08-22-2011, 11:39 AM
Every Single One: The Politicized Hiring of Eric H
| Every Single One: The Politicized Hiring of Eric Holder’s Employment Section |
All 15 new hires to the Justice Department's Education Section have far-left resumes — which were only released following a PJMedia lawsuit. (This is the sixth in a series of articles about the Justice Department's hiring practices since President Obama took office. Read parts one, two, three, four, and five.)
For the last two weeks, PJMedia has been publishing a series of articles on the radical attorneys who have been hired as career civil servants in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division since President Obama took office. The reports reveal an unprecedented effort by Attorney General Eric Holder and his Civil Rights Division political leadership to stack the Division from top to bottom with a cadre of hard core, left-wing partisans. The ideological litmus test being employed is undeniable: conservatives and even apolitical lawyers need not apply. Only fervent liberals are welcome. And the proof is in the resumes — every single new attorney in the Division fits that description.
Today we turn to the Employment Litigation Section. This is the fifth section to be covered in PJM’s series. Previous pieces focused on the Voting Section, the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, the Special Litigation Section, and the Education Section.
The Employment Section is primarily responsible for enforcing the anti-discrimination provisions applicable to state and local governments under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez has a downright disturbing agenda for the Section. Speaking to the liberal American Constitution Society, he promised that his Division would pursue “disparate impact” litigation — where no proof of actual discrimination is required but mere disproportionate workforce representation — with vigor rarely before seen. He wasn’t kidding. Indeed, the Division’s aggressive efforts to defend and expand the use of racial preferences in public sector hiring, promotions, and contracting ought to offend all Americans who believe in the promise of a just and colorblind society. Although politically correct terms like goals” and “timetables” are de rigueur, there is no hiding what is really being advocated here: racial quotas.
Meanwhile, the Section’s enforcement of the laws against religious discrimination seems focused almost obsessively on the protection of Muslims to the exclusion of almost every other group. Some of the enforcement actions undertaken are so far outside the requirements of federal law that one might be excused for thinking that the Koran is as much a part of the Section’s statutory toolbox as the U.S. Code. With the new crop of attorneys that have come on board, however, it is not difficult to see how this radicalized atmosphere has so thoroughly enveloped the Section.
Fifteen new career attorneys have been hired into the Section since Holder took the reins at DOJ. Every single one of these individuals is an unequivocal liberal. Many, moreover, have extraordinarily partisan backgrounds. In light of all this, the fact that the Bush Civil Rights Division — which hired career attorneys from all across the political spectrum — received such grief from the media and DOJ’s internal watchdogs is almost laughable in its absurdity.
not surprising - Progressive love to Legislate from the bench, instead of having ideas debated on in the public square, then congress put forth new laws, Progressives legislate through Judicial Fiat
the link lists the 15 and and some background info
Valerie Meyer: Ms. Meyer was a trial attorney and mediator for the EEOC before coming to the Employment Section. She previously worked as a law clerk for the non-profit Disability Rights Advocates organization in Berkeley, California. She also participated in the Death Penalty Clinic while a law student at Berkeley, and served as editor-in-chief of the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice. Ms. Meyer was one of the Section’s new attorneys who sued the New Jersey Civil Service Commission under a dubious “disparate impact” theory claiming that the exam used to select police sergeants in the State was too difficult for blacks to pass. Faced with the prospect of years of costly litigation in an already cash-strapped environment, the State agreed to settle earlier this month and to promote the applicants who flunked the exam the first time around. Let’s hope this “victory” for DOJ doesn’t endanger the safety of New Jersey’s population; there is no question it discriminates against those who successfully passed the exam.
isn't that RACIST saying Blacks are too stupid to pass the test, so it has to be dumb ed down
so you hire a bunch of idiots, buy lowering the standards
| Aaron Schuham: Mr. Schuham is another newly hired deputy chief in the Employment Section, and easily rates as one of the more radical attorneys to join the Division during Eric Holder’s reign. For seven years prior to coming to DOJ, Mr. Schuham worked as the legislative director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, an organization that seeks to eradicate any vestige of faith or religion in the public sphere. The very idea that the Obama administration would put the former legislative director of this organization in charge of enforcing the prohibition against religious discrimination in the Civil Rights Act is offensive. |
His presence also may explain the outrageous brief that the Obama administration just filed before the Supreme Court in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC – Schuham’s name is listed on the brief along with a number of other Justice lawyers. As Ed Whelan of the Ethics and Public Policy Center explains, Justice is taking the wildly expansive position that there should be no “ministerial exception” to employment discrimination laws. This contention is not only contrary to every federal court of appeals, all of which have uniformly recognized such an exception for religious institutions as “rooted in the First Amendment’s guarantees of religious freedom,” but it is even more hostile to the First Amendment than the amicus briefs filed in the case by Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the ACLU. These organizations must be overjoyed at Schuhams’ influence at Justice.
As is true of several of the new hires, this is Mr. Schuham’s second stint with the Employment Section. He previously worked there during the Clinton administration but left after enduring a year of the Bush presidency, apparently frustrated at the lack of overt activism that had been the hallmark of the Section under Attorney General Janet Reno. Indeed, his resume notes that he spent his first tour in the Section seeking to defend the constitutionality of racial preferences (quotas) in employment and federal contracting.
| Barbara Schwabauer: Ms. Schwabauer is another Honors Program hire, joining the Section fresh from Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law. She is actually featured in one of her law school’s ads, describing how she is “a student committed to social justice.” She penned a law review article in the Ohio State Law Journal in which she claims that the criminal justice system is racist. Relying heavily on psycho-babble and what she calls “critical race theory and discursive analysis,” she claims to “interrogate the narrative of Congress in enacting the” Emmitt Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act. In effect, she argues that Congress actually perpetuated racism in the criminal justice system by the passage of the Act. A perfect fit for the Civil Rights Division.
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