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Founded in 1996, the Journal explores how we are classified, stratified, ignored, and singled out under the law because of our race, sex, gender, economic class, ability, sexual identity, and the multitude of labels applied to us. Identity is a matrix of experiences; when the law fails to recognize any one facet of our identity, both the law and the person lose invaluable dimension. Our challenge is to examine how we negotiate our identities, how the legal system negotiates them for us and how these negotiations affect our ability to attain justice.

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Julia Zalenski (Class of 2013)

Julia Zalenski is an Assistant Public Defender for the Iowa City Public Defender's Office. Originally from Williamsburg, IA, Julia received her bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in International Studies (Human Rights). She served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Gender, Race & Justice, Volume 16. 

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Julia Zalenski (Class of 2013)