Civil Rights

“No state shall make or enforce any law which shall . . . deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

~  Fourteenth Amendment, U.S. Constitution

Versus Trump: Two Guns Cases, And More

12/5/19  //  Uncategorized

First, real talk: yes, Versus Trump really did get a shoutout at the impeachment hearings on Wednesday! More on that next week. But on this week’s Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie discuss two guns cases. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Why Regulate Guns?

11/30/19  //  Commentary

When the Supreme Court considers an important Second Amendment case this week, it ought to consider a robust conception of the state's interest in regulating firearms. Properly understood, the state's interest in adopting gun laws includes much more than mere empirical studies about how effective gun laws are at preventing wrongful gun deaths.

Reva Siegel

Yale Law School

Joseph Blocher

Duke Law School

Arguing Queer Rights

11/18/19  //  Commentary

The Supreme Court arguments in the Title VII cases provide a good occasion to revisit how we talk about gender and sexual minorities.

Take Care

Versus Trump: States vs. Conscience Rule

11/14/19  //  Uncategorized

On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason, Charlie, and Easha discuss a court's opinion vacating the Trump Administration's so-called "conscience rule." This rule would have broadly permitted many employees in the healthcare sector from in any way participating in procedures with which they have religious or moral disagreements—even in emergencies. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Versus Trump: Sanctions Versus DeVos!

11/8/19  //  Uncategorized

On this week’s special edition of Uncle Charlie's Sanctions Corner–wait, we mean Versus Trump—Jason, Charlie, and Easha bring on Eileen Connor of the Project on Predatory Student to discuss a major opinion issuing sanctions against the Department of Education. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Recognizing a Damages Remedy for Cross-Border Shootings

10/15/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

In Hernandez v. Mesa, the Supreme Court should hold that victims of cross-border shootings have a cause of action to seek damages against law enforcement officers who violate the Constitution

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

The Pentagon released a detailed policy for recruiting transgender troops.

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

Another federal judge blocked a Trump Administration executive order that would allow employers with religious objections to refuse employee's contraceptive coverage as a part of healthcare plans.

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

Another federal judge blocked a Trump Administration executive order that would allow employers with religious objections to refuse employee's contraceptive coverage as a part of healthcare plans. A federal district court in Michigan has upheld a right to display signs depicting aborted fetuses.

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump's Muslim ban echoes Japanese internment in the U.S. during World War II, and the Supreme Court should not make the same mistake today. The Education Department is proposing to delay by two years an Obama-era rule that would push states to ensure that students of color are not over-represented in special education and put in programs because of racial bias.

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump’s Muslim ban echoes Japanese internment in the U.S. during World War II, and the Supreme Court should not make the same mistake today. President Trump has abandoned his campaign promises to help Christian refugees as his administration has accepted significantly fewer than previous administrations.

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

Justice Gorsuch's limitation of his use of the word 'privacy' at the oral argument of Carpenter v. United States may mean a desire to limit substantive due process doctrine in the future. DHS's costly implementation of facial screening technology at airports is technologically flawed and is a significant escalation in government surveillance, claims a report from Georgetown University researchers. Use of fear-mongering tactics in the campaign to pass the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act demonstrates contempt for Fourth Amendment rights.

Masterpiece Cakeshop: Beware the False Equivalence

2/12/18  //  Commentary

Tolerating discrimination and tolerating the desire not to be discriminated against are simply not the same.

Relitigating Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt

2/12/18  //  Commentary

A recently filed amicus brief highlights how one court has departed from Whole Woman's Health and other cases.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

The Unsettling Of Affirmative Action

8/24/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

DOJ’s investigation into Harvard’s affirmative action program is bigger than it looks (and it already looked big).

Helen Klein Murillo

Harvard Law School '17

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Constitutional Hurdles for Concealed Carry Reciprocity

3/16/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

President Trump favors federal legislation requiring states to recognize concealed carry licenses issued by other states. But that policy rests on shaky constitutional foundations.

Joseph Blocher

Duke Law School

The Travel Ban and Inter-Branch Conflict

6/26/18  //  Commentary

The real problem is the Trump Administration itself. What feels like damage today is largely the echo of damage that already happened, rather than something new.

Richard Primus

University of Michigan Law School

Masterpiece Cakeshop and Protecting Both Sides

6/15/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

By Thomas C. Berg & Douglas Laycock: The classic American response to deep conflicts like that between gay rights and traditional religious faith is to protect the liberty of both sides

Take Care

The Sessions DOJ Turns a Blind Eye to Discrimination

3/22/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

In the landmark Texas Voter ID case, DOJ has begun its official retreat from the protection of minority voting rights. This is the wrong decision and an ominous sign for the future.

Danielle Lang

The Campaign Legal Center

Versus Trump: Is The State Department Discriminating Against Same-Sex Marriages?

2/28/19  //  Uncategorized

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Charlie, Jason, and Easha discuss a decision from a federal court in Los Angeles ordering the Trump Administration to grant citizenship to both children of a same-sex couple born abroad to one U.S. parent. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Getting To No On Roe

7/5/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

The question is not whether the reconstituted Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade. The only question is how the Supreme Court will do so.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

The Recyclable Sentences of the Deregulatory First Amendment

7/5/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

There are a few recyclable sentences lurking in lower-profile cases that may offer the best guidance to where the Court is heading next

Nikolas Bowie

Harvard Law School

NIFLA v. Becerra: The Conservative Attack on Disclosure

3/15/18  //  Commentary

Disclosure laws further First Amendment values by ensuring that consumers have access to accurate information about their rights to state-funded care and how to access these benefits.

Rucho and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act

6/27/19  //  Quick Reactions

The Court’s decision in Rucho will have profound and disastrous implications for the 2020 redistricting cycle and beyond. But it may also foreshadow the endgame for Section 2

Travis Crum

University of Chicago

Abortion, Equal Protection, and the ERA—Courts Then and Now

6/11/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

A half century ago women and men challenging abortion restrictions were creative in making claims on the Constitution, taking to the streets, to the legislatures, and to the courts. In their audacity and creativity, we can find our future.

Reva Siegel

Yale Law School

Melissa Murray

NYU Law School

Kate Shaw

Cardozo Law

Michigan’s Discriminatory Work Requirements

5/8/18  //  Uncategorized

Michigan legislators want to exempt rural residents from Medicaid work requirements, but not extend the same accommodation to people who live in cities. The racial disparities are obvious—and unlawful.

Nick Bagley

University of Michigan Law School

Eli Savit

University of Michigan Law School

Trump’s Racism

1/16/18  //  Commentary

In increasingly vile and shocking ways, Trump has proven himself an unreformed racist on the model of the authors of Massive Resistance.

Richard Thompson Ford

Stanford Law School

Forced Separation Of Families & Forced To-Term Pregnancies

6/7/18  //  Commentary

The administration’s policy of forcibly separating children from their parents highlights some of the shortcomings with the legal justifications for the administration’s position in Azar v. Garza, the case in which the administration is refusing to allow undocumented women in its custody to obtain abortions.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

An Unconstitutional Threat to Sanctuary Cities

3/21/17  //  Commentary

DOJ argues that courts can't hear challenges to Trump's executive order threatening to punish sanctuary cities. Its arguments are wrong and prove that Trump's policy is illegal.

Nikolas Bowie

Harvard Law School

No, Department of Justice, a Law Designed to Discriminate Against Minority Voters Should Not Remain on the Books

7/10/17  //  Commentary

In a challenge to Texas's strict voter ID law, DOJ has just turned its back on minority voters and victims of discrimination in Texas.

Danielle Lang

The Campaign Legal Center

Neo-Nazis, Wedding Cakes, and Compelled Speech

8/24/17  //  Commentary

Here I explore the interests asserted by GoDaddy and Google in denying service to neo-Nazis and their ilk. I then consider implications of my analysis for the pending Supreme Court case of Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Comm'n.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Senator Collins's Shell Game On Roe v. Wade

7/3/18  //  Quick Reactions

Susan Collins claimed that there is no reason to worry about Justice Kennedy's replacement because the Chief Justice (!!!) and Justice Gorsuch (¯\_(ツ)_/¯) would never overturn Roe v. Wade. That's wrong.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Guantánamo and President Trump’s Anti-Muslim Animus

1/24/18  //  Commentary

By Nimra Azmi and Sirine Shebaya: Trump's position on Guantánamo perfectly aligns with his habitual rejection of the idea that Muslims accused of terrorism are entitled to any constitutional protections

Take Care

Abbott v. Perez:  Bad Reading Invites Discriminatory Redistricting

7/6/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

Ironically but thankfully, the result of Justice Alito's deeply mistaken analysis in Abbott v. Perez is an opinion that makes less bad law than it might have.

Daniel P. Tokaji

Ohio State, Moritz College of Law

What President Trump Hasn’t Learned from the Rodney King Riots

5/2/17  //  Commentary

100 days in and 25 years after the unrest in Los Angeles, the Trump Administration is failing communities entitled to fair and just policing.

Chiraag Bains

Harvard Law School

What Happened on United Is Terrible, But What’s Going to Happen Everywhere Is Worse

4/11/17  //  Quick Reactions

The video of the United flight reveals more than just what happened. It also shows why DOJ oversight is so important.

Nikolas Bowie

Harvard Law School

Versus Trump: Judges of Christmas Future

12/21/17  //  Commentary

On this week’s Versus Trump holiday spectacular, it's all judges, all the time. Charlie, Jason, and Easha take a closer look at a number of the President's judicial nominees—confirmed, pending, and withdrawn—to examine what might happen to Versus Trump cases in years to come. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Religious Freedom As a Basis for the Right to Choose

5/16/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

If Roe is overturned, doctrines of religious freedom may help safeguard reproductive rights, but only if we build the groundwork by recovering the history of religious reproductive justice and amplifying the moral reasoning of pregnant people

Elizabeth Sepper

Washington University

No Peeking? Korematsu and Judicial Credulity

3/22/17  //  Commentary

The Supreme Court's decision in the Japanese Internment Cases offers a chilling reminder of why courts cannot close their eyes to clear evidence of bigotry in executive orders supposedly justified by security concerns.

Ian Samuel

Harvard Law School

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

June Medical Services’ Double Threat to the Rule of Law

9/17/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

In recent months, commentators and the justices themselves have raised concerns about declining public confidence in the judiciary. But confidence has to be earned. Enforcing the law and summarily reversing the Fifth Circuit is an essential first step.

Take Care

McKayla Maroney Is Not Impressed (With DOJ's Brief in the Fourth Circuit)

3/27/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

The Department of Justice has filed a brief in the Fourth Circuit defending President Trump's revised entry ban. This is not an impressive brief: it is rife with misstatements of fact and incorrect legal arguments.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Versus Trump: Are Medicaid Work Requirements Legal?

2/15/18  //  Commentary

On a new episode of Versus Trump, Easha and Jason discuss a new lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration's approval of Kentucky's new rules for its Medicaid program. The new rules will require some Medicaid recipients to work 20 hours per week to receive health benefits, and they also impose other novel requirements. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

The First Amendment Does Not Give Commercial Businesses a License to Discriminate

11/1/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

In Masterpiece, the Petitioner's argument would wreak havoc on long established First Amendment principles, giving businesses a right to disregard content-neutral regulations of their conduct

The Under-Inclusive Theory Of Discrimination (It's Not Going To Happen)

5/8/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

The Trump administration has repeatedly (and incorrectly) argued that a policy does not constitute discrimination unless the policy discriminates against all members of a particular group.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

A Powerful Statement by the California Chief Justice

3/20/17  //  Quick Reactions

In urging the Attorney General to cease using state courthouses as bait for undocumented migrants, the California Chief Justice displayed admirable bravery and commitment to the rule of law.

Laurence H. Tribe

Harvard Law School

Closing the Courthouse Doors: Justice Kennedy’s Very Bad Day

6/22/17  //  Commentary

David Gans discusses Ziglar v. Abassi, a new SCOTUS ruling that makes it very hard for individuals to sue federal officials for trampling on federal constitutional rights

Take Care

The Trump DOJ's Puzzlingly Blasé View About Abortion Timing

10/30/17  //  Commentary

DOJ's position was about opposition to abortion, full stop. This explains it's baffling indifference to delaying to the moral implications of delaying a second-trimester abortion by eleven days.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

June Medical And The End of Reproductive Justice

10/2/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

While June Medical does not ask the Court to overturn Roe v. Wade or Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the practical effect of the state’s positions would allow states to regulate abortion out of existence

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Slavery and the Right to Travel Armed: A Short History Lesson

7/31/17  //  Commentary

By Saul Cornell: The opinion striking down D.C.'s gun law under the Second Amendment relies heavily on a selective culling of historical evidence—and a shocking ignorance of the most important facts about Anglo-American criminal law and its history.

Take Care

Religious Freedom and the Masterpiece Case

10/31/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Robbie Kaplan and I have filed a brief on behalf of Church-State Scholars addressing the Free Exercise Clause issues in this important case.

Versus Trump: DACA's Back!

1/18/18  //  Commentary

On a new episode of Versus Trump, Easha, Jason, and Charlie discuss the big decision that forced the Trump Administration to restart the DACA immigration program. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Women Should Decide When and How to “Dress Like a Woman”

3/17/17  //  Commentary

The President should set a better example for other employers and leave the question of how to dress like a woman—with all of the trade-offs and nuances it entails—to the people who actually have to do it.

Richard Thompson Ford

Stanford Law School

A Tale of Two Neil Gorsuches

10/8/19  //  Quick Reactions

It seems just last month Justice Gorsuch was saying his rule was not to “make it up" and was to "follow the law.” The Title VII cases allow us to see whether that's the case.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

"School Choice" May Leave Students with Disabilities No Choice

4/17/17  //  Commentary

Privatization and decentralization of public education will return the U.S. to the days when students with disabilities were out-of-sight and out-of-mind, without meaningful education. Public schools could become the new institutions.

Eve Hill

Brown Goldstein & Levy

Criminal Justice Reform and Disability – The Overlooked Opportunity

4/12/17  //  Commentary

Criminal justice agencies have become part of our communities' mental health services systems. They need to abide by the disability rights laws that govern mental health services

Eve Hill

Brown Goldstein & Levy

Symmetric Constitutionalism for a Polarized Era

10/30/18  //  Commentary

Judges should strive toward constitutional understandings that protect the interests of people on different sides of the ideological spectrum

Zachary Price

U.C. Hastings College of the Law

The Future Of Constitutional Discrimination Law After Hawai’i v. Trump

6/26/18  //  Commentary

The future of discrimination law is secure, in short—and securely shut to minority races, ethnicities, and creeds suffering at the hands of a populist majority.

Aziz Huq

University of Chicago Law School

#MeToo Series: When Will #MeToo Become #WeToo?

4/9/18  //  Commentary

This post, which addresses collective responsibility for #MeToo, is part of a series on #MeToo, sex discrimination, and possible solutions that amount to more than quick fixes.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

The Doomed—And Dangerous—Demand for Refunds from Public Sector Unions

7/19/18  //  Commentary

Sending unions into bankruptcy because they mistakenly trusted the Supreme Court when it stood by Abood in 2012 (and declined to overrule it again in 2014) would be more than a blow to middle class workers; it would be a serious danger to the rule of law.

Aaron Tang

UC Davis School of Law

Versus Trump: The Healthcare Episode

6/1/17  //  Commentary

On a new episode of Versus Trump, Take Care's podcast, Easha and Jason dig into healthcare for the first time, as they take a deep dive into the House v. Price litigation that addresses whether certain payments to insurers under the Affordable Care Act have been properly appropriated. They also debate immigration rhetoric vs. action and discuss drug testing for unemployment benefits. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

An Update on How to Easily Resolve the Gavin Grimm Case Concerning Title IX and Restroom Access

5/17/17  //  Commentary

With briefing almost completed in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, it’s good to remember the way in which the case can be resolved on straightforward statutory grounds without deciding whether Title IX prohibits discrimination against transgender persons, as such.

Marty Lederman

Georgetown Law

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Samuel Bagenstos

University of Michigan Law School

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Schools Failing Students with Disabilities - Still

5/11/17  //  Commentary

Higher graduation rates nationwide have left students with disabilities even further behind.

7 Ways Trump Plans to Transform the Civil Rights Division

5/30/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

The president’s proposed budget reveals an intent to roll back protections for the most vulnerable members of society.

Chiraag Bains

Harvard Law School

Fury and Despair over the Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling are Misplaced

6/6/18  //  Quick Reactions

Justice Kennedy makes an open-ended call for tolerance and compromise in his opinion. For that, he should be commended

Doctrinal Inversion in the Bladensburg Cross Decision

9/12/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

The Supreme Court recently made the exception into the rule for Establishment Clause cases, and signaled how it will refashion and discount disfavored precedent going forward.

Take Care

Abortion and #MeToo

5/15/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

The rock-the-world power of #MeToo shows us that the ultimate key to change is story-sharing with families, friends and neighbors

Suzanne Goldberg

Columbia Law School

#MeToo & Legal-Institutional Reform (Part III-Melanie Kohler)

4/5/18  //  Commentary

This post, which addresses retaliatory lawsuits against accusers, is part of a series on #MeToo, sex discrimination, and possible solutions that are more than quick fixes.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

The Problem with Palmer

5/7/17  //  Commentary

In its Muslim Ban brief, DOJ favorably cites Palmer v. Thompson (1971)—which allowed Jackson, Mississippi to close public pools rather than integrate them. The Fourth Circuit should question DOJ about this stunning citation and make clear that Palmer, an odious ruling, has no place in anti-discrimination law today.

John-Paul Schnapper-Casteras

The NAACP LDF, Inc.

Masterpiece Cakeshop: The Loss that is a Win

6/5/18  //  Quick Reactions

In some cases, the public perception of a case — not its actual holding — is what is most important.

Amanda Shanor

The Wharton School

The Department of Education’s Troubling Opacity on Sexual Harassment

6/28/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Alexandra Brodsky on how the Department of Education has retreated from civil rights enforcement and hid behind unlawful opacity.

Take Care

Ten Minutes of History on: The Constitutionality of Funding HBCUs

5/12/17  //  Commentary

President Donald Trump is known for changing his political views after a ten-minute history lesson. In this continuing feature, I encourage the president to take a few minutes to learn about the historical background of things he says. This first edition, on his signing statement regarding HBCUs, concerns one of his favorite historical topics: A nineteenth-century general who saw the Civil War coming, was angry, and did something about it.

Nikolas Bowie

Harvard Law School

Hargan v. Garza And The (Near) Future Of Abortion Access

11/16/17  //  Commentary

Hargan v. Garza is but one instance in a broader attack on abortion access.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Trump’s Newest Attack on the Rule of the Law

12/4/17  //  Commentary

Trump isn’t just reckless, and he doesn’t just seem to think he is above the law. He has an authoritarian’s hostility to the very idea of a principled inquiry into the truth.

David Sklansky

Stanford Law School

The (Ir)relevance of parental consent requirements to Garza

9/5/18  //  Quick Reactions

Judge Kavanaugh suggested he was faithfully applying parental consent cases in Garza v. Hargan. He's wrong.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Courts, Law, and Social Change: A Response to Litman

5/15/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

Courts are important, but they are not the only sun around which all other entities revolve and from which they gain their light

Courtney Cahill

FSU College of Law

Allowing Felons to Vote Could Prevent Crime

7/27/17  //  Commentary

The case against felon disenfranchisement is overwhelming as a matter of public policy. This matters for the constitutional analysis.

Nancy Leong

Sturm College of Law

A Lone Star Bail-in?

2/14/19  //  Commentary

Key takeaways from the briefs in the ongoing litigation to "bail-in" Texas under Section 3(c) of the Voting Rights Act

Travis Crum

University of Chicago

Pipelines, Presidents, and Policing Plenary Power

3/30/17  //  Commentary

The Trump Administration's recent reversal on the Dakota Access Pipeline can (and must) be carefully examined in court.

Seth Davis

U.C. Irvine School of Law

Reproductive Justice Symposium

5/24/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

Take Care has hosted a symposium on "Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories"—an important new book edited by Melissa Murray, Katherine Shaw, and Reva B. Siegel

Take Care

Supreme Court Border-Shooting Non-Decision Confirms My Fears Regarding Bivens Actions

6/27/17  //  Commentary

Yesterday's SCOTUS ruling in Hernandez v. Mesa decided one question and punted on two. After explaining what the case decided and what it did not, I'll explain why one of the punts confirms my fear that federal civil rights actions against federal officers are practically a dead letter.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Versus Trump: Ask Charlie About The Census

1/25/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Jason asks Charlie to take us through the mammothly long, massively important opinion from the Southern District of New York invalidating the proposed citizenship question on the 2020 Census. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Reinvigorating Defensive Crouch Liberal Constitutionalism Part 2: Will Clarence Thomas Save Abortion Rights?

7/19/18  //  Commentary

Would Justice Thomas really strike down federal legislation restricting abortion? We may soon find out.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Trump’s Latest Affront To Women, and to the Constitution

6/2/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

A draft of the Trump Administration's revised contraception mandate has been leaked. If implemented, this policy would weaken civil rights for women. Moreover, the plan could violate the Establishment Clause by providing a religious accommodation for some private citizens only by shifting costs to others who may not share their beliefs.

Nelson Tebbe

Brooklyn Law School

Micah Schwartzman

University of Virginia School of Law

Richard C. Schragger

UVA School of Law

Versus Trump: 2017 Scorecard

1/4/18  //  Uncategorized

On the first episode of Versus Trump of 2018, Jason and Charlie look back at Versus Trump cases in 2017 and score them as Administration wins, losses, or not-yet-decided. They also look ahead at big issues to come in 2018. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

What Does It Mean To Be Pro-LGBT?

8/27/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Trump Is Not Pro-LGBT, And Frankly He Never Was

Helen Klein Murillo

Harvard Law School '17

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Against Establishment Clause Concession

2/28/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

There are reasons to worry about whether certain liberal justices on the Supreme Court fully appreciate that we are at an inflection point in the history of the Religion Clause

Nelson Tebbe

Brooklyn Law School

Micah Schwartzman

University of Virginia School of Law

Our Constitution Forbids a Religious Test for Immigration

4/19/18  //  Commentary

The Supreme Court should strike down Trump’s travel ban.

We’ve Been (Unconstitutionally) Separating Children From Their Immigrant Parents For A While Now

6/20/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

By Carolyn Shapiro & Joanna Martin: Separating parents from their children without regard for the children’s rights and interests is unconstitutional

Take Care

The Supreme Court’s Pretext Predicament in the Age of Trump

6/5/19  //  Commentary

By Joel Dodge: The Supreme Court must make a choice: either accept false justifications peddled by government lawyers, or insist upon getting the truth

Take Care

[UPDATED] Don't Believe the Hype: Understanding the Johnson Amendment Kerfuffle

5/4/17  //  Uncategorized

An executive order to be issued today likely will direct the IRS to exercise “maximum enforcement discretion to alleviate the burden of the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits religious leaders from speaking about politics and candidates from the pulpit.” Here's what that means and why it matters.

Marty Lederman

Georgetown Law

Masterpiece Cakeshop and the Effort To Rewrite Smith and its Progeny

9/21/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

A sleeper issue is brought center stage by two leading religious liberty scholars

Jim Oleske

Lewis & Clark Law School

What Trump Got Wrong In The Rose Garden

5/4/17  //  Quick Reactions

President Trump misstates the law, and mischaracterizes his own Executive Order, in the Rose Garden.

#MeToo: Gender Parity (or lack thereof)

3/29/18  //  Quick Reactions

In a recent article, I reflect on what I wish I would have known in law school related to #MeToo.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Protecting Free Speech and Free Press From Motivated Malignancy

9/28/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Trump’s potential violations of free speech and press have much in common with his apparent violations of other constitutional limits

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

The First Amendment and Soliciting Crimes of Migration

11/2/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

By Daniel I Morales: Can the federal government make it a crime to encourage or induce a noncitizen to illegally enter or reside in the United States?

Take Care

SCOTUS Crisis Pregnancy Center Case Shows Originalist Justices Are Originalist Except When They're Not

6/26/18  //  Commentary

Let's not kid ourselves. Today's decision in NIFLA is an ideological decision.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

This Week’s Blockbuster SCOTUS Cases Share a Troublesome Common Issue

4/24/18  //  Commentary

Both the travel ban case and the Texas redistricting litigation raise questions about the staying power of discriminatory intent.

Justin Levitt

Loyola Law School

The Bladensburg Cross Decision – A Twisted Cross and the Remaking of Establishment Clause Standards

6/24/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

The Court has adopted unreflectively the perspective of Christians in a political majority, without regard to the perspective of others

Robert W. Tuttle

George Washington University Law School

Ira C. Lupu

George Washington University Law School

Diversity and Democracy

12/11/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

The growing diversity of the country may break Americans’ commitment to democracy. What can we do to stop that from happening?

Take Care

Protecting Against Arbitrary Government

9/27/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Executive bullying creates a potential taint of illegitimacy, of arbitrariness, that could color the political and moral legitimacy of future governmental actions

K. Sabeel Rahman

Demos & Brooklyn Law School

The Supreme Court May Not Save the President This Time

2/21/19  //  Commentary

Trump has suggested that SCOTUS will save his national emergency gambit, just like it saved his Muslim Ban. But there are major problems with that analogy.

Brianne J. Gorod

Constitutional Accountability Center

Towards an Inclusive Democracy: Next Steps

12/18/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

We asked 10 experts from a variety of disciplines to help us think through strategies for building a stable and inclusive democracy in the face of demographic change. Here’s what we learned.

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Versus Trump: Is There A New Title X In Town?

7/4/19  //  Commentary

This week on Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie are joined by guest host Alexandra Brodsky to discuss the Ninth's Circuit's recent decision that let go into effect major new regulations for the primary federal program dealing with family planning and women's health—a program known as Title X. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Moral Convictions And The Contraception Exemptions

6/5/17  //  Commentary

Yet another major flaw in the draft contraception rule, which would not only allow employers to drop contraception coverage for *religious* reasons, but would also (without any lawful basis) allow employers who have *moral* objections to do the same.

Nick Bagley

University of Michigan Law School

The Civil Rights Division Bails Out of Bail-In in Texas

2/8/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

Career attorneys at DOJ rightly refused to sign a deeply flawed brief arguing that Texas should be let off the hook for its repeated intentional efforts to minimize the voting power of its minority population

Justin Levitt

Loyola Law School

A Legal Challenge to Trump's "Religious Liberty" Executive Order

5/5/17  //  Commentary

Yesterday, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump’s most recent Executive Order, “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.” While there has been muted reaction to Trump’s executive order, the FFRF complaint makes two important points that have been mostly unappreciated.

Richard C. Schragger

UVA School of Law

The Establishment Clause and the Muslim Ban

3/18/17  //  Commentary

Why the Establishment Clause Has Emerged as the Chief Stumbling Block for Trump's Muslim Ban

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Versus Trump: California X Trump

3/7/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Charlie and Jason discuss a new lawsuit from California challenging new regulations regarding Title X, an important federal family planning program. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Defending Civil Rights in Starkville, Mississippi

2/27/18  //  Latest Developments

A new lawsuit seeks to protect freedom of speech and equal protection for LGBT people in Mississippi

An Analysis of DOJ's Brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop

10/18/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

DOJ's effort to to transform this case into a freedom of speech decision threatens the integrity of First Amendment rights. It should be rejected.

Robert Post

Yale Law School

The Standard Fare of Judges: What Happens When the Judiciary Does What It Always Does

3/28/17  //  Commentary

The Muslim Ban litigation does not involve a "revolt of the judges." As proven by a survey of major and minor cases from the legal canon, this litigation involves only the standard fare of judging.

Daniel Deacon

U.C. Irvine School of Law

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

The Two Sides of Donald Trump in The @RealDonaldTrump Litigation

3/25/19  //  Commentary

The government’s brief is at war with itself with respect to the state action and government speech doctrines in the @realdonaldtrump litigation.

Kyle Skinner

Harvard Law School

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Versus Trump: The Contraception Mandate Challenges

10/12/17  //  Commentary

On this week’s episode of Versus Trump, Easha and Jason discuss the Administration's drastic expansion of the number of companies that may now offer health insurance that does not cover birth control, as well as several lawsuits that were immediately filed challenging these new regulations. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

A Duplicitous Playbook: June Medical Services v. Gee and the New Jane Crow

9/24/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

What is clear in June Medical Services v. Gee, as with the other antiabortion measures making their way through the courts, is that these targeted regulations of abortion providers have nothing to do with protecting women or their health

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SCOTUS Needs to Rein in Lower Courts Willing to Force Its Hand by Defying Its Precedent

9/19/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

By David Strauss: Ideological lower court judges have challenged the Supreme Court by defying its precedent. There is one way for the Court to keep from being put in this position time and again. It should summarily reverse, making clear that only the Court will decide when its own precedent is no longer good law.

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Smith Lives: The Politics of Free Exercise

6/12/18  //  Commentary

Will SCOTUS minimize its view of religious animus as applied to Muslims, despite having just magnified it as applied to conservative Christians?

Richard C. Schragger

UVA School of Law

Arguments About Nationwide Injunctions

7/16/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

By Zachary D. Clopton: The question whether a nationwide injunction should issue is case-specific and policy-inflected.

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Disparate Impact and the Administrative Procedure Act

5/10/18  //  Commentary

The Supreme Court has held that there's no private right of action to enforce Title VI. But the civil rights laws can still form the basis of a challenge to a waiver allowing states to impose work requirements.

Nick Bagley

University of Michigan Law School

Eli Savit

University of Michigan Law School

Reproductive Rights and Justice

5/13/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

The story of reproductive justice extends far beyond courts and involves all the conditions in which individuals make decisions about having and not having children

Kate Shaw

Cardozo Law

Reva Siegel

Yale Law School

Melissa Murray

NYU Law School

Oceans Apart But Still a Close Familial Relation

9/5/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Analysis of the Ninth Circuit's latest travel ban argument (and some personal reflections).

The Slants, Government Speech, and Elane Photography

6/22/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Thanks to the Supreme Court's ruling in Matal v. Tam, the government speech doctrine will not swallow the First Amendment.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Building Inclusive Democracy Through Social Policy

12/13/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

In the past, we have been too quick to accept compromises of exclusion that stabilized our democracy at the expense of the full citizenship of people of color. We should not do so again.

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Versus Trump Emergency Pod: JD v. DHS

10/26/17  //  Commentary

On this week’s episode of Versus Trump, Easha and Charlie have a quick turn-around emergency pod to discuss an ongoing—wait, just now resolved—case filed by a pregnant 17-year-old girl in federal immigration custody who seeks an abortion. Easha and Charlie first talk about the procedural wrangling that this case has wrought and second about the legal claims in the case, which bring them into the exciting worlds of reproductive rights, immigration law, and international relations. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Masterpiece Cakeshop & Proof of Religious Hostility in Civil Rights Enforcement

3/14/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

The Supreme Court's decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop offers no warrant for a rampant free exercise exceptionalism, in which the normal rules of constitutional law are suspended or inverted

The Arpaio Pardon Through the Lens of Trump Exceptionalism

8/26/17  //  Commentary

This pardon by this most abnormal president threatens the rule of law

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Complicity and Speech: The Right’s New Effort to Rewrite the First Amendment

12/4/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Conservative legal activists have pushed a sweeping view of the First Amendment’s protection against compelled speech. These new complicity claims should fail.

Elusive Silver Linings & The Deregulatory First Amendment

7/9/18  //  Commentary

Sometimes the oncoming storm is easier to spot than the silver linings.

Two Reasons Why Title VII Bans Discrimination Based on Transgender Status

7/9/19  //  Commentary

Discriminating against an employee because they are transgender violates Title VII in two distinct respects

Key Context for Trump's Rhetoric About Immigrants

5/17/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

President Trump's rhetoric draw upon a familiar narrative that pathologizes immigration and immigrant reproduction as a threat while protecting and supporting the nation’s “good” mothers, families, and neighborhood

Yvonne Lindgren

UCSF Law School

Trump is Running on Animus Autopilot

3/28/18  //  Commentary

We thus live in a strange new world, where bigots serve openly and soldiers are forced into closets.

The Substance of the Supreme Court’s procedure

2/13/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

Last week’s Supreme Court stay orders say a lot about how the Court views the substance of the underlying constitutional claims in Dunn v. Ray and June Medical Services v. Gee.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

The Problem(s) With The Arpaio Pardon

8/29/17  //  Commentary

Like so much of what Trump has done, the Arpaio pardon raises multiple challenges to our constitutional system.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

HIV is a Health Condition — Not a Crime

7/31/17  //  Commentary

Despite consensus that criminalizing HIV has little public health effect, is not supported by scientific knowledge of transmission risks, and may violate the Americans with Disabilities, states are still enforcing laws against people living with HIV.

Eve Hill

Brown Goldstein & Levy

What’s the Price of Tolerance?

12/7/17  //  Commentary

Robust protection of speech does not require gutting laws that help ensure that all persons—regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation—can buy the good and services they desire, free from discrimination.

Andrew Sullivan Is Wrong About Public-Accommodations Law

5/10/17  //  Commentary

Andrew Sullivan recently criticized gay people who seek to obtain services from those with religious objections to serving them. But Sullivan's criticism fundamentally misunderstands the basic purpose of public accommodations laws and should be rejected.

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Legal Challenges To H.J. Res 43

4/6/17  //  Quick Reactions

The Republicans’ bill to arbitrarily deny grants to family planning programs could be challenged in several ways.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Disestablishing the Mother

5/20/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

Artificial reproductive technology might disestablish the traditional ideas of maternity on which abortion law and discourse rests

Courtney Cahill

FSU College of Law

Getting To No On Roe: It's Already Started

9/11/18  //  Uncategorized

A recent Eighth Circuit case shows how courts and the newly reconstituted Supreme Court will perform legal gymnastics in order to limit Roe and Casey.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

There Goes Title X: Title X is Contraception, Folks

6/22/19  //  Commentary

By Priscilla J. Smith: Conservatives are hiding behind the abortion debate to attack contraceptive access and getting away with it

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Federal Defenders and the Sixth Amendment's Zone of Interests

9/6/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

The zone of interests test shouldn't apply to constitutional claims seeking injunctive relief. But even if it does apply, it doesn't prevent federal defenders from challenging arbitrary limits on attorney access under the Sixth Amendment.

Race, Class, and Challenges to Abortion Restrictions

5/17/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

Race and class are intricately entwined with laws like the Hyde Amendment, and no advocacy on the issue can ignore this fact

David S. Cohen

Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Domestic Adherence to the Gender Binary

7/7/17  //  Quick Reactions

Three former Surgeons General have called for an end to involuntary medical procedures on intersex babies and children. U.S. immigration law sheds light on why this is such an important development.

Bijal Shah

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Versus Trump: Contraception Mandate, Round Infinity

1/3/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Charlie, Jason, and Easha comment on several cases addressing whether the Trump Administration may legally expand the number of employers who do not need to provide insurance that includes coverage for contraception. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Controlling Our Losses

10/24/18  //  Commentary

While bleak, planning to lose is not about conceding defeat. It’s about laying the groundwork for a brighter future and avoiding precedential barriers to that future.

Danielle D'Onfro

Washington University Law School

#MeToo Paper Spotlight (Part II)

4/23/18  //  Commentary

This post, which highlights an academic paper related to #MeToo, is part of a series on #MeToo, sex discrimination, and possible solutions that amount to more than quick fixes.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Trump’s Male-Dominated Appointments Close the Door for Women

2/5/18  //  Commentary

President Trump's selection of primarily male nominees for a variety of positions will have consequences for the profession in the long run.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Helen Marie Berg

Michigan Law

Ducking Day at the SCOTUS

6/5/18  //  Commentary

There are times when strategic ducking makes sense practically if not strictly legally

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

The Debate Over Confederate Monuments

8/25/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Why State Anti-Removal Laws are Oppressive and Unconstitutional

Ira C. Lupu

George Washington University Law School

Robert W. Tuttle

George Washington University Law School

Mike Pence on Women, Sex, And Reproductive Health Services

4/4/17  //  Commentary

The Vice President’s policy against dining with women reveals some problems with his recent vote to allow states to deny funding to organizations that are devoted to reproductive justice and reproductive health.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Munger Tolles Proves Why We Still Need #MeToo

3/25/18  //  Quick Reactions

The news that a major law firm is requiring its summer associates to sign agreements to confidentially arbitrate sexual harassment claims underscores why we still need #MeToo.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

What's the Difference Between Confederate Leaders and Slave-owning Founding Fathers?

8/17/17  //  Commentary

We honor Washington and Jefferson despite the fact that they owned slaves, whereas memorials to the likes of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson honor them because they fought for a secessionist movement that had the preservation of slavery as its organizing principle.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Wither the Establishment Clause: The Bladensburg Cross Case

2/24/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

The Bladensburg Cross case has our country on the verge of abandonment of longstanding and hard won principles about the secular character of American government. SCOTUS can and should step back from the brink.

Robert W. Tuttle

George Washington University Law School

Ira C. Lupu

George Washington University Law School

What About the Free Speech Clause Issue in Masterpiece?

6/13/18  //  Commentary

Robert Post of Yale Law considers the status of free speech objections to serving same-sex couples in light of the Court's opinion.

Robert Post

Yale Law School

The Trump Administration’s Immigration-Related Detentions

3/24/17  //  Commentary

The Supreme Court is considering a major constitutional challenge to federal immigration detention policies. Trump’s recent executive orders make that case even more significant.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

The Trump Administration May Already Have What It Needs for a Serviceable (and Unconstitutional) “Muslim Registry”

4/19/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

The Trump Administration may already have the tools it would need to predict with high accuracy the religious identity of a significant percentage of U.S. citizens and visiting Muslims. And software engineers, not lawyers, may be our first line of alarm and defense.

Vending Machines and Websites - A False Equivalency

8/18/17  //  Commentary

A DOJ ADA brief on Coca Cola vending machines is being touted as a change in position on websites. Except it's not.

Eve Hill

Brown Goldstein & Levy

Animus, Past and Present

5/9/17  //  Commentary

In a new op-ed, Erwin Chemerinsky and I argue that the entry ban is unconstitutional because it was driven by animus toward Muslims.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Pavan and June Medical Services

9/27/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

Pavan and June Medical Services are both examples of lower courts bending over backwards to avoid the clear command of Supreme Court precedent. Both merit the same treatment from the Supreme Court – summary reversal.

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Grassroots Truth Commissions and the Unfolding Crisis of U.S. Democracy

12/14/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

By Joshua F.J. Inwood: We need a nationwide truth commission that would address the historical legacy of racism in U.S. democracy while focusing on contemporary injustices

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SCOTUS Severely Narrows Civil Rights Suits Against Federal Officers

6/20/17  //  Commentary

Yesterday's SCOTUS ruling in Ziglar v. Abbasi makes it all but impossible for civil rights plaintiffs to sue federal officials for money damages.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Three Visions of the Multi-ethnic Society

12/10/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

By Yascha Mounk: We need to develop a shared vision for what such a multi-ethnic society should look like

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Versus Trump: Versus Kobach

7/20/17  //  Commentary

On this week’s episode of Versus Trump, we discuss the litigation against the newly-created Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, that has Kansas Secretary of State—and repeat defendant in voting rights litigation—Kris Kobach as its now-infamous Vice Chair. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Embracing Federalism

3/16/17  //  Commentary

It is time for progressives to embrace federalism and to use Supreme Court precedents protecting states’ rights to fight against Trump administration policies

Erwin Chemerinsky

U.C. Irvine School of Law

Trinity Lutheran: A Double Blow to the Establishment Clause

6/30/17  //  Commentary

Our current political climate makes it especially troubling to imagine the government privileging majority religions over minority ones.

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Kris Kobach is a Menace to Democracy. Boycott his Vote-Rigging Commission.

5/11/17  //  Quick Reactions

By Jed Shugerman. Trump is using the Comey firestorm as a smoke screen for a potentially more dangerous move: appointing Kris Kobach vice chair of a new “election integrity” commission, with Mike Pence as chair. Kobach will make it a voter-suppression/vote rigging commission, fomenting anti-immigrant and racist fears.

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Chief Justice John Roberts’ Next Move Will Tell Us A Lot

2/13/19  //  Commentary

While Roberts deserves some praise for his vote last week, the story of this Louisiana law is far from over. And what Roberts does next will tell us a lot—about him and the trajectory of the Court he leads.

Brianne J. Gorod

Constitutional Accountability Center

Versus Trump: A Ninth Circuit Compromise

6/20/19  //  Commentary

This week on Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie discuss the Ninth's Circuit's recent somewhat cryptic, compromise decision regarding the ban on service by transgender individuals in the military. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Overcoming Racism Through National Solidarity

12/7/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

By Theodore R. Johnson: The formation of a national solidarity is especially suited to the challenge of mitigating the impacts of racism in the United States

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Preliminary Thoughts on the Summary Judgment Motions in the Harvard Affirmative Action Lawsuit

6/18/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

The plaintiff is attempting to link two practices that need not be coupled. One is discrimination against Asian Americans. The other is affirmative action.

Nancy Leong

Sturm College of Law

What Masterpiece Cakeshop is Really About

12/6/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

The Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents Masterpiece Cakeshop, is not interested in a narrow exemption. Rather, ADF is taking aim at the very legitimacy of LGBT people and legal protections for them.

Douglas NeJaime

Yale Law School

Reva Siegel

Yale Law School

The Ninth Circuit's Latest Order and The Zombie Travel Ban

9/7/17  //  Quick Reactions

And now what? We’re condemned to battle the zombie-like remains of this cruel order as it shuffles about the world for just a few more weeks, ruining lives and embarrassing our tradition of religious liberty.

No, the Chief Justice Did Not Just Embrace Obergefell

6/27/17  //  Commentary

Many commentators have misunderstood the significance of a per curiam ruling by the Supreme Court yesterday.

President Trump, Your Words Do Matter (And Should Doom Your Muslim Ban)

6/21/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

Sirine Shebaya and Johnathan Smith: Trump has never been bashful about his anti-Muslim animus. And he has invoked that animus in creating policies, in defiance of the Constitution.

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Reinvigorating 'Defensive Crouch Liberal Constitutionalism' Part 1: Originalism and Searches

7/11/18  //  Uncategorized

I want to begin exploring ways in which liberals might try to defend what we value in the coming era of Supreme Court extreme conservatism

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

District Court Holds that Texas Discriminated Against Minority Voters, Again.

4/11/17  //  Quick Reactions

Cutting-edge analysis by Gerry Hebert and Danielle Lang of yesterday's ruling that the controversial Texas Voter ID law was enacted with racially discriminatory intent.

Danielle Lang

The Campaign Legal Center

When You Have Five, They Let You Do Whatever You Want

5/14/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

While several of the essays in the edited collection of Reproductive Rights And Justice Stories talk about social movements that have influenced the law, some recent events suggest we should have those discussions without losing our focus on courts themselves

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Appoint a Special Prosecutor, not an Amicus, to Challenge Arpaio’s Pardon

9/12/17  //  Commentary

This would ensure that the novel constitutional questions surrounding the pardon receive full adversarial testing

Andrew Crespo

Harvard Law School

Constitutional Arithmetic Post-Charlottesville: Sometimes One Plus One Equals Zero

8/20/17  //  Commentary

No, the First and Second Amendments do not add up to a right to publicly protest while carrying assault rifles.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

The Travel Ban and the Ontology of the Compelling Interest Test

10/6/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Maybe the whole compelling interest test is misguided in Establishment Clause cases.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Aiming the Bully Podium at Minority Communities

10/11/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

By Mark Joseph Stern: From the NFL to Puerto Rico to the impending ban on transgender troops, Trump uses his “free speech rights” to bully minority communities into silence.

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When The Government Asserts An interest In Discrimination

10/7/19  //  Commentary

The Trump Department of Justice has recently started asserting that the federal government has an interest in discrimination, rather than in preventing discrimination

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Forced Classification, Biological Determinism, and Sad Chapters from Our Nation’s History

10/31/18  //  Commentary

In rigidly classifying people based on theories of biological determinism, we ignore history at our own peril

The Results Are In: Law Firms & Mandatory Arbitrations

6/11/18  //  Quick Reactions

The results of the survey to law firms recruiting on campus shows which firms use mandatory arbitration, and which firms deigned to respond at all.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

The First Amendment Belongs Only to Americans? Wrong

3/29/17  //  Commentary

The First Amendment makes America great for everyone, not just for citizens.

Nikolas Bowie

Harvard Law School

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Judge Kavanaugh on Separation of Powers

8/3/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

By Carolyn Shapiro: Judge Kavanaugh has a troubling and one-sided view of liberty and how to protect it.

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Toward an Expansive Conception of Reproductive Rights and Justice

6/5/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

The responses to our edited volume promise continuing conflict over questions of reproductive justice in federal and state courts—but also highlight new arenas of action in politics, science, and religion

Reva Siegel

Yale Law School

Kate Shaw

Cardozo Law

Melissa Murray

NYU Law School

All Your Voter Data Are Belong To Us

6/30/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Kris Kobach just asked for help building a national voter file in two weeks. That’s massively irresponsible. And it might well be illegal.

Justin Levitt

Loyola Law School

An Immigration Approach To Match Our Values

12/17/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

We must develop an affirmative agenda that speaks to the average American’s reasonable expectations about immigration

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Opposing Trump's Muslim Ban at the Supreme Court

6/16/17  //  Quick Reactions

President Trump has asked the Supreme Court to lift the stay preventing him from implementing his travel ban. Nelson Tebbe, Micah Schwartzman and I, along with a large group of constitutional law scholars, have filed a brief opposing Trump's motion.

Corey Brettschneider

Brown University

That Bible Parable About The Plague of Tort Attorneys Who Sued The Border Patrol, ICE Officers, and DHS Bureaucrats

6/19/18  //  Commentary

Calling all the ambulance chasers to address this administration's mistreatment of migrants.

Kari Hong

Boston College Law School

Versus Trump: Russia Check-In

3/1/18  //  Commentary

On a new episode of Versus Trump, Easha, Jason, and Charlie check back in with the most politically charged of all Versus Trump suits: the Russia investigation. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

DOJ Begins to Turn Its Back on Policing Reform

4/4/17  //  Quick Reactions

AG Sessions’s eleventh-hour effort to avoid a consent decree in Baltimore is indefensible and unmistakably political. The court should not allow it.

Chiraag Bains

Harvard Law School

Why Trump's Travel Ban Statements Compel a Finding of Improper Purpose

4/6/17  //  Commentary

Trump's statements about the revised travel ban overwhelmingly evidence a purpose at odds with the Establishment Clause. And few, if any, of those statements evince actual, substantive national security or foreign affairs objectives that explain the bizarre scope of his order.

#MeToo And The Supreme Court

3/28/18  //  Commentary

This post, which considers the current Supreme Court term through the lens of #MeToo, is part of a series on #MeToo, sex discrimination, and possible solutions that are more than quick fixes.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

The Supreme Court’s Upside-Down Decision In Masterpiece

6/7/18  //  Quick Reactions

By Nelson Tebbe & Larry Sager: Now is the time to solidify our understanding of Masterpiece, because other wedding vendor cases are still pending in the Supreme Court and in lower courts.

Nelson Tebbe

Brooklyn Law School

Versus Trump: The Citizenship Question

4/5/18  //  Commentary

On a new episode of Versus Trump, Jason and Easha discuss lawsuits challenging the Trump Administration's decision to ask a question about citizenship on the 2020 census. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

The Pence Policy And The Trump Administration’s Views on Anti-Discrimination

4/3/17  //  Commentary

Vice President Mike Pence’s policy of not dining with women is unconstitutional. It also suggests how far this administration will go to cut back on anti-discrimination law.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

June Medical Services v. Gee and the Future of Abortion Rights

9/16/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

June Medical Services v. Gee is the Supreme Court’s next opportunity to weigh in on women’s constitutional right to decide to end their pregnancies.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Versus Trump: Is There A Freedom To Say Goodbye?

2/1/18  //  Commentary

On a new episode of Versus Trump, Charlie and Jason discuss an unexpected recent opinion that held that Ravi Ragbir, an immigration activist and alien subject to deportation, had the "freedom to say goodbye" before he could be removed from this country. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Is Marriage a Fundamental Right 'in Equal Protection'

3/22/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

Would it be unconstitutional for a state to abolish marriage as a legal status for everyone?

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Honor Killings and the Travel Bans

10/4/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Anti-Muslim animus on the face of the second travel ban requires clear proof that the third one is free of such bigotry.

Trump’s Anti-Trans Animus, Unmasked

11/6/17  //  Commentary

By Scott Skinner-Thompson: A federal district court has concluded that President Trump’s ban on transgender people in the military was likely motivated by animus, not readiness.

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Originalism, Fauxriginalism, and Embracing the Constitution

2/7/19  //  Commentary

The words of the Constitution—along with the history and values that shed light upon the meaning of ambiguous parts of the text—are progressive at their core

Could A Ruling Against LGBT Rights in Bostock Allow Employers to Discriminate on the Basis of Religion?

10/7/19  //  Commentary

Permitting employers to discriminate against LGBT employees would open to the door to the same kind of discrimination against millions of Americans of faith

Aaron Tang

UC Davis School of Law

Disability Advocates Challenge Medicaid Cuts

7/14/17  //  Commentary

Hundreds of people in wheelchairs, with walkers, and using ventilators protested in Senators’ offices and RNC offices across the country. Many traveled far from their homes, suffered blazing temperatures, and were denied access to bathrooms and elevators, to make their voices heard. And Senators and RNC staff refused to meet them, had them forcibly ejected, and called police to arrest them.

Eve Hill

Brown Goldstein & Levy

Justice Gorsuch, Kippahs, and False Analogies in Masterpiece Cakeshop

6/19/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

The Court’s newest member embraces a troubling “both sides” argument

Jim Oleske

Lewis & Clark Law School

The Anti-Abortion Movement's Unworkability Strategy

9/23/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

Antiabortion lawyers think that they can turn a fact and evidence-based legal standard into an argument against stare decisis, which would advance their ultimate goal of overturning Roe. In June Medical, it is time for the justices to prove them wrong.

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A Landmark (But Qualified) Victory for Transgender Rights

6/14/19  //  Quick Reactions

The Ninth Circuit's decision regarding the 'trans ban' has broad implications and marks a vital development in protecting transgender rights under the U.S. Constitution.

Hargan v. Garza As The Trump Administration's Vision For DOJ

11/13/17  //  Commentary

DOJ's conduct in Hargan v. Garza is the clearest example of how this administration wants to use DOJ for political purposes.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Raising Red Flags about Shelby County

10/15/18  //  Commentary

Although Shelby County had a dramatic and immediate real-world impact, its future doctrinal importance is likely minimal.

Travis Crum

University of Chicago

Twitter and the Political Community

10/26/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

By communicating mainly through Twitter, Trump has asserted the power to define his own political community—and to exclude people from it.

Kate Shaw

Cardozo Law

Trump's Hostility to LGBT Rights is Now Unmistakable

7/31/17  //  Commentary

Several years ago the assertion that Title VII does not prohibit sexual orientation discrimination might have been seen as merely cautious; today it can only be apprehended as reactionary and bigoted

Richard Thompson Ford

Stanford Law School

Versus Trump: Versus Plastic Guns

8/9/18  //  Commentary

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Jason, Charlie, and Easha—in her last episode for several months—discuss the fast-moving lawsuit by states against the Trump Administration and Cody Wilson seeking to block distribution of plans for 3D-printed guns. As usual, you can listen online below, and subscribe via this page with any podcast player or here in iTunes.

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Versus Trump: Watch Out, Watch List

9/12/19  //  Commentary

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Charlie and guest-host Alexandra Brodsky discuss a recent opinion invalidating the FBI's terrorism watch-list. They discuss the implications of the opinion for the Trump administration (and beyond), the merits (and demerits) of the court's reasoning, and all sorts of other cool stuff, including how annoying it is when people think they're important enough to be spied on by the FBI. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Trump DOJ's Flipped Positions

9/8/17  //  Commentary

Republicans may not be advancing their agenda through legislation, but they're getting it done in other ways.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

The Trump Administration’s Assault on Fair Housing

8/19/19  //  Commentary

Today, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a proposed rule that would substantially limit enforcement of the 1968 Fair Housing Act. This rule is deeply flawed.

Olatunde Johnson

Columbia Law School

Michelle Aronowitz

Private Practice

Trump and Pence Invoke Conscience to Block Contraception, Contrary to Our Religious Liberty Tradition

6/4/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Regulatory changes that the Trump-Pence Administration reportedly plans to implement extend well beyond our religious liberty traditions (and beyond accommodations authorized by the Supreme Court)

Douglas NeJaime

Yale Law School

Reva Siegel

Yale Law School

The Muslim Ban and Trump's Latest Tweets

6/5/17  //  Quick Reactions

Thanks in part to the President's own recent tweets and public comments, the case for concluding that his revised travel ban is unconstitutional has now become overwhelming.

Corey Brettschneider

Brown University

#MeToo & Legal-Institutional Reform (Part I-Stormy Daniels)

3/26/18  //  Commentary

This post, which addresses non-disclosure agreements, is part of a series on #MeToo, sex discrimination, and possible solutions that are more than quick fixes.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

The Letter On The Census And The Supreme Court

6/5/19  //  Quick Reactions

Recent revelations in the census case at the Supreme Court are also relevant to another case at the Court--partisan gerrymandering.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

The Plain Meaning of Title VII

7/8/19  //  Commentary

According to Justice Kagan, we're all textualists now. What exactly does that mean as we interpret Title VII's ban on discrimination 'because of such individual's . . . sex'?

Versus Trump: Borderline Searches + Response To First Mondays

11/16/17  //  Commentary

On this week’s episode of Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie discuss a new lawsuit that forces courts to answer the question of whether the federal government needs a warrant to search people's electronic devices at the U.S. border, and they also respond to a discussion on the Supreme Court podcast First Mondays regarding the government's recent filing in the Hargan v. Garza abortion case. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

A Lurking Threat to LGBT Rights & Religious Freedom

4/3/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Today, the Fifth Circuit hears argument in a major case about the future of religious liberty and LGBT rights. The law under review, HB 1523, is flagrantly unconstitutional. And the result of this appeal may profoundly influence Trump's still-evolving policies.

Sessions Changed DOJ's Longstanding Position on Voter Purges in a Key SCOTUS Case.

9/26/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Now former DOJ officials are calling him on it.

Samuel Bagenstos

University of Michigan Law School

Versus Trump: Trump Versus Facebook

8/23/18  //  Commentary

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie talk about an unusual and surprising case where the Trump Administration has filed a brief in support of fair housing advocates who have sued Facebook for its part in enabling discriminatory advertising. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Versus Trump: Updates, Y'all!

11/9/17  //  Commentary

You want updates, so we've got updates! On this week’s episode of Versus Trump, Jason and Easha revisit several important cases and news items that we've previously mentioned so that you have the latest information on them. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

The Voting Rights Agenda Must Include Felon Reenfranchisement

7/10/17  //  Commentary

As disenfranchisement and voter suppression efforts are on the rise, one partial response is reenfranchisement.

Nancy Leong

Sturm College of Law

Life Comes At You Fast: The Norm Against Overt Racism Edition

8/25/17  //  Commentary

In the last two weeks, Trump bulldozed through the norm against overt racism

Helen Klein Murillo

Harvard Law School '17

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Roe v. Wade, Frontiero v. Richadson, and the Equal Rights Amendment

5/20/19  //  Commentary

I clerked for Justice Brennan at the time. Here's how the proposed Equal Rights Amendment affected Roe v Wade and Frontiero v. Richardson.

Geoffrey R. Stone

UChicago Law School

Originalist Critiques of Anti-Originalism: Still Don’t Know About History

6/14/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

By Saul Cornell: Although originalists invoke the authority of history, their method is profoundly ahistorical.

Take Care

Christian Nationalism and the Bladensburg Cross

3/25/19  //  Commentary

One of the core goals of the Establishment Clause is to stave off developments like Christian nationalism and its hierarchies of citizens. The Bladensburg cross reflects and strengthens this troubling strain in American society.

A Department of Justice, But For Whom?

4/7/17  //  Commentary

A letter about how to fix DOJ’s Civil Rights Division simultaneously maintains that we live in a “post-racial world” and urges the Division to take measures that will disenfranchise people of color.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Bias and Privilege: The Two Sides of Racism

1/15/18  //  Commentary

Racial bias and white privilege both contribute to racism. To our country’s great detriment, Trump has displayed both of them.

Magic-Words Thinking in Trump v. Hawaii -- or, How Not to Assess Governmental Motive

4/25/18  //  Commentary

Giving President Trump the benefit of the doubt is one thing. Fictionalizing an account of his motive so as to avoid reaching a certain conclusion is something else.

Richard Primus

University of Michigan Law School

The Imperatives of Structure: The Travel Ban, the Establishment Clause, and Standing to Sue

4/3/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

In the Fourth Circuit travel ban appeal, DOJ contends that the plaintiffs lack standing. But a deeper examination of the Establishment Clause proves that the plaintiffs’ claims must be heard on the merits.

Ira C. Lupu

George Washington University Law School

Peter J. Smith

George Washington University Law School

Robert W. Tuttle

George Washington University Law School

When Free Speech Suits the President

4/6/17  //  Commentary

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a suit alleging that President Trump incited violence against protesters at one of his campaign rallies last year. The bitter irony to Trump's defense is that it seeks to expand free speech rules; usually, he prefers to trash them.

Amanda Shanor

The Wharton School

Three Problems With the SG's Klan Hypo in the Masterpiece Cakeshop Oral Argument

12/6/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

If the baker loses in Masterpiece, could the government compel an African American sculptor to sculpt a cross for a Klan service? No, it could not.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

A Note Of Caution About Timbs v. Indiana

2/25/19  //  Quick Reactions

The concurring opinions in Timbs v. Indiana raise some concerns about how (some of) the Justices would address the Trump administration’s treatment of undocumented minor women.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Some Notes On The Latest “Ban”

7/31/17  //  Commentary

There are some notable similarities between the President's announcement that transgender individuals would be banned from military service, and the ban(s) on entry from several Muslim majority countries.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

The Cert Denial in Planned Parenthood v. Jegley

5/30/18  //  Quick Reactions

The Supreme Court's denial of cert in Planned Parenthood v. Jegley raises some concerns.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

More Attacks on Immigrants’ Due Process Rights

6/12/17  //  Commentary

The Trump Administration’s expansion of deportation efforts has occurred alongside systematic efforts to strip people caught in the enforcement web of their right to due process.

Jennifer Chacón

U.C. Irvine School of Law

Pregnant Workers and Reproductive Justice

5/21/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

Despite legal efforts to eliminate it, pregnancy discrimination remains rampant. Responses based in liberty, temporary disability, and sex equality arguments have met limited success in courts.

Jessica Clarke

Vanderbilt Law School

Constitutional Blindspot: How The Roberts Court Is Betraying Our Democracy

7/1/19  //  Commentary

The Roberts Court has a constitutional blindspot. It consistently ignores the many parts of the Constitution that help preserve and protect a vibrant democracy open to all.

Challenging the 'Travel Ban' in the Supreme Court

9/19/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Will the President’s own words mean nothing to the Court, even as they mean everything to millions affected by his order?

The D.C. Circuit Breaks New Second Amendment Ground

7/27/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

A recent D.C. Circuit decision created—for the moment, at least—an arguable circuit split on a very important issue.

Joseph Blocher

Duke Law School

Echoes of History in Objections to Federal Enforcement of Voting Rights

4/21/17  //  Commentary

A letter about how to fix DOJ’s Civil Rights Division has some interesting parallels to a recent voting rights dissent.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

DOJ Will No Longer Assist Covered Entities in Understanding the Law

11/21/17  //  Latest Developments

The new approach does not mean the DOJ will no longer make policy. It just means the Department will no longer tell covered entities and protected individuals what those policies are.

Eve Hill

Brown Goldstein & Levy

Texas’s More Honest Take On Garza v. Hargan

1/11/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the outlandish arguments made to prevent undocumented young women from obtaining abortions.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

The Significance of Chief Justice Roberts Joining in the Stay of the Louisiana Abortion Law

2/8/19  //  Quick Reactions

So no, the abortion right is not safe. But it's not in quite as much immediate danger as one might have thought. And that's not nothing.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Defending Inclusion

12/12/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

Three strategies stand out as a way to defuse and then dismantle reassertions of ethnonationalism

K. Sabeel Rahman

Demos & Brooklyn Law School

Information Wars Part I: The Challenge To The Census

4/13/17  //  Commentary

The Trump administration has enacted several policies to conceal, subvert, or manipulate information. It has retracted a proposal to add LGBTQ identification to the U.S. census and eliminated LGBTQ identification from HHS surveys. These policies and others attempt to deny the existence of a problem by disappearing the (inconvenient) facts.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Helen Klein Murillo

Harvard Law School '17

Versus Trump: Trump Loses On Family Planning, Wins In The Ninth, and More

5/16/19  //  Uncategorized

This week on Versus Trump, Jason and Easha go through a few updates to cases involving Title X, which provides money for family planning; the Administration's policy to have many asylum applicants removed to Mexico; and the controversial border wall. Trump lost one, won one—for now, and hasn't yet gotten a decision in the third. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Information Wars Part IV: Doing Violence To Sensible Policy on Guns

4/19/17  //  Commentary

The Trump administration’s efforts to disguise the facts by not deigning to look for them—and discouraging others from doing so—resemble the United States’ policy on research related to gun violence and gun possession.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Helen Klein Murillo

Harvard Law School '17

Trump's DOJ Budget Puts The Money Where His Mouth Has Been

6/2/17  //  Commentary

The budget for the Civil Rights Division underscores how the administration will turn a blind eye toward many forms of discrimination while stoking anti-immigrant sentiment.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

The War on Transgender Soldiers Flies in the Face of the Facts

8/7/17  //  Commentary

By Ian W. Holloway & Jody L. Herman: As the Pentagon decides how to respond to Trump’s mandate, we urge that they consider our rigorous research and the lived experiences of transgender service members and their allies.

Take Care

CVE Is A Flawed and Ineffective Program, And More Evaluation Won’t Fix It

2/22/19  //  Commentary

By Nabihah Maqbool and Sirine Shebaya: There are major problems with the Countering Violent Extremism program. Trump has only made the program worse. It should be winded down for good.

Take Care

Symposium on June Medical Services v Gee

10/4/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

June Medical Services v. Gee involves a Louisiana law that would require abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where they perform abortions. SCOTUS has granted review of the constitutionality of that law.

Take Care

Enjoining the Contraception Rules

12/18/17  //  Commentary

A district court has stopped the Trump administration's hasty and poorly justified effort to relieve employers of their legal obligation to cover contraception.

Nick Bagley

University of Michigan Law School

Masterpiece Cakeshop and Reading Smith Carefully: A Reply to Jim Oleske

10/30/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Thomas C. Berg and Douglas Laycock respond to criticism of their amicus brief in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.

Take Care

The Legal Resistance to Trump

4/5/18  //  Quick Reactions

A wide-ranging, thematic talk at Harvard Law School

Here's Why SCOTUS Should Block Travel Ban 3.0

4/17/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

The government can't act based on animus toward particular religions. But that's exactly what Trump did.

Birth Control Is Not Abortion

9/7/18  //  Quick Reactions

By Greg Lipper: At his confirmation hearing, Judge Kavanaugh used the phrase “abortion-inducing drugs" while referring to a case he heard on the DC Circuit. This description of the case is at odds with modern science and suggests his hostility to foundational privacy precedents.

Take Care

#MeToo: More Advocacy On Mandatory Arbitration Clauses (Cornell edition)

4/8/18  //  Quick Reactions

Some recent updates on law students' organization against mandatory arbitration.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

California v. DOJ on Immigration Enforcement

4/11/17  //  Commentary

An exchange of letters between the California Chief Justice and Attorney General Sessions offers valuable lessons for states considering immigrant protective policies that respect human rights and dignity (but might annoy the Trump Administration).

Jennifer Chacón

U.C. Irvine School of Law

Versus Trump: The Voting Wars (Interview With Marc Elias)

8/17/17  //  Commentary

On this week’s episode of Versus Trump, we have an interview about voting laws and litigation with former Hillary for America General Counsel and current voting rights superlawyer Marc Elias. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Against Deference: Considering the Trump Travel Ban

12/8/17  //  Commentary

By Vicki Jackson & Judith Resnik: Upholding the third travel ban out of deference to the President on matters of foreign affairs would be a tragic mistake.

Take Care

Objections to Protecting Transgender People Under Title VII Are Meritless

7/10/19  //  Commentary

In this post, I address three of the most frequent objections to holding that Title VII prohibits discrimination based on transgender status

The Long-Term Costs of Trump’s Racism

8/6/19  //  Commentary

Trump’s racism will have lasting consequences on our legal and political culture.

Kyle Skinner

Harvard Law School

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Resisting Calls for Illegal Hiring Practices at DOJ’s Civil Rights Division

4/11/17  //  Commentary

Even in these strange and trying times, we would like to think that our Attorney General will follow the law while staffing the division of DOJ charged with realizing the Constitution’s promise of a democracy that’s worth a damn—one open to all citizens, regardless of the color of their skin.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Why Jeff Sessions’s Reversal on Private Prisons Is Dangerous

3/23/17  //  Commentary

The Attorney General’s embrace of private prisons is a victory for the industry, but it threatens the safety of correctional officers and prisoners.

Chiraag Bains

Harvard Law School

Trump's Immigration Policy & The Cross-Border Shooting Case

3/30/17  //  Commentary

President Trump's immigration enforcement policy has massively raised the stakes in Hernandez v. Mesa, where the Supreme Court is considering a cross-border shooting by a U.S. agent.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Justice Kavanaugh Said No On Roe

2/11/19  //  Quick Reactions

In June Medical Services, Justice Kavanaugh did exactly what reproductive justice advocates said he did on the court of appeals, and warned he would do once he got to the Supreme Court. Are you listening Susan Collins?

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

President Trump’s 'Pro-Life' Week

10/9/17  //  Commentary

There are many ways to protect life, yet we often speak as if restricting abortion is the only way to do so

Rachel Tuchman

Kaplan & Company

Proving Intentional Discrimination, Redux

8/30/17  //  Commentary

Insights from a recent lawsuit about Arizona’s decision to force the Tucson Unified School District to eliminate its successful Mexican American Studies program

Charlotte Garden

Seattle University School of Law

The Trump Administration And Immigrant Children

5/25/18  //  Quick Reactions

The news that the Trump administration lost undocumented children after placing them in the custody of minors calls to mind Azar v. Garza, the case in which the administration insists on placing minors into the custody of sponsors before the minors can obtain abortions.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Versus Trump: So, What's New?

5/10/18  //  Commentary

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Easha and Jason reveal their big announcement: we're doing our first ever live show: Saturday, June 9, in DC, as part of the ACS National Convention. After that excitement, they get into a handful of updates about cases about auto emissions, HUD programs, the ban on military service by transgender individuals, and more. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Versus Trump: N.Y. Versus Wilbur Ross

10/11/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie talk about the fight over Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross's potential testimony in an important lawsuit over the census. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Charlottesville And The Minimization Of Racial Discrimination

8/23/17  //  Commentary

What happened in Charlottesville (along with the President's response to Charlottesville) should put to rest the idea that racism is a thing of the past.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Helen Klein Murillo

Harvard Law School '17

A Case To Watch: Garza v. Hargan

10/19/17  //  Quick Reactions

One facet of the government's position in Garza v. Hargan got a laugh at the Supreme Court when the government raised it in another case.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Trump's Unyielding Religious Exemptions from the Contraceptive Coverage Requirement Are Unconstitutional

3/26/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

The administration has issued a religious exemption rule that collides with the Establishment Clause

Versus Trump: Secret Subpoenas, A New AG, and Live Listener Feedback

1/17/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Charlie, Jason, and Easha hit three topics: the mysterious case of the subpoena to a foreign corporation that may be related to the Mueller investigation; the nomination of William Barr as Attorney General; and the temporal nature of an emergency, as prompted by live listener feedback. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Making Sense of the SCOTUS Per Curiam in Arkansas SSM Birth Certificate Case

6/29/17  //  Commentary

The challenged Arkansas law most certainly violated Obergefell's call for equal access to the constellation of benefits that accompany marriage. The per curiam got it right.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

The Federal Death Penalty Under Trump

4/27/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

President Trump and Attorney General Sessions hold exceptionally pro-death penalty views. Here's how they might seek to increase use of capital punishment at the federal level, and why any such effort likely would fail.

The Attack on American Cities

4/7/17  //  Commentary

Trump's anti-urban rhetoric has fanned the flames of a war by state governments against progressive cities. We see this in battles over sanctuary cities, LGBT rights, gun regulation, employee rights. The time has come for a campaign on behalf of city power.

Richard C. Schragger

UVA School of Law

The Transgender Ban is Facially Unconstitutional

7/26/17  //  Quick Reactions

Such a blanket prohibition, tweeted out in advance of the Pentagon completing a policy review, is so lacking in credibility that its only motivation seems to be animus towards transgender people.

Jamal Greene

Columbia Law School

A Reprieve for Texas’s Sanctuary Cities

8/31/17  //  Commentary

Cities need to be recognized as constitutional actors in their own right, worthy of protection and capable of self-determination.

Richard C. Schragger

UVA School of Law

ADA Education and Reform Act

4/18/17  //  Quick Reactions

The ADA Education and Reform Act would undermine ADA compliance and make people with disabilities the involuntary unpaid consultants of the businesses that discriminate against them

Is the Trinity Lutheran Church Case Moot?

4/18/17  //  Commentary

Under President Trump, questions about the role of religion have come to the fore. The Supreme Court was set to decide a major Free Exercise issue this Term, but it now seems that the case is moot.

Marty Lederman

Georgetown Law

#MeToo: Update on Arbitration-Related Advocacy

5/16/18  //  Quick Reactions

Law students' advocacy led to a powerful letter to law firms recruiting on campus from many different law schools.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Religious Animus or Reality?

7/2/18  //  Commentary

In a recent case, the Court suggested that calling out an attempt to use religion to justify harming others was evidence of animus. That’s wrong.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Abigail DeHart

Michigan Law School

Sex Discrimination Behind the Veil Is Still Sex Discrimination

10/11/19  //  Commentary

Even if an employer were to impose a purportedly neutral rule that he did not hire people attracted to the same sex, in practice, that rule would impose two discriminatory sex-based rules

Amanda Shanor

The Wharton School

#MeToo & Legal-Institutional Reform (Part II-Claire Foy)

4/3/18  //  Commentary

This post, which addresses enforcement mechanisms, is part of a series on #MeToo, sex discrimination, and possible solutions that are more than quick fixes.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

The Constitutional Rule Against Bans On Previability Abortions Applies to Mississippi

4/22/19  //  Commentary

We recently filed an amicus brief asking the Fifth Circuit to apply the well settled rule that states may not prohibit women from accessing abortions prior to viability.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Take Care

Pretext and Remedy in the Census Case and Beyond

7/2/19  //  Commentary

There really is nothing the administration can now do that ought to lead to approval of the citizenship question

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Doubling Down on a Deeply Troubling Argument in Masterpiece Cakeshop

11/14/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Tom Berg and Douglas Laycock defend a novel theory that could eviscerate civil rights laws

Jim Oleske

Lewis & Clark Law School

#MeToo: Advocacy On Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

3/29/18  //  Quick Reactions

Some recent organization against mandatory arbitration.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

It Matters How and When SCOTUS Reviews the Muslim Ban

5/30/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

A detailed guide to how and when the Muslim Ban might reach the Supreme Court (and why this question really matters).

Deep Problems with the Proposed Executive Order on Religious Freedom

5/3/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

It's rumored that tomorrow, Trump will issue an executive order on "religious freedom," singling out for protection only traditional and conservative religious views on sex, marriage, sexual orientation, gender identity, and pregnancy. That order will most certainly raise grave constitutional issues under the Establishment Clause.

Ira C. Lupu

George Washington University Law School

Robert W. Tuttle

George Washington University Law School

Why Courts Have Probed Trump’s Motives for the Travel Ban

4/4/17  //  Commentary

Perceptions of presidential bad faith have given judges the fortitude to do what the law already demands of them, even though their actions might prompt the President to bash them by name on TV or Twitter.

The Stakes for Civil Rights in the Funding Fight Over Sanctuary Cities

9/21/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

There's reason to be wary of the argument that Congress has to “unambiguously” state funding conditions in the text of statutes.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Versus Trump: #MeToo vs. Trump

12/14/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

On this week’s episode of Versus Trump, Charlie, Jason, and Easha talk about a defamation lawsuit brought by Summer Zervos, a woman who alleges that she was sexually assaulted by President Trump in a hotel room in 2007. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Getting To No On Roe: It Continues

1/29/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

Another recent decision from a court of appeals (this time the Fifth Circuit) illustrates how states and courts can undermine women’s right to decide to end their pregnancies without formally overruling the relevant Supreme Court decisions.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

A Landmark Victory for LGBT Rights (And The Path Ahead)

4/5/17  //  Commentary

The en banc Seventh Circuit has held that Title VII protects against sexual orientation discrimination. SCOTUS is likely to grant review of this important issue in the near future. But it remains unclear what position the Trump Administration will take.

Repackaging Discrimination

4/1/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

The Trump administration (with some success) is making an argument to justify discrimination against transgender persons that would roll back some of the protections against other forms of discrimination as well.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Hetali Lodaya

Michigan Law School

#MeToo Paper Spotlight (Part I)

4/16/18  //  Commentary

This post, which highlights an academic paper related to #MeToo, is part of a series on #MeToo, sex discrimination, and possible solutions that amount to more than quick fixes.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Masterpiece Cakeshop– A Troublesome Application Of Free Exercise Principles By A Court Determined To Avoid Hard Questions

6/7/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

A system that threatens to overturn any administrative decision that appears tainted – even harmlessly – by signs of religious bias is one that will inevitably favor religious interests over other concerns

Robert W. Tuttle

George Washington University Law School

Ira C. Lupu

George Washington University Law School

Animus Revisited: DOJ Fails To Explain Change in Position on Relevance of Campaign Statements

6/23/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

DOJ can't distinguish a case from 1995 in which it took a diametrically opposed view on the relevance of campaign statements.

Jim Oleske

Lewis & Clark Law School

Those Who Do Not Know History

4/12/17  //  Commentary

On the first full day of Passover, the Trump Administration offered several lessons about institutionalized racism and ethnic cleansing.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

The Muslim Ban: Answering Tough Questions About Motive

4/21/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

The opinion by then-Justice Rehnquist in Hunter v. Underwood (1985), a case about denying the right to vote for racist reasons, offers thoughtful answers to many of the hardest questions that you might ask about motive and the Muslim Ban.

Richard Primus

University of Michigan Law School

UCI Commencement Speech

6/10/19  //  Quick Reactions

My remarks at the UCI Law commencement.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Reinvigorating Civil Rights in the Era of Trump

4/13/17  //  Commentary

Given the nativist overtones of his campaign and his administration’s signature policies — from the Muslim ban to an immigration crackdown that equates being a foreign-born minority with criminality — Trump has exploded the fiction that we live in a post-racial society.

Chiraag Bains

Harvard Law School

Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer: Dodging on the Playground

6/28/17  //  Commentary

The votes in this case mask very deep divisions on the Supreme Court about Religion Clause and federalism principles.

Ira C. Lupu

George Washington University Law School

Robert W. Tuttle

George Washington University Law School

Versus Trump: Preventing The Prevention Of The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

5/17/18  //  Commentary

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Easha, Charlie, and Jason discuss a series of recent rulings that have stopped the Trump Administration from revoking federal grants to entities that have been working to reduce teen pregnancy. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

H.J. Res. 43 As A Health Care Bill

4/5/17  //  Commentary

The Democrats have accepted the Republicans’ framing of a bill that would be used to defund Planned Parenthood. That’s a mistake.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Gender Hypocrisy Watch

3/11/19  //  Commentary

The administration’s recent claims about gender violence and the humanitarian crisis at the border underscore the administration’s hypocrisy on issues related to gender.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Versus Trump: Trump Versus Anti-Discrimination Laws (with guest Joshua Matz)

12/7/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

On this week’s episode of Versus Trump, Charlie, Jason, and Easha are joined by Take Care publisher Joshua Matz to talk about the Masterpiece Cake Shop oral argument, plus the status of Muslim Ban litigation and the future of Take Care.

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Court Finds Discriminatory Purpose in Law Backed by Sessions DOJ

8/28/17  //  Commentary

DOJ's troubling shift on voting rights rightly failed to save a discriminatory Texas law

Stare Decisis, The Supreme Court, And Roe

7/9/18  //  Commentary

Some further evidence that a mere belief in stare decisis and judicial precedent does not mean a judge will not overrule cases, as Susan Collins has (falsely) suggested.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Motive Matters in Assessing the Travel Ban

3/20/17  //  Commentary

To the extent that Trump’s statements about the travel ban shed light on why the executive orders were issued—and they surely do—those statements are material to the constitutional analysis.

Richard Primus

University of Michigan Law School

The Easy Take And The Right Take On The Charlottesville Lawsuit

10/16/17  //  Commentary

There are two ways to look at one of the recent lawsuits against the organizers of the Charlottesville rally, the easy way and the right way.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

A Different View of Why the Muslim Ban Violates the Establishment Clause

4/20/17  //  Commentary

A diverse group of leading constitutional law scholars—representing many different views about the Establishment Clause—has filed an amicus brief challenging the Muslim Ban. Here's what you need to know.

Corey Brettschneider

Brown University

Micah Schwartzman

University of Virginia School of Law

Nelson Tebbe

Brooklyn Law School

Can Public Health Help Abortion Rights?

5/22/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

Reproductive justice advocates have increasingly relied on public health research in legislative and judicial disputes

Rachel Rebouché

Temple University School of Law.

The Costs of Conscience and the Trump Contraception Rules

3/6/18  //  Commentary

The Constitution prohibits the government from accommodating religious practices when doing so entails undue hardship to third parties

Micah Schwartzman

University of Virginia School of Law

Nelson Tebbe

Brooklyn Law School

Richard C. Schragger

UVA School of Law

Desuetude and Immigration Enforcement

3/16/17  //  Commentary

It's time to force Congress back into the conversation about immigration enforcement. Here's how.

Jamal Greene

Columbia Law School

Title VII Bans Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

7/11/19  //  Commentary

This conclusion follows directly from the statutory text and a brief glance at some dictionaries. Judges who have concluded otherwise based their analysis on faulty premises.

The New Contraception Rule Is Procedurally Flawed

6/1/17  //  Commentary

The Trump Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a massive expansion of the program that provides employers and exemption from providing their employees with contraceptive coverage. But they have not sought notice-and-comment on the rule, and that could be a major problem.

Nick Bagley

University of Michigan Law School

Do 18 Year Olds Have a Constitutional Right to Guns?

2/27/18  //  Commentary

What would real intermediate scrutiny of firearms regulations look like?

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Versus Trump: Are There Lawsuits About Gun Regulation?

2/22/18  //  Commentary

On a new episode of Versus Trump, Easha, Jason, and Charlie discuss what's going on in courts related to gun regulation. They focus on one set of Versus Trump lawsuits in this area: suits by the Gabby Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence requesting any Trump Administration records that would show the influence of the gun lobby on the Administration. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Race, Democracy, and Civic Engagement in U.S. History

12/6/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

The current attacks on democratic institutions are but symptoms of a deeper disease: the lack of full civic participation by the nation’s ordinary residents

Take Care

See You In Court 2.0

3/16/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Last night, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked Trump's revised entry ban. Here is a detailed analysis of its decision and an assessment of what likely will happen next in that litigation.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Versus Trump Podcast: G.G. Case + Patti Goldman

5/25/17  //  Commentary

On a new episode of Versus Trump, Take Care's podcast, we discuss the status of G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, a major case about transgender rights, and then speak with Patti Goldman of Earthjustice about an important lawsuit that her organization has filed.

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Easha Anand

San Francisco

At SCOTUS, It's All About Taint

6/25/18  //  Commentary

The Supreme Court decided two merits cases today and took one extremely puzzling action via a summary order. The unifying theme I'll identify is taint.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

The World Is Not Made Brand New Every Morning

3/20/17  //  Commentary

Judge Kozinski thinks that we cannot account for President Trump's campaign statements in the Muslim Ban cases. That is wrong. Courts can, and should, reckon with this history in assessing whether Trump's ban comports with religious neutrality.

Jonathan Taylor

Gupta Wessler PLLC

Trump’s Approach to Crime & Punishment

3/16/17  //  Commentary

The president has continued existing policies, but also signaled a misplaced (and dangerous) reliance on immigration enforcement and incarceration to protect the public.

Chiraag Bains

Harvard Law School

Fifth Circuit Ruling Threatens LGBT Rights & Religious Freedom

7/17/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

The Fifth Circuit his reversed a preliminary injunction against HB 1523, Mississippi's unusual anti-LGBT "religious freedom" law. Its reasoning is incorrect and at odds with precedent. En banc review is warranted to establish uniformity in the law and vindicate important constitutional principles.

There’s No Justification for Michigan’s Discriminatory Work Requirements

5/9/18  //  Uncategorized

Low-income residents in Michigan’s cities are significantly less able to travel for work than people in rural communities. But Michigan legislators wants to exempt only the latter from their new work requirements. That's both immoral and illegal.

Eli Savit

University of Michigan Law School

Nick Bagley

University of Michigan Law School

Youngstown Zone Zero

3/16/17  //  Commentary

Justice Jackson's famous separation of powers framework offers no support for President Trump's entry ban. In fact, it's irrelevant.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Ian Samuel

Harvard Law School

Versus Trump: Protecting The Right To Counsel In Immigration Courts, With Glenda Aldana Madrid

6/22/17  //  Uncategorized

On a new, interview-only episode of Versus Trump, Take Care's podcast, Jason has an interview with Glenda Aldana Madrid, of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), about a case in which her organization has so far successfully blocked the Administration's attempt to curb the right to counsel in immigration courts. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Easha Anand

San Francisco

How Many Bullets Do You Need?

9/4/19  //  Commentary

Various jurisdictions that have banned large-capacity magazines define large-capacity differently. So how many bullets are enough under the Second Amendment?

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Trump’s Trans Ban Isn’t 'Frozen'

8/30/17  //  Commentary

It’s time to stop pretending the Executive Branch is going to check Donald Trump.

Eli Savit

University of Michigan Law School

SCOTUS Travel Ban Argument Post-Mortem and the Surprising Relevance of Korematsu

4/25/18  //  Commentary

Korematsu holds that in a case like this one the obligation to strictly scrutinize invidiously discriminatory policies remains even when the government asserts a facially plausible national security justification.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

FCC’s Reversal on Prison Call Rates Demonstrates the Commission’s New Stance

3/29/17  //  Quick Reactions

The FCC has abandoned its legal defense of a 2015 order that placed new caps on the cost of phone calls placed by prison inmates. This reflects a mentality that will have major effects in prisons and elsewhere.

Daniel Deacon

U.C. Irvine School of Law

Mitch Landrieu and the Anti-Denigration Constitution

5/25/17  //  Commentary

Mitch Landrieu’s speech defending the removal of Confederate war monuments in the heart of New Orleans is an eloquent reminder that the Constitution forbids acts that subordinate or denigrate, whether in the context of religion, LGBT rights, or racial equality.

Richard C. Schragger

UVA School of Law

Micah Schwartzman

University of Virginia School of Law

Nelson Tebbe

Brooklyn Law School

Building an Inclusive Democracy: Towards an Action Agenda

12/5/18  //  Latest Developments

Protect Democracy has asked a diverse set of experts from a variety of disciplines to identify steps that could be taken to advance the prospects of a truly inclusive and multi-racial American democracy

Take Care

Census Smoke Signals

3/29/18  //  Commentary

Where there is smoke, there is usually a fire

Jennifer Nou

University of Chicago Law School

Updates | The Week of April 24, 2017

4/30/17  //  Daily Update

The Administration sought an extension to negotiate over the Affordable Care Act's birth control provisions, and it hired a State Department spokesperson who has a history of anti-Muslim rhetoric.

Updates | The Week of April 10, 2017

4/16/17  //  Daily Update

This week on Take Care, Eve Hill explained that criminal justice reform cannot succeed without accounting for disability rights.

Updates | The Week of April 24, 2017

4/30/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump's proposed budget would significantly hurt people of color.

Updates | The Week of August 21, 2017

8/24/17  //  Daily Update

Commentary on President Trump's response to white supremacist violence in Charlottesville continued.

Updates | The Week of October 16

10/21/17  //  Daily Update

Sen. Feinstein argues Congress must act to close the loophole for bump stocks, used in the Las Vegas shooting, in the Firearms Owners Protection Act.

Updates | The Week of February 5, 2018

2/11/18  //  Daily Update

The Nunes memo set off aftershocks; agencies scrambled to implement the Trump Administration's policies to mixed effect; and Congress passes a budget after a brief overnight shutdown.

The Story Thus Far: Reproductive Rights

3/16/17  //  Daily Update

The Trump Administration has already taken extraordinary steps to undermine reproductive rights. Here are some useful analyses of the story thus far.

Updates | The Week of May 8, 2017

5/14/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump's appointments and judicial nominations could be an attack on reproductive rights.

Updates | The Week of July 31, 2017

8/6/17  //  Daily Update

The D.C. Circuit struck down D.C.'s 'good reason' conceal and carry law.

Updates | The Week of July 17, 2017

6/25/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump's judicial nominees raise serious concerns for LGBT advocates, and AG Sessions may prove unwilling to defend LGBT rights.

Updates | The Week of October 16

10/21/17  //  Daily Update

A lawsuit filed against the organizers of the Charlottesville rally is a serious suit and deserves to be covered as such. The FBI may be scrutinizing activities of black activists.

Updates | The Week of April 3, 2017

4/9/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump’s proclamation marking World Autism Awareness Day angered autism activists by aspiring to “cure autism."

Updates | The Week of April 17, 2017

4/23/17  //  Daily Update

The New York Times argued that the federal courts will be the last resort for LGBT progress during this Administration. Meanwhile, the Human Rights Campaign argued the Administration should stand against the Chechen human rights abuses toward gay men.

Updates | The Week of March 27, 2017

4/2/17  //  Daily Update

Vice President Pence cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate on Thursday removing a procedural obstacle to repealing Obama-era Title X family planning funding. A proposed executive order aimed at religious liberty has profound constitutional infirmities.

Updates | The Week of May 8, 2017

5/14/17  //  Daily Update

A fight is brewing in Congress over the reauthorization of one of the country's most significant surveillance laws.

Updates | The Week of September 11, 2017

9/17/17  //  Daily Update

Trump's decision to end DACA spurs a flurry of legal challenges; his election fraud commission gets into more trouble; and the Supreme Court stays the Ninth Circuit's latest trvel ban ruling.

Updates | The Week of August 14, 2017

8/20/17  //  Daily Update

New regulations may allow even private businesses to opt out of contraception coverage.

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

The fact that raising the issue of ownership of semiautomatic weapons in a confirmation hearing caused the nomination to be put on hold is a sad development. DOJ officials indicated they cannot regulate sales of gun bump ammunition stocks absent Congressional guidance, but momentum for gun control is quickly waning in Congress.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

Customs officers searched an estimated 30,200 cellphones, computers and other electronic devices of people entering and leaving the United States last year, up 60 percent from 2016.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of May 29, 2017

6/4/17  //  Daily Update

The Department of Education revived an online resource this week to provide information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, months after the old version crashed. Advocates had sharply criticized the administration for the site’s lengthy absence.

Helen Klein Murillo

Harvard Law School '17

Updates | The Week of June 5, 2017

6/11/17  //  Daily Update

Senator Tom Cotton seeks to make Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act permanent.

Updates | The Week of August 21, 2017

8/24/17  //  Daily Update

DOJ continues to support the position that websites are covered by Title III of the American Disabilities Act.

Updates | The Week of March 20, 2017

3/26/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump's "alternative facts" spread to the abortion debate.

Updates | The Week of July 10, 2017

7/16/17  //  Daily Update

The Legal Defense Fund filed a FOIA request seeking information on the Department of Education's policing of race- and disability-based discipline disparities in school.

Updates | The Week of July 31, 2017

8/6/17  //  Daily Update

The White House met with evangelical leaders.

Updates | The Week of March 27, 2017

4/2/17  //  Daily Update

The male-dominated Trump Administration has targeted women's health legislation.

Updates | The Week of June 5, 2017

6/11/17  //  Daily Update

A federal district court ruled that the Supreme Court's ban on plaza demonstrations does not violate RFRA.

Updates | The Week of September 18, 2017

9/24/17  //  Daily Update

The Department of Defense issued guidance that transgender troops currently serving in the military can re-enlist; Senator McCain continues to oppose President Trump's ban on transgender service members. President Trump's judicial nominees believe LGBT rights should be rolled back.

Updates | The Week of June 12, 2017

6/18/17  //  Daily Update

The Department of Commerce has excluded sexual orientation and gender identity from its 2017 Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump’s nomination of Howard Nielson, Jr. to the federal bench is an attack on LGBTQ rights.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of October 16

10/21/17  //  Daily Update

Although DOJ will assist in the prosecution of a man charged with murdering a transgender teenager in Iowa, reportedly at the urging of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, commentators argue this action does not alter Sessions's assault on LGBT rights.

Updates | The Week of July 10, 2017

7/16/17  //  Daily Update

The most recent version of the Republican healthcare bill, like its predecessors, threatens to "defund" Planned Parenthood.

Updates | The Week of September 25, 2017

10/1/17  //  Daily Update

The Second Circuit seemed hostile to the administration's anti-gay position during oral arguments in the pending Title VII case.

Updates | The Week of September 4, 2017

9/10/17  //  Daily Update

The President orders an end to DACA and has Attorney General Jeff Sessions announce the change; Trump Jr.'s June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer undergoes more scrutiny; Trump's 16 nominations to the federal judiciary spur challenges and concern.

Updates | The Week of April 3, 2017

4/9/17  //  Daily Update

The FCC repealed broadband privacy regulations, but Orin Kerr notes that the Wiretap Act provides a substantial check on privacy incursions by broadband providers. In response to "extreme vetting," Members of Congress introduced legislation banning warrantless cellphone searches at the border.

Updates | The Week of October 2, 2017

10/8/17  //  Daily Update

The Trump administration is pushing a FISA reauthorization before the surveillance law sunsets in December.

Updates | The Week of April 17, 2017

4/23/17  //  Daily Update

As part of their Information Wars Series, Leah Litman and Helen Klein Murillo argue that the Administration is pursuing a dangerous "don't investigate-so-you-can-deny" policy with gun violence research.

The Story Thus Far: Privacy & Surveillance

3/16/17  //  Daily Update

Since Trump's election, the privacy rights of foreigners (and in some cases of U.S. citizens) have grown still more precarious. Here are some useful analyses of the story thus far.

Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

Advocacy groups sued the Department of Education over its sexual assault guidance. HHS's new religious freedom division constitutes a new attack on women's health, wrote Jamille Fields at The Hill.

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

An Ohio court suggested that a ban on firearms in a restraining order may violate the Second Amendment.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of October 2, 2017

10/8/17  //  Daily Update

Civil rights groups are preparing to challenge the administration's decision to halt the equal pay rule.

Updates | The Week of August 7, 2017

8/13/17  //  Daily Update

The Trump Administration's proposed ban on transgender military service is not supported by science, and has drawn legal challenges from LGBTQ rights groups and service members.

Updates | The Week of October 2, 2017

10/8/17  //  Daily Update

The administration voiced its support for a ban on abortions after twenty weeks. The ACLU is suing the FDA over restrictions on medication used for abortions.

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

This week, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Masterpiece Cakeshop, a case invoking the conflict between religious beliefs and non-discrimination ordinances.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School

Updates | Week of March 20, 2017

3/26/17  //  Daily Update

RIchard Thompson Ford argued that President Trump's command that female employees "dress like women" is unworthy of the Presidency, while President Trump's budget blueprint may signal drastic cuts to programs under the Violence Against Women Act.

Updates | The Week of April 10, 2017

4/16/17  //  Daily Update

On Monday, a federal judge in Texas found discriminatory purpose behind the Texas Voter ID law. On Take Care, Joshua Matz and Leah Litman argued that the Trump Administration's plans for the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division raise grave concerns. Nikolas Bowie explained that the internal review of the Civil Rights Division's consent decrees threatens its value as an unbiased source. Danielle Lang noted that courts are still rooting out racial discrimination behind state laws relating to districting and voter identification, despite a shift by the Department of Justice.

Updates | Week of March 20, 2017

3/26/17  //  Daily Update

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