Category Archives: Race & Social Justice Posts

A Fatal Inconsistency: The Heavy Burden of Showing Purposeful Discrimination

by: Christina Robinson This blog post attempts to shed light on a fatal inconsistency in criminal law. Under the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, Americans have the right to be free from purposeful discrimination based on race. Yet it is easier for defendants to succeed in making an Equal Protection claim in the context of […]

Evening the Playing Field between Insurance Companies and the Insured

by: Alex Ponce Insurance companies, such as Allstate, AIG, and State Farm, have earned reputations as aggressive claims fighters and will always attempt to find ways to deny payment of claims.[1] For example, Farmers Insurance, the nation’s third largest insurance group, had an incentive program called “Quest for Gold,” which offered incentives to adjusters who […]

When the Defendant Flaps: An Overview of “Incompetent” Autistic Criminal Defendants and Courtroom Education

by: Haley Moss In an interview with TIME Magazine, Simon Baron-Cohen, a psychology professor and autism expert said that “[autistic people] often have a strong sense of justice or fairness.”[1] But if autistic people have this understanding of moral rights and wrongs, then why does the criminal justice system view these individuals as incompetent to […]

New Frontiers in the Women’s Legal Movement: The Schedules That Work Act

by: Sarah McConnell Due to the election of a new President of the United States, advocates for women will need to reevaluate their priorities and strategies for change in a new legislative context. President-elect Trump has been disturbingly vague on policy proposals, in particular those for the advancement of women. His “plan” involves a limited […]