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  • A clause, included in the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, stipulating that the law must be applied uniformly across all members of society, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, class, age, health, or any other trait. For instance, the clause maintains that all individuals should have access to the same legal services (which includes access to the law, to lawyers, to courts, etc.) and that there should be fair and equitable treatment of all individuals who come into contact with the legal system. In sum, equal protection of the law advocates objective, unbiased, equal, and fair treatment of all members of society by the law.

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