Friday, October 23, 2009

New Immigration-Related Articles from SSRN

Here are two new immigration-related articles from the Social Science Research Network (

 "A Clinical Model for Bringing International Human Rights Home: Human Rights Reporting on Conditions of Immigrant Detention" Seattle Journal for Social Justice, Vol. 7, No. 649, Spring/Summer 2009 GWYNNE SKINNER, Willamette University - College of Law.  ABSTRACT:  This article describes the design of the Seattle University School of Law International Human Rights Clinic and the model the Clinic developed and used in preparing an international human rights report regarding the conditions of immigrant detention at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. The report continues to have a substantial impact on a very important human rights issue close to home-the treatment of both documented and undocumented immigrants. In addition, this article details why the project was chosen and how it was designed and developed. Finally, the article measures the project's pedagogical outcomes against accepted legal clinical pedagogical principles.

Constitutional Clash: When English-Only Meets Voting Rights, Yale Law & Policy Review, Vol. 28, 2010 Michael A. Zuckerman Cornell University.  ABSTRACT: This paper examines the constitutional vulnerability of English-only laws as they relate to voting materials. The topic is timely in light of King v. Mauro, a recent Iowa decision that drew national attention by interpreting a state statute to bar non-English voter registration materials. In short, this paper argues that English-only policies as applied to voting are constitutionally suspect. After providing background about the English-only movement and the recent high-profile Iowa decision, the paper considers complex and uncertain areas of constitutional law, outlining how one might argue that English-only laws violate the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and the federal Voting Rights Act. In the end, the nation has an important choice to make: encourage participation in the electoral process, or use voting rights as means to disenfranchise language minority citizens. If the nation continues down the latter path, civil rights lawyers must be ready to respond.


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