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Professor Michael Curtis writes Huffington Post blog about using race in the struggle for political mastery

After their victories in 2010 state legislative elections, Republicans reapportioned a number of state legislatures. They drew districts so that, for later elections, a minority or slim majority of Republican voters for Congress or the state legislature could produce a super-majority of Republican legislators. Since most blacks vote Democratic, Republican legislators often gerrymandered using race. They claimed justification under the Voting Rights Act. North Carolina is an instructive example of the technique. Continue reading »

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Professor Michael Curtis’ research cited in People’s Advocacy Council article

Professor Michael Curtis’ 2012 law review article has been cited in the following post, “Homophobia – Segregation – Racism – Nuances of Violence Toward All Who Live on the Edge – in the Name of Religious Fanaticism,” originally published on the People’s Advocacy Council on July 27, 2014.

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Professor Michael Curtis writes in The Huffington Post blog about North Carolina using race to disrupt multiracial political coalitions

History repeats itself, but thankfully, not exactly. Still, we have a distressing degree of repetition in North Carolina. Continue reading »

Faculty News and Notes Winter 2013 – 2014

Following is the most recent roundup of Wake Forest University School of Law’s faculty research, publications, presentations, honors and awards. Continue reading »

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Professor Michael Curtis to present ‘Race as a Political Weapon’ regarding racial gerrymandering on Wednesday, Feb. 5

Professor Michael Curtis will present “Race as a Political Weapon”  regarding racial gerrymandering in North Carolina at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 5, the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1302.

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Law Professor Michael Curtis quoted on issue of school prayer in High Point Enterprise

HIGH POINT,  N.C. — When can students at a public school in North Carolina voluntarily and independently pray on school grounds?  Continue reading »

Professor Michael Curtis quoted in the Asheville Citizen-Times regarding free speech

Let’s face it: “free speech” is a bit of a misnomer.

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Professor Michael Curtis quoted in the High Point Enterprise about stricter gun regulations would face hurdles

Any political effort that might gain steam to restrict the sale of firearms and ammunition in the aftermath of the massacre of moviegoers at a suburban Denver theater eventually would run up against the legal reality of two U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the Second Amendment.

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Professors Michael Curtis and Shannon Gilreath (JD ’02) speak out about potential legal challenges to Amendment One

So North Carolina has a marriage amendment in its constitution. What now?

For starters, the debate isn’t over. Gay-marriage proponents have vowed to use organizational ties forged in the amendment fight to keep their issues in the public eye. They started last week, sending gay couples to county offices to request marriage licenses the couples knew they couldn’t get and to get arrested for refusing to leave.

The protect-marriage crowd is ready to defend the amendment approved Tuesday if need be, supporters said. But it seems more likely they’ll be able to declare victory and move on to other issues. Local pastor Ron Baity, whose Return America group pushed the marriage amendment for years, said last week that there are “many issues on the front burner,” but “I’m not going to tip my hand.”

The handful of local governments that offer health benefits to employees’ domestic partners are sorting out what the amendment means for them. At least one Mecklenburg County commissioner is pushing to end his county’s existing benefit program, The Charlotte Observer reported last week. The city of Charlotte is considering adding same-sex benefits in what could lead to a test case for the new amendment, the newspaper reported.

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Professor Michael Curtis tells the Fayetteville Observer generally constitutional amendments can’t be unconstitutional

Professor Michael Curtis tells the Fayetteville Observer that generally constitutional amendments can’t be unconstitutional under the constitution they are amending but that the U.S. Supreme Court has the power to overturn the constitutional ban on same-sex unions. Continue reading »