DACA and Domestic Violence: Safeguarding Survivors from Deportation

September 28, 2017

Dovie Yoana King is a public interest attorney with two decades of experience assisting low-income immigrants, women and children. She currently works at Harvard Law School. Dovie is also the Founder and Director of SOAR for Justice (www.soarforjustice.org), an organization helping survivors of abuse.  The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allows eligible undocumented immigrants brought into the United States as children, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation…


Gorsuch on the Supreme Court Would Be an Attack on Families Like Mine

March 30, 2017

Kalpana Krishnamurthy is the Senior Policy Director at Forward Together.  There, she develops and implements Forward Together’s policy shift and civic engagement strategies. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity. As a South Asian daughter of immigrants and a mother, the Supreme Court has been setting the table for my personal experience since before my parents and my community even got to America. Nominee…


Calling All Movement Lawyers: We Need To Organize Our Legal Support

November 10, 2016

Chaumtoli Huq is the Editor of Law@theMargins. Additional thanks to Editorial Law Intern Val Merlina for her edits on this piece. Many of you I know who are committed to social justice are processing the United States presidential election results and the pending Trump presidency, and many of you are doing this in different ways: from gathering with friends, getting on social media, jumping into actions and protests, while others of you…


Perspectives: The Social Justice Law School Experience: Service Learning at the Karnes Detention Camp

July 6, 2015

By Johan Fatemi, Clinical Instructor and Teaching Fellow at UDC David A. Clarke School of Law In her excellent Law at the Margins post, Traci Yoder of the National Lawyers’ Guild recently asked: “Is a Social Justice Law School Experience Possible?” Having recently accompanied a group of University of the District of Columbia David A Clarke School of Law student-attorneys on an experiential learning trip to the Karnes County family…


Perspectives: Stand with Nan-Hui: Intimate Violence, Systemic Violence, and Community Accountability

April 28, 2015

By Hyejin Shim,  a core organizer of the Stand With Nan-Hui campaign, based in the Bay Area, and Soniya Munshi, a member of the INCITE! National Collective and a professor of Sociology and Asian American History at the CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College based in New York City. Nan-Hui is an undocumented Korean survivor of domestic violence. Her former partner and father of her child is an Iraq War veteran who…


Bronx Defenders Video Controversy Reveals Limitation of the Non-Profit Legal Services Model

February 5, 2015

The Bronx Defenders, a legal services provider for indigent clients, found itself in a high-profile  controversy over participation of two of its public defenders in a rap video. Bronx Defenders formed in 1997 with a message of holistic lawyering, departing from the then traditional model of legal services that restricted legal assistance to the issue the client sought without looking at the circumstances that initially brought the client in contact with the…


2014 Justice in Review

On December 17, 2014, Law@theMargins Editor Ms. Chaumtoli Huq hosted a Facebook chat with several contributors to the blog on looking back at 2014 and reviewing the year’s events through a social justice lens.  You can read the full chat on the event page. Contributors included: Maurice Pianko, Founder of Intern Justice; Rocio Alejandra Avila, formerly Senior Fellow, Women Employment Rights Clinic of Golden Gate University; Sharmin Sadequee, Organizer on Criminal Justice…

January 9, 2015

Perspectives: Human Rights: By Any Means Necessary

“I am frustrated with the legal system,” writes Ahmad Abuznaid of the Dream Defenders. “Our communities are frustrated with the system. It has been a frustration that has spanned centuries; we have seen and utilized many different tactics and forms of resistance from boycotts, to marching, violence, and even direct negotiations with our oppressors. We also have sought support from the United Nations in an effort to hold the United States accountable via different treaties it has signed internationally. What have we accomplished through these efforts?”

December 10, 2014