Ian Eppler  //  8/24/17  //  Topic Update

  • DOJ's involvement in a challenge to Harvard's affirmative action policy would threaten the very foundation of race conscious admissions programs, contend Helen Klein Murillo and Leah Litman at Take Care.
  • President Trump’s exploitation of white identity politics comes at a time of a growing sense of white victimhood, according to political scientists (NYT).

  • President Trump’s minimization of the events in Charlottesville reflects the same sort of minimization of racism found in the Supreme Court’s recent opinions in cases such as Shelby County v. Holderargue Leah Litman and Helen Klein Murillo in Take Care.

  • A body of UN experts condemned President Trump’s response to the events in Charlottesville (NY Times).

  • Steve Bannon’s exit from the White House was delayed and heavily negotiated  in light of the violence in Charlottesville, report Jeremy W. Peters and Maggie Haberman at the New York Times.

  • After the events in Charlottesville, the support among some on the left for the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) program is misguided, argues Patrick G. Eddington at the Cato Institute.

  • The Constitution does not protect the right of armed groups to protest in a manner that intimidates and chills the speech of their targets, reasons Michael Dorf at Take Care.

  • The Trump Administration should reinvest in programs targeting right-wing extremism, writes Chris Meserole at Lawfare.

  • DOJ should consider charging the white supremacist groups involved in Heather Heyer’s murder in Charlottesville with providing “material support” to terrorists, argues Scott Sullivan at Just Security.


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.