Acid test of federalism

March 29, 1999

By Curt A. Levey

The Legal Times, March 29, 1999

In 1997, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit upheld the civil remedy provision of the Violence Against Women Act against a federalism challenge in Brzonkala v. Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 132 F.3d 949. In his vigorous dissent,

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Let the states do it, not Washington

March 29, 1999

Rule of law

By Michael W. McConnell

The Wall Street Journal, March 29, 1999

For the past decade the Supreme Court has been reviving an old but important idea: that the powers vested in the federal government are not unlimited.

In U.S. v Lopez, the court held that the Commerce Clause doesn’t justify regulation

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The demise of race-based admissions policies

March 19, 1999

By Michael S. Greve

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 19, 1999

In a closely followed civil-rights lawsuit, Smith v. University of Washington, highly qualified applicants to the 1994 through 1996 entering classes at the University of Washington Law School contend that the school rejected their applications on account of their race,

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Court to Congress: You can’t regulate everything

March 13, 1999

By Stuart Taylor, Jr

The National Journal, March 13, 1999

A March 5 federal appeals court ruling has propelled toward the Supreme Court a dispute that could have a major impact on the relative powers of Congress, the states, and the high court itself.

The immediate question is whether the 7-4 appellate decision

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Appeals court rejects part of gender violence act

March 06, 1999

U.S. law ruled invalid in Va. rape suit

By Brook A. Masters

The Washington Post, March 6, 1999

A 1994 federal law that gave victims of rape and domestic violence the right to sue their attackers for violating their civil rights is unconstitutional, a U.S. appeals court in Richmond ruled yesterday.

The court’s 7

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