Prof. Jamin B. Raskin Esq.
January 2008: "The Director of WCL’s Program on Law and Government and founder of its acclaimed Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, Jamin Raskin teaches Constitutional Law, First Amendment, the Constitution and Public Education, and Legislation. He has written dozens of law review articles and essays and several influential books, including the Washington Post Bestseller Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court versus the American People (2003), which examines patterns of conservative judicial activism and interference with democratic politics, and We the Students (2d ed. 2003), a CQ Press and Supreme Court Historical Society Bestseller which examines the Supreme Court’s treatment of America’s high school students and their rights. An active constitutional and public interest lawyer, Raskin has represented clients as diverse as Reverend Jesse Jackson, Ross Perot and Greenpeace, and was Chairman of Maryland’s State Higher Education Labor Relations Board.
In September 2006, he won a landslide upset victory in the Democratic Primary for State Senate from District 20 in Maryland (Silver Spring and Takoma Park), toppling a 32-year incumbent, and went on to win 99% of the vote in the November General Election. As a Senator in Maryland’s “citizen legislature,” Professor Raskin serves on the influential Judicial Proceedings Committee, the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, the Joint Committee on the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Coast, and the Joint Committee on State-Federal Relations. Professor Raskin’s varied career in public life has included service as: general counsel of the National Rainbow Coalition, a member of President Clinton’s first Transition Team and a state assistant attorney general. In the 2000 presidential election, he introduced the provocative idea of Internet “vote pairing” (or “vote trading”) in Slate Magazine. During the Academic Year 2003-04, he was a visiting professor at Sciences Po in Paris and taught a course in comparative constitutional law and politics. He is fluent in French and has written articles for French publications."http://http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/raskin/
February 2008: "The legislation, proposed by Sen. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Montgomery), would give graduate students collective bargaining rights to negotiate stipend pay, benefits and workloads with university administrators. Raskin said the students should be able to form a union, just like the university's clerical workers, mechanics, janitors and campus police."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/02/AR2008020201969.html
January 2008: 'Maryland's primary will be held a week after Super Tuesday, in an election "where generational politics is the fault line," said Jamie B. Raskin, a constitutional law scholar who represents Silver Spring and Takoma Park in the Maryland Senate. Boltuck and her friends at Whitman are part of an age bracket unusually energized this election cycle, particularly in support of Boltuck's candidate, Democrat Barack Obama.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/20/AR2008012002366.html
March 2006: The fact that accused midshipmen, in almost every case, were able to avert prosecution by leaving the academy is 'profoundly troubling,' said Jamin B. Raskin, a law professor at American University with extensive experience in civil rights and sexual discrimination.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/17/AR2006031702223.html
February 2003: Constitutional law professor, author of Overruling Democracy.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1101-2002Aug9.html
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Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Feb 03, 2008 Grad Students May Get to Unionize: U-Md., Which Doesn't See Them as Employees, Likely to Oppose Bill
QUOTE: A Montgomery County lawmaker will introduce legislation tomorrow to allow graduate students and adjunct professors at Maryland's public universities to form unions..."Graduate students are treated like the migrant laborers of higher education," said [a MD state senator].
Washington Post Jan 21, 2008 One Teen's Campaign To Restore Voting Rights
QUOTE: Last month, [a Maryland high school senior], along with her father and a sympathetic state senator, persuaded Maryland's top legal minds to restore the right of suffrage to at least 50,000 teens who will turn 18 between the Feb. 12 primary and the Nov. 4 election.
Washington Post Mar 18, 2006 Sex Cases Rarely Go to Trial at Academy: Despite Evidence, Most Accused Midshipmen Expelled Instead
QUOTE: With striking regularity, sexual-assault charges at the U.S. Naval Academy are dismissed without trial and the suspects are instead expelled from school.... without having a criminal record.
Washington Post Apr 27, 2003 Moose Has Legal, But Not Moral, Defense for Book
QUOTE: Moose may be on firm legal ground, but morally, he's adrift. Only greed explains his desire to carve out time from his public service to write this book. The chief has a right to write, but he should choose between the book and his day job. He should level with the county he protects: This has nothing to do with the First Amendment and everything to do with striking it rich.
Washington Post Aug 11, 2002 I'll Tell You What's Wrong with Petitions (No Signature Required)
QUOTE: Massive signature requirements impose a pointless burden on outsider candidates that becomes an all-consuming drain on their campaigns.
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