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Race, Schools and the Equal Protection Clause

This seminar will critically analyze the U.S. Supreme Court’s evolving interpretation of the Equal Protection Clause from the time of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment after the Civil War to the race-conscious student assignment cases currently before the Court. Topics will include the rise and fall of “separate but equal” doctrine, the “neutral principles” debate, remedies for de jure desegregation, de jure v. de facto segregation, facially neutral laws with a disparate impact on racial minorities, affirmative action, and voluntary integration plans.

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