New Article: “World Poverty and Food Insecurity”

New Article: Carmen G. Gonzalez, World Poverty and Food Insecurity, 3 Penn. State Journal of Law and International Affairs No. 2 (2014).  Abstract below:

Drawing upon the insights of philosopher Thomas Pogge, the article emphasizes the structural inequities in the global economic order that produce food insecurity. The article argues that chronic undernourishment is a function of international political and economic arrangements that systematically benefit the wealthy at the expense of the poor. It concludes with several legal and policy reforms that the United States and the European Union can adopt to reduce the burdens that our societies place on the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Reposting: “Should self-identified public interest law students do law review?”

NOTE: I originally wrote and posted this for the SALTlaw Blog, but because I recently wanted to direct students to it, I decided to repost this here.

Should self-identified “public interest” law students should do law review or, depending on the school and the nature of the program, moot court?  Months ago I promised I would work on a blog entry related to this question for the Equal Justice Works Blog, but I admit still being conflicted about the issue.  What follows are my thoughts, but they are subject to change and on this issue often do change.  As a law student, my first bonding with upper level, 2L & 3L, students happened at a NLG Disorientation retreat.  There I was told two memorable things: (1) your professors sold-out and though they sound progressive, they decided NOT to DO public interest work, and (2) you don’t have to and probably shouldn’t do law review.  Now, in my current position I am perhaps particularly nervous about and pained by (1) (something I have written about here), but (2) stuck with me while a student.

I easily convinced myself to extend my summer vacation a week rather than join my friends doing write-on.  (Fortunately Georgetown, where I went as a 1L, had write-on at the end of the summer, not in the middle of the 1L year like some schools I know, a practice that I think adds unnecessarily to the stresses of the 1L Spring semester.)  I did so because I accepted the advice that public interest students should focus on amassing public interest experiences such as internships and demonstrated volunteer work, instead of learning the finer points of the bluebook.  And to some degree of course I am happy with the direction this took me — it freed up time for me to do two things that were very important to me (doing extra research-based independent studies with a GREAT mentor of mine and most importantly spend time as a suitor to the person I eventually married).

But something is lost as well in not doing law review.  I have noticed that law review does tend to attract some (not all of course) of the best students; as a student, the people whose comments I thought were the best in class and who most impressed me all seemed to be on law review, “the” law review or a law review.  Even if you are just checking cites, being part of such a group seems to be a good thing and can help the careers of some public interest individuals.  Perhaps most importantly, because law review often requires students submit a note/comment and offers some students the chance to get published in this way, law review seems a good way to force/allow public interest students to work on their writing.  Law review writing is by no means the only form of advocacy writing students can engage in, but the chance offered by law review to get feedback on your writing should not be dismissed lightly.  Finally, there is the question — of great importance to public interest students and corporate law bound students alike — of how law review helps your career.  My own view is that law review is one of those signals (that I don’t have) used to say “this person is smart” or “this person did well in law school,” and while there are substitutes that work, the fact that CVs and bios of people continue to list law review well after graduation attests to the power of law review as such a marker.

I do not think law review is as important as say a great and intense clinic experience for public interest students, but that is only one person’s opinion.  I have struggled with whether I should recommend or not recommend public interest committed students participate in write-on activities, and if you have thoughts, please comment.  Cheers, Ezra

Thanksgiving #Ferguson | Jedediah Purdy

Thanksgiving #Ferguson | Jedediah Purdy.

Call-for-Papers: “LGBTQ Youth in the Juvenile Justice System”

Call-for-Papers: “LGBTQ Youth in the Juvenile Justice System” —  The Journal of Gender, Social Policy, & the Law of American University Washington College of Law invites symposium papers from practitioners and scholars that examine the degree to which laws, practices, and social policy specifically funnel and entrench LGBTQ youth into the juvenile justice system.  Of particular interest are papers addressing how schools, law enforcement, courts, and juvenile detention facilities impact LGBTQ youth by unfairly criminalizing and subjecting them to discriminatory treatment.  Also crucial to this discussion are papers that address areas of reform to help transform the overrepresentation of LGBTQ youth in the juvenile justice system.  The full call can be found here, Call for Papers – LGBTQ Youth in the Juvenile Justice System, and the deadline for submission of abstracts is Jan. 23, 2015.

Documents Released in the Ferguson Case – NYTimes.com

Documents Released in the Ferguson Case – NYTimes.com.

New Article / Book Review: “Flourishing Rights”

New Article: Wendy A. Bach, Flourishing Rights, forthcoming Mich. L. Rev.  Abstract below:

Flourishing Rights reviews Clare Huntington’s Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships, recently published by the Oxford University Press. This review explores the way that specific issues at the heart of the relationship between poor families and the state affects Huntington’s thesis and proposals. The review largely applauds the book but concludes that a robust form of rights protection, when combined with the impressive policy arguments Huntington marshals, might actually make real the audacious idea that everyone has a right to flourish.

Op-Ed: Protecting and serving U.S. immigrants [On Notarios] – Baltimore Sun

Op-Ed on Notarios: Liz Keyes, Protecting and serving U.S. immigrants – Baltimore Sun, Nov. 24, 2014.

Program shields landlords willing to rent to the homeless | Local News | The Seattle Times

Program shields landlords willing to rent to the homeless | Local News | The Seattle Times.

New Article: “Addressing Poverty and Pollution: California’s SB 535 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund”

_DSC0530New Article: Vien Truong, Addressing Poverty and Pollution: California’s SB 535 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, 49 Harv. CR-CL L. Rev. 493 (2014).

New Article: “Opening Borders: African Americans and Latinos Through the Lens of Immigration”

New Article: Maritza Reyes, Opening Borders: African Americans and Latinos Through the Lens of Immigration, 17 Harv. Latino L. Rev. 1 (2014).  Abstract below:

African-American and Latino voter turnout during the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections hit record numbers. Polls show that the immigration debate influenced Latino voter turnout and preference. Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s voiced support of comprehensive immigration reform strengthened his lead among Latino voters in 2008 and, once in office, his executive policy of granting temporary protection to DREAMers solidified his lead among Latino voters in 2012. Both elections showed the power that minority groups can exert when they vote in support of the same candidate. If the demographic changes continue as currently estimated, African Americans and Latinos will contribute in large part to the making of the United States into a “majority-minority” nation and will play an increasingly important role in local and national politics. Therefore, it is important for Americans to become more inclusive of all minority groups and to expand discussions of race relations beyond the Black-White paradigm and discussions about immigration beyond the Latino-White paradigm.

As the polarized reactions to the Zimmerman verdict showed, there is much work to be done as the people of the United States continue the project of forming “a more perfect Union.” Honest assessments of how individuals and groups interact are crucial to opening borders and encouraging exchanges beyond socially constructed boundaries, like race, and racialized politics. African Americans and Latinos often compete with each other for political representation and other resources. In addition, the political consideration of immigration law and policy includes a racial dimension that is often camouflaged, but denial and silence about this reality do nothing to move the country forward. Therefore, immigration provides an opportunity to examine race relations and the potential for inter-group coalitions between African Americans and Latinos. For this reason, this Article also explores, through the lens of immigration, the role that race may play in the attitudes of African Americans and Latinos toward each other. One of the goals of this Article is to spark a candid dialogue that promotes a better understanding of race and its impact on interactions between African Americans and Latinos in the United States.