CategoryDiscourse

Discourse publishes shorter articles that are timely, interdisciplinary, and novel. Discourse strives to serve as a platform for scholars, ideas, and discussions that have often been overlooked in traditional law review settings. Because we seek to publish pieces that are accessible to legal and non-legal audiences alike, Discourse articles are generally between 3,000 and 10,000 words. Like our print journal, Discourse articles are published on Westlaw, Lexis, and in other legal databases, as well as our own website. Beginning with Volume 68, Discourse began publishing special issues of Law Meets World.

Law Meets World Introduction

Introduction Much has been written on how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought longstanding structural inequities into sharp relief.  Like in all crises, the effects of the pandemic have not been evenly distributed.  Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities have been disproportionately harmed by the virus.  Low-wage workers—largely workers of color and immigrant workers—are deemed essential yet...

Ensuring Equal Access to the Mail-In Ballot Box

Abstract Mail voting has emerged as the top policy solution to voting amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  But not all mail voting schemes are created equal.  Implemented improperly, vote-by-mail can disproportionately disenfranchise many of the same voters at highest risk of contracting and subsequently dying from the virus.  From voter identity verification to language access, jurisdictions...

Letter From The Asian/Pacific Islander Law Students Association Regarding Stephen Bainbridge

The following letter from the UCLA School of Law chapter of the Asian/Pacific Islander Law Students Association was sent to UCLA School of Law administrators on April 13, 2020, in response to anti-Asian statements by a professor.  This was not an isolated incidence of hateful language in the UCLA Law community.  Earlier in the school year, other UCLA Law professors used the n-word in academic...

Movement And Crisis: A Social Health Manifesto

Abstract In this Article, we employ the terms Health (as a white supremacist mode of being) and social health to demystify how race and health are mobilized by the state and its representative bodies to shift accountability away from their role in crafting an anti-Black world, contain and quell Black protest, and how Black communities have dreamt and practiced alternative definitions of health...

Abolitionist Reforms and the Immigrants' Rights Movement

Abstract This Article discusses the criteria for abolitionist reforms and assesses whether current immigrants’ rights demands move us towards a more transformative agenda, one that questions the legitimacy of the state.  The Article argues that calls to invest in immigrant communities and to release immigrants from detention can be radical reforms that move us closer to abolition if they are...

Reproducing Equality: How Covid-19 Can Strengthen Abortion Rights

Abstract States hostile to reproductive freedom have weaponized the COVID-19 pandemic to ban abortion in the name of public safety.  Relying on heightened power the state typically exercises during an emergency, it can capitalize on public panic to achieve its policy goals.  By laying bare the racial inequities of our healthcare systems and the opportunistic banning of abortion by an emergency...

Making Unemployment Insurance Work For Working People

Abstract During just the first four months the COVID-19 pandemic, 50 million people applied for unemployment insurance. The COVID-19 economic crisis has exposed a frayed social safety net that simply does not work for working people. In this Article, we describe how the unemployment insurance system punishes working people, rather than supporting them, in times of crisis; excludes many vulnerable...

Deliberate Endangerment: Detention Of Noncitizens During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Abstract In the midst of worldwide efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to detain noncitizens in dangerous conditions that create a high risk of infection.  This Article explores the dire situation facing detained noncitizens as a result of the government’s decision to imprison tens of thousands of people in civil confinement during an...

Mental Health And Homelessness In The Wake Of Covid-19: The Path To Supportive And Affordable Housing

Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a bright light on the public health crisis faced by people experiencing homelessness, and particularly those with mental illnesses.  The lack of clean, safe, and affordable housing in the  United States’s largest cities, and the limited access to supportive care for people experiencing symptoms of mental illness, is emblematic of not just this current...

Reentering During a Pandemic

Abstract Criminal record clearing remains an important tool to combat the overrepresentation of Black and Latinx people in unemployment and homelessness statistics that is a consequence of systemic racism.  Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these barriers by making it harder to clear criminal records while increasing the demand for employment and housing.  Specifically, the...

Utopía Del Lekil Kushlejal (Vida Plena):

Resumen El personaje principal del pequeño escrito es Balam, él sobre los acontecimientos que ha vivido a lo largo de su vida. Balam fue un niño con muchas restricciones debido a su cultura. Balam se separa de su madre a su corta edad y es ahí donde empezó a entender que el sufrimiento, la tristeza es parte de la vida. Balam va narrando conforme a las etapas de su crecimiento y dentro de estas...

Staying Healthy In A Pandemic: How The COVID-19 Emergency Has Strengthened Barriers To Healthcare For California’s Vulnerable Populations

Abstract COVID-19 has completely refashioned our healthcare landscape and day-to-day lives.  During the pandemic, we have all transitioned to a new normal which includes remote work, navigating health insurance options after losing employment or becoming underemployed, and partaking in cautious outings outside of our homes equipped with face masks, gloves, and antibacterial gel or wipes.  The...

From Commodities To Communities: Reimagining Housing After The Pandemic

Abstract While COVID-19 is not the root cause of housing insecurity, the pandemic has pulled hundreds of thousands of Californians to the precipice of housing loss.  This Article describes the existing eviction process that values individual property rights over the human right to housing, and describes proposed legislative solutions to prevent evictions en masse before considering urgent long...

1200 Dollars And A Mule: COVID-19, The CARES Act, And Reparations For Slavery

Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic casts into sharp relief a number of questions relating to reparations.  In particular, the COVID-19 crisis highlights the medical vulnerability of the Black community, illustrating the very real physical harm caused by slavery and racism in the United States.  At the same time, government responses to the crisis demonstrate the ability to distribute money to large...