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Mar 31, 2017

Teen documentary on racism sparks discussion among attorneys

Members of the MCBA, RBBA and GRAWA were represented on March 29 for the screening and discussion of a film titled: “I’m Not Racist … Am I?” The hour and a half documentary and discussion facilitators were introduced by West Irondequoit Central School District Superintendent Jeffrey Crane. West Irondequoit hosted the first Student Summit on […]

Mar 8, 2017

RBBA President’s Message: Stay engaged to move forward on racial equality

This week I had the conversation that most African-American parents at some point or another have to have with their child. No, not the birds and the bees; the talk regarding race in America, his place in it, and how to interact with police officers. It’s a talk I was given as a preteen and […]

Jun 22, 2014

Fourth Department: Juror not dismissed because of race

A juror was not dismissed because of his race and jailhouse telephone calls were not private, the Appellate Division, Fourth Department has ruled in the attempted murder case of a former Buffalo man convicting of firing a rifle at his neighbor. The higher court found an African-American prospective juror was dismissed by an Erie County […]

May 15, 2014

Ruling adds new twist to same-sex marriage challenges

WASHINGTON — The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding a state law barring the consideration of race in public university admission decisions is having an immediate effect on a set of closely watched appeals involving an entirely different issue: the constitutionality of state same-sex marriage bans. In Schuette v. BAMN, the Supreme Court upheld a […]

Oct 21, 2013

High Court likely to uphold Michigan measure on race

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court seemed prepared to uphold a voter-approved ban on taking account of race in college admissions. The court heard arguments last week over a 2006 change to the state constitution to prohibit the University of Michigan and other state schools from any consideration of race when they decide whom to […]

May 22, 2013

Family Court judicial race shapes up

Nathan A. Van Loon doesn’t like the way things are working out for this generation of children. After discussing it with his wife, Van Loon said the time is right to run for Family Court judge because it’s something he has wanted to do. And, he said, it’s the most important job in the Hall […]

Oct 10, 2012

Court debates affirmative action plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Supreme Court justices sharply questioned the University of Texas’ use of race in college admissions Wednesday in a case that could lead to new limits on affirmative action. The court heard arguments in a challenge to the program from a white Texan who contends she was discriminated against when the university […]

Oct 9, 2012

High court looks at race in college admissions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nine years after the U.S. Supreme Court said colleges and universities can use race in their quest for diverse student bodies, the justices have put this divisive social issue back on their agenda in the middle of a presidential election campaign. Nine years is a blink of the eye on a court […]

Aug 8, 2012

Census seeks changes in how it measures race

WASHINGTON — To keep pace with rapidly changing notions of race, the Census Bureau wants to make broad changes to its surveys that would end use of the term “Negro,” count Hispanics as a mutually exclusive group and offer new ways to identify Middle Easterners. The recommendations released Wednesday stem from new government research on […]

Feb 21, 2012

High Court to take new look at affirmative action

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court will once again confront the issue of race in university admissions in a case brought by a white student denied a spot at the flagship campus of the University of Texas. The court said Tuesday it will return to the issue of affirmative action in higher education for […]

Feb 23, 2011

Assemblywoman begins campaign for Congress

BUFFALO — Republican Assemblywoman Jane Corwin is in the race for the New York congressional seat vacated by Christopher Lee in a scandal over a shirtless photo he’d reportedly sent to a woman he met on Craigslist.

Jun 15, 2010

Judicial Commission on Minorities hosts conference

The Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission on Minorities is set to host a conference “Race, Law and the Courts: Framing the Discussion for a Post Racial America” today in Manhattan.

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