Friday, January 2, 2009

In Case You Missed it, Part III - Equal Protection Edition

In this final installment of “In Case You Missed It . . . ,” we review some of the equal protection stories that might have flown below your radar.

The debate over same sex adoptions continues in Florida.  While my co-editor reported last month that a Florida judge ruled the state ban on same sex adoptions unconstitutional, the WSJ reports that the state has filed an appeal to the Florida Supreme Court.

In other news from the Sunshine State, Governor Charlie Crist may be facing a lawsuit.  Why?  The governor stated that that the list of persons submitted to him to fill judicial vacancies was not racially diverse, and asked the nominating board to provide a less homogenous list.  A group of lawyers is considering a lawsuit.

Yet another study proving that female lawyers – especially those with children – earn less than their male counterparts.

Finally, a California court ruled that Los Angeles magnet schools could use race as a factor in their admissions process despite Proposition 209.   The ruling is based on the technical (specifically, the fact that Prop 209 exempted school systems with existing segregation orders), rather than the substantive, but it demonstrates that we are likely to see affirmative action cases for some time that raise creative arguments to challenge such initiatives. 

That’s all for now.  Have a great semester!

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