The Lauren Edelman Legal Studies Honors Research Conference

Pictured here are the Honors students from the 2021-2022 cohort.

Undergraduate Legal Studies Research Conference Presenters 2022

The 16th annual Lauren Edelman Legal Studies Honors Research Conference showcases original empirical research from undergraduate scholars in the Legal Studies Honors Program. The Honors theses presented today have been developed over the 2022-23 academic year via a sequence of two research seminars and with the support of dedicated faculty mentors. The conference is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the impressive work accomplished by these promising young scholars. The annual Legal Studies undergraduate research conference is dedicated to the memory of our beloved professor, Lauren Edelman, who was the Honors Program Director for many years, and up until her untimely death earlier this year.

Conference Schedule

APRIL 28, 2023
10 AM – 4 PM
Selznick Seminar Room
Also available on Zoom:

10-10:20 Introductory Remarks

Dylan C. Penningroth, Associate Dean JSP/Legal Studies 
Jon Marshall, Ph.D., Assistant Dean JSP/Legal Studies
Calvin Morrill, Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law, Professor of Sociology

10:20 - 11:20  Panel 1: Rights in the Workplace  
Moderator: Sarah DiMagno, JSP

Katelynn Kuminkoski
Striking a Balance: Mothers Working in the Human Rights Field

Leslie Macias
Lived Experiences of Mexican Farmworkers: Workplace Injuries and (Lack of) Rights at Work

Sanjana Manjeshwar
“Agreements” in Name Only: How Workers Understand Mandatory Arbitration Clauses and Class Action Waivers in Employment Contracts

11:30 am - 12:30 pm  Panel 2: Law and Justice in Disability Studies and Family Law
Moderator: Doug Sangster, JSP

Sidney Carrigan
A Disabling Society: The Understanding of Disability Rights Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

Alexis Gutierrez
Community, Validation, and Understanding: The Students’ Perspective on Disability and Healthcare Accessibility

Andrea Castresana
Combatting Violence Against Women: A Look at Domestic Violence Organizations

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break

1:30-2:50 pm  Panel 3: Legal and Political Consciousness  
Moderator: Isabella Mariani, JSP

Skylar Davidson
Conceptualizing Terrorism Beyond Law and Policy: American Perceptions of Terrorism and Terrorists in a Post-9/11 World

Madelaine van der Ploeg
The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978: An Assessment of American Indian Legal Consciousness

Hemani Patel
The Houseless Community, Motels, and their Socio-Legal Relationship: A Study of the Houseless Community Residing in West Sacramento Independent Motels

Katie Kim
Like, Share, and Comment: The Influence of Youth Culture on Polarization through Social Media

3:00-4:00 pm  Panel 4: Criminal Justice in Prison and Out
Moderator: Nandina Babic, JSP

Ellen Collins
How Restorative Justice Matters: A Participant-Centered Perspective

Kevin McCarthy
Against All Odds: Understanding the Conditions and Relationships that Led to the Success of the 2013 Hunger Strike at Pelican Bay State Prison

Alexia Salazar-Biagini
Finding a Path Forward: Navigating the Collateral Consequences of Incarceration

4:00 pm  Closing Remarks