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Christina Ruppert Social Science

Identity Conditioning, Confliction, and Transitions: A Study on Legal Practitioners Who Serve on Traditional and Collaborative Courtrooms

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Christina’s research examines judges, public defenders, and district attorneys in criminal law who serve on collaborative and adversarial courts. Shedding light on how working in both legal arenas could potentially cause conflict or transformation with how professionals identify with their roles as legal practitioners. Collaborative courts are removed from mainstream legal discourse as well as from the standard authority of the legal profession, creating a space for legal practitioners to engage with the law entirely differently. Her study seeks to demonstrate that no matter how much reform occurs within legislation regarding our criminal justice system, it will take the support of legal practitioners to encourage change from within.
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Major: Legal Studies
Mentor: Jonathan Simon, Law
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