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3L Awarded Fellowship to Fight Homelessness
Equal Justice Works (EJW) has awarded 3L Maxwell Tipping with a fellowship that will allow him to spend the next two years working for The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. EJW only accepts approximately 45-55 proposed fellowship projects per year; Mr. Tipping's will focus on improving D.C.'s rapid rehousing program. Thinking about the next two years, he says, "If I could connect these families immediately with legal assistance, way before they end up in Landlord and Tenant Court, and also change some of the way the system functions, that would be a success."
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Expert Perspective: The Eric Garner Decision
Weeks after discussing the grand jury decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Roger A. Fairfax, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Public Engagement, spoke again with GW Today to discuss a New York City grand jury not indicting a city police officer in the death of Eric Garner. A grand jury expert, Dean Fairfax addressed questions about reconciling the video evidence in Garner's case, how a federal prosecutor might bring charges against the police officer, and the differences between federal and state grand jury compositions.
December 15, 2014 . http://gwtoday.gwu.edu/another-grand-jury-fails-indict-police-officer
Schenck Quoted in Presidential Sexual Assault Report
Lisa Schenck, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, is quoted at length in the Department of Defense's report to President Obama on sexual assault prevention and response. Dean Schenck, a retired judge advocate colonel in the Army, has been closely involved with the issue since July of last year when she joined with U.S. Senators Ayotte, McCaskill, and Tester at a press conference to discuss the National Defense Authorization Act. The report quotes her findings—taken from a full law review article—about how the military and civilian justice systems prosecute and convict sexual assault offenses.
December 12, 2014 . Read more
Professors Urge Strong Net Neutrality Rules
On International Human Rights Day, George Washington University Law School Professors Arturo Carrillo and Dawn Nunziato submitted a Comment to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the Commission to adopt strong net neutrality rules so as not to violate the United States' international human rights and trade obligations. The professors, who run GW Law's Global Internet Freedom and Human Rights Project, stress that the United States has committed to providing services in a nondiscriminatory manner as a party to the World Trade Organization.
December 10, 2014 . Read more
Alumnus Named Chief Justice of Bhutan
The King of Bhutan appointed The Honorable Tshering Wangchuk, LLM '03, as Bhutan's Chief Justice. The newly named Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuk studied International and Comparative Law at GW and is one of nearly a dozen Bhutanese judges to attend the law school since 2000 as part of an ongoing relationship with the country's judiciary.
December 08, 2014 . Read more
SCOTUS Pregnancy Discrimination Case Explained
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of a UPS employee who was placed on unpaid leave when her pregnancy prevented her from lifting heavy objects. She sued, alleging discrimination, and her case could now affect millions of women. Professor Jeffrey Rosen spoke with NPR's Diane Rehm about the case, explaining the salient legal issues. The main question according to Professor Rosen: "Is it sex discrimination to exclude pregnant women from benefits that non-pregnant people require?"
December 05, 2014 . Listen to the interview
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Faculty in the News
The Huffington Post . December 16, 2014
Laura Dickinson is quoted about the lack of a viable government accountability system for private security contractors. More
USA Today . December 15, 2014
Jonathan Turley writes about apologies on college campuses after grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. More
The New York Times . December 15, 2014
Joan Schaffner is quoted about the disadvantages faced by animals waiting to be adopted from shelters. More
The Washington Post . December 14, 2014
Michael Selmi is quoted about the civil rights record of the Department of Justice under President Obama. More
The Washington Post . December 13, 2014
Orin Kerr is quoted about the significance of the 1961 U.S. Supreme Court Case Mapp v. Ohio. More
Forbes . December 12, 2014
Arthur Wilmarth is quoted about Wall Street's lobbying on Section 716 of Dodd-Frank. More
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