PLF files brief in the Supreme Court opposing race-based redistricting

We have previously blogged about the latest redistricting controversy to reach the Supreme Court. In these two combined cases, styled Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama and Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama, the plaintiffs contend that the redistricting plan for … Continue reading

Is the denial of preferential treatment discrimination?

One group in the State of Washington thinks so. White female contractors are threatening to sue that state’s department of transportation if they aren’t given preferential treatment based on their race and gender. The commotion stems from Washington’s implementation of the infamous … Continue reading

Brown signs bill that purports to overturn Schuette

Ten days ago, Governor Brown signed AB 2646 into law.  The stated purpose of the statute is return the law to where it was before the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Schuette v. BAMN — the case that upheld the … Continue reading

Why the Colbert Report is wrong about friend-of-the-court briefs

Various news and entertainment outlets have questioned the usefulness of friend-of-the-court briefs (also known as amicus briefs) at the Supreme Court. Both the New York Times and the Colbert Report recently endorsed a law professor’s article questioning the validity of … Continue reading

An inside look at Fisher

There’s a new book out on Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor.  I have not read the book, but PLF friend Josh Blackman has the scoop on an interesting story about the Fisher decision in the book. According to Blackman (via Nina Totenberg), the case … Continue reading

Supreme Court to decide if the Fair Housing Act allows disparate impact claims

Today the Supreme Court announced it would accept review in the case Texas Dept. of Hous. & Community  Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project on the one issue that has escaped resolution by the Court twice before. That issue is:  Are disparate-impact … Continue reading

Federal courts expanding disparate impact analysis in recent Voting Rights Act cases

Here on the Liberty Blog, we have often posted about the perils of “disparate impact” laws; that is, laws that allow courts to find illicit discrimination in a facially neutral action without any showing of improper intent (here, here, and here, … Continue reading

Will the Supreme Court finally get to rule on disparate impact?

Will the third time be the charm for having the U.S. Supreme Court decide whether disparate impact discrimination claims are allowed under the Fair Housing Act?  Later this month, on September 29th, the Court will decide whether to accept review … Continue reading

Chief Judge Kozinski skewers Guam lawyer

Guam has created a political process that only allows Chamorros — and their ancestors — to vote on Guam independence.  This is a blatant attempt to restrict the right to vote on the basis of ancestry, and is prohibited by both … Continue reading

Race-based redistricting heads back to the Supreme Court

On November 12, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a pair of legislative reapportionment cases: Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama and Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama.  Plaintiffs in these cases contend that the Alabama legislature violated the … Continue reading