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
characterized this closely fought Presidential election. He traces the
legalization of our politics from Watergate, to the Jones suit, to the
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
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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