Richard Thompson Ford

Richard Thompson Ford teaches at Stanford Law School. His latest books are Rights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality and Universal Rights Down to Earth.

June 27 2013 3:40 PMThe Double Secret Danger in the Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action RulingWill only elite wealthy colleges end up with racial diversity?
The Hive
June 21 2012 7:15 AMWho Will Save Us From the Courts?We will! How to break the judicial stranglehold on constitutional interpretation.
Nov. 3 2011 10:18 AMRights Gone Wrong

Why civil rights lawsuits are becoming irrelevant in the fight for social justice.

Nov. 1 2011 4:26 PMRights Gone Wrong

How the civil rights movement led to a ban on ladies’ nights.

March 15 2011 4:19 PMA State's RightWhy states, like Michigan, have the power to take over local governments.
June 11 2010 5:33 PMToo Sexy for My BossesWhy lawsuits based on looks discrimination—even good ones—are a bad idea.
Sept. 30 2009 12:41 PMA Primer on RacismThe many uses of the word and how legit they are.
July 2 2009 1:19 PMAre All Civil Rights Special Privileges Now?Assessing the damage done by the Supreme Court in the New Haven firefighters case.
May 27 2009 10:49 AMBad TestSonia Sotomayor rejected the New Haven firefighters' claim because it threatened to burn down civil rights law.
Nov. 14 2008 3:34 PMAnalogy LessonRacism is the wrong frame for understanding the passage of California's same-sex marriage ban.
Jan. 22 2008 10:23 AMCristal Clear
Jan. 8 2008 2:36 PMWho's Afraid for Obama?What the claims that a black man is unelectable say about the rest of us.
May 30 2007 5:39 PMBad ThinkThe Supreme Court mixes up intending to screw over your employee and actually doing it.
July 12 2006 4:50 PMHate and MarriageSame-sex marriage setbacks may not be all bad news for gay rights.
June 13 2005 5:37 PMTake God to Work DayWhy the law shouldn't bend over backward for religious employees.
Oct. 12 2012 1:21 PMFisher Cut BaitAffirmative action will live on even if the Supreme Court kills it.
Feb. 29 2012 7:19 AMBad MarriageWhy the Supreme Court should stay out of affirmative action.
Nov. 2 2011 11:50 AMRights Gone Wrong

Why it’s not always best to treat education as a civil right.

March 28 2011 1:49 PMEveryday DiscriminationWhy the Wal-Mart sex-bias lawsuit is the most important case the Supreme Court will hear this year.
July 5 2010 6:47 AMHow To Understand "Acting White"Could desegregation have caused the culture of academic underperformance?
Oct. 23 2009 7:12 AMNow a Black Firefighter Is Suing New HavenDid the Supreme Court leave the city holding the bag in last summer's Ricci ruling?
July 23 2009 3:31 PMThe Depressing Cycle of Racial AccusationThe arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. is about neither racial profiling nor playing the race card.
June 16 2009 1:57 PMIf Frank Ricci Loses, Blame ScaliaConservative judges are the ones who have made discrimination suits hard to win.
Sports Nut
Dec. 26 2008 7:27 AMBlackballedWhy are there are so few black coaches in college football?
Jan. 23 2008 7:18 AMDoes George Bush Care About Black People?
Jan. 20 2008 7:16 AMWas It Really a High-Tech Lynching?
Sept. 24 2007 4:25 PMThe Wrong Poster ChildrenWhy the Jena 6 protests have gone awry.
Feb. 2 2007 11:18 AMThe Irrelevance of Soft BigotryWhy Joe Biden's foul-up doesn't matter.
June 5 2006 6:26 PMJunk BondsWhat baseball can teach us about anti-discrimination law.
May 6 2005 12:13 PMBut the Scouts, Your HonorLaw schools wield a ruling on gay scoutmasters against the military.




Smash and Grab

Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?

Stop Panicking. America Is Now in Very Good Shape to Respond to the Ebola Crisis.

The 2014 Kansas City Royals Show the Value of Building a Mediocre Baseball Team

The GOP Won’t Win Any Black Votes With Its New “Willie Horton” Ad

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?


Forget Oculus Rift

This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.

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