Explainer Episode 15 – Equality in Government Contracting
July 2, 2020
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government is waiving affirmative action requirements in federal construction projects. Wen Fa discusses whether state and local regulations should follow suit.
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As education freedom expands, teacher freedom will expand as well. Reforms to the teacher workforce – namely, hiring practices largely dictated by state certification laws – will need to accompany the growth of school choice, so that private providers will have a large hiring pool of qualified teachers who align with their schools’ missions and values. A failure to reform existing certification practices that have served neither schools nor students well will risk replicating the existing public school model over time.
The American legal profession, as well as those it serves, would benefit from lowering the barriers to entry to the practice of law. Several licensing barriers unnecessarily contribute to the high cost of legal services, which inhibit access to justice for ordinary Americans. In some respects, legal licensure is categorically distinct from the licensure of other highly regulated professions. This suggests that a particular focus on legal licensure may be appropriate. We therefore explore the implications of modest reforms that would advance the public interest, with an eye to the encouragement of competitive markets in legal services, and the protection and preservation of the fiduciary nature of legal services.