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Fifth Circuit Rules Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday ruled (9-6) that Texas’ strict voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act (VRA) because it discriminates against Black and Hispanic voters. The court also asked a lower court to find a remedy to prevent 600,000 Texans who lack a required form of ID … Read More

Categories: News, Voting Rights

DOJ Announces Implicit Bias Training Program

Monday, June 27, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday unveiled an initiative to ensure that all federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors will receive mandatory training in implicit bias. In a statement announcing the program, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch called it “an important step in our ongoing efforts to promote fairness, eliminate bias and build … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, News

After Waiting Nearly 400 Days, Rossiter Confirmed to Federal Bench

Monday, June 27, 2016

The U.S. Senate on Monday unanimously confirmed Robert Rossiter, Jr. to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. Rossiter, who will fill one of 30 current judicial emergencies nationwide, was nominated by President Obama more than a year ago. Rossiter is just the 21st federal judge confirmed since Republicans took control of the … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, News

Supreme Court Upholds Diversity in College Admissions

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled (4-3) in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, affirming the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and holding that the race-conscious admissions policy in use when Fisher applied to the university is lawful under the Equal Protection Clause. “This decision is a victory for our … Read More

Categories: Equal Opportunity, News

Hamstrung Supreme Court Deadlocks in Immigration Case

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday deadlocked (4-4) in United States v. Texas, a case challenging the Obama administration’s expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) initiative. Both were stopped by a federal district court in Texas, and that … Read More

Categories: Immigration, News