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Leading the Innocence Project 

Christina Swarns L’93, who has dedicated her career to criminal justice reform, speaks with Essence about her position as Executive Director of the Innocence Project.

‘Dorothy Roberts Tried to Warn Us’ 

This New York Magazine feature on Prof. Dorothy Roberts asks why more people didn’t listen when she wrote about the criminalization of pregnancy 25 years ago.

1L Diversity Fellows 

Piper-Simone Casey L’24 and Michelle Rodriguez L’24, MBE’24 spent their summers as Ropes & Gray 1L Diversity Fellows.

Reproductive Justice 

At The Guardian, Prof. Dorothy Roberts explains why the reproductive justice movement must be more collective and go beyond abortion rights.

Bail Reform Benefits 

A Quattrone Center study has found that misdemeanor bail reforms in Harris County, Texas have had a positive impact on public safety.

Equal Access to Justice 

Jim Sandman L’76  urges California legislators to amend a bill that would “prohibit reforms that are essential to allow people to exercise their civil rights.”

Social Justice Grant 

Prof. Sally Gordon has secured a Klein Family Social Justice Grant for her project, Free State Slavery and Bound Labor: Pennsylvania.

Civil Rights Pioneer 

The unveiling of the design of a new mural honoring the life and legacy of the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. was held on Friday, July 15.

Art and Architecture: Judge A. Leon Higginbotham 

Judge Higginbotham was a self-described “survivor of segregation” who become one of the country’s most prominent Black judges.

Abolition of the Child Welfare System 

Prof. Dorothy E. Roberts recently spoke with Apple News in Conversation about why the child welfare system should be abolished.

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Increasing Access to Justice 

The Access to Justice Tech Fellows Program mobilizes law students across the country to generate pathbreaking ways to increase access to justice for the most vulnerable communities.

Public Interest Essay Competition Renamed 

The University of Pennsylvania Law Review has renamed its annual essay competition to honor Prof. Dorothy E. Roberts.

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The History & Future of The Indian Child Welfare Act: Implications for tribal sovereignty and native family preservation

Across the country, there are 574 federally recognized Native American tribes that have a government-to-government relationship with the United States. As sovereign nations, they have legal jurisdiction over their lands and citizens. However, until the passing of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA), the authority of Tribes to exercise their exclusive jurisdiction over their Native children in child custody proceedings was not recognized. ICWA established procedural guidelines for placement and removal protocols that mandate notice to Native families and Tribes in all pending child custody proceedings to prioritize family integrity and adhere to tribal sovereignty. In recent years, ICWA has been a legal battleground between non-native families seeking to adopt native children and native families trying to keep children connected to their culture and communities. The current legal challenge to ICWA is headed to the Supreme Court, which could either reaffirm the constitutionality of the law acknowledging the special relationship between tribes and the federal government or strike it down as an unconstitutional “race-based” law in violation of equal protection and states’ rights. Join the Field Center and the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School for a virtual webinar series this fall exploring the history and future of ICWA and the potential implications of the Supreme Court case for native children, families, and tribal sovereignty.

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