Title IX Opponent Confirmed to US Court of Appeals
The Senate confirmed yet another of President Bush's conservative judicial nominees on Tuesday. In a vote of 73-24, the Senate confirmed Thomas Griffith to the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Thomas Griffith is a staunch opponent of Title IX, the landmark federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded educational programs, and women’s and civil rights groups, including the Feminist Majority, have raised concerns about his position on the enforcement of civil rights laws.
Griffith served on President Bush’s so-called Commission on Opportunity in Athletics, which was stacked with opponents of Title IX and recommended measures that would have weakened enforcement of the law. While President Bush was ultimately forced to reaffirm Title IX because of an outpouring of support from women’s groups, Griffith’s confirmation poses yet another threat to Title IX. The DC Circuit Court is considered to be the most powerful of the federal appeals courts because it has jurisdiction over federal legislation, including Title IX.
Griffith’s record has also been criticized because of his failure to obtain a license to practice law in Utah when he served as a lawyer for Brigham Young University. At his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, he admitted to losing his DC law license because of a failure to pay bar association dues.
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .