SENZON | Intergovernmental Bodies in Protecting Human Rights 

My interest in the law involves the intersection of labor and environmental law focusing on defending the rights of workers exploited by the agricultural system of America. This issue disproportionately impacts undocumented immigrants who don’t have the legal right to unionize given their lack of citizenship. And yet, seventy-three percent of all agricultural workers in the United States belong to immigrant backgrounds, while an estimated three percent of all workers in the U.S. belong to unions in agriculture. In addition to this overwhelmingly large population of agricultural workers that belong to immigrant backgrounds, twenty-eight percent of this workforce is women. This topic of discussion is not directly related to what I will be discussing today, but I figured offering context on my interest in the law might explain my inclination to enroll in a related course at CLS.

FRIEDMAN | Politics and Campus Culture: The Quiet Majority

The peers that I interact with, across the political spectrum and with a varying breakdown of identities and backgrounds, are more concerned with being normal college students than political actors in both an academic and social setting. Within a classroom setting, an academic and intellectual stance is taken on most issues, more aligned with a sophisticated conversation than a partisan talking point.

CHASEN | State Route 79: A Window into America

You’ve heard it all before: America is divided. Our politics are more adversarial than they’ve ever been. We’re on the verge of civil war. While we often hear these things on T.V., in academic studies or from political leaders, it all seems a little bit abstract when spoken about in those terms.