The 2015 Law Journal for Social Justice Symposium, “Contemporary Discrimination” focused on current concerns regarding civil rights and civil liberty. Discussions ranged from the political legislative process, resistance in enforcement of civil rights judgments, and sexual orientation employment discrimination. Panelists included politicians, scholars from diverse backgrounds, practicing attorneys and community organizers.
Drawing on broader considerations, this issue features articles analyzing an array of concerns in the criminal, civil and international tribunals. The first article, You Have Your Whole Life in Front of You…Behind Bars, written by Rachel Forman, beings this issue by discussing a need to ban life without parole sentences for juvenile non-homicide offenders. Inalvis M. Zubiaur, in Death Row: Mentally Impaired Inmates and the Appeal Process, continues the focus on sentencing by engaging concerns regarding capital punishment. Next, in Injection and the Right of Access, Timothy F. Brown argues for increased access to lethal injection procedures to understand its constitutionality. Shifting consideration to the civil sphere, Victor D. Lopez & Eugene T. Maccarrone raise issues about privacy, due process, public policy and the basic fairness of traffic enforcement by camera, in Traffic Enforcement by Camera. Beginning the focus on international concerns, Fictitious Labeling, by Efe Ukala, discusses “recommendations that may help curb constitutional issues resulting from deportation.” Brittany Fink, in Increase Quota, Invite Opportunities, Improve Economy, proposes amendments to the DREAM Act that extend the path to citizenship.” Katharine Villalobos then focuses on the sociology of immigration in The Crucible, using historical examples to discuss the War on Terror. Falling Through the Cracks by Marissa N. Goldberg changes the focus to international law and unique considerations of women in the drug trade industry. Finally, Seeking Truth in the Balkans by Erin K. Lovall and June E. Vutrano concludes the issue by discussing the role of international law in seeking justice following the wars in the Balkans. Together these articles analyze issues that raise important questions about fairness and civil rights in the domestic and international contexts.
Special thanks to the entire staff of the Law Journal for Social Justice, who helped create this edition.
2014-2015 Editor-in-Chief, The Law Journal for Social Justice
Spring 2015 issue by article:
Death Row: Mentally Impaired Inmates and the Appeal Process by Inalvis M. Zubiaur
Traffic Enforcement by Camera: Privacy and Due Process in the Age of Big Brother by Victor D. Lopez and Eugene T. Maccarone
The Crucible: Old Notions of Hysteria in Modern America by Katharine Villalobos
Falling Through the Cracks: The Treatment of Female Drug Traffickers by Marissa N. Goldberg
Seeking Truth in the Balkans: Analysis of Whether the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia Has Contributed to Peace, Reconciliation, Justice, or Truth in the Region and the Tribunal’s Overall Enduring Legacy by Erin K. Lovall and June E. Vutrano
The 2013 Law Journal for Social Justice Symposium, “Just/Justice: Valuing Fairness and Efficiency in the Criminal Justice System” brought together a collection of interdisciplinary scholars, attorneys and community members to discuss theoretical and practical concerns in the United States’ Criminal Justice system. Discussions ranged from the ethics of attorneys within the system, theoretical concerns of criminal justice, mental health, and community support. Panelists included scholars from Law, History, Justice Studies, Social Work, and Criminology, alongside practicing attorneys, judges and community organizers.
This issue echoes those discussions in a series of articles that analyze prosecutorial ethics, the provocation defense in cases with LGBTQ victims, the racialized effects of mass incarceration and resistance, and intimate partner violence in LGBTQ communities. The first article, Testing the Death Penalty, comes from the “Just/Justice” keynote speaker, Paul Charlton, written with Quintin Cushner and William Knight, and sets the tone of this issue by presenting new ideas in thinking about the operation of the criminal justice system. Each article analyzes a sector of criminal justice practice to raise important questions about fairness and efficiency in the criminal justice system.
Special thanks to the entire staff of the Law Journal for Social Justice, past and present, who helped to create this edition, particularly Executive Articles Editor Erin Iungerich, Executive Managing Editor Natali Segovia, Notes and Comments Editor Timothy Brody, and Former Editors Janette Corral, Jose Carrillo, Laura Clymer, and Michael Malin.
2013-2014 Editor-in-Chief, The Law Journal for Social Justice
Fall 2014 issue by article:
Testing the Death Penalty by Paul Charlton, Quintin Cushner and William H. Knight
LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence in Phoenix by Justin Hoffman
Editors’ Note: This is the first time since our journal’s inception that we have produced consecutive issues in a single academic year. We want to thank our authors for their thoughtful approaches to the law and for examining how the law impacts underrepresented segments of our population — from immigrants to the elderly, from child porn victims to family pets: VOLUME III, Spring 2013 | Law Journal for Social Justice
Thanks to our dedicated LJSJ staff members, and in particular, Executive Managing Editor Tara Williams and Executive Articles Editors, Janette Corral and Jose Carrillo.
Lastly, be on lookout for our Symposium Issue this fall. It features articles from our “Just/Justice: Valuing Fairness and Efficiency in the Criminal Justice System” Symposium held March 1.
Laura Clymer and Michael Malin
2012-2013 Editors-in-Chief, The Law Journal for Social Justice
Spring 2013 issue by article:
The Limits of Guilt and Shame and the Future of Affirmative Action by Donald L. Beschle
The 2012 Law Journal for Social Justice symposium, Legally Gay, brought together speakers from around the country in a discussion touching on the wide range of legal issues affecting the American LGBT community. The symposium itself included speakers from a diverse set of backgrounds, from the General Counsel of the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) to the director of outpatient services at a major Arizona hospital. In addition to law professors from around the country, the discussion included professors of Religious Studies, Justice & Social Inquiry, and Chicano/a Studies, and practicing lawyers from the fields of taxation, immigration, and estate planning. Similarly, the written product of the symposium features a diverse collection of topics and writers, making it a unique look at the legal and sociopolitical landscape for LGBT persons in America in 2012.
The greatest success of the symposium was its diversity of perspectives. The varied backgrounds of our speakers enriched the quality of the conversation, and we hope you’ll think the same thing of the written product: Volume III, Fall 2012 | Legally Gay, The Symposium Issue
Laura Clymer and Michael Malin
2012-2013 Editors-in-Chief, The Law Journal for Social Justice
Timothy Koch and Austin Gaylord
2011-2012 Editors-in-Chief, The Law Journal for Social Justice
Volume III, Fall 2012 Issue, by article:
Arguing About Families — Gay, Straight or Neither by Robert N. Minor
The Rhetoric of Same-Sex Relationships by Carrie Sperling
Public Schools as Workplaces: The Queer Gap Between “Workplace Equality” and “Safe Schools” by Madelaine Adelman and Catherine Lugg
Marital Status and Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Infertility Care by Richard F. Storrow
Summer and Fall early releases:
“In Public Schools as Workplaces,” Adelman and Lugg call for an engagement between the market-based Workplace Equality Movement and the Safe Schools Movement to protect public school workers from anti-LGBT bias and discrimination. They write:
Public schools workers’ vulnerability to anti-LGBT bias and discrimination is not limited to direct surveillance of their identity or individual comportment, that is, who and how they are, but also indirectly based on what they are allowed to teach or discuss. This is because, in contrast to those who work in the business world, the public education workplace itself is a recognized battle site within the ongoing religious culture war.
Read the entire article: Public Schools as Workplaces: The Queer Gap Between “Workplace Equality” and “Safe Schools”
Professor Carrie Sperling examines how language choice can change the legal rights of same-sex couples. She writes:
In the civil rights context, our words heal, normalize, shift the debate, frame issues anew, and sometimes even cause disgust. Much of this happens outside our intentions and without our planning it, but it has profound effects on the legal rights we enjoy.
Read the entire article: The Rhetoric of Same-Sex Relationships by Carrie Sperling
Keynote speaker Dr. Robert N. Minor writes:
A lot of very bad arguments take place using the word “family.” By that, I mean they are based in falsehoods about the history and psychology of families. They are steeped in very creative, and current-position-affirming mythology, and void of what we historians call data. And they are found in every sphere, from religion to politics to law.
In fact, “family” is less a clear, established concept in popular discussion and more a multi-valent symbol akin to the American flag, the National Anthem, and apple pie. You can’t be against it, whatever it is, without losing elections, friends, and media attention.
Read the entire article: Arguing about Families – Gay, Straight or Neither by Robert N. Minor
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