kids-kalahari-resorts-waterpark-poconos-20211122.html

New #podcast episode: Why does #Gerrymandering matter so much? With @Harvard_Law's @ProfNickStephan. Topics include recent state laws that limit voting and the #VotingRights bills being debated in Congress.
https://www.harvardmagazine.com/2021/nicholas-stephanopoulos

I wrote about the 1st Amendment for @HarvardCRCL! Grateful for the opportunity! "Fidelity to the Constitution should not be optional for lawmakers... It is the bare minimum credential for public service." https://tinyurl.com/nxxtb2aw

Today's the day! The @Harvard_Law Ames Moot Court Competition Finals will start tonight at 7:30pm! Follow along as we live-blog all the action here: https://harvardcrcl.org/ames-moot-court-final-round-november-16-2021/

⚖️ Have you heard? Justice Kagan will be at HLS to judge the Ames Moot Court final round on Tuesday!

If you didn’t win the lottery to view it live, no problem—our journal has a proud tradition of live-blogging the event. Check out our website on Tuesday night to follow along!

We are pleased to join forces with @HLSLambda & @HarvardJLG to launch the inaugural HLS Trans Rights Writing Competition! The winner will receive $1000 & submissions will be considered for publication through the journals’ selection processes. Visit http://tinyurl.com/transrightswriting ✨

Check out what's happening this week in civil rights and civil liberties in our weekly news roundup! https://harvardcrcl.org/this-week-in-civil-rights-and-civil-liberties-21/

Today on the Amicus blog, Fran Swanson '22 helps us understand the ADA challenge to the Texas school mask ban: https://harvardcrcl.org/understanding-the-ada-challenge-to-texass-ban-on-school-mask-requirements/

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