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Symposium on Racism in Administrative Law

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Socioeconomic Pedagogy and Administrative Law: Including Issues of Race/Ethnicity and Class in the Administrative Law Course, by Natalie Gomez-Velez

Some doctrinal courses like property or contracts that involve a “racially-charged history” and “doctrine [that] is inextricably linked to race” lend themselves more readily to the inclusion of issues of race and class. Even so, the inclusion of socioeconomic issues in traditional doctrinal courses, though growing more common, remains relatively rare, driven by notions of neutrality and “perspectivelessness” that mask […]

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Decolonizing Chadha, by Rebecca Bratspies

The protest movement that coalesced this summer around #BlackLivesMatter galvanized a long overdue public conversation about race in the United States. Students across the country are demanding that their professors reexamine their textbooks and revise their course materials to grapple with the ways that structural racism has shaped our various disciplines. Administrative law is no […]

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Two Decades Ago, The FDA and NIH Mandated the Use of Race to Categorize Subjects and Report Results in Medical and Scientific Research They Oversee. It was a Huge Mistake, by David E. Bernstein

As of this writing, the federal government is considering using race and ethnicity to allocate access to a new Coronavirus vaccine to combat Covid-19 when one becomes available. More specifically, the government is considering giving preference to African Americans and Latinos because they have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.  Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew of the […]

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COVID’s Racial disparity: when Tariffs Tax Face Masks and More, by Ernesto Hernández-López

The pandemic hit the United States two years into a trade war, in which President Trump promised to “tax the hell out of China.” One casualty is that Americans pay more for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), like face masks, medical gowns, and gloves. PPE helps prevent COVID infections. Meanwhile, the pandemic response suffers from racial disparity, a “crisis within a […]

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UnEqual Protection in Immigration Law, by Carrie Rosenbaum

Immigration law has contributed to shaping and reinforcing the construct of race more than any other area of administrative law. Congress and the Executive have shaped immigration law via express and implicit racial restrictions on membership in the United States political community, and with respect to the allocation of rights, such as racial restrictions on naturalization and […]

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Nativists are Instrumentalizing Administrative Law, by Dina Francesca Haynes

Racist, regressive leaders around the world have been instrumentalizing racism, discrimination, and “othering” to further their nativist goals. As I have argued elsewhere, regressive governments increase their own power by suppressing the rights of their opposition and subverting the rule of law often by invoking national emergency or national security rhetoric. The starting point to circumventing […]

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The Racial Roots of the Federal Administrative State, by Jonathan Weinberg

Federal administrative agencies have existed since this nation’s founding – the First Congress created the Patent Office, the Departments of War, Foreign Affairs, and Treasury, and more. But in the century that followed, Congress rarely tasked any of those agencies with adjudicating the status of individuals so as to hand out benefits and burdens.[1]  The Fugitive […]

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Citizens to Preserve Overton Park – Race-Inflected Below Its Surface, by Peter L. Strauss

This is not a picture one would have seen during the battles over Memphis’s Overton Park.  When planning for Interstate 40’s route through Memphis began in the 50’s, one could have found Blacks in parts of that park only on Tuesdays; the park was for Whites only on other days.  An urban oasis near downtown, largely surrounded […]

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Native Americans and Discriminatory Administration with Facially Neutral Rules, by Victoria Sutton

The rule of law applies to all government actions, and the promulgation of regulations and the administration of those rules must also strictly follow the rule of law to have “a government of laws not of men.”[1] With the administration of these rules, a sense of selective enforcement based on prejudices can creep into a system […]

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Devil in the Details: Structural Racism in Administrative Hearings, by Jerry L. Anderson

Research in the 1980s confirmed what everyone already suspected: People of color bear a disproportionate share of environmental harms. For example, in 1987 a major national study concluded: “Race proved to be the most significant among variables tested in association with the location of commercial hazardous waste facilities.”[1]  After citing numerous studies, Luke Cole concluded in 1992 that […]

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Colorblind Nationalism, by Ming Hsu Chen

White supremacy has morphed into white nationalism during the Trump era. Charlottesville’s Unite the Right rally and Black Lives Matter protests demonstrate this vividly. In 2017, the public purpose of the Unite the Right rally was to defend confederate statues; similar symbols have come under contestation in the military, state governments and athletics over the last few […]