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  • Loitering Rules in Projects Are Too Vague, Judge Says


    A federal judge in Manhattan declared on Thursday that the rules against loitering in public housing complexes were unconstitutionally vague, and gave the police too much discretion about whom to arrest.

    The ruling by Judge Shira A. Scheindlin of Federal District Court in Manhattan allowed a lawsuit challenging police arrests for trespassing in housing projects to move closer to trial.

  • UT’s Race-Conscious Admissions Policy Promotes Individual Dignity for All Students


    Even more so today than when the Supreme Court upheld the University of Michigan Law School’s race-conscious admissions policy nine years ago in Grutter v. Bollinger, there is broad consensus that a diverse college experience better prepares students to participate in our nation’s civic life and our rapidly globalizing economy. This consensus is reflected by the wide spectrum of amicus filings suppodrting the University of Texas’s admissions program in Fisher v.

  • History Lessons


    The Sweatt family’s brief in the pending Supreme Court case, Fisher v. University of Texas, which the justices will hear next Wednesday, makes much of Chief Justice Vinson’s reference to “the interplay of ideas and the exchange of views.” It was, the brief maintains, “this court’s first recognition of the importance of diversity in higher education.”

    Read the full article in The New York Times.

  • Statement of Acting President and Director-Counsel Debo P. Adegbile on Pennsylvania Voter ID Court Ruling


    "Today's significant ruling blocking Pennsylvania's ill-conceived and discriminatory photo identification law ensures that it will not be in place for this election.

    Here is what we know about Pennsylvania's photo identification measure: it would have unjustifiably narrowed the electorate, and affected many minority, poor, old and disabled voters.

  • A True Education


    I've always believed that the sign of a truly educated person is exhibited by their ability to synthesize seemingly unrelated events and come up with a perceptive insight.

    Allow me to try and add one based on recent events in New York's education system.

    Read the full article on the Huffington Post.