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More Than Half Of State Judges Are White Men, Still

The Huffington Post | Liz Adetiba | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics

State trial and appellate courts don’t come close to reflecting the racial or gender diversity of the people they serve, according to a recent repor...

Voter Suppression Is Happening Everywhere. This Institute Is Trying To Stop It.

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics

A Texas county with an infamous history of racial discrimination decided in December to reduce its number of early voting sites from eight locations t...

American Constitution Society Roundtable Discussion on the Supreme Court

Michael Vazquez | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Michael Vazquez

Herewith, a vital reason to have a late lunch at your desk today.

A Presidential Duty to Fill a Supreme Court Vacancy

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 02.19.2017 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

It is the president's obligation to fill vacancies on the federal bench and the Senate's duty to provide "advice and consent" on those nominations. The Appointments Clause of the Constitution is straightforward, and does not contain a limit on the president's power to fill vacancies on the federal bench, especially of the kind Republicans are now demanding.

The Parties Can and Should Come Together on Judicial Nominations

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Federal courts are vital -- they decide pressing matters every day, whether they are challenges to employment discrimination, corporate malfeasance, or immigration appeals. Do we just throw our hands up on judicial nominations, buying into a lazy argument that nothing much can be done now with a Senate controlled by Republicans?

Woodward v. Alabama: The Deadly Problem of Judicial Elections

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

The impact of money in state court elections is not limited to criminal cases. Studies show that -- consciously or unconsciously -- judges tend to rule in favor of the interests of their contributors.

Failing the Sixth Amendment's Promise of Right to Counsel

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Instead of ensuring budgets for proper counsel for the poor, many states have gone the other way and slashed funding for public defenders offices. That is no way to honor, let alone uphold, a fundamental constitutional right.

We Should Not Be Satisfied Until Full Marriage Equality is Realized

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

If the high court takes the narrow route - dismissing Prop 8 on standing grounds and striking DOMA only on federalism grounds - it will mean that many lesbians and gay men will continue to be treated differently and unequally by too many states.

A Little More Regulation Won't Eviscerate the Second Amendment

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

It's estimated that 30,000 people die yearly because of gun violence. More can and should be done to make sure military-style weapons do not wind up in the hands of people bent on harming the rights of innocent people.

Voting Rights Under Fire: Why We Still Need Section 5

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

This nation still has a way to go before state disfranchisement is truly a thing of the past. Gutting the most important provision of this landmark law is not just unwarranted but harmful to the government's ability to eradicate voter suppression.

Protecting Progressive Policy Requires a Balanced Supreme Court

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

For years, conservatives have been making courts, particularly the U.S. Supreme Court, a priority on their agenda. Given the Court's 5-4 ideological divide, it's time for progressives to catch up.

Stop Over-the-Top Attacks on the Office of Legal Counsel, and Focus on Governing

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Please -- cut the hyperbole, senators, and get back to work.

Let's Help, Not Hinder, Schools in Teaching the Constitution

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 11.16.2011 | Education
Caroline Fredrickson

There is a real need to improve civics education in our nation's schools, one that should be taken seriously. Constitution Day is worthy of celebration; let's help schools do so in a positive, productive manner.

Paige Lavender

Holder Continues To Defend Civilian Trials for Terrorists | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite numerous setbacks over the past 2 1/2 years, Attorney General Eric Holder defiantly defended the civilian court system as a venu...

Divine Constitutional Abomination

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

The nation's largest Tea Party umbrella group is seeking to infiltrate our public schools with the radical theory that the Constitution is divinely inspired. This outrageous so-called "history" is not fit for any classroom.

Keep Politics Out of the Health Care Litigation

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, let us remember not to conflate the wisdom of the legislation with its constitutionality.

Amanda Terkel

The Federalist Society: Where Are They Now? | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federalist Society is one of the most powerful and unique organizations in the conservative orbit, describing itself as "a group of ...

Law Podcast Series: American Constitution Society, UNL

Marvin Ammori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marvin Ammori

An announcement: the University of Nebraska College of Law's American Constitution Society is introducing a law-interviews podcast series. The target audience is law students, lawyers, and legal academics. Tell your friends. Tell your lawyer.

Take the Whole Constitution Seriously: How to Restart a National Conversation on Federal Judges and Constitutional Meaning

Peter M. Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

America's legal progressives are wondering how to re-engage the American public more generally in a serious discussion about the role of federal judge...