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Katherine Beckett
September 3, 2020
Check out the article "From Goldwater to Trump, the long history of 'Law and Order' politics" in The Christian Science Monitor and see Katherine Beckett's perspective.
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July 2, 2020
By Hunter Kulik In Arzoo Osanloo’s latest book, Forgiveness Work: Mercy, Law, and Victims’ Rights in Iran, she explores the Iranian criminal justice system’s victim-centered approach in which the decision between forgiveness or retribution lies in the hands of the victim’s families. Arzoo Osanloo is a legal anthropologist. She holds a JD from the American University, Washington College of Law and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University. Osanloo is a former immigration... Read more
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June 17, 2020
KUOW interviews Political Science and LSJ Professor Michael McCann about his area of research: police violence and social movements.  Read the full article here... Read more
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June 15, 2020
Samantha Fredman, recent LSJ graduate, is featured in UW's Perspectives newsletter.  Get inspired by Samantha's involvement in the community by reading the article here. You can read about other inspiring graduates in the full newsletter.
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June 15, 2020
Megan Ming Francis, Associate Professor of Political Science and LSJ, is in the news!  You can read her recent article in the Washington Post about the history of white press endangering Black lives here.  You can also listen to a terrific discussion facilitated by Megan Ming Francis for the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School... Read more
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June 8, 2020
Statement on Racial Violence, Institutional Racism, and Police Brutality Department of Law, Societies, and Justice, June 2020 The Law, Societies, and Justice (LSJ) Department condemns ongoing police brutality and racial violence at the hands of both police and vigilantes, as well as the impunity that perpetrators of such violence enjoy. The utterly unjustifiable killing of George Floyd, an unarmed and handcuffed Black man, has served as the catalyst for an outpouring of grief,... Read more
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June 4, 2020
By Sasha Lee Congratulations to Professor Angelina Godoy for being recognized by the Latino Center for Health (LCH) at the University of Washington for her outstanding scholarly achievements in the area of human and immigrant rights! The LCH integrates academia, community-building, and information-sharing to support the well-being of Latinx faculty, staff and students on campus as well as the state of Washington. Each year the Center holds a Latinx Faculty Recognition Event to highlight the... Read more
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June 1, 2020
By Hunter Kulik Andre Menchavez is a junior pursuing a major in LSJ with minors in Diversity Studies and English. His dedication to using journalism as a tool for activism recently landed him a spot on the University of Washington’s Husky 100 list, which recognizes students who are making the most of their time in college. Andre’s college experience has had its challenges. As a first-generation college student from San Francisco, Andre had little direction starting at UW his freshman year.... Read more
Communications Assistant, Hunter Kulik, sitting on wall lining river
May 27, 2020
As the academic year comes to a close, the Law, Societies & Justice Department (LSJ) reflects on achievements that made the year so special. Despite changes as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, LSJ students continue to demonstrate their perseverance as well as their hopefulness for the future. Our Department had the fortune of working with a student who exudes these characteristics in addition to being thoughtful and graceful in these difficult times--LSJ’s student communications assistant... Read more
Photo of Katherine in front of a brick wall
May 21, 2020
Dear LSJ Alumni Community: As many of you know, I had some pretty big shoes to fill when I became Chair of the Law, Societies, and Justice Department. Under Steve’s leadership, and with your help, LSJ became a full-fledged Department, created three new endowed funds, and moved to a lovely and permanent new home on the mezzanine of Smith Hall. The number and diversity of LSJ majors and minors, and LSJ’s capacity to offer innovative learning opportunities, increased notably. I am happy to report... Read more