Academic journal article Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights

Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights Letter from the Editor

Academic journal article Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights

Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights Letter from the Editor

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Dear Reader,

The call remains strong in Spring 2013 for continued scholarship and activism in the civil liberties and civil rights arena. A major leak revealed practices by the National Security Agency that raise serious privacy questions for U.S. citizens and non-citizens alike. Public education and women's issues are seeing a renewed assault in some state legislatures. Furthermore, the U.S. Supreme Court ended its term with significant opinions affecting voting rights and marriage equality.

This issue begins with an Article by Tyson Herrold that explores the political process equal protection doctrine. Herrold begins with the precedential history underlying the doctrine, and then analyzes the two competing approaches in the context of initiatives that target affirmative action efforts. This important circuit split will likely be resolved soon, in light of a recent grant of certiorari by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The second Article, by a team of researchers and writers led by Brian Zeiger, identifies a specific, practical problem for litigating police brutality cases. The authors focus on three ways that circuit courts have applied Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15's relation back provision, and then propose an amendment to Rule 15 aimed at resolving the issue in these specific situations. …

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