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Author: Kevin Maillard

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Oklahoma Legislature Proposes Amendment to End Affirmative Action

A Republican-sponsored amendment in Oklahoma reads:

“This proposed constitutional amendment makes clear that all men are created equal and should be treated as such by their government. If voters approve this constitutional amendment, state government will not be allowed to discriminate against Oklahoma citizens based on race or gender – period.”

This amendment proposes to end Affirmative Action in state government.  During the debate in the state House, support for the amendment took on a different notion of equality.  One Representative’s contributions have gotten a great deal of internet attention.  Sally Kern (R) who voted for the bill, said that ending considerations of diversity made sense because “a lot of people of color who didn’t study hard because they said the government would take care of them.”

Kern is not a stranger to public statements.  It was she who introduced a bill to ban Sharia law in Oklahoma, and she also once said that “gays are infiltrating city councils” claiming that the LGBT community is “the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam.” (She did say in that same speech that she was not “anti.”)

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Lots of Loving

The season of Loving is upon us! Every year in mid-June, families and friends gather to commemorate the landmark decision of Loving v. Virginia. In various locations in the US and internationally, people hold barbecues, invite speakers, hire DJs, and cook a lot of food to “educate the public about the history of interracial relationships.”  These celebrations are fun and educational–like an academic conference with dancing and without the suits.  The biggest event is in New York City on June 12.  More information can be found at the Loving Day website.

Loving is also in the air at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary, The Loving Story, will be featured as a meet-the-director event with Nancy Biruski, along with Loving attorney Phil Hirschkop, ALCU Director Anthony Romero, and lawyer David Boies on 4/27.  Information can be found here.

And lastly, my edited collection, Loving in a Post-Racial World: Rethinking Race, Sex, and Marriage, co-edited with Rose Cuison Villazor (Hofstra) is forthcoming in Cambridge University Press later this year.  We have an amazing group of contributors, listed after the jump. Read More

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What’s Your Tenure Policy?

Thanks to Dan and Angel for inviting me to post.  This is my first post-tenure post, and also my first guest post.  I am a perma-blogger at The Faculty Lounge, so it will be fun to see how things work around here.

A number of schools are facing the question of how to structure their tenure calendars.  It seems that in many places within the legal academy, tenure and promotion are combined into a 5-7 year, one-time occasion where a professor goes from untenured Assistant (or initial Associate) to Tenured Full Professor.  And in many other places–often those schools following a traditional university model–like my home school of Syracuse University College of Law–the tenure process is much longer.  Promotions: Assistant–>Associate–>Full Professor.  And Untenured to Tenured, with no default attachment of promotion and tenure.  Some schools may be a hybrid of the two: at promotion from Assistant to Associate, tenure is automatically granted. Read More