Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Serena Mayeri's article, "When the Trouble Started": The Story of Frontiero v. Richardson, available on ssrn, provides an important perspective on the military as the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy continues to make news.
Mayeri tells the story of Sharron Frontiero, a 23 year old U.S. Air Force lieutenant in 1969, who at first believes her failure to receive the spousal allowance for her new husband was a mistake. Mayeri interweaves Frontoero's personal circumstance with the litigation and doctrine. She demonstrates that "Frontiero’s legacy extends beyond the intricacies of standards of review, the constitutionality of government benefits schemes, women’s status in the armed forces, and the career of the race-sex analogy." As Mayeri admits, "Frontiero left a mixed legacy for military equality."
ConLawProfs will enjoy this article for the depth it adds to teaching the material and as well as providing a perspective on present controversies.