Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 4, Summer

Afraid to Be Myself, Even at Home: A Transgender Cause of Action under the Fair Housing Act
Discrimination against transgender individuals in housing is pervasive. Nonetheless, American jurisprudence has not explicitly addressed whether there are legal protections available to transgender individuals who are the targets of housing discrimination....
Closing the Door on Positive Rights: State Court Use of the Political Question Doctrine to Deny Access to Educational Adequacy Claims
The United States system of funding schools with local property tax dollars leads to qualitative disparities across school districts. It is crucial that state courts address this problem, since no federal right to education exists. Students and parents...
State Attorneys General and Contingency Fee Arrangements: An Affront to the Neutrality Doctrine?
Around the nation, a lack of government resources and / or expertise has forced state attorneys general to resort to outsourcing of prosecutorial efforts in order to ensure that the needs of the state and its citizens are adequately represented. Such...
When Should Interstate Compacts Require Congressional Consent?
The Compact Clause of the U.S. Constitution states "No State shall, without the Consent of Congress . . . enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State." Despite this language, the Supreme Court has consistently held that only a small fraction...