Mia Brett

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

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.

We can recycle to our heart’s content, but without large-scale government action, we’ll never get climate change under control

August 18, 2021 /

No matter what we do, we are locked into the warming effects of climate change until at least 2050, according to a new UN report.

The 14th Amendment does not make abortion unconstitutional

August 9, 2021 /

There’s little evidence writers of the 14th Amendment considered fetuses or abortion or pregnancy or really even women.

For women shut out of the criminal system, civil litigation is a powerful tool for accountability

July 30, 2021 /

A criminal court is not the only place to support their voices.

Laws aiming to counter impact of ‘The 1619 Project’ miss chance to tell a positive story

July 24, 2021 /

But kids might learn about white supremacy, writes Mia Brett.

Texas creates a market for abortion vigilantism

July 16, 2021 /

It’s a transparent ploy to avoid federal courts, writes Mia Brett.

The law corrects for past discrimination against Native children. But conservatives say it’s unconstitutionally based on race.

July 12, 2021 /

Mia Brett reminds us of the importance of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Bill Cosby spent more time in jail than 97 percent of rapists who never spend a day behind bars

July 2, 2021 /

Why is due process needed to believe woman? asks Mia Brett.