February Dialogue: Social Movements and the Courts

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to hear arguments later this year on two cases relevant to LGBT rights raises questions about the relationship between social movement activism and the courts. Contributors to this dialogue address such questions as: How, when, and why do social movements decide to use the courts as a viable strategy for pursuing their goals? How, when, and why might states use courts to repress dissent? And how have movements within the field of law shaped how we think about the courts as appropriate (or inappropriate) routes to social change?  Many thanks to our distinguished scholars and activists who have contributed to this conversation:

Steven E. Barkan, University of Maine (essay)
Siri Gloppen, University of Bergen (essay)
Jay Kim and Karen Gargamelli, Common Law (essay)
Elizabeth E. Martinez, California State University Northridge (essay)
Nicholas Pedriana, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater (essay)
David Pettinicchio, University of Oxford, (essay)

Be sure to check back in mid February for a second round of posts on this topic.

Editors in Chief,
Grace  Yukich, David Ortiz, Rory McVeigh, and Dan Myers

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