What did the Supreme Court decide in Ricci v. DeStefano?

  1. What did the Supreme Court decide in Ricci v. DeStefano?


  1. On page 2 of her dissent, Justice Ginsburg writes, “the Court barely acknowledges the pathmarking decision in Griggs v. Duke Power Company (1971)…which explained the centrality of the disparate impact concept to effective enforcement of Title VII.” Briefly explain what the Griggs v. Duke Power Company case was about. Name at least one reason that the Court gave in that case for believing the disparate impact concept to be central to the effective enforcement of Title VII. (Hint: you must return to last week’s assigned reading to answer this question).


  1. On page 30 of her dissert, Justice Ginsborg uses the analogy of a chessplayer who tries to win by sweeping all her opponent’s pieces off the chessboard. How is this analogy supposed to work? Why does she think it is apt?


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