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Caroline Fredrickson

Leading Constitutional Law Scholars Support President's Measures to Stem Gun Violence

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

In speaking to the nation in the wake of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, President Obama implored Congress to act but also pledged that his Administration would take whatever actions it could to reduce gun violence in America.

Scheduling: How Employers Throw Working Women Under The Bus

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 07.29.2016 | Women
Caroline Fredrickson

With set opening and closing hours and fairly predictable staffing needs, employers could provide some stability if they wanted to. Some do -- witness Victoria's Secret. But even with the harm to worker morale and productivity, not to mention greater turnover, the business culture is moving ever more in the direction of autocratic management and unpredictable schedules.

Majority of Workers Who Will Benefit From Updated Overtime Rules Are Women

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 06.30.2016 | Women
Caroline Fredrickson

For many women-domestic workers as well as office workers-coming under the overtime provisions will mean that they will actually have more time for their families and other pursuits --but if they are indeed forced to work long hours, at least they will be paid for it.

Mother's Day -- More Than Once a Year

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.10.2016 | Women
Caroline Fredrickson

Today on Mother's Day, we need to confront the truth that the United States doesn't do that well by mothers and consequently by children. It isn't simply that the PDA isn't as strong as it should be; mothers face many obstacles in the American workplace from pregnancy to childbirth and beyond.

Not All Working Women Can 'Lean In'

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.08.2015 | Women
Caroline Fredrickson

Rarely, if ever, do we ask how those women without high wages, paid leave, affordable child care, or flexible schedules juggle their desperate need to earn money with caring for their family. But this is the big question that we all should be asking, because it turns out that there are real consequences for all of us.

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.

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.

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.

Dan Froomkin

Obama U.S. Attorney Nominee David Barlow Is Tea Party Senator's General Counsel | Dan Froomkin | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Presidents routinely choose party loyalists as their U.S. attorneys. But normally, they choose nominees from their own party. Presid...

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.

Dan Froomkin

Justice Stevens, Last Of His Line | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Justice John Paul Stevens's departure from the Supreme Court represents the end of an era. Just not the one you are probably thinking of. Stevens's u...