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The New York Times, June 27, 2018
In Influence if Not in Title, This Has Been the Kennedy Court
“This term gave us a preview of what the Supreme Court would be like if Chief Justice Roberts were to become the swing vote,” said Leah Litman, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine. “Progressives will lose, and they will lose a lot, except in a few criminal cases.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Slate, June 27, 2018
The Only Thing That Might Stop Trump From Replacing Kennedy With a Scalia Clone
Richard L. Hasen, professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, writes, “Buckle up, folks. If you did not like what the Supreme Court has done in the last few weeks on voting rights, public-sector unions, and Trump’s travel ban, things are going to get a whole lot worse now that Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring and with conservative Chief Justice John Roberts about to become the new swing justice.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 27, 2018
In the Family-Separation Debate, Some Professors Say Their Role Is ‘Not to Not Respond’
Laura E. Enríquez, a professor of Chicano and Latino studies at the University of California at Irvine, said capitalizing on that student engagement is key. Last winter, she was teaching a class on the experiences of undocumented immigrants …. She made a practice of updating her students on the latest announcements on DACA … and asked them to produce, in groups, projects that explored public perceptions of undocumented immigrants.

Salon, June 27, 2018
Supreme Court makes it quite clear it won’t lift a finger to stop ruthless gerrymandering
“The upshot of this analysis is that it is going to be well near impossible for plaintiffs to prove that states have engaged in intentional racial discrimination so as to put those states back under federal supervision for voting,” wrote Rick Hasen, curator of Election Law Blog and a law professor at University of California, Irvine, in Slate.

Desert Sun, June 28, 2018
Stone recounts Palm Springs cop murders in opposition to police use of deadly force bill
Peter Hanink, a lawyer and doctoral candidate studying police use of force at UC Irvine, said the federal standard of “objective reasonableness” is difficult for courts to determine. But AB 931, Hanink said, would reduce the use of force by requiring training in de-escalation methods. “Given what the court recognizes as the realities of the conditions under which an officer is making a decision,” Hanink said, “this bill seeks to narrow the universe of circumstances when deadly force is used.”

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