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Diary of a Mad Law Professor

Patricia Williams

Transgender people face assaults that run the gamut from physical to emotional. It's past time to resolve our society's discomfort with those outside the gender binary.

With all due respect to the First Amendment, we need to be careful about incendiary public speech.

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Westboro Baptist Church can't be punished for picketing at funerals. Is this really a win for free speech?

The real dilemma in Amy Chua's book is how to survive in a world in which the slightest nonconformity risks landing you out of a job, a home, a life.

If Republicans had their way, citizenship in America would become pay-to-play.

Adoption has become a form of trafficking in and of itself.

The Rally for Sanity gathered Americans who equate political sanity with studiousness and curiosity.

When revelations of unethical medical experimentation by the US in Guatemala surfaced, there were, as always, protestations of "never again." But we're failing to address the true cost of the experiment: distrust of the medical establishment among the disenfranchised.


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