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EXAM # _____________________ Cisneros: Constitutional Law II, Spring 2011 Page 9 of 11 Part II: Essay Question 1 (worth 35%) Recommended Time: 65-75 minutes Question 1 On March 5, Ms. Harris, a 32 year old African American woman was hired in the Willowland city attorney’s office. Of the 20 attorneys in the office 19 were men and she was the first woman. Of the 20 attorneys 7 were African American (including Ms. Harris) which is roughly proportionate to the city’s African American population (about 33% are African American). Other finalist candidates for the position included two white men, one Latino male, one African American male, and one white woman. All of them were between the ages of 30 and 35, had finished in the top 5% of their law school classes at Willowland Law School (a good private law school), and had similar work experience after law school. a. Mr. Medina, the Latino candidate, has come to you to ask whether he should sue. Assume for this part “a” the additional fact that there are no attorneys in the office of Latino heritage. Advise him. Explain your reasoning. Restrict your answer to equal protection analysis. b. Assume for this part “b” as additional facts that at the city council meeting which authorized the hiring, three of the five council members made statements urging the City Attorney to hire a woman because (1) there were
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  • Fall '
  • Christiansen
  • Law, Constitutional Law, American Civil War, First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Southern United States, Confederate States of America

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