Monthly Archives: January 2012

School-to-Prison-Pipeline Scholarship Roundup

Anne King Christopher Emdin’s thoughtful recent piece on arrests in public schools inspired me to put together a roundup of recent scholarship on the school-to-prison pipeline.   All of these pieces are sobering reads, but the authors offer concrete ideas for how we can begin to dismantle the pipeline Sarah Jane Forman focuses on school search and seizure in Countering Criminalization: Toward…

Citizens United Was Just an End-Zone Dance

Anthony Kammer Jeffery Clements was at Demos yesterday morning for an event marking the New York launch of his new book, Corporations Are Not People. As a lawyer and cofounder of Free Speech for People, Clements has been one of the leading voices in the campaign for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. But this book, rather than…

Richard Cordray Is the Latest Symptom

 Mark Wilson  While we were away on the holiday break, President Obama used his constitutional authority to appoint Richard Cordray as the director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Senate Republicans — who not only promised not to confirm Cordray, but also promised not to confirm anyone to the position — expressed the…

Toddlers and Tiaras: Entertainment or Exploitation?

Jessica Jackson  Recently a friend of mine sent me this montage about one of the child stars on the hit reality TV show Toddlers and Tiaras.  The show is designed to provide an inside glance at the life of pageant children as they prepare for the pageant and compete.  Many of the segments feature children as young as 8 getting…

The Legacy of Stephen Lawrence and The Los Angeles Riots

Peter Dunne  It is now twenty years since the Los Angeles Riots – the week of violence which broke out in America’s second largest city following the brutal beating of Rodney King and a subsequent trial where all five of his police attackers were acquitted of assault. The riots in Los Angeles laid bare America’s…

Adventures in municipal licensing

Yevgeny Shrago For the next three weeks, I’ll be doing a clinical with the New Orleans City Law Department, which involves a deep dive into the city’s licensing regime. I’ll try to share some of the more entertaining things I’ve gleaned from my work and see what sorts of insights it might give for larger…

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