Archive for the ‘Discrimination’ category

In a May 26 post on this blog, Columbia Law School Associate-in-Law Michael Kavey criticized the efforts of several New York school districts to dismantle critical civil rights protections for their students. The districts, presumably seeking to avoid financial liability, had been claiming in various cases across the state that the broad antidiscrimination and antiharassment safeguards […]

Prior to coming to Columbia Law School as an Associate-in-Law, Michael Kavey worked at Lambda Legal, where he served as the lead attorney on a series of amici curiae briefs filed on behalf of a broad coalition of civil rights groups in cases involving the New York Human Rights Law. The briefs argued that the […]

Couldn’t make our our event with Professor Katherine Franke, who returned from a week of working with women lawyers in the West Bank, helping them build a Women’s Committee within the Palestinian Bar Association? Listen to her talk below about what women in Palestine feel are the most pressing Gender Justice issues, how they plan […]

Tanya L. Domi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University who teaches about human rights in Eurasia and is a Harriman Institute affiliated faculty member. Prior to teaching at Columbia, Domi worked internationally for more than a decade on issues related to democratic transitional development, including political and media […]

VLOG: Update from Ramallah


March 12th, 2012

Check out Katherine Franke’s VLOG, discussing what a gender-rights lawyer in Palestine would work on if asked: If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it’s missing. Get Flash Player from Adobe.

Professor Katherine Franke is working for two weeks in Ramallah with women lawyers as part of a project to help build the Palestinian Bar Association’s Women’s Committee.  Here is her International Women’s Day greeting from downtown Ramallah: If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install […]

  The defenders of Proposition 8 have officially filed for en banc review in the 9th Circuit. This means that they’re pursuing a strategy of appealing to a larger panel of intermediate appellate judges in California before appealing to the Supreme Court. The consequence of this maneuver is that the U.S. Supreme Court will not […]

From Columbia Law Professor and Nation columnist Patricia Williams, cross posted from the February 6, 2012 issue of the Nation and Williams’ own blog, Madlawprofessor:   “We see what we want to see,” my grandmother used to say. This insight visited me recently after I ran across the mall chasing a woman I thought was […]

Rainbow flags and corsages were waving high in front of the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village last night.  There’s much to celebrate about the 9th Circuit’s ruling issued yesterday confirming the lower court finding that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional.  As I noted yesterday and Nan Hunter pointed out as well in her reading of the […]

The 9th Circuit just issued its decision in the Prop 8 case, upholding by a vote of 2-1 the lower court’s finding that Prop 8 was unconstitutional.  They did so, importantly, on very narrow grounds – resting the holding on the specific facts and circumstances surrounding the passage of Proposition 8.  They made clear that […]

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