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									FROM          THE          EDITOR
Dear Reader:
Robert F. Kennedy once said that “It is from numberless diverse acts of courage
and belief that human history is shaped.” The illustrious career of his brother,
Edward M. Kennedy, bears witness to the truth of that statement.

Kennedy was the leading Congressional proponent of a fair minimum wage,
which was increased 16 times during his Senate service. He was the lead sponsor
of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, the largest reform of the nation’s pension
system since 1974. Kennedy was also one of the chief sponsors of the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). He was also the chief Senate sponsor of
the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit employers from
discriminating against employees and applicants based on their sexual orienta-
tion and gender identity. Kennedy also sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay
Act, which extends the time period in which employees can pursue disparate
pay claims under four antidiscrimination laws: Title VII, the Age Discrimination
in Employment Act (ADEA), the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act.

Kennedy’s “numberless” acts did much to shape the modern labor and employ-
ment field. But the “Liberal Lion” has competition. Supreme Court Justice Clarence
Thomas has been doing his own reforming of the labor law landscape.The difference
is that Kenne
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