Professor of Law
Areas of Expertise
B.A., Columbia University
M.S., Georgetown University
J.D., Yale Law School
Professor William Araiza Elected to American Law Institute
Professor William Araiza was recently elected to the prestigious American Law Institute (ALI), an independent U.S. organization that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. He joins several other BLS faculty members who have earned this distinct professional honor, bestowed upon an elite group of lawyers, judges, and law professors worldwide.
Professor Bill Araiza on the “Class of One” Concept in Thomson Reuters
In an article on Thomson Reuters
, Professor Bill Araiza explores the complications relating to the concept of a “class of one.” The concept was determined to be constitutional in 2000 when the Supreme Court ruled that unequal treatment of an individual, or a “class of one,” was a violation of his or her equal protection rights.
Professor William Araiza Discusses Douglas Case in Jurist Op-Ed
In an op-ed for the Jurist
, Professor William Araiza explores how larger ideological legal issues can sometimes be hidden in seemingly minor technical disputes. In particular, he discusses Douglas v. Independent Living Center of Southern California
, a recent Supreme Court case that dealt with the implementation of Medicaid.
Professor Bill Araiza on the Legality of Hipster Discrimination
The Brooklyn Paper
took a humorous look at several examples of apparent "hipster discrimination" that have occurred this year. They range from Vinnie's Pizzeria turning away applicants who need nights and weekends off for band practice and gallery openings to Metro blaming the loss of money allocated by the Census on Williamsburg residents. Professor Bill Araiza commented that there is little legal recourse that can be done. "It's really, really hard to prove that someone has been discriminated against due to association with a particular 'scene,'" he said.
Professor William Araiza on the First Amendment in the Roberts Court
Professor William Araiza’s article “Citizens United, Stevens and Humanitarian Law Project: First Amendment Rules and Standards in Three Acts” was mentioned on the blog Legal Theory. The recommended piece discusses the way three First Amendment cases were handled in the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Roberts.