UVA Law Alum Jessica Childress On Charlottesville, Children’s Books, And Attorneys Of Color

“I wrote my way out / Wrote everything down far as I could see / I wrote my way out / I looked up and the town had its eyes on me.” — Lin-Manuel Miranda

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(The Briefcase of Juris P. Prudence is dedicated to Josephine Crowell, Childress’s Granny, who always reminded her that she was her Granny’s horse, even if she never won a race.)

Last weekend, Jessica Childress and her organization, Juris Prudence LLC, hosted seventeen students for the Juris Prudence Kids Mock Trial Academy in the Ward 7 neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

As the founder and host of the Academy, Childress worked with the East River Family Strengthening Collaborative (ERFSC), community volunteers, sponsors, and the Francis Gregory Neighborhood Library staff to make the event a success. The purpose of the ERFSC grant, which helped to finance the event, is: to reduce violence, expand community support, and develop and improve leadership skills among local youth and families.

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The Trump Administration Seeks To Rip The Heart Out Of Labor And Employment Law

“Your last chance to negotiate / Send in your seconds / See if they can set the record straight.”— Lin-Manuel Miranda

Ceilidh Gao

Ceilidh Gao

On Monday, former Solicitor General Paul Clement and current Principal Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall will argue against workers and the National Relations Labor Board (NLRB or the Board) in front of the Supreme Court to resolve this question: whether workplace arbitration agreements that ban class actions violate federal labor laws.

In a peculiar case, and perhaps a microcosm of our times, Monday’s argument pits the Justice Department directly against the NLRB.

As highlighted by USA Today, last week, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told first-year law students at Georgetown University Law Center: “We will have two arguments by government representatives on opposite sides of the issue. That will be a first for me in the 25 years I’ve served on the court.” Whereas under Obama, the Justice Department argued that companies could not force workers to file cases alone through arbitration, under Trump, “the office reconsidered the issue and has reached the opposite conclusion.”

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