I conduct socio-legal research focused on how everyday people construct the law as material resources and through interpretative frameworks. This approach helps me get a better idea of how we are constituted by legality and how we constitute everyday life in formal law and in our daily routines and habits. This also helps me better teach law to undergraduate students at the community college.


Syllabus:Click here


Click here for the workbook.


Presentations & Video Lectures


Presentation: 3 Narratives of Legality: Click


Course Problem: Homelessness


Video: Uneven Growth: click

Website: Anti-Eviction Mapping with Manon Vergerio: click

Website: Segregation Map: click


Exam Reading: Case Study: This is like a true story, a housing journey of “X”: Click here for the workbook.
Exam Assignment: Google Form:Click

Examine: Housing Justice Social Movement. Click here
Assignment: Google Form. Click


Weekly Graded Assignments


See Syllabus for Weekly Assignments.

Additional Suggested Readings:


George L. Kelling and James Q. Wilson “Broken Windows”: Click

Patricia-Hill Collins “Power of Self-Definition”: Click

bell hooks “Confronting Class”: click

Moyer, et al, “All Eyes Are on You: Gender, Race and opinion writing on the U.S. Court of Appeals”:  Click

Charles R. Lawrence III “The First This Time Black Lives Matter, Abolitionist Pedagogy, and the Law” :  Click

Jason M. Leggett “The Limits of Law: Courts, Health Care, and Patient Dumping” :  Click

George Lakoff “Metaphor, Morality, and Politics, Or, Why Conservative Have Left Liberals in the Dust” :  Click.


Additional Suggested Cases:

Callahan v. Carey: click

Johnson v. McIntosh: Click

Marshall Trilogy Cases: Click

Wickard v. Filburn: Click






Learning Outcomes

1. Property-first constitutional narratives re-inforce social exclusion based on race, gender, and class.

2. Broken windows theory represents one dominant cultural view of how society should be organized to the detriment of minority representations.

3. White-Anglo-Saxon-Protestant views are over-represented in judicial opinions; these court cases influence how all Americans think about rights, social control, crime, and liberty.

4. Homelessness = racial capitalism + gentrification + displacement + criminalization.

5. Legal narratives describe a “double-edge” sword that both re-inforce domination and provoke resistance.

6. Social Institutions influence how we tell stories about legality, constitutions, and social change: Education, Family, Religion, Education.



Final Prep