Rule of Law: Putting Limits on Money and Power

Three prize winning articles examine the potential and actual abuses of money and power in our lives.

Thursday, June 1, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Pacific via ZOOM

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Earn 1 CA CLE Hour

Pablo Aabir Das

USC Gould School of Law 2022

Voting and Campaign Financing: Inconsistencies in Law and Policy

Voting and campaign financing are closely related democratic activities that are essential to the success of American elections. However, the Supreme Court has analyzed the voting rights and spending rights through distinct doctrinal lenses, which has resulted in varied regulation of each right at a state level. This article argues that the inconsistent treatment of these two rights in jurisprudence and in state-level policy is unjustified and detrimental to democratic participation.

Moderated by Matthew D. Kanin, Greenspoon Marder LLP

Terry L. Allen

UCLA School of Law 2022

Race, Law and School Policing

Over the past few decades, policing has emerged as a common institutional feature of U.S. public schools. This article discusses how the presence of school police officers shape the experiences of Black students in predominantly white schools. This Article leverages original school police records data and interviews with Black students in Los Angeles to show, empirically, that school policing is responsible for producing high rates of arrest and tactics that weaponize stereotypes and prejudices.

Moderated by Kenneth D. Freundlich, Freundlich Law

Christina Lee

Southwestern Law School 2022

Transgender Women in Men's Corrections Facilities: A Call for an Objective Deliberate Indifference Test to Better Protect Inmates from Sexual Abuse Behind Bars

For transgender inmates, “cruel and unusual punishment” might mean excessive force and prison guard brutality, rape or being deprived of basic human needs like food, shelter, hygiene, and sanitation. The article argues that in order to protect transgender inmates, liability should be imposed if a prison guard should have known of a risk of harm to inmate safety rather than the existing, subjective Deliberate Indifference Test, which requires a prison guard to have actual knowledge of a risk.

Moderated by Lydia Liberio, Law Office of Lydia Liberio

About the Rule of Law Writing Competition

The Rule of Law Writing Competition encourages law students to integrate Rule of Law concepts into their writings. Papers may be on any topic either directly discussing an aspect of the Rule of Law, demonstrating how the Rule of Law affected the topic, defining the Rule of Law, criticizing the Rule of Law, or demonstrating the economic social or political effects of the Rule of Law.

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