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According to a press release from Vermont Law School, Professor Emeritus Gil Kujovich passed away on December 14, 2017. He was a civil rights leader and legal scholar who wrote on issues pertaining to affirmative action and equality in education. One of his most influential articles discussed affirmative action and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
Harvard Law Professor Jeanne Suk Gersen wrote an article in the New Yorker saying that there is an uncomfortable truth about Asian-American's and affirmative action--that a racial balancing is taking place, and that their numbers are being kept artificially low in relation to whites. Gersen does laudable work not pitting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
Could this be a new (and more effective) form of race-based affirmative action? George Washington University is getting rid of ACT and SAT scores for admission. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
The Huffington Post reported that the American Council on Education has issued a report on how universities and colleges are finding ways to achieve diversity (i.e. higher minority enrollment) without explicitly taking race into account during the admissions process. Some of the strategies include reducing legacy admissions, allowing more transfer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
In an interview with the Burlington Free Press, University of Vermont President Thomas Sullivan expresses concern over the Supreme Court's possible ruling in Fisher II. Sullivan expresses concern that a ruling for Fisher could have deleterious effects not just for race-based college admissions, but for employment decisions as well. Of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
Randall Kennedy's book, "For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action and the Law" was recently released in paperback. Here is a review. My own review of the book will be posted in the coming weeks. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
An interesting blog post by Professor Vinay Harpalani about the issues facing the Supreme Court of the United States in Fisher v. University of Texas II (Which Prof. Harpalani cleverly labels "the remix"). The Court granted Abigail Fisher's petition for cert in June 2015 and will rehear the case in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
Short piece discussing the fact that most of the innovation in affirmative action policy takes place outside of the US. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
A really interesting article about the impact of Jeb Bush's "One Florida" Initiative--the only state policy banning affirmative action which was signed by a governor. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
A pro-con opposing view column on affirmative action appeared recently in the Stanford Daily. The column represents the standard trite conversation found in polemic conversations on affirmative action. One writer, Ben Kaufman, argues in favor of affirmative action arguing that it allows schools to take into account the complete picture... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
The Rhode Island Democratic Party plans to engage an aggressive affirmative action program in order to send a diverse delegation to the 2016 national convention. As discussed in the article, the affirmative action plan includes selection, but also rarely discussed affirmative action techniques like encouraging involvement. The purpose of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
Here is an interview with lawyer and author Marlen Suyata Bodden, who wrote the fictional The Wedding Gift. The book is set in the 1850s American South and tells a story where a slave master gives his daughter a slave as a wedding gift. It just so happens that the... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at π: Lawgivers
While this is not a post about the law, it is that time for graduation gifting, and some of the ideas in this report are pretty special. My personal favorities include the gifting stock shares and helping students set up Sharebuilder accounts. Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at π: Lawgivers
A report in the Guardian that 9 out of 10 UK charities would like to generate more funding from entreprenurial activities. Business is seen as generating a more reliable income than voluntary giving and grant funding would become more difficult to secure in the future. This has amazing implications given... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at π: Lawgivers
Interesting report from New Zealand concerning Family First, an organization appealing its loss of status as a charity under the 2005 Charities Act. Family First, is a conservative organization which promotes traditional views of opposite-sex marriage. Bob McCoskrie, the national director of Family First, argued that the given the timining... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2013 at π: Lawgivers
I am always fascinated with discussions about the counterintuitive results of charity. This op-ed in the Arab News has a simple discussion distinguishing charity from philanthropy and the prominence of charitable organizations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2013 at π: Lawgivers
The international charity ActionAid has documented that Zambia Sugar has paid virtually no taxes in Zambia since 2007, despite making over $100 million. Zambia Sugar is a part of Ilovo, the African sugar subsidiary of Associated British Foods. ActionAid highlights that when corporations don't contribute to local economies--especially in Zambia,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2013 at π: Lawgivers
Here is an article about the celebrity gift tent at the 2013 Grammy's. What is fascinating is how it exemplifies the power of gift giving. All of the gifts are given to celebrities in hopes that they will publicize and bring awareness to some product. However, not all of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2013 at π: Lawgivers
The following is a fun story about the protocol and social norms behind giving flowers on stage to the ballet dancers of the UK's Royal Ballet. No ballerina can receive flowers on stage if the principal dancer is not given a bouqet first. Luckily, a fund was established to purchase... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2012 at π: Lawgivers
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