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Mary Adkins
Mary Adkins is a writer and lawyer living in New York. She graduated from Yale Law School and Duke University. Find more of her work at and

Entries by Mary Adkins

World, Google Just Betrayed Your Sexism

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 4:12 PM

Dear World,

If you were Donald Sterling, I was a tape recorder and Google autofill was your mouth, then everyone would know that you continue to be sexist in a really disappointing, stereotype-affirming way.

Here is what I mean, put better:

This morning, my friend Googled our mutual...

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Bye Bye American Airlines, Bye

(39) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 2:09 PM


Dear American Airlines,

We had some good times. You are Dallas based. So is my family. I am New York based. It only made sense for me to get an AAdvantage card way back in 2006 and accrue miles in...

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The Silver-Lined Truth About Airbnb and You, New York

(3) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 3:39 PM

I am one of the many New York City residents who has hosted people in my apartment through Airbnb. Ever since we Airbnb hosts started winding up in court earlier this year, the "illegality" of "Airbnbing" your place in New York has made headline after headline. Representative samples are Gothamist's...

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One Person Who's Disappointed Cory Booker Has a Girlfriend: My Mom

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 12:56 PM

In August 2011, I was trying on a dress in a Brooklyn boutique when my phone buzzed to notify me that my mom had emailed. Expecting the usual check-in -- how was my weekend going, and here's a photo of the new puppy -- I instead read:

"I am...

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Q&A With a Legal Start-Up

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 6:56 AM

From Obama's recent call to make law school 2 years instead of 3 to Dewey & Leboeuf's 2012 filing for bankruptcy, the law profession is bursting at the seams for change. Last week I emailed with Basha Rubin and Mirra Levitt, co-founders of Priori...

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Rape Ed Comics: As Weird As They Sound

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 10:37 AM

Last week the Dallas Observer reported that Dallas County will print a series of graphic novels to teach kids in juvenile detention about rape. The Project on Addressing Prison Rape at American University, Washington College of Law is behind the comics, which are available

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Django Unchained: Restorative Justice -- Who We Are, Who We Want to Be

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 10:03 AM

This post first appeared on The Life of the Law blog.

Here's something to reconcile: how much I (you?) loved Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds because they are moral revenge fantasies, and how much you believe in the kind of restorative justice principles touted in The...

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CrisisMap Little Use If Aid Not There

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 9:59 AM

It's cold in New York. Very cold. In Far Rockaway, temperatures will dip into the 30's today and feel like the 20's. Same in Staten Island -- two of the areas hardest hit by Sandy where residents continue to live without power, water, and in many cases, shelter. So why,...

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How to Become an Activist

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 6:29 PM

Emily Sussman, Executive Director of Young Democrats of America, was someone who didn't think she could make a big impact on the world. Then she became a critical player in the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. Emily talks about buying lamps, identifying what she saw as real societal need...

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