Penn Law

Anti-racism and reproductive justice

PIK Professor Dorothy Roberts joined Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood, in the 21st annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture in Social Justice. They addressed the intersectional nature of anti-racism and reproductive freedom.

Kristina García

In the News


How Martin Luther King Jr. changed his mind about America

Kermit Roosevelt III of the Law School wrote about Martin Luther King Jr.’s lesser-known speech, “The Negro and he Constitution,” which argued that “American values” were more shaped by the ratification of the 14th Amendment than by the signing of the Declaration of Independence. “The values we must carry forward are not those of Thomas Jefferson and the Framers of the Constitution; they are the values of Abraham Lincoln and the Reconstruction Congress,” wrote Roosevelt.


ABC News

MLK Day Walk for Justice remembers the wrongfully incarcerated

John Hollway of the Law School’s Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice spoke about the need for criminal justice reform. “One in every 25 people that’s currently on death row is likely innocent,” he said.


Christian Science Monitor

A step toward better justice: Prying open the ‘black box’ of plea deals

Paul Heaton of the Law School’s Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice said that in plea deals, defendants are often pleading out to lesser charges than those originally filed.



Cuba slams 20 years of U.S. ‘occupation,’ ‘abuses’ at Guantánamo Bay, U.N. calls for closure

Penn’s Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law issued recommendations for shuttering the Guantánamo Bay prison. "The arrival of the first detainees to Guantánamo on January 11, 2002, ushered in one of the darkest and most ignominious chapters in U.S. history," said Claire Finkelstein of the Law School.


The Hill

Birth of our America isn't when you think

Kermit Roosevelt of the Law School said the Reconstruction Acts that followed the Civil War marked a rebirth of the United States. “A small number of brave men and women risked their lives to fight for the rights we now hold dear — not Revolutionaries fighting the British in 1776, but Black Americans fighting Confederates in 1863,” he wrote. “That is the moment a nation dedicated to equality was conceived.”