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About andrewrhairston

Andrew Reginald Hairston is a civil rights attorney, writer, proud bisexual man, and doting uncle who divides his time almost equally between Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. He loves, fights for, and writes about Black people.

UALR Law Review – Summer 2020 School Policing Article

In the fall of 2019, I presented at the annual Ben Altheimer Law Review Symposium at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law; my talk concerned school policing in Texas and Arkansas. I am pleased to share … Continue reading

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Reflections from a Black Lawyer on Juneteenth

This piece originally appeared on the American Constitution Society’s ExpertForum blog to commemorate Juneteenth 2020. I knew that I wanted to be a lawyer early on in my childhood. If you had asked me for the source of this career … Continue reading

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Fifteen Years on Social Media

It began in 2006. Or perhaps I should say 2004? If we start in 2005, as a compromise, I can likely pinpoint the moment. I sat in the computer lab in the downtown location of the Columbus Public Library. It … Continue reading

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Clemency Section Letter – Rodney Reed

If you’ve followed me over the past decade (said in the least self-aggrandizing way possible), you know that the fight to abolish the death penalty is near & dear to my heart. I began my struggle on this front at … Continue reading

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Becoming a Lawyer Through Patchett’s Prose

I review a good book and consider why people choose to become lawyers. Continue reading

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Hochi Run

I reminisce on the Howard years and venture into the short story form. Continue reading

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The Gift of Grandparents

I reflect on the lives of my beloved grandparents. Continue reading

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Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City)

  What’s better than a long weekend? A trip to an incredible international city over a long weekend. After considering a couple of options, my law school buddy, Harry, and I excitedly agreed to visit Mexico City for the first … Continue reading

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An Insider’s View of Today’s SCOTUS Arguments on Voter Purging in Ohio

This piece appears on Advancement Project’s blog.  Earlier today, the Supreme Court of the United States held the oral argument for Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute. This case concerns the maintenance of states’ voter rolls under the National Voter Registration … Continue reading

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The Day Fear and Ignorance Prevailed

One year later, I reflect on a day that stands out in infamy – November 8, 2016. This piece also appears on Advancement Project’s Medium page.   The cool breeze of a brisk November Tuesday felt familiar. Oddly enough, it … Continue reading

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