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WE NEED A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO VOTE IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
FindLaw columnist and Columbia law professor Michael Dorf highlights a crucial consequence of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions of December 4 (remanding to the Florida Supreme Court) and December 9 (staying the statewide manual recount the Florida Supreme Court had ordered). These decisions, Professor Dorf argues, held that citizens have no right to vote in Presidential elections. That should be changed, he argues, by Constitutional amendment.
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2000

PRECEDENTS FOR THIS BITTERLY FOUGHT ELECTION
FindLaw columnist Michael Dorf, who is Vice Dean and profesor of law at Columbia Law School, examines the roots of the bitter legal battles that have characterized this closely fought Presidential election. He traces the legalization of our politics from Watergate, to the Jones suit, to the recent impeachment proceedings against President Clinton.
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000

THE ELECTION DISPUTE POSES A FAMILIAR PROBLEM FOR THE COURTS
Columbia Law School professor and Vice Dean Michael C. Dorf counters the oft-heard argument that the Presidential election's disputes should not be brought to court. Professor Dorf also notes, however, that as is typical in law, a tradeoff between rule-enforcement and justice may have to occur for these disputes to be resolved.
Monday, Nov. 13, 2000

BUSH'S AFFIRMATIVE ACCESS
FindLaw columnist and Columbia law professor Michael C. Dorf explains the meaning of George W. Bush's "affirmative access," and why it is very unlikely to be as effective as affirmative action.
Wednesday, Nov. 01, 2000

CLERKSHIP CHAOS
Columbia Law Professor and Vice Dean Michael Dorf discusses the reasons for the recent fiasco in federal judges' hiring of law clerks, and suggests a possible solution.
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000

BUSH VERSUS BUSH
As part of his education policy, George W. Bush has proposed providing federal grants to the states for a number of programs. A Columbia Law School professor questions whether these programs would survive the scrutiny of the Justices he would appoint to the Supreme Court.
Monday, Sep. 11, 2000

A REPLY TO THE BEST DEFENSE
Columbia Law School Professor Michael Dorf responds to Barton Aronson's defense of the criminal justice system, in which the federal prosecutor questioned the need to increase funding for indigent criminal defendants.
Wednesday, Aug. 09, 2000

THE CASE FOR A GORE-CLINTON TICKET
A Columbia Law School professor explains why there is no constitutional obstacle to William Jefferson Clinton becoming the first Vice President of the 21 century.
Monday, Jul. 31, 2000

DEATH AND TAXES
A Columbia law professor surveys the recent support for abolishing the death penalty due to concern that an innocent person may be executed, and concludes that this development highlights a more fundamental problem in the criminal justice system: the lack of adequate funding for indigent criminal defendants.
Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2000

THEY ARE ALL ACTIVISTS NOW
A Columbia law professor considers what it means to be branded an "activist" justice -- and examines who's making the charge.
Monday, May 01, 2000

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