History of Voter Suppression Laws in the United States

By Bryce Wachtell (PO ’21) The right to vote forms the bedrock of democracy, but even the foundational principle of enfranchisement remains a topic of contention. The 2018 midterm elections have resurfaced the debate on voting rights along mostly partisan lines, with Republicans advocating for ballot integrity and Democrats pushing for accessibility, especially for marginalized…

From “the Trial of the Century” to Advocating Against Violence: An Interview with Christopher Darden

Conducted by Michaela Shelton (PO ’21) and Madison Yardumian (SC ’21), Staff Writers Christopher Darden has practiced law for over 37 years. He worked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted cases regarding gang violence and criminal activity perpetrated by law enforcement officials. Darden rose to particular prominence for his role…

Betsy DeVos and Title IX

By Alison Jue (SCR ’20) Introduction On September 17th, 2017, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced at George Mason University that the Department of Education would begin to change the manner sexual misconduct is handled and investigated on college campuses. DeVos described plans to rescind policies that were introduced in both the Title IX Education…

Zarda v. Altitude Express: Does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act Protect Against Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual-Orientation?

By Bryce Wachtell (PO ’21) On Monday, February 26th, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Zarda v. Altitude Express. The case resurrected an increasingly-pressing legal question: does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act—which explicitly encompasses protections against employer discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin—also implicitly protect…