Writing

Journalism

Feature Story: Wave of Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Shock Diverse Maryland Community, Medium, May 7, 2017

Op-Eds

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, AL.com, July 11, 2018

Equalize Employment Process,The Hoya, November 14, 2017

My Unexpected Path to Georgetown, The Hoya, October 6, 2017

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

The Dark Stain of Bloody Sunday in Alabama, Medium, March 7, 2017

What Do Humanists Make of the Burkini Ban?, The Humanist, August 29, 2016

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, AL.com, March 20, 2016

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

Legal Writing

Advanced Legal Research & Writing – Mock Appellant’s Brief
This mock appellant’s brief involves an appeal of summary judgment in favor of a university that expelled a student for his online comment advocating for concealed carry and analyzes the issues under the First Amendment’s protection of free speech.

Advanced Legal Research & Writing – Mock Client Advisory Letter
This mock client advisory letter to a university disciplinary committee involves a fact pattern similar to the one in the appellant’s brief, but a different student and comment.

Constitutional Law II – Mock District Court Opinion
This mock district court order involves a challenge to a state law proscribing abortion after 20 weeks and addresses the merits of the plaintiffs’ arguments under the undue burden standard.

Constitutional Law II – Mock District Court Opinion #2
This mock district court order involves a challenge to a public school policy authorizing prayer before graduation ceremonies and addresses the merits of the plaintiffs’ arguments under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

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

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

Policy Writing

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 to 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 to the 2018 Truman Scholarship, proposes a civil right to counsel for indigent Alabama tenants facing eviction.

Research Papers

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

Secularization: Theory, History and Practice – The Establishment of Secular Humanism: The Supreme Court, the Religious Right, and Public Education
This research paper focuses on the Religious Right movement to define “secular humanism” as a religion under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

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

The Enduring Constitution – Mexican-Americans and the Right to Vote: A Century of Struggle
This research paper focuses on how Mexican-American civil rights activists won the right to vote for Spanish-speaking communities and other language minorities.