Welcome to the Critical Legal Studies Assembly web page.
One goes to law school for a reason. It can be easy to lose
sight of a bigger goal with the rigorous work that goes into our education,
especially in the first year, where students are trying their best to gain
their bearings in a new and complex field. If that bigger goal involves the
pursuit of social change and justice, then it is crucial to look critically at
our jurisprudence and determine what those terms ("change,"
"justice") can mean.
The Critical Legal Studies Assembly (CLSA) at UNC Law has been
formed to establish meaningful discourse on these debates and discussions using
a variety of critical tools utilized often in other disciplines and at times
our own. These include: feminist theory, critical race theory, Marxism and
theories of economic justice, queer/LGBT theory, and more. The benefit of using
these tools as a lens by which to dissect the law is to gain the ability to
observe law as a fluid mechanism for societal organization. Discussion how law
has developed can assist discussions on how law should be developed, and ideas
on how the law can better serve the whole of human societies.
The Critical Legal Studies Assembly gained official status in
the end of the term of Spring 2014. It was founded unofficially in Fall 2013 by
Irving Figueroa and Rory Fleming. Prof. Maxine Eichner, who also teaches
Critical Legal Theory at UNC, serves as the faculty adviser to the group.