Deciding Whether to "Lean In"

by Hayley L. As a woman in my mid-twenties approaching graduation from law school, I spend a lot of time thinking about what I want out of life. To have a life blessed with a great partner, children, a fulfilling career and some meaningful contribution to the world would be awesome.  I have no idea in what order or how these things will come about but I am pretty dedicated to having all that in some combination or order at some point. I think most men my age also think of wanting similar things. The difference is that men are not confronted with a constant stream of opinion, dogma and information on how to be men. Whereas I sit here deciding whether I am currently ‘leaning in’ or need to start to ‘lean in’ or whether the model of last week’s NY Mag’s ‘feminist housewife’ is more my style. It

Supreme Court Hearings Highlight LGBT Momentum Swing

by Natasha N. With the U.S. Supreme Court hearing two momentous same-sex marriage cases this week, the fervor surrounding the LGBT rights debate that has gripped the U.S. over the past several months continues to grow.  For the first time in recent history, the issue has continuously been at the forefront of national news as individuals eagerly await The Supreme Court’s decision regarding the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. There is no doubt that the U.S. has witnessed a major shift in public attitudes towards same-sex marriage, with a rapidly growing momentum towards the legalization of marriage equality.  Following last month’s elections, the number of states permitting same-sex marriage increased by fifty percent.  Data shows that the majority of Americans are now in favor of allowing such unions.  In the past two months alone, certain events occurred that supporters viewed as milestones in the

Roman Vishniac: Resdiscovered

By Nicole Passman Oftentimes in literature, the author introduces us to a character, usually an ordinary person living a rather ordinary life. We, the readers, suspect the character will encounter something unexpected, something transformative, and indeed, the transformative event occurs. The character may or may not welcome this transformation, but it occurs nevertheless, and it is so powerful the character is forever altered by it. Roman Vishniac captured the images of Jewish men, women and children in Germany before the outbreak of World War II, as well as the relief efforts in America during the war.  The exhibit “Roman Vishniac: Resdiscovered” at the International Center for Photography, displays Vishniac’s photographs as a timeline, beginning with the photos of farmers, butchers, tailors- typical scenes from everyday life, and concluding with his photographs of Holocaust survivors rebuilding their lives after the War in both Europe and the United States Perhaps because the

Digital Evidence At Forefront Of Steubenville Trial

by Nim N. The use of text messages, emails, pictures and videos as supplementary evidence in criminal trials is not something very new. But, as the trial in Steubenville, Ohio, of two high school football players accused of raping a teenage girl demonstrates, now successful criminal trials can be conducted relying primarily on electronic evidence. Due to the lack of physical evidence in the case, prosecutors used text messages to create the entire timeline of the night in question and used pictures taken on cell phones and videos uploaded to Youtube to place the accused at the crime scene with the victim. The trial proved to be very divisive for this community in Ohio, which takes immense pride in its high school football team. Initially there was a great deal of support for the accused from the community including those involved in the legal process as evidenced by the fact

Anna Moscowitz Kross: Innovating the Criminal Domestic Violence Court System, One Living Room At A Time

by Vanessa Mander Anna Moscowitz Kross was a revolutionary judge of the mid-20th century who sought to individualize the criminal domestic violence cases brought before her.   She believed that the criminal court system was too narrowly focused on the letter of the law, and not sufficiently interested in social science or discovering the causes of problems presented.  As if she had read Thane Rosenbaum’s The Myth of Moral Justice over a half-century before it was published, rather than pursue a formalistic approach, she used her creativity to tackle the uniqueness of domestic issues, and ultimately mend broken family lives in her court, Home Term Part. Early on in her career Kross realized that criminal domestic violence issues posed a unique problem: accused abusers present a future danger and are in need of punishment and monitoring, while alleged victims are vulnerable and in need of ongoing protection from defendant abuse and

NYC's Anti-Catcalling App A Waste

by Mike L. Every year as the warm weather rolls around in New York City, there is an increase in whistles and “catcalls” toward women. But a few years ago, a group led by Emily May had enough of this behavior and started a group called HollaBack!, seeking to expose men who allowed the Springtime to get the best of them. Last April, the group even got the attention of the NYC Council who gave them $20,000 of city money to develop iphone and android apps that would allow people to report catcallers by taking a picture and sending it to a database. Apparently, the group believes that the NYPD should conduct a full investigation for every “Hey Baby!” or “Lookin’ good!” a woman receives while walking down Broadway. Really? This is what New York City has become? $20,000 of taxpayer money to take pictures of guys who compliment females?

Does Liberal Pluralism Defeat Itself?

by Nathaniel K. A tension exists in contemporary political philosophy between
liberalism and nationalism.  With regard to a theory of justice, human
rights, and global aid, liberalism develops our obligation to act but
not our sovereignty to develop, whereas nationalism develops our
sovereignty to develop but not our obligation to act.  One way to
resolve this tension is to split the difference and adopt the kind of
‘soft nationalism’ espoused by Israeli politician, Yael Tamir, in
Liberal Nationalism.  Such an approach enables us to acknowledge our
 special claims of nationhood and national identity, without either
 dismissing them to some sort of pluralistic, neo-liberal, “one world
 one people,” wet dream, or falling into the kind of national chauvinism that so easily corrupts nations and shuts them off from
 their obligations to the universal principles of morality and human
 dignity that we take as self-evident (e.g., North Korea, Germany). Of any theory of justice, liberalism remains the most vocal

Friend Request Sent: Ethical Concerns in Litigation

by Stephen H. As Facebook continues its inexorable march towards cultural dominance, stories of how the infamous social network is reshaping the public and private spheres continue to pop-up with much regularity in the news.  As our social lives migrate to the virtual realm the rules of social contact are changing, and a new twist on the privacy story has emerged recently in the legal context.  Lawyers hoping to use personal information posted on Facebook during trial have taken to “friending” adversaries as a discovery tactic, despite the questionable ethicality of this approach.  Two defense attorneys in New Jersey have been charged with ethics violations after improperly attempting to “friend” the plaintiff so they could access the private information on his Facebook page.  The attorneys are charged with violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct concerning communications with represented parties, conduct involving dishonesty and violation of ethics rules, and conduct

The Envelope Please…

by Lindsey K. In the scary place where the thirst for market share meets the thirst for more data, the Flixies were born. Netflix, streamter of on-demand media, purveyor of some billion monthly hours of web-based entertainment to 33 million customers worldwide, debuted its latest offering in the wake of the 84th Annual Academy Awards. After a whirlwind year spent procuring exclusive deals for more content and producing original programming (“House of Cards,” starring Kevin Spacey as a scheming, slimy Congressman premiered with much fanfare last month) capped off by an exceedingly successful fourth quarter that showed profits where Wall Street had only predicted losses, the unveiling of the Flixies signifies the once-upstart company’s continued intentions to join the ranks of the more mainstream media. As an awards show, Netflix says the Flixies (so catchy, right?) will “honor the way you really watch Netflix.” Subscribers and non-subscribers alike are asked

Criminality and Celebrity: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

by Sara G. It seems that whether its the Pistorius debacle explained below or Lindsey Lohan’s newest brush with the law, celebrities who get in legal trouble bombard our news outlets and become more famous – or infamous – with each new problem that arises. A similar situation seems to occur for non-famous people who are charged with committing heinous crimes, like Casey Anthony or Jodi Arias, where they are blown up into celebrity-type personalities almost immediately, and everyone watches or reads about them anxiously. Maybe our culture finds something about the drama and uncertainty of the law enticing. Maybe people just can’t look away from a train wreck. Whatever it may be, technology and mass media seem to have a parasitic relationship with the intrigue that has become the norm surrounding the relationship between the law and celebrities. Some obvious technological changes have given rise to this and many