The law operates differently for people depending on their skin color. What we are witnessing in Ferguson is an especially horrifying reminder of this insidious truth. Here’s some essential reading on this latest crisis: “What I Saw in Ferguson” – Jelani Cobb “In Ferguson, the Blurred Line Between Law Enforcement and Combat” – Adam Serwer “America Is […]

By Pete Osornio, Associate Editor, Volume 19 I. Diversity (Re)affirmed Grutter v. Bollinger definitively authorized the use of affirmative action policies in higher education,[1] resolving the circuit split[2] that followed the Supreme Court’s fractured opinion in Regents of University of California v. Bakke.[3] In Grutter, the Supreme Court endorsed Justice Powell’s view that diversity is a […]

On Schuette Pete Osornio Associate Editor,  Michigan Journal of Race & Law Volume 19 Yesterday, in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, the Supreme Court upheld a state constitutional amendment prohibiting affirmative action preferences in college admissions, effectively making it more difficult for minorities to rectify the lasting impacts of slavery and discrimination. As a result, there are now […]

The Michigan Journal of Race & Law is pleased to announce the Editorial Board for its historic Volume 20. Editor-in-Chief Aaron W. Walker Managing Editor Maria Litsakis Production Editor Alexandra Grossbaum Executive Articles Editor Joseph M. Flynn Executive Notes Editor Noha Moustafa Race & Curriculum Editor George M. Barchini Online Publications Editor Andrew M. Goddeeris […]

MJR&L editors attended APALSA‘s 2014 Origins Banquet at the Michigan Union. APALSA’s Annual Origins Banquet is a celebration of Asian Pacific American diversity and culture. In addition to a keynote by a prominent APA speaker, dinner and dancing, Origins features the announcement of the recipients of the APALSA Public Interest Fellowship.  

A new study by researchers at San Francisco State University finds evidence of skin tone memory bias. Student participants instructed to make a mental association between a picture of an African-American man and the word “educated” tended to misidentify the man on later memory tests as having a lighter skin tone. A recent article in the Atlantic article summarizes […]

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s warrantless placement of a GPS device on a vehicle was constitutional because probable cause existed to believe the car was being used for criminal purposes. A three judge panel for the Third Circuit had previously ruled that in […]