Black, Latino Enrollment At Berkeley Law Remain Low
In the second year after affirmative-action admissions policies were dismantled at Berkeley law school, minority admissions remain dangerously low, despite modest increases.
Boalt Hall School of Law extended admissions offers to 32 blacks this year, doubling last year's numbers. However, none of the 15 blacks who were accepted last year agreed to attend the school. One of the 15 who had originally chose to defer admission later became the only black student in the class of 1997.
The number of Latino students who were offered admission rose to 60, fourteen more than were accepted in 1997. Dean Herma Hill Kay credits the rising numbers to the new strategies used by Boalt admissions staff, which included visiting more colleges with high minority enrollments and garnering the help of black and Latino alumni in admissions receptions across the country.
7/1/2015 Women's Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights - A woman in Kenya is suing the Kenyan government for failure to provide safe and legal abortions, which caused her daughter - a 15-year-old rape victim - to suffer a kidney failure after undergoing the procedure illegally.
Currently, there are four petitioners on the case: the mother of the survivor, the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, and two other women's rights advocates. . . .
6/30/2015 Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering in Arizona - In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Ginsburg this morning, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing the use of independent state commissions that draw federal congressional districts, taking that power away from the state legislature.
This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts.
In 2000, Arizona voters amended their constitution, shifting the responsibility of drawing congressional districts, previously held by the state legislature, to a panel called the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. . . .