Monthly Archives: June 2011

Multiracial students and the evolution of affirmative action

Jay Willis Reduced to its elements, affirmative action is a relatively straightforward concept.  Colleges and universities consider an applicant’s racial and ethnic background to ensure that they enroll sufficient numbers of students from traditionally underrepresented groups. But schools are now grappling with new Department of Education regulations that, for the first time, allow students to identify themselves as members…

Eric Holder kicks off the tenth annual ACS convention

Jessica Jackson  Standing in front of the sold-out dinner at the opening night of the tenth annual American Constitution Society National Convention, keynote speaker Eric Holder waited patiently for the roaring applause to finish. His message to the hundreds of progressive lawyers, judges, and students before him was simple, but very important for all those…

Top 10 Features of the GOP Debate

Jake Laperruque 10. The Child Count Competition.  Rick Santorum opened this contest at the start of the debate by mentioning he had 7 children.  Michelle Bachmann bested him by announcing she had 5 children, plus 23 foster children.  Newt Gingrich forgot about his children, and just said that we need to end the “Obama depression.”…

The Filibuster Returns

Yevgeny Shrago Both parties saw the other side of the double-edged filibuster earlier this week. Democrats, lead by Dick Durbin, prevented an attempt to delay implementation of a cap on debit-card interchange fees that passedlast year as part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform. Despite 54 votes for the highly contentious measure, the amendment failed; its bipartisan supporters were…

Crowdscouring a Beer Company Buyout

Anthony Kammer  I came across an interesting post in the Blog of the Legal Times yesterday about two advertising executives who attempted to raise $300 million from online investorks in order to purchase Pabst Blue Ribbon. Rather than approaching large investors, they came up with a rather brilliant method for crowdsourcing the buyout. The two men, Michael Migliozzi II…

Human Trafficking Sanctions Ineffective

Marshall Thompson  The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) is the main U.S. law to combat slave labor and sex slavery.  While most of its provisions appear to be having some positive effects on human trafficking worldwide, a key aspect of it has become little more than a sad joke.  To motivate international cooperation, the law requires the…

Head in the iClouds

Jake Laperruque Yesterday, Steve Jobs wowed the tech world with exciting announcement of Apple’s newest product, iCloud.  iCloud is Apple’s long awaited cloud computing tool.  It enables users to sync iPhones (and XL sized iPhones ) with Mac computers, and instantly access files and exchange them between devices, using the Internet.  Cloud computing is an excellent way to make…

Tenn. Smacks Down Local Anti-discrimination Laws

Marshall Thompson Last week Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee signed a new state law that prohibits local governments from passing their own anti-discrimination laws.  The bill comes in response to a Nashville ordinance prohibiting housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. According to Businessweek Haslam said, “We’re not in favor of discrimination in any form…

Some Courts Are Still Afraid of the Internet

 Michael Stephan  Electronic filing of court documents has become a relatively common practice in this country.  Nearly all jurisdictions allow electronic filing in some manner, and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure expressly permit electronic filing.  The benefits of filing documents electronically rather than physically are clear: it’s typically cheaper, faster, and easier. Nevertheless, some courts…

Borrowing our way to the American Dream

Yevgeny Shrago  The New York Times noted recently that financial regulation in the mortgage market has made for some strange bedfellows: advocacy groups like the NAACP and industry groups like the American Banker’s Association have joined together to oppose more stringent regulations. While the banker groups worry about shrinking profit margins and lower salaries, advocacy groups worry…

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