Yale Law Journal Symposium on Modern Civil Rights Law & Theory Honors, or Challenges, Bruce Ackerman

“Symposium: The Meaning of the Civil Rights Revolution” (Vol. 123, No. 8, June 2014) is, in effect, a new and extensive book of contemporary thought on civil rights, written by today’s leading voices on constitutional law. In February 2014, Yale Law Journal held a symposium marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the new publication of Bruce Ackerman’s We the People: The Civil Rights Revolution (2014). Contributors’ essays reflected on the origins or status of the American civil rights project, using Ackerman’s book as a focal point or a foil as they saw fit. Those essays are collected here as June 2014, the final issue of the academic year. The contents are:

• We the People: Each and Every One — Randy E. Barnett
• Reactionary Rhetoric and Liberal Legal Academia — Justin Driver
• Popular Sovereignty and the United States Constitution: Tensions in the Ackermanian Program — Sanford Levinson
• The Neo-Hamiltonian Temptation — David A. Strauss
• The Civil Rights Canon: Above and Below — Tomiko Brown-Nagin
• Changing the Wind: Notes Toward a Demosprudence of Law and Social Movements — Lani Guinier & Gerald Torres
• Protecting Civil Rights in the Shadows — David A. Super
• Universalism and Civil Rights (with Notes on Voting Rights After Shelby) — Samuel R. Bagenstos
• Separate Spheres — Cary Franklin
• Ackerman’s Civil Rights Revolution and Modern American Racial Politics — Rogers M. Smith
• Rethinking Rights After the Second Reconstruction — Richard Thompson Ford
• A Revolution at War with Itself? Preserving Employment Preferences from Weber to Ricci — Sophia Z. Lee
• Have We Moved Beyond the Civil Rights Revolution? — John D. Skrentny
• Equal Protection in the Key of Respect — Deborah Hellman
• Ackerman’s Brown — Randall L. Kennedy
• The Anti-Humiliation Principle and Same-Sex Marriage — Kenji Yoshino
• De-Schooling Constitutional Law — Bruce Ackerman

The issue, the eighth and final one of Volume 123, also includes a cumulative Index to the entire volume’s titles and authors.  The editors of Yale Law Journal are a group of Yale Law School students. The principal essays are written by leading legal scholars.

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