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“When Did African Americans Get The Right To Vote In Georgia?”, Marc T. Treadwell 2024 Mercer University School of Law

“When Did African Americans Get The Right To Vote In Georgia?”, Marc T. Treadwell

Mercer Law Review

Most know that the post‑Civil War Fifteenth Amendment guaranteed citizens of all races, or at least male citizens of all races, the right to vote. But notwithstanding the keen interest today in voting rights and alleged voter suppression and that well-known Fifteenth Amendment, few know that for decades African Americans were banned outright from voting in primary elections that determined state and local leaders in many Southern states. In the post‑Reconstruction South, the Democratic Party controlled every facet of state politics and government. The Party’s whites‑only primary elections ineluctably determined the outcome of general elections. The party did not allow …


Community Responsive Public Defense, Alexis Hoag-Fordjour 2024 Brooklyn Law School

Community Responsive Public Defense, Alexis Hoag-Fordjour

Fordham Law Review

This colloquium asks us to consider how social change is influencing the legal profession and the legal profession’s response. This Essay applies these questions to organizing around criminal injustice and the response from public defenders. This Essay surfaces the work of four innovative indigent defense organizations that are engaged with and duty-bound to the communities they represent. I call this “community responsive public defense,” which is a distinct model of indigent defense whereby public defenders look to their clients and their clients’ communities to help shape advocacy, strategy, and representation.

Methodologically, this Essay relies primarily on qualitative interviews with leaders …


The Poison Drips Through: Scotus Thins Anti-Discrimination Rights In Wake Of Legislative Attacks On The Lgbtq+ Community, Emma Blue 2024 Mercer University School of Law

The Poison Drips Through: Scotus Thins Anti-Discrimination Rights In Wake Of Legislative Attacks On The Lgbtq+ Community, Emma Blue

Mercer Law Review

Anti‑LGBTQ+ legislation has surged to a record high through state legislatures with more than 500 bills introduced and nearly 100 laws signed in 2023 alone. The overwhelming rise in targeted legislation has led the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ+ civil rights organization in the United States, to officially declare a state of emergency for the LGBTQ+ community for the first time. The legislative attacks have branched across the nation, from curriculum to performance, seeking to ban books from schools and libraries, as well as banning public drag shows. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution has been turned …


To Heck And Back: The Eleventh Circuit Clarifies How Pro Se Litigants Can Avoid Incognizable Excessive Force Claims In Hall V. Merola, Cameron Obioha 2024 Mercer University School of Law

To Heck And Back: The Eleventh Circuit Clarifies How Pro Se Litigants Can Avoid Incognizable Excessive Force Claims In Hall V. Merola, Cameron Obioha

Mercer Law Review

At the very beginning of the opinion, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit expressed that this was “one Heck of an appeal.” Patrick Valencia, Wendall Hall’s appointed lawyer on appeal, seemed to think so, too. Hall represented himself pro sefor years while incarcerated in Florida’s state prison system, and knew his case “backwards, forwards, sideways, upwards, downwards, in the dark.” Nonetheless, after he filed the initial briefs for his own appeal, the Eleventh Circuit determined it best for Hall to take second chair. When asked about his appointment to represent Hall, Valencia stated that “[he] …


Staff Matters: How To Address Derogatory Comments Among Staff Members, Jodi Schafer SPHR, SHRM-SCP 2024 HRM Services

Staff Matters: How To Address Derogatory Comments Among Staff Members, Jodi Schafer Sphr, Shrm-Scp

The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association

Addressing derogatory comments among staff members requires a systematic approach. Document the incident, meet individually with each employee, and assess their reactions. Responses may vary from denial to remorse. Tailor disciplinary action based on their accountability and alignment with office values. Consider potential legal ramifications and seek HR or legal guidance if needed. Regardless, swift action is essential to maintain a respectful workplace environment.


Expanding The Ban On Forced Arbitration To Race Claims, Michael Z. Green 2024 Texas A&M University School of Law

Expanding The Ban On Forced Arbitration To Race Claims, Michael Z. Green

Faculty Scholarship

When Congress passed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act (“EFASASHA”) in March 2022, it signaled a major retreat from the Supreme Court’s broad enforcement of agreements to force employees and consumers to arbitrate discrimination claims. But the failure to cover protected discriminatory classes other than sex, especially race, tempers any exuberance attributable to the passage of EFASASHA. This Article prescribes an approach for employees and consumers to rely upon EFASASHA as a tool to prevent both race and sex discrimination claims from being forced into arbitration by employers and companies. This approach relies upon procedural …


To Save Our Democracy, Stop Desantis’ Racist Education Crusade, Lewis Steel '63 2024 New York Law School

To Save Our Democracy, Stop Desantis’ Racist Education Crusade, Lewis Steel '63

Articles and Writings

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Throwing Tomato Soup At A Van Gogh: How Climate Activists Leveraged Legal Theory, Criminal Law, And Moral Outrage To Conduct A Radical Protest Campaign In The World's Most Famous Museums, Joe Udell 2024 Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Throwing Tomato Soup At A Van Gogh: How Climate Activists Leveraged Legal Theory, Criminal Law, And Moral Outrage To Conduct A Radical Protest Campaign In The World's Most Famous Museums, Joe Udell

Villanova Environmental Law Journal

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How Can You Tell If There Is A Crisis? Data And Measurement Challenges In Assessing Jury Representation, Mary R. Rose, Marc A. Musick 2024 Chicago-Kent College of Law

How Can You Tell If There Is A Crisis? Data And Measurement Challenges In Assessing Jury Representation, Mary R. Rose, Marc A. Musick

Chicago-Kent Law Review

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Judges, Lawyers, And Willing Jurors: A Tale Of Two Jury Selections, Barbara O'Brien, Catherine M. Grosso 2024 Chicago-Kent College of Law

Judges, Lawyers, And Willing Jurors: A Tale Of Two Jury Selections, Barbara O'Brien, Catherine M. Grosso

Chicago-Kent Law Review

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Race, Peremptory Challenges, And State Courts: A Blueprint For Change, Nancy S. Marder 2024 Chicago-Kent College of Law

Race, Peremptory Challenges, And State Courts: A Blueprint For Change, Nancy S. Marder

Chicago-Kent Law Review

No abstract provided.


Lay Participation Reform In China: Opportunities And Challenges, Zhiyuan Guo 2024 Chicago-Kent College of Law

Lay Participation Reform In China: Opportunities And Challenges, Zhiyuan Guo

Chicago-Kent Law Review

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The Arrival Of The Civil Jury In Argentina: The Case Of Chaco, Shari S. Diamond, Valarie P. Hans, Natali Chizik, Andres Harfuch 2024 Chicago-Kent College of Law

The Arrival Of The Civil Jury In Argentina: The Case Of Chaco, Shari S. Diamond, Valarie P. Hans, Natali Chizik, Andres Harfuch

Chicago-Kent Law Review

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The Hybridization Of Lay Courts: From Colombia To England And Wales, Jeremy Boulanger-Bonnelly 2024 Chicago-Kent College of Law

The Hybridization Of Lay Courts: From Colombia To England And Wales, Jeremy Boulanger-Bonnelly

Chicago-Kent Law Review

No abstract provided.


Beacons Of Democracy? A Worldwide Exploration Of The Relationship Between Democracy And Lay Participation In Criminal Cases, Sanja K. Ivkovic, Valarie P. Hans 2024 Chicago-Kent College of Law

Beacons Of Democracy? A Worldwide Exploration Of The Relationship Between Democracy And Lay Participation In Criminal Cases, Sanja K. Ivkovic, Valarie P. Hans

Chicago-Kent Law Review

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Virtual Technology And The Changing Rituals Of Courtroom Justice, Meredith Rossner, David Tait 2024 Chicago-Kent College of Law

Virtual Technology And The Changing Rituals Of Courtroom Justice, Meredith Rossner, David Tait

Chicago-Kent Law Review

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2023 Martin Luther King,Jr. Keynote Lecture; Celebrating The Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Answering The Call To Public Service, Reginald Shuford 2024 Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

2023 Martin Luther King,Jr. Keynote Lecture; Celebrating The Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Answering The Call To Public Service, Reginald Shuford

Villanova Law Review

No abstract provided.


Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Commends Work Of Iu Faculty During Annual State Of The Judiciary, James Owsley Boyd 2024 Maurer School of Law: Indiana University

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Commends Work Of Iu Faculty During Annual State Of The Judiciary, James Owsley Boyd

Keep Up With the Latest News from the Law School (blog)

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When Fines Don't Go Far Enough: The Failure Of Prison Settlements And Proposals For More Effective Enforcement Methods, Tori Collins 2024 University of Maine School of Law

When Fines Don't Go Far Enough: The Failure Of Prison Settlements And Proposals For More Effective Enforcement Methods, Tori Collins

Maine Law Review

The Eighth Amendment’s Punishments Clause provides the basis on which prisoners may bring suit alleging unconstitutional conditions of confinement. Only a small number of these suits are successful. The suits that do survive typically end in a settlement in which prison authorities agree to address the unconstitutional conditions. However, settlements such as these are easily flouted for two primary reasons: prison authorities are not personally held liable when settlements are broken, and prisoners largely lack the political and practical leverage to self-advocate beyond the courtroom. Because of this, unconstitutional prison conditions may linger for years after prison authorities have agreed …


Power V. Power: Federal Pattern-Or-Practice Enforcement Actions Applied To Local Prosecutors, Thomas P. Hogan 2024 University of Maine School of Law

Power V. Power: Federal Pattern-Or-Practice Enforcement Actions Applied To Local Prosecutors, Thomas P. Hogan

Maine Law Review

One of the most powerful tools available to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to stop abuses in the criminal justice system is the federal pattern-or-practice statute, which allows DOJ to bring an enforcement action to prevent discriminatory conduct by government agencies. The most powerful actor in the criminal justice system is the district attorney, the local prosecutor who is at the center of the system. Does DOJ’s pattern-or-practice enforcement authority extend to local prosecutors? This crucial question remains unresolved in formal precedent and has not been addressed in the relevant literature. This Article explores the issue in detail, …


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