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. Despite its groundbreaking … Continue reading Critical Legal Theory: ASU Law Journals Publish on the Intersection of Law and Social Issues
By: Gillian Grant Following the trends of recent years, 2022 is shaping up to be another busy year for anti-LGBTQ legislation. Over 200 anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced this year, many of which specifically limit the rights of trans youth. South Dakota and Iowa have both already passed laws prohibiting trans students from participating in … Continue reading Texas’s Continuing Assault on Trans Youth
By: Travis Henderson Plea bargaining lies ingrained in the American justice system. Yet, even with plea bargaining’s long history and pervasive use, it is continually criticized. Questions of whether plea bargaining should be banned or limited are ever-present. This post will illuminate some of the supports for and criticisms of plea bargaining, bringing recognition to … Continue reading The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Plea Bargaining
By: Brittany Habbart On February 28, the U.S. Supreme Court announced they will hear Brackeen v. Haaland, a lawsuit challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). ICWA is an important piece of legislation that protects American Indian and Alaska Native children from being separated from their family and culture. The Brackeens, the white adoptive parents … Continue reading Who’s Really Behind Brackeen v. Haaland?: The conspiracy that a law firm and Big Oil are duplicitously undermining tribal sovereignty through Native children.
By: Ben Smart America has a well documented problem of racial disparity in criminal justice. The criminal justice system has racist roots. The discretion of judges, prosecutors, and even jurors, is racist (whether intentional or not). This makes perfect sense. Humans are flawed beings, incapable of objectivity. I doubt most people in America today are … Continue reading Discretion cannot be replaced. It must be improved.