LaToya Baldwin Clark

LaToya Baldwin Clark, Earl B. Dickerson Fellow, UChicago Law

Earl B. Dickerson Fellow, UChicago Law

LaToya Baldwin Clark earned a BS in Economics in 2002 and a MA in Criminology in 2008 from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Sociology and JD from Stanford University in 2014. After graduating from Stanford, she clerked on the Northern District of California for the Honorable Claudia Wilken, and on the California Supreme Court for Associate Justice Goodwin Liu.

LaToya’s research looks at the role of participation in the enforcement of anti-discrimination law and in the general administration of law.  Currently, her scholarship focuses on how the law structures participation; she argues that the way an anti-discrimination legal policy mandates a certain type of participation may inadvertently (or purposefully) serve to place the responsibility for inequitable outcomes on the very population the law was intended to benefit. When this type of participation burdens the victims of legal discrimination to enforce anti-discrimination law, participation itself can be a hegemonic tool to reproduce inequality.  Her current work explores this dynamic in special education law, where all parents are required to participate in ensuring that their child receives the specialized education to which they are entitled, and indeed parental participation is the enforcement lynchpin of the legislation.