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Breaking Bad: District of Vermont Deems Detention of Pregnant Passenger in Need of Bathroom Break Reasonable So Female Officer (Who Never Took Her to the Bathroom) Could Arrive

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Authorities believe that a a vehicle contains narcotics. They detain a passenger and call for a narcotics dog. The dog arrives 45 minutes later. Another 20-30 minutes pass, and the authorities still haven’t conducted the canine sniff. The passenger confesses. The court is going to deem to detention unreasonable.

Birckhead on “Delinquent by Reason of Indigency”

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Tamar Birckhead (UNC) has posted to SSRN a draft her essay Delinquent by Reason of Indigency, 38 Wash. U. J. L. & Pol’y __ (forthcoming 2012).  Here is the abstract:

Law and Food: The History of Boneless Breakfast Bacon

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Really, would you want your bacon any other way? The image at right is a bacon label from the year 1909, currently held by the National Archives (I kid you not; see here) and on display in connection with the “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” exhibit.  The exhibit “explores the Government’s effect on the American diet.”  I haven’t visited yet, but am thinking that this might make a good side trip during the Faculty Recruitment Conference.  Imagine the interview questions that could be generated by an intrepid visitor:

UK abortion law may change to require “independent” counseling for patients

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Next week, Members of Parliament are scheduled to meet and decide on a new bill being pushed by anti-choice MP Nadine Dorries that would strip abortion providers’ rights to counsel patients and make in mandatory to send those seeking abortion to “independent” counseling before the procedure.

Quick Hit: Texas judge blocks key parts of sonogram bill

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Some good news: a judge in Texas ruled that parts of a sonogram bill that was slated to pass in Texas would actually be unconstitutional, specifically forcing physicians to show a woman the sonogram against her will.

Announcing The Tennessee Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice

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From the FLP Mailbox, this announcement of a new student-edited law journal at the University of Tennessee College of Law:

Where are all the feminist lawyers?

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The legal profession is not renowned for being women-friendly. This much I knew before starting a part-time Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) three years ago, but what I was not prepared for was just how many feminist issues there are that touch upon the law and, in my mind, demand a response from the legal sector.

Kansas Should Serve as a Warning to Virginia Women

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A few weeks ago, a disturbing situation arose in Kansas that brought the state perilously close to banning abortion within its borders. The legislature, with the governor’s support, enacted a new licensing and regulatory law that resulted in the creation of “emergency” regulations giving abortion providers just a few days to comply with impossible and medically unnecessary requirements.

If You Want To Insult Law Professors, Call Them Women: “Inside the Law School Scam” Edition

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After learning about its existence, I read every post at this blog as it appeared. Legal education is imperfect and could use improvement, no question. And more transparency about law school data and procedures would be very useful; no one I respect has ever argued otherwise. To the extent the blog facilitates substantive discussions about ways to improve law schools, it is a useful exercise.

Virginia Prisons Will Strengthen Policy Against Shackling Pregnant Inmates

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The Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) Director Harold Clarke has led the DOC though a forward-thinking policy expansion that should begin a statewide conversation and passage of legislation before the Virginia General Assembly. House Bill 1488, which would have limited the use of restraints on pregnant inmates, failed in the House Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee in the 2011 legislative session. However, Director Clarke and staff at the DOC took seriously the conversations sparked by the Committee debate over the bill.

Judge Throws Out Bloomberg Pregnancy Discrimination Case

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A large pregnancy discrimination case with national implications was just decided in Manhattan federal court. And the outcome is not good. A bit of background: in 2007, 79 women joined a class-action law suit against Bloomberg L.P., the financial services and media company founded by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The suit, originally filed by the

Quick hit: Poll finds most New Yorkers don’t want to overturn gay marriage ruling.

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In a poll of 600 New Yorkers it turns out a larger percentage (55%) of people support gay marriage than oppose it (37%).

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