Category Archives: Law and Difference

Improving the Public Defender

The job of a public defender is an extremely difficult one. They are underpaid and overworked. They often get asked how they can defend people who are accused of committing crimes. Some put all their time and efforts into getting … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter

We have read in the Classic Slave Narratives the lives of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs. These narratives form an important part of African-American identity formation as well as demonstrate the considerable adversity past African-Americans have experienced. The shadow of slavery … Continue reading

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The Supreme Court – sometimes it is fun and games

In our previous class, we discussed different frameworks judges can use to approach court cases.  Is the Letter of the law to be followed closely or are we allowed to consider context and meaning?  We have also been introduced to … Continue reading

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Scalia Dares You To Come at Him, Bro

We’ve all been reading a lot of crushingly pessimistic stuff this semester. When it comes to solutions, we’ve framed the path to realizing them in two ways: (1) through the legal system (2) through democratic action. But there is a … Continue reading

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What Law Professors Said About SB 1062

Before Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062, law professors from Stanford, the University of Virginia, George Mason, Pepperdine, and Harvard’s law colleges, among others, wrote a letter to the Governor asking her to “make [her] decision on the basis of … Continue reading

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Free Exercise Clause is No Defense Say Courts (but some descrimination should be allowed, maybe?)

Since both the New Mexico wedding photographer and the Colorado wedding cake cases said to be the impetus behind SB 1062 have both been decided in court, perhaps the decisions might prove instructive to our discussions. The decisions for Craig … Continue reading

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Dred Scott v Sanford

Dred Scott The Dred Scott v. Sanford Decision  As we all know, during the creation of our nation’s government, the Founding Fathers did very little to end slavery.   In fact, during this country’s conception, the future of slavery flourished because … Continue reading

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