Appeals court may rehear key affirmative action case

January 31, 2001

Future of racial preferences at U. of Washington and beyond at stake

Washington, D.C. – A federal appeals court will consider whether to revisit a key question in the national debate over affirmative action. The question of whether attainment of a diverse student body can justify reverse racial discrimination arises in

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Court upholds elimination of men’s teams at Miami of Ohio

January 30, 2001

But decision also contains good news for endangered male athletes

Washington, D.C. – A federal judge has ruled that Miami University did not violate the law when it eliminated three men’s teams in April, 1999, in order to fulfill athletic gender quotas. The quotas require proportionality – that is, equal male

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Federal court rejects attempt to overturn landmark Hopwood decision on racial preferences

January 22, 2001

Washington, D.C. – A federal appeals court has again rejected a request to reconsider its landmark 1996 ruling in Hopwood v. Texas, holding that the University of Texas School of Law’s racial preferences violated the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee. Texas attempted to re-litigate the issue before a three-judge panel of

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Federalism revolution advances in Supreme Court

January 09, 2001

Washington, D.C. – The federalism revolution took another step forward today, as the Supreme Court struck down a federal agency’s expansive interpretation of the Clean Water Act in Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The interpretation by the Corps, known as the “Migratory

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Court rules UM race policy illegal

December 13, 2000

Washington, D.C. – In a ringing endorsement of the rights of all citizens to be treated equally under the law, a federal district court judge today ruled in the nationally watched case of Gratz v. Bollinger, that there was no need to proceed with a trial and that the record

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Legality of affirmative action at stake

November 13, 2000

Federal appeals court to decide if diversity justifies reverse discrimination

Washington, D.C. – The future of affirmative action in education may be at stake tomorrow in Seattle when a federal appeals court considers whether diversity can be a constitutional justification for reverse discrimination. The question before the U.S. Court of Appeals

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Federalism revolution center stage in Supreme Court today

October 31, 2000

Washington, D.C. – The federalism revolution was again the focus of the Supreme Court today, as the Justices considered the constitutionality of an expansive interpretation of the Clean Water Act. The disputed interpretation purports to allow the Army Corps of Engineers to regulate even “intrastate and isolated waters” that could

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U. of Oklahoma agrees to re-examine sexual harassment policy

October 26, 2000

University admits First Amendment protects professor’s letter to the editor

Washington, D.C. – Facing the threat of a lawsuit, the University of Oklahoma agreed this week to re-examine and, where appropriate, revise its sexual harassment policy to prevent violations of the First Amendment. The agreement is part of a settlement with

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Reverse discrimination challenged in federal court

October 23, 2000

New York City custodians ask court to reject racial and gender preferences

Washington, D.C. – In a case with far-reaching implications for the future of racial and gender preferences, a federal appeals court today scrutinized New York City’s adoption of preferential employment and hiring policies for female and minority school custodians.

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Federal court finds HUD officials violated First Amendment

September 28, 2000

Officials held personally liable for investigating critics of housing project

Washington, D.C. – In a landmark case challenging the Clinton Administration’s use of federal discrimination law to suppress unpopular opinions, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled yesterday afternoon that federal HUD officials are personally liable for launching

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