Mia Brett

Mia Brett, PhD, is the Editorial Board's legal historian. She lives with her gorgeous dog, Tchotchke. You can find her @queenmab87.

What is gerrymandering and why does a democracy allow it to be used to protect white power?

October 21, 2021 /

A legal history of congressional district map-making.

Preventing felons from voting is just how it is, right? Wrong. There’s a history. There were choices. And we can change it.

October 17, 2021 /

With our democracy under siege, we should use all legal arguments to restore voting rights to as many people as possible.

Federal judge stops Texas’ abortion vigilante law after dismantling it in written opinion

October 8, 2021 /

Robert Pitman is your new favorite person.

The state of our bail system is so corrupt you don’t need to be convicted to lose your rights — or face a death sentence

October 4, 2021 /

How can we claim people are innocent until proven guilty?

What would justice look like if all missing women got the attention Gabby Petito did?

September 24, 2021 /

An estimated 64,000-75,000 Black women and girls are missing.

Weekend read: No, family courts are not biased against men

September 19, 2021 /

They favor men, actually.

Democrats in the Congress should enshrine abortion into law with even stronger protections

September 10, 2021 /

We need abortion rights based on equal protection rather than privacy or free exercise of the rights of physicians.

Abortion is virtually banned in Texas. The upside? Roe still rules for now in the other 49 states

September 3, 2021 /

Overturning Roe would have affected national abortion coverage and abortion would have been immediately illegal in 13 states.

There’s no such thing as law to police trans women that wouldn’t ultimately hurt all women

August 27, 2021 /

The Taliban’s oppression of women, and extreme hostility towards trans people, exemplifies how intertwined our liberation really is.

We owe it to Afghans to let as many in as possible, but let’s avoid arguments over ‘desirable’ and ‘undesirable’ immigrants 

August 23, 2021 /

People deserve refuge even if they didn’t help us.