Date of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Public Policy and Law

First Advisor

Glenn W. Falk

Second Advisor

Adrienne Fulco


The U.S. Supreme Court decisions Duren v. Missouri (1979) and Batson v. Kentucky (1986) address under-representative venire drawing processes and discriminatory peremptory strikes during voir dire, respectively, to combat jury discrimination. In this thesis, I examine state level implementation of these two decisions in five states - Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Illinois, and Washington - to evaluate jury discrimination jurisprudence and recommend improvements at jurisprudential and policy levels. While state-level Duren and Batson jurisprudence remains woefully underdeveloped, recent developments such as Washington’s General Rule 37 and Connecticut’s Jury Selection Task Force could initiate a nationwide reform effort.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford CT for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.