CJLPP Statement on Black Lives Matter

The Claremont Journal of Law and Public Policy expresses our solidarity with the Black community and unequivocally believes that Black Lives Matter. We are outraged by the stories of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery—among countless others —and join the demands for justice in response to rampant, unpunished police violence and other…

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief, Vol. 7 No.1

Dear Reader, Welcome to the fifteenth edition — Volume 7, Number 1 — of the Claremont Journal of Law and Public Policy! Volume 7, Number 1 includes analyses of forced institutionalization, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, facial recognition technology, and more. We are also excited to bring you an interview with Shadi Hamid, a Senior…

The Special Counsel’s Structural Dilemma

By Francis Northwood (PO ’21) When a president does something very wrong, a special counsel is often tasked with an investigation. This was the case with Watergate, the Iran-Contra Affair, and Whitewater. However, the special counsel is appointed by the Attorney General, which gives it strange status. It is controlled by the executive branch, but…

Dancing the Line: Cooper v. Harris, a Landmark Decision on Gerrymandering and Judicial Implementation of Civil Rights

By Lea Kayali (PO ‘19) Race matters. Police brutality, immigration, and criminal justice reforms—these hot-button debates reflect how racial issues are front and center in American politics. As racialized politics percolate through party platforms,[1] Americans’ political identity is increasingly determined by demographics. White nationalism is on the rise in the self-proclaimed “alt-right,” and identity politics…