Chair in Feminist Legal Studies at the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
"On one level, voting is a symbolic, expressive act that demonstrates membership in a community. On another, it is the centerpiece of the democratic political process and the primary way in which citizens participate in changing the governing rules of that community. The loss of voting rights means the loss of both of these functions....
Can the United States learn something from jurisdictions such as Canada with similar legal systems where the idea of prisoners voting has become a reality?
The repeal of prisoner disenfranchisement law will not be the solution to these larger problems, nor will it necessarily affect prisoners' day-to-day lives appreciably. However, our society's professed commitment to liberal democratic principles requires that we repeal the laws the treat prisoners as 'temporary outcasts from our system of rights and democracy.'"
"Ballot Boxes Behind Bars: Toward the Repeal of Prisoner Disenfranchisement Laws," Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review, Fall, 2003
Experts Individuals with PhD's, JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to felon voting issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to felon voting issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Chair in Feminist Legal Studies, Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, 2016-present
Associate Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, 2013-2016
Editor in Chief, Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 2009-2013
Associate Professor of Law, University of Manitoba, 2007-2016
President, Canadian Law & Society Association, 2007-2010
President, Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba, 2005-2007
Vice-President, Canadian Law & Society Association, 2004-2007
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Manitoba, 2001-2007
University Outreach Award, University of Manitoba, 2005
Cowritten with Kim Pate "Time for Accountability: Effective Oversight of Women's Prisons," Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2006
Cowritten with Gayle Horii and Kim pate, "Are Women’s Rights Worth the Paper They’re Written On? Collaborating to Enforce the Human Rights of Criminalized Women,"in Criminalizing Women: Gender and (In)justice in Neo-Liberal Times, 2006
"Prisoner Voting Rights in Canada: Rejecting the Notion of 'Temporary Outcasts,'" in Civil Penalties, Social Consequences, 2005
"Ballot Boxes Behind Bars: Toward the Repeal of Prisoner Disenfranchisement Laws," Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review, 2004
Cowritten with Kim Brooks, "Queering Legal Education as a Project of Theoretical Discovery," Harvard Women’s Law Journal, 2004