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Diary of a Mad Law Professor

Patricia Williams

News stories that followed the NYPD’s killing of a 16-year-old Brooklyn boy show how we criminalize people based on race and geography.

The school-to-prison pipeline has emerged quickly, but the corrosive effect of criminalizing children will be felt for generations to come.

The Roberts Court has shifted away from the very collective values and ideas that will be necessary to enact—and uphold—crucial policies on guns and mental health.

If there was ever a response to Mitt Romney’s smug RNC laugh line about climate change—or to Obama’s failure to address it—Hurricane Sandy delivered.

We dismiss the anti-intellectualism of the right at our own peril.

A manufactured controversy aimed at Elizabeth Warren shows the damaging ways we exploit trivial kerfuffles and pass them off as political stories.

There is a certain kind of madness in peddling guns to Americans while dismantling our mental health system.

People who give DNA samples—and big bucks—to companies in exchange for information on their potential medical risks are handing over more than saliva.

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Patricia J. Williams
Patricia J. Williams, a professor of law at Columbia University, was born in...

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