Louisiana underfunds, understaffs and overworks public defenders, class action claims

Feb 10, 2017 By: Michael Scott Leonard

A group of law firms and civil rights organizations has filed a proposed class action accusing Louisiana of funding public defenders at

Today in 1883: SCOTUS upholds harsher criminal penalties for interracial cohabitation

Jan 29, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On January 29, 1883, the Supreme Court ruled in Pace v. Alabama that the state of Alabama was constitutionally justified in imposing harsher criminal penalties for interracial cohabitants.

Today in 1957: Strom Thurmond begins his record-breaking filibuster

Aug 28, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On August 28, 1957, at 8:54 p.m., Senator Thurmond began his record-breaking filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1957, which lasted for 24 hours and 18 minutes.

Today in 1957: Strom Thurmond ends his record-breaking 24 hour filibuster

Aug 29, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On August 29, 1957, Strom Thurmond ended his filibuster against the 1957 Civil Rights Act after 24 hours and 18 minutes — the longest filibuster to date.

Justice Department Finds Use of Excessive Force

Apr 22, 2014 By: Jill VanderZiel

The U.S. Justice Department recently criticized the Albuquerque Police Department for engaging in routine excessive force in violation of constitutional rights.

Today in 1968: The Fair Housing Act is signed into law

Apr 11, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1968 Civil Rights Act into law, part of which was the Fair Housing Act.

SCOTUS strikes down landmark Civil Rights-era legislation in Shelby County v. Holder

Jun 25, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Supreme Court announced its decision in Shelby County v. Holder earlier today, striking down Section 4 of the Act. Section 4 determined which jurisdictions were subject to federal voting oversight.

What has changed since 2003 to make race-conscious admissions policies unconstitutional?

Feb 20, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

It’s only been ten years since Grutter v. Bollinger, but the Supreme Court seems poised to do away with the ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas. What’s changed?

Shelby County v. Holder: A new “states’ rights versus civil rights” debate

Feb 13, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

The arguments used in Shelby County v. Holder are very easily framed as a “states rights vs. civil rights” discussion. Will “states rights” win this time around?

Race-based admissions before and after Fisher

Feb 6, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Supreme Court is set to rule on Fisher v. University of Texas this term, which will decide the fate of race factors in postsecondary school admissions. But will the ruling actually change anything in practice?

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