Eve Levin  //  8/6/17  //  Topic Update

The DOJ is seeking lawyers for “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions” that will likely target affirmative action programs (NYTWaPoLA Times).

  • White nationalist views drive this new focus on affirmative action, argues Paul Waldman for the Washington Post.
  • White Trump voters believe they face a high degree of discrimination (WaPo).
  • Lambda Legal blasted the DOJ’s approach.
  • Sherrilyn A. Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, writes that affirmative action is necessary for racial justice at the New York Times.
  • Deborah N. Archer explains why admissions processes should consider race at ACSBlog.

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.