My Writing


Wave of Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Shocks Diverse Maryland Community, Medium, May 7, 2017


We Need a Working-Class Congress, Medium (selected by editors for Medium’s Politics), September 17, 2019

We have a right to counsel in criminal cases. Why not in evictions?, The Washington Post, November 7, 2018

Alabama hurts vulnerable citizens by refusing to expand Medicaid, imposing work requirements, Montgomery Advertiser, August 13, 2018

Alabama should ban gay and trans ‘panic’ defenses,, July 11, 2018

Equalize Employment Process, The Hoya, November 14, 2017

The blood of LGBTQ youth is on our hands, Alabama,, June 6, 2017

Women’s Rights and Religious Liberty: What California and Illinois’s Laws against Crisis Pregnancy Centers Can Teach Humanists, The Humanist, August 11, 2016

Democrats Should Know that Religion Is Not a Litmus Test for Public Office, The Humanist, July 25, 2016

So-Called “First Amendment Defense Act” Would Actually Weaken Civil Liberties, The Humanist, July 13, 2016

Murder of Dora teen shows need for LGBT hate crime law in Alabama,, March 20, 2016

City of Mobile needs an LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance,, September 25, 2014

Legal Writing

Advanced Legal Research & Writing — Mock Appellant’s Brief (Free Speech)
This mock appellant’s brief involves an appeal of a ruling that upheld the expulsion of a student for his online comment advocating for concealed carry.

Constitutional Law I — Mock Circuit Court Opinion (Sanctuary Cities)
This mock circuit court opinion rules on the merits of whether Congress delegated the power to the Department of Justice to condition federal grant funding on compliance with federal immigration law and whether the conditions violate the Spending Clause and the Presentment Clause.

Constitutional Law II — Mock District Court Opinion (Abortion)
This mock district court opinion rules on the merits of whether a state law banning abortions after 20 weeks violates the undue burden standard.

Constitutional Law II — Mock Supreme Court Opinion (Religious Freedom and LGBTQ Rights)
This mock Supreme Court opinion rules on the merits of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission on whether the owners have a right under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to refuse to bake a cake for a same-sex couple.

Legal Memo on Atheists’ Rights in Child Custody Disputes
This legal memorandum analyzes state child custody cases involving atheist parents under the First Amendment’s command for government neutrality toward religion.

Policy Writing

Policy Memo: Prohibit Source of Income Discrimination in Maryland
This policy memo, a final project for my Gender & The Law class, urges the Governor of Maryland to sign a source-of-income discrimination bill into law and protect voucher holders from discrimination.

Policy Sheet: Mind the Gap: Legislating Salary Transparency to Address Gender Pay Disparity in Virginia
This policy sheet, co-authored with my policy group at the 2018 Truman Scholar Leadership Week, proposes pay transparency as a solution for addressing the gender pay gap in Virginia.

Policy Proposal: Critical Need for a Right to Counsel for Indigent Alabama Tenants
This policy proposal, written for my application for the 2018 Truman Scholarship, proposes a civil right to counsel for indigent Alabama tenants facing eviction.

Research Papers

The Enduring Constitution — Mexican-Americans and the Right to Vote: A Century of Struggle
This paper focuses on how Mexican-Americans won the right to vote for Spanish speakers and other language minorities.

U.S. in the 1960s — Working Class Hero: A Southern Attorney’s Experience in the Labor Movement During the Civil Rights Era
This oral history paper places the legal work of an Alabama-based labor attorney in the larger context of the labor and civil rights movements.

U.S. Capitalism: 1929-2008 — The Historiography of American Welfare Politics: Race, Gender, and Class
This historiography examines the development of American welfare politics through the lens of race, gender and class, with a focus on the racist myth of the Black “welfare queen.”

U.S. Working Lives — Women and Work: From Chattel Slavery to #MeToo
This paper examines the role working women played in the labor movement and every major period of economic development in the United States.

Religion & Society — Catholics, Bibles, and Schools: How the Clash between Catholics and Protestants in the 19th Century Shaped The Modern School Bible Debate
This paper focuses on the 19th century “school question” over whether the Protestant King James’ Bible should be read in American public schools amid a growing Catholic immigrant population.