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Legal Sorting Systems: “Clearing the Streets with the Ugly Laws” & “Testing to Sort Out ‘The Unfit”

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Susan Schweik, author of “The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public,” will dissect the eugenics-era “sorting” systems still deeply at work today in our societal values, norms, and practices.
Chicago-based lawyer Ajitha Reddy discusses the ongoing influence of eugenics-originated intelligence testing in legal practices and case law.


  • Susan Schweik

    Susan Schweik is an English professor and co-director of the Disability Studies minor at UC Berkeley. Her last book was The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public. She is completing a book tentatively titled Unfixed: How the Women of Glenwood Asylum Overturned Ideas about IQ, & Why You Don’t Know About Their Work. She has been involved with the development of disability studies at Berkeley for over 25 years.
  • Ajitha Reddy

    Ajitha L. Reddy has practiced business and family immigration law for over 18 years. She holds degrees from Harvard University (B.A. 1994) and the University of Michigan Law School (J.D. 1998). She has been a member of the Illinois State Bar since 1999. Ms. Reddy’s prior positions include Deputy Executive Director at the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University College of Law (2007-2008) and Associate Director at the Center for Justice in Capital Cases at DePaul University College of Law (2006-2007). She also taught law school courses in immigration law, international human rights law, death penalty law, and ethics at the DePaul University College of Law. Ms. Reddy teaches Social Studies (the Constitution) at the Sister Jean Hughes Adult High School for formerly incarcerated individuals (2004-present).