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Law and Political Economy

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1L Fall was a frustrating experience because I didn't have the intellectual tools to critically engage with much of the material. Coming from graduate school, the intellectual whiplash was enormous. In my second year, I took a course called Law and Political Economy with Professor Amy Kapczynski, which brought me those tools in the form of new frames of reference for legal scholarship: critique of neoliberal political economy, racial capitalism, and social reproduction. I later learned that the course was developed closely with a group of students who had experienced a similar frustration early in law school. The course generated a tight intellectual community, and with a strong sense that there were legal scholars already on this path, who we might be able to connect as we consolidated the Law and Political Economy approach.

Out of that group came the Law and Political Economy Blog. Now in our fourth month, the goal is to help solidify the approach while also building pedagogical tools to make it easy for law professors to incorporate it into their classrooms, and for current students to access an alternative to Law and Economics. Great fun!

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On Obama's LGBT Legacy

Some thoughts up at Jacobin on President Obama's LGBT legacy. I was grateful for the opportunity to reflect, given the amount of attention that our movements have garnered over the past eight years. Of course a blurb about the President says little about the grassroots efforts that shaped his horizon of possibility. In the age of Trump, I hope to revisit the argument I made several years ago about the danger of entrusting civil rights progress to the executive branch. Something is certainly better than nothing, and hard fought at that, but we should work harder to lock our legal protections - inadequate as they may be - into firmer ground.

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The Future We Want - Out Now!

I'm proud to announce that an essay of mine is included in The Future We Want, edited by Sarah Leonard and Bhaskar Sunkara. I'm sharing ink with some incredible writers  - Alyssa Battistoni, Megan Erickson, Mychal Denzel Smith - to name just a few, on topics from environmental justice, to education and racism. I hope you enjoy my essay, "After Gay Marriage." 

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