Judge Finds Racial Bias in Death Penalty Sentencing of North Carolina Man

Just days before the 25th anniversary of McCleskey v. Kemp, a North Carolina judge today ruled that racial bias impacted the death penalty conviction of Marcus Robinson and re-sentenced him to to life imprisonment without possibility of parole. This was the first case applying the historic and ground-breaking Racial Justice Act, enacted by the North … Continue reading Judge Finds Racial Bias in Death Penalty Sentencing of North Carolina Man

Supreme Court Ruling to Impact Protection Against Housing Discrimination

Several of the nation's leading civil rights organizations filed amicus briefs this week urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in Magner v. Gallagher that the federal Fair Housing Act can be enforced when a seemingly neutral housing policy results in discrimination. The Opportunity Agenda joined AARP, ACLU, The Lawyers' Committee For Civil Rights Under … Continue reading Supreme Court Ruling to Impact Protection Against Housing Discrimination

Commentary by EJS’ Eva Paterson and Reggie Shuford in New America Media

The following op-ed by EJS President, Eva Paterson, and Director of Law and Policy, Reggie Shuford, appeared yesterday in New America Media. A recent decision handed down by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals raises this important question: Can victims of contemporary forms of discrimination and disparity find justice in our courts? The court … Continue reading Commentary by EJS’ Eva Paterson and Reggie Shuford in New America Media

Give Women in Wal-Mart v. Dukes Their Day in Court

Equal Justice Society (EJS) joined the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC) this week to file an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court case Dukes v. Wal-Mart, the largest civil rights class action lawsuit in U.S. history. On March 29, the Court will conduct a limited … Continue reading Give Women in Wal-Mart v. Dukes Their Day in Court

Greenlining Institute Report: UC Medical School Failing to Keep up with California’s Diversity

The Greenlining Institute, a multiethnic research and advocacy institute, on Thursday released a report on the diversity of the University of California’s medical student body.  Among the findings: although African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans make up more than 40 percent of the population of California, they comprise less than 20 percent of UC medical … Continue reading Greenlining Institute Report: UC Medical School Failing to Keep up with California’s Diversity

Legislative Briefing on Impact of Prop 209

In 1996, Proposition 209 eliminated affirmative action in public education, employment, and contracting. Recent research conducted by the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity will provide legislators and staff with information regarding the impact of … Continue reading Legislative Briefing on Impact of Prop 209