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Critical Legal Theory: ASU Law Journals Publish on the Intersection of Law and Social Issues

Critical legal theory (CLT)—the idea that the law and social issues are inextricably related—has developed through decades of work from diverse and historically marginalized legal practitioners and scholars. CLT’s subcategories like critical race theory, feminist legal theory, intersectionality, and queer legal theory aim to center perspectives excluded by the traditional legal field.[1] Despite its groundbreaking … Continue reading Critical Legal Theory: ASU Law Journals Publish on the Intersection of Law and Social Issues

The Flaws in Framing the Death Penalty Around Innocence

By: Louis Gallegos Last year, eleven people were executed in America by their state or federal government. This is actually the lowest figure in three decades, due to logistical challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as dwindling support for the death penalty. Still, the death penalty remains a current and legally acceptable form … Continue reading The Flaws in Framing the Death Penalty Around Innocence

The Future of Abortion in the United States

By: Madison Benson In the last year, anti-abortion advocates have taken a new approach to changing abortion laws. The previous approach, utilized by leaders like George W. Bush, encouraged anti-abortion allies to garner more public support before pushing new, restrictive laws.[1] The new approach wants to take advantage of the conservative-majority Supreme Court, despite ongoing … Continue reading The Future of Abortion in the United States

Increasing Police Accountability: Body Worn v. Smartphone Cameras

By: Dylan Reynolds Amid the flagrant calls for police reform spurred by the 2020 murder of George Floyd (among countless others) is a renewed effort by both advocates and lawmakers to require that police officers wear body cameras. Body cameras are seen as essential to police reform, transparency, and increasing officer accountability. However, it turns … Continue reading Increasing Police Accountability: Body Worn v. Smartphone Cameras

First Amendment Rights for the Undocumented: ICE Lawsuit Settled

By: Fallon Cochlin After a four-year court battle with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), activist Ravi Ragbir has entered into a settlement that grants him a three-year reprieve from deportation. In January 2018, The Intercept published a report that raised concerns about targeted government surveillance and enforcement of immigration rights activists. Ragbir was … Continue reading First Amendment Rights for the Undocumented: ICE Lawsuit Settled