The Yale Law Journal

Damian Williams


Sheltering Deprivations: FEMA, Section 408 Housing, and Procedural Redesign

Damian Williams

116 Yale L.J. 1883 (2007).


Reconstructing Section 5: A Post-Katrina Proposal for Voting Rights Act Reform

Damian Williams

116 Yale L.J. 1116 (2007)

Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA)—the preclearance provision that is the most potent weapon in the nation’s civil rights arsenal—quietly suffered an unexpected defeat in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The “static benchmarking test” used to administer section 5 …