I have an updated version of my faculty biography page on the University of Denver’s slick new website. Click through to check out my new official presence!
In the wake of yesterday’s terrifying shooting in Washington DC, I have a new op-ed available in the Washington Post. I discuss and build on existing research about the troubling number of mass shooters who have domestic violence in their pasts.
My previous writing on this topic appeared in Slate in 2014. Unfortunately, the pattern I identified at that point has continued.
I have posted a draft of my latest research, titled “Against Women’s Sports,” on SSRN. The piece asks us to critically examine the current norm of gender segregation in sports, regardless of the level and nature of the sport. I then suggest that some sports do not survive the constitutional standard of intermediate scrutiny, and that in any event we should think much more carefully about the existing norm of segregation than is our current practice.
I had the opportunity to speak on a panel at Washington University about the troubling (and, in my view, unconstitutional) Executive Order restricting travel from seven majority-Muslim countries. The room was packed. I drew parallels to other race- and identity-based immigration bans in our nation’s history, such as the Chinese Exclusion Act.
I am so pleased to have the opportunity to speak at the UC Davis Law Review “Future Proofing Law” symposium on January 27 and 28 in honor of the Review’s fiftieth anniversary. I am delivering a talk called “The Race Neutral Workplace of the Future.”
UPDATE: What a fantastic symposium! Posting a few photos from my panel with the wonderful Elizabeth Joh.
I am so pleased to be visiting at Washington University in St. Louis this semester. I will be teaching Constitutional Law I and a seminar called Commodification, Law, and Public Policy, which I’ve taught once before while visiting at UCLA. I look forward to getting to know a new community.
I am so pleased to be at Ohio State to speak at the Ohio State Law Journal’s symposium, “The Expanding First Amendment.” I will argue that the First Amendment doesn’t protect the right for platform economy hosts, such as those who rent their properties on Airbnb or VRBO, to discriminate on the basis of race or other protected characteristics. A draft of the paper I plan to publish with the journal’s symposium edition is available on SSRN.
I really enjoyed presenting my article “Identity Entrepreneurs,” forthcoming in the California Law Review, at the Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum this week. The format consisted of a twenty-minute presentation by the junior scholar, followed by feedback by one or two senior commenters and then general commentary. I believe there were twelve papers presented and I was so impressed and inspired by each of them. I was honored to have my work selected for this conference.
Here’s a photo of me presenting, and one of all the junior scholars after our final dinner.
I have a short essay called “The Misuse of Asian Americans in the Affirmative Action Depate” just out in the UCLA Law Review Discourse — the online companion to the UCLA Law Review — about the way opponents of affirmative action have attempted to leverage Asian American identity and experience in support of their position. Of course, some Asian Americans do oppose affirmative action, as is to be expected in a large and very heterogeneous community, but the larger point of my essay is that the claim that “Asian Americans” are “harmed” by affirmative action is not supported.
Really enjoyed speaking at the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Annual Convention with my former student Joanne Morando, now a prosecutor for Mesa County! We presented the research discussed in our co-written article on cyberharassment, “Communication in Cyberspace,” published in the North Carolina Law Review.