Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly

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Professor Yxta Maya Murray explores the notion of Merit-Teaching - the expansion of our current ideas of merit through the inclusion of the virtues and values of "Outsiders." Using insights developed by Aristotelian moral philosophers, critical race theorists, and feminist legal theorists as her guide, Professor Murray investigates Outsiders' particular virtues, and thus merits, that are forged from the experiences of oppression. Professor Murray brings these lessons into relief through the use of storytelling - her rendition of the life stories of her grandmother, her mother, and herself - which demonstrate Outsider virtue in action.