2014 National Lawyers Convention
Sexual assault on campus is a serious issue—so serious that it is difficult for some to speak plainly about it. As a result, disagreements abound—even about issues as fundamental as the definition of sexual assault. This panel will discuss the nature and extent of sexual assault on campus. It will examine the Department of Education’s “Dear Colleague” letter of April 4, 2011 on sexual violence, the numerous investigations that it has opened in colleges and universities around the country, and the effect they are having on campus. It will also discuss the new "Only Yes Means Yes," laws recently adopted in California and being considered around the country. Among the questions that will be addressed are: How dangerous are our college campuses? From where does the U.S. Department of Education derive the authority to address this issue? Is due process being accorded to those who are accused of sexual assault?
The Federalist Society's Civil Rights Practice Group presented this panel on "Sexual Assult on Campus" on Friday, November 14, during the 2014 National Lawyers Convention.
- Ms. Heather Mac Donald, Thomas W. Smith Fellow, Manhattan Institute
- Mr. Seth Galanter, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
- Ms. Lara S. Kaufmann, Senior Counsel & Director of Education Policy for At-Risk Students, National Women's Law Center
- Mr. Greg Lukianoff, President, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
- Moderator: Hon. Diane S. Sykes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- Introduction: Hon. Gail Heriot, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and Professor, University of San Diego School of Law; and Chairman, Civil Rights Practice Group
Mayflower Hotel Civil Rights Practice Group Podcast
In recent months and years, gender issues have taken an increasingly important role in discussions of law, policy, and electoral politics, garnering a great deal of media attention and public discussion. What are the true implications of the Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire Corporation case and the government’s ensuing actions? Have they been used, perhaps opportunistically or disingenuously, by either side in this debate? Have gender issues in general been misused in the same way? Is there a War on Women, or is this a canard designed to excite and mislead?
- Ms. Jennifer Braceras, Columnist and former Commissioner, United States Commission on Civil Rights
- Ms. Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment, National Women’s Law Center
- Moderator: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society
[Listen now!] 2012 National Lawyers Convention
The Civil Rights Practice Group hosted this panel on "Who Benefits from Affirmative Action and Race and Gender Consciousness?" on Friday, November 16, 2012, during the 2012 National Lawyers Convention.
Civil Rights: Who Benefits from Affirmative Action and Race and Gender Consciousness?
12:00 noon – 2:15 p.m.
- Hon. Martin “Marty” Castro, President and CEO, Castro Synergies, LLC, and Castro Rioja Enterprises, LLC; Chairman, Illinois Human Rights Commission and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; Co-Founder, New Futuro, LLC
- Hon. Gail Heriot, University of San Diego School of Law, and Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
- Prof. Theodore M.“Ted” Shaw, Columbia Law School
- Mr. Stuart S. Taylor, Jr., Contributing Editor, National Journal
- Moderator: Hon. Carlos Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Bullying as a Civil Rights Violation: The U.S. Department of Education's Approach to Harassment Engage, Volume 12, Issue 2, September 2011
The Obama Administration recently mounted a high-profile campaign against bullying in public schools, staging a White House conference on bullying prevention, featuring the President and first lady; creating a White House anti-bullying website, stopbullying.gov; and issuing new regulatory guidance ostensibly to combat this problem. The administrative core of the campaign has been a new federal bullying policy issued by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on October 26, 2010. This policy, conveyed in a ten-page “Dear Colleague” guidance letter signed by Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali, has been controversial: supporters have welcomed new protections for minority victims of this social problem, while critics have argued that the Obama Administration has effectively created a new right unauthorized by Congress.