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Spring 2010




St. Louis University School of Law




In this Essay, I explore and discuss various methods for effectively teaching civil rights to this "post-racial" generation. Specifically, I examine the following four classroom challenges: (1) this generation's general lack of understanding about the historical context in which many civil rights laws-for purposes of this Essay, Title VII-arose; (2) the general lack of real-life work experience among many law students; (3) a growing decline in the racial and ethnic diversity of law school classes; and (4) the increasing complexities of discrimination in the workplace, including forms of discrimination such as proxy discrimination and demands for covering. 11 I analyze these obstacles to teaching civil rights law-in particular, employment discrimination law-in four, short separate parts, each one dedicated to the challenges described above.


Invited contribution to Teaching Civil Rights Issue.



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