Sara Rankin

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Please describe any professional and extra-curricular activities in which you are engaged that are related to social justice. Such activities can encompass a wide range: examples include service on non-profit bodies or on commissions, pro-bono representation, fact-finding, and other professional and extra-curricular activities.

My teaching and scholarly focus is at the intersection of legislative advocacy and issues affecting homeless people. I do a lot of service work (frequently involving my students) with the National Coalition for the Homeless, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty and numerous other national, regional, and local entities that focus on homeless men, women, and children. Local partners include the Seattle/King County Coalition for the Homeless, YouthCare, and Columbia Legal Services.

Please describe any scholarly projects in which you have or are engaged that involve social justice.

My most recent article, A Homeless Bill of Rights (Revolution), is the first significant report and analysis of recent legislative efforts to enact bills of rights relating to homeless Americans. The article is available through the National Coalition for the Homeless; the National Law Center on Homeless & Poverty will soon post the article and another related report that I co-authored with NLCHP. The article is in a distributable, but final editing stage. Here's the SSRN link, where I will continue to post the most accurate and up to date version until it's placed in a journal: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2376488. It will continue to be revised until it is submitted for publication this Spring. In the first two weeks of its release on SSRN, the article made the top ten SSRN downloads list in seven categories, including Society, Civic Engagement, Social Movements & Protest; Social Justice & Human Rights; Human Rights & the Global Economy; and Legislation & Statutory Interpretation. The Article has also been featured and distributed by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, the National Coalition for the Homeless, the ABA's Commission on Homelessness & Poverty, the Poverty Law Blog, and several homeless advocacy organizations in states such as California, Hawaii, Delaware, and Wisconsin, as well as Washington, D.C.

I recently co-authored a distinct but complementary report on these new laws with National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. This report, tentatively titled, Homeless Bills of Rights: A New Approach to Recognizing and Protecting the Rights of Homeless Americans, is scheduled for release by the NLCHP at the end of February.

Finally, I recently published Invidious Deliberation: The Problem of Congressional Bias in Federal Hate Crime Legislation. In that article, I review three decades of legislative history to support the proposition that Congressional bias against certain groups actually excludes these groups (especially LGBTQ and homeless populations) from statutory anti-bias protections. It is forthcoming in the Rutgers Law Journal, and the SSRN link is http://ssrn.com/abstract=2350591.

For more information, please visit Professor Rankin's Faculty Profile Page.