Spring 2018 Symposium: Archive

Church and State: A Symposium on Religion and Individual Rights When:  March 30th, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Where: Washington College of Law, Warren Building Room NT08 What:  This symposium discussed the legal issues surrounding religion and individual rights through two panels.  The first panel, God in the Classroom, discussed legal issues surrounding religion in the context of […]

Legacies of Police Brutality and New Hope

By William Mabry IV Police brutality and other violent police misconduct disproportionately affect communities of color, and in particular, Black communities.[1] An appalling example of police brutality occurred in 1991 when four police officers stopped Rodney King for driving under the influence, forced King to exit his car, tasered him, and then continuously beat him before […]

Lighting a “Fyre” Under Instagram Influencers

Teagan Sebba The infamous “Fyre Festival” has sparked outrage again through the release of both a Netflix and a Hulu documentary that highlight the epic failure of Billy MacFarland’s fantasy festival in the Bahamas.[1]  The Fyre Festival would have been one of the first of its kind, as it promised huge headlining acts, luxury accommodations, and […]

Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction from Text Messages and the “Virtually Present” Defendant

By Fae Patton Content Warning: Suicide In the days leading up to her boyfriend’s suicide, seventeen-year-old Michelle Carter texted him four times urging him, “You just [have] to do it.”[1]  Recently, a Massachusetts judge ordered Carter, now twenty-two, to begin serving a fifteen-month sentence for involuntary manslaughter because of those text messages and phone call conversations […]

Right to Choose—Death by a Thousand Cuts

By Andy Ball On June 28, two Louisiana doctors asked the Supreme Court of the United States to stay a law that would restrict access to abortions across the state.[1]  The law, known as The Unsafe Abortion Protection Act or Act 620, requires abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of […]

Cultural Exchange Visitors Settle with Sponsor Agencies for $65.5 Million

By Alice Browning In March 2015, several au pairs visiting the United States through the J-1 visa cultural exchange program filed a class action representing almost 100,000 migrant workers.[1] The au pairs alleged that sponsor agencies[2] engaged in a wage-fixing conspiracy to artificially depress earnings in violation of antitrust laws, and wage and hour laws.[3] […]

Inhumane Conditions in Border Detention Centers Violate U.S. Flores Settlement Agreement and Endanger Children

By Nicole Gregory By Nicole Gregory On December 25, 2018, an eight-year-old boy from Guatemala, Felipe Gómez Alonzo, died in U.S. custody while being detained at the southwest U.S. border.[1] Alonzo’s death follows the death of another Guatemalan child, seven-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, who was also in custody of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection […]

Volume 27.1

Volume 27, Issue 1 The following articles and comments were published in Volume 27, Issue 1 of The American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. For subscription information, please check out our Subscription page. ARTICLES Bridging the Enforcement Gap? Evaluating the Inquiry Procedure of the CEDAW Optional ProtocolCatherine O’Rourke Overcoming Institutional and […]