Author Archives: Professors of Color

The Voting Rights Act in Winter: The Death of a Superstatute

Guy-Uriel E. Charles & Luis E. Fuentes-Rohwer, The Voting Rights Act in Winter: The Death of a Superstatute, Univ. Ind. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 278 (2014). Abstract:  The Voting Rights Act, the most successful civil rights statute in American history, is … Continue reading

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State’s Rights, Last Rites, and Voting Rights

Guy-Uriel E. Charles & Luis E. Fuentes-Rohwer, State’s Rights, Last Rites, and Voting Rights (2014) (forthcoming Nw. Univ. L. Rev.), available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2377475. Abstract:  There are two ways to read the Court’s decision in Shelby County, as a minimalist decision and as a decision … Continue reading

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Democracy and Renewed Distrust: Equal Protection and the Evolving Judicial Conception of Politics

Bertrall L. Ross II, Democracy and Renewed Distrust: Equal Protection and the Evolving Judicial Conception of Politics, 101 Calif. L. Rev. 1565 (2013). Abstract:  Judicial interpretations of the Equal Protection Clause have undergone a major transformation over the last fifty … Continue reading

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The Year of the Super PAC

Michael S. Kang, The Year of the Super PAC, 81 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1902 (2013). Abstract:  2012 was the year of the Super PAC. In the first presidential election cycle since their development, Super PACs raised almost one billion dollars and … Continue reading

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Political Law

 Spencer Overton, Political Law, 81 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1783 (2013). Abstract:  Traditional “election law” or “the law of democracy” concentrated largely on constitutional analysis by judicial actors. That narrow focus, however, distorted scholars’ understanding of the problems confronting democracy and … Continue reading

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Unteachable: Shelby County, Canonical Apostasies, and Ways Forward for the Voting Rights Act

Kareem U. Crayton and Terry Smith, Unteachable:  Shelby County, Canonical Apostasies, and Ways Forward for the Voting Rights Act (2013), available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2361495. Abstract:  In this paper, we analyze the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, which … Continue reading

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Sore Loser Laws and Congressional Polarization

Barry C. Burden, Bradley Jones & Michael S. Kang, Sore Loser Laws and Congressional Polarization (2013), available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2354168. Abstract:  To enhance explanations for party polarization in the U.S. Congress, we focus on an unappreciated legal structure known as the sore loser law. By … Continue reading

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