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Want to Increase Opportunities for Female Students on Law Reviews? Increase Faculty Diversity

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The New York Law School Law Review (NYLS) has issued its 2010–2011 Law Review Diversity Report examining female and minority representation among the membership and leadership, including editors in chief, of general interest law reviews or journals at ABA-accredited law schools. According to the report, law reviews at schools with a high percentage of female full-time faculty and schools with a high percentage of minority full-time faculty had, on average, significantly greater gender diversity among their student membership and leadership, as well as a higher rate of female editors in chief (“EIC”), than law reviews at law schools ranked in the Top 50 by U.S. News & World Report (“U.S. News”). The report is available here.

Research Resource: Gender Jurisprudence Collections at American University

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Earlier this semester, the War Crimes Research Office and the Women and International Law Program at American University Washington College of Law announced the launch of the Gender Jurisprudence Collections (GJC).  Here is an excerpt from the school’s press release:

Life-threatening “Protect Life Act” back to a House vote on Friday

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Ah, the GOP and their priorities. Remember the heinous anti-choice bill last year that would allow doctors to deny lifesaving care if that person needed an abortion? Looks like it’s back for a House vote on Friday. The bill would also ban abortion coverage in state health insurance exchanges:

Voter suppression can change 2012 outcome

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Over on Loop21.com this week I wrote about the problem of GOP voter suppression in the upcoming 2012 election cycle. It’s going to be bad folks. A new study by the Brennan Center for Justice quantified just how many voters the new laws put in place by Republican legislatures across the country will affect: 5 million friggin votes!head of time.

Does a Law Punishing More Severely a Male’s Assault of a Female Violate Equal Protection?

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Eugene Volokh has an interesting post up over at The Volokh Conspiracy. The post discusses G.S. § 14-33(c)(2), which provides that

Unless the conduct is covered under some other provision of law providing greater punishment, any person who commits any assault, assault and battery, or affray is guilty of a Class A1 misdemeanor if, in the course of the assault, assault and battery, or affray, he or she:…(2) Assaults a female, he being a male person at least 18 years of age…

Alabama tells offenders to pick between jail and Jesus

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The small town Bay Minette, Alabama is giving non-violent offenders a choice: Either go to prison for your crime, or go to church every Sunday! Church programs being used for paroles is not out of the ordinary. In the past, I’ve attended a church which doubles as a rehabilitation center and operates state licensed programs for recent paroles. There is nothing wrong with that. The paroles are not required to attend the church service-only meetings that are held on Saturdays, which are not religious.

Lady Gaga meets POTUS to push administration on anti-gay bullying

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Oh to be a fly on the wall this past weekend when pop star Lady Gaga met President Obama. On Sunday night, at a fundraiser in Atherton, CA at the home of Facebook’s COO, the White House press pool released what will go down as the most awesomest pool report evah:

DOJ says Governor Rick Perry’s redistricting violates Voting Rights Act

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Yesterday, the Department of Justice wrote in a filing Texas’ redistricting map violates Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The redistricting maps were approved by 2012 presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry. Because of the burgeoning Hispanic population in the state Texas will gain as many as four new House seats. The fear is that even though the number of Hispanics has increased significantly between the 2000 census and the 2010 census, when it comes to voting they are at a disadvantage. Between 2000 and 2010 the state of Texas added approximately 4.3 million residents, 65% of which came from Hispanics.

Virginia Board of Health Approves Most Onerous Regulations for Women’s Health Centers in the Country

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Yesterday, September 17, was Constitution Day, a day to commemorate the formation and signing of the Constitution and to celebrate the rights guaranteed within. Under pressure from the Attorney General’s office, the Virginia Board of Health voted on Friday to place burdensome and unnecessary regulations on women’s health centers in the state, placing women’s rights in jeopardy. The threat these regulations pose to women’s access to health care and patient confidentiality reinforces that we must always be vigilant in order to protect constitutional freedoms. In place of celebration, we are reminded that women’s rights are under attack.

Meaningful Enforcement in the War Against Domestic Abuse

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The war against domestic violence is heating up. In a decision released publicly on August 17, 2011, an international human rights tribunal has determined that the U.S. authorities paid insufficient attention to domestic violence and violence against women in violation of the nation’s human rights obligations. This ruling, the first ruling from an international tribunal on a U.S. domestic violence case, comes only days before an important domestic violence case is heard by New York State’s highest court.

Suing for Looks Discrimination

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Pretty people finish first — that’s a well-documented phenomenon. Folks who fall outside of cultural beauty norms — who are fatter or not white or less white or older or whatever else — make less money over their lifetimes. Economics professor Daniel S. Hamermesh suggests that people who are discriminated against because of their looks should be able to sue if they can show that their employer demonstrated a pattern of looks-based discrimination.

President Obama appoints flurry of women and minorities to federal judiciary

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Everyone knows that President Obama nominated the first ever Latina Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor and its fourth woman Justice Elena Kagan, but did you know that he’s also nominating a flurry of minorities and women to the federal bench? President Obama has nominated nearly as many minorities as were already sitting on the federal bench when he came into office.

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