A Public Laboratory is a fascinating, rich, insightful essay with many possible points of entry for a commentator. I will focus on one observation: nationwide systemic school reform as described by Liebman and Sabel should not have occurred, according to conventional political wisdom. By the same logic, the further reforms they predict and hope for are unlikely to transpire. But reform did occur and seems to be gaining in momentum; we need to develop a clearer understanding of why it did so in order to share even their cautious optimism.
Voting rights advocates should explore section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act as a vehicle to combat voter intimidation.
Mandatory arbitration for guestworkers, a uniquely vulnerable group, will result in class inequality and worse conditions for all workers.
DOJ guidance for mentally impaired detainees in immigration removal proceedings should be amended to provide counsel at earlier signs of incompetence.
An evidentiary privilege to protect workers' confidential communications from disclosure in federal and state court proceedings would support unions.