Derek Reinbold  //  4/16/17  //  Topic Update

On Monday, a federal judge in Texas found that the Texas Voter ID law was passed with discriminatory purpose, in violation of the Voting Rights Act (NYTWaPoDallas NewsElection Law Blog).

  • The decision can be found here.
  • More information about the legal history of the Texas Voter ID case can be found here and here

The Trump Administration’s plans for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division raises grave concerns, explain Joshua Matz and Leah Litman at Take Care.

Despite a shift by Trump's DOJ, courts are still rooting out racial discrimination in state laws relating to districting and voter identification, writes Danielle Lang (Take Care).

The internal review of Civil Rights Division consent decrees threatens its value as an unbiased source, argues Nikolas Bowie (Take Care).

The Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions is “blinding itself to injustice,” argues Renée Graham (Boston Globe).

The Trump Administration’s proposal to eliminate federal financing for the Legal Services Corporation will have grave consequences for low-income citizens, writes Dorothy Samuels at The American Prospect.

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.

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump shared videos from a fringe British ultranationalist party purportedly showing Muslims committing acts of violence. The tax bill poses a serious threat to diversity in academia.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of November 20, 2017

11/26/17  //  Daily Update

DOJ announced plans to investigate Harvard's admissions policies. Attorney General Sessions indicated that DOJ will no longer offer binding administrative guidance to any groups or entities aside from executive agencies.