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2000

Human Rights Law

Cleveland State University

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Eleventh Amendment Federalism And State Sovereign Immunity Cases: Direct Effect On Section 1983?, Steven H. Steinglass Jan 2000

Eleventh Amendment Federalism And State Sovereign Immunity Cases: Direct Effect On Section 1983?, Steven H. Steinglass

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I was asked to address briefly the impact of the Supreme Court's recent Eleventh Amendment, federalism, and state sovereign immunity decisions on Section 1983 litigation. These cases are unlikely to have any direct or significant impact on Section 1983 litigation in the state or federal courts. On the other hand, these decisions will likely have a significant impact on non-Section 1983 litigation, including non-Section 1983 civil rights litigation. For example, a few weeks ago the Supreme Court heard an argument in an Age Discrimination and Education Act (hereinafter "ADEA") case involving claims brought directly against the state. The recent ...