Derek Reinbold  //  4/9/17  //  Topic Update

Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a nationwide review of consent decrees implemented to curb civil rights abuses (NYTWashington PostABA JournalCato at Liberty).

  • The Department of Justice (DOJ) asked a federal judge in Baltimore to delay a hearing on a consent decree regarding that city’s police force (NPR). This request was denied.
  • On Take Care, Chiraag Bains has explained why denial of DOJ's motion would be the correct holding.
  • In a NYT Op-Ed, Vanita Gupta and Corey Stoughton argue that Sessions’ order will undermine police reform.
  • Ryan Devereaux also argues that Sessions’ order will roll back decades of police reform.
  • German Lopez describes the important work imperiled by the DOJ’s policy shift (Vox).

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has updated U.S. Attorneys and DOJ Component Heads on the Department’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety.

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.