The Great Lakes Middle Way

My daughter Rachel Godsil is about to publish her first book, along with Denise Morgan and a host of contributors.


Here is the title and table of contents:

Awakening from the Dream: Civil Rights under Siege and the New Struggle for Equal Justice

Edited by Denise C. Morgan, Rachel D. Godsil, and Joy Moses

Table of Contents

Foreword: Erwin Chemerinsky, Alston & Bird Professor of Law, Duke Law School


Part I: The Rehnquist Court’s Federalism Revolution and Civil Rights

Chapter 1: What is Federalism, and What Does it Have to do with Civil Rights?

Federalism: The Double-Edged Sword of Liberty and Oppression
Paul Finkelman, Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Tulsa College of Law

Chapter 2: The National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights

Conference Introduction
Reversing the Retreat on Civil Rights
Wade Henderson, Executive Director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and Janell Byrd-Chichester, civil rights attorney, The Cochran Firm

Part II: The Impact of the Federalism Revolution on the Lives of Americans

Chapter 3: African Americans

The Rehnquist Court, the Resurrection of Plessy, and the Ever-Expanding Definition of “Societal Discrimination”
Lia B. Epperson, Director of Education, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

Chapter 4: Latinos

Un Pasito Pa’lante, Un Pasito Pa’tras: Latinos and the Rollback of Civil Rights
Sandra Del Valle, civil rights lawyer, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund

Chapter 5: Asian Americans

Asian Americans under the Rehnquist Court: A Protracted and Ongoing Struggle for Justice and Recognition
Vincent A. Eng, Deputy Director, National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, and Julianna Lee, law student, University of Michigan Law School

Chapter 6: Women

Making a Federal Case out of Women’s Concerns: The Supreme Court’s Hostility to Civil Rights for Battered Women
Emily J. Martin, staff attorney, ACLU Women’s Rights Project

Chapter 7: Older Americans

“Narrowing the Nation’s Power”: The Impact on Older Americans
Simon Lazarus, Public Policy Counsel, National Senior Citizens Law Center

Chapter 8: Americans with Disabilities

Judicial Revision of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990: Mere Fine-Tuning? Or Ideological Backlash?
Caroline Palmer, Pro Bono Development Director, Minnesota State Bar Association

Chapter 9: Sexual Minorities

The Federalism Revolution and the Sexual Minority Federal Legislative Agenda
Arthur S. Leonard, Professor of Law, New York Law School

Chapter 10: Language Minorities

Language Rights and the Loss of Judicial Remedy: The Impact of Alexander v. Sandoval on Language Minorities
Rose Cuison Villazor, Human Rights Fellow, Columbia Law School

Chapter 11: Immigrant Workers

The Rollback of Immigrant Workers’ Civil Rights
Marielena Hincapié, Program Director, National Immigration Law Center, and Ana Avendaño-Denier, Associate General Counsel and Director of the Immigrant Worker Program, AFL-CIO

Part III: The Impact of the Federalism Revolution on Access to Courts to Protect Essential Services and Fundamental Rights

Chapter 12: Public Education

Reneging on the Promise of Brown: The Rehnquist Court and Education Rights
Denise C. Morgan, Professor of Law, New York Law School

Chapter 13: Health Care

The Civil Rights Rollback: It’s Bad for Your Health
Jane Perkins, Legal Director, National Health Law Program

Chapter 14: The Environment

Permitted to Pollute: The Rollback of Environmental Justice
Olga Pomar, attorney, South Jersey Legal Services, and Rachel D. Godsil, Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

Chapter 15: Our Criminal Justice System Federalism, Race, and Criminal Justice

Michelle Alexander, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Civil Rights Clinic, Stanford Law School

Chapter 16: Our Civil Liberties

Who’s Watching the Home Front?
Barbara J. Olshansky, Deputy Director for Litigation and Organizing, Center for Constitutional Rights

Chapter 17: Immigration

Abuse of (Plenary) Power? Judicial Deference and the Post-9/11 War on Immigrants
Lori A. Nessel, Associate Professor and Director of the Immigration & Human Rights Clinic, Center for Social Justice, Seton Hall University School of Law, and Anjum Gupta, Clinical Fellow, Center for Social Justice, Seton Hall University School of Law

Part IV: The Federalism Revolution: Principle or Politics?

Chapter 18: It’s Not About State’s Rights

Double-Talk by the Activist Supreme Court Majority
Herb Semmel, former Director, National Senior Citizens Law Center Federal Rights Project

Chapter 19: Using State Sovereignty and Federal Power to Undermine Workers’ Rights

Federalist Hypocrisy and the Preemption of State Labor Laws
Nathan Newman, Associate Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law

Part V: Strategies for Reversing the Civil Rights Rollback

Chapter 20: Lessons from the Right

Fighting the Civil Rights Rollback: Lessons from the Right
Lee Cokorinos, Executive Director, Capacity Development Group, and Alfred F. Ross, Founder and President, Institute for Democracy Studies

Chapter 21: Restoring the Balance of Power in the Federal Courts

Saving the Courts Susan Lerner, Founder and Chair, Committee for Judicial Independence, on behalf of the Equal Justice Society

Chapter 22: Revitalizing Federal Civil Rights Legislation
Protecting Ideals of Equality and Justice for All: Progressive Legislation in a Conservative Era

Joy Moses, staff attorney, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

Chapter 23: State Reform Strategies

State Strategies to Reverse the Civil Rights Rollback
Dennis D. Parker, Civil Rights Bureau Chief, New York State Attorney General’s Office

Chapter 24: Activist Strategies

We Shall Be Moved: Community Activism as a Tool for Reversing the Rollback

Andrew Friedman, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Make the Road by Walking; Robert García, Executive Director, Center for Law in the Public Interest, and Erica Flores Baltodano, Assistant Director, Center for Law in the Public Interest; Julie Hyman, senior policy analyst, Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York, Brad Williams, Executive Director, New York State Independent Living Council, and Tracie Crandell, policy analyst, Center for Disability Rights

Chapter 25: Student Advocacy

Building a Student Movement: Lessons Learned and Suggestions for the Future
Lisa Zeidner, student, Columbia Law School, and Luke Blocher, student, Columbia Law School

Chapter 26: Litigation Strategies

Lawyering and Litigation during the Rollback: Legal Strategies to Pursue Social Justice
Marianne Engleman Lado, General Counsel, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Appendix A: Glossary

Appendix B: Websites with Information about Federal Judicial Nominations

Appendix C: The U.S. Constitution

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