Part II: The Debates Surrounding DOMA

John Hermann April 28, 2013

My last column discussed the roots of United States v. Windsor (2013), which challenged the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on Equal Protection Clause grounds. This column will...

Part I: The Roots of United States v. Windsor

John Hermann April 19, 2013

In United States v. Windsor (2013), the United States Supreme Court will decide by the end of June whether the provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defines marriage as a union between only...

Are Supreme Court justices superheroes?

John Hermann March 22, 2013

As an undergraduate student, I was attracted to studying the United States Supreme Court because I incorrectly perceived that our nation's highest tribunal's central role is to protect minorities from...

Part II: So you want a recommendation?

John Hermann February 22, 2013

My last column focused on how you should ask for a letter of recommendation. This one explains what I want from you when writing that letter. When I sit down to write an argument on your behalf, I need...

So you want a letter of recommendation?

John Hermann February 8, 2013

At some point in virtually every student's time at Trinity, you will need a letter of recommendation. It may be for study abroad, an internship, fellowship, job, graduate school, or for some other entirely...

Can you be punished for your thoughts?

John Hermann November 2, 2012

Hate crime laws are a divisive issue because they create a direct conflict between civil rights and free speech. On the one hand, hate crime laws are designed to punish behavior that demeans and stigmatizes...

Which theory predicts your vote?

John Hermann October 5, 2012

Since the 2012 presidential election is approximately one month away, I thought it might be interesting to explore what political scientists say about how you vote. There are four basic theories to explain...

A common civil rights misconception

John Hermann September 7, 2012

A spurious notion attributed to the issue of civil rights is that we are all equal. There is hardly a grain of truth to this idea. I, moreover, would prefer that we are all different. A couple of examples...

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