Law professor Jessica Silbey will discuss the history of law in American film on Wednesday at a Law Library of Congress event. Here, she looks at the pitfalls of crime shows, names her favorite legal drama, and explains how the depiction of law in film has changed over the past 125 years.
Northeastern University Chief of Police Michael Davis has been a part of a range of efforts and initiatives at the national level examining law enforcement practices, particularly those involving race and policing.
Police in Louisiana shot and killed Alton Sterling on Tuesday. A day later, police in Minnesota fatally shot Philando Castile. Both men were black. And both shootings were captured in grisly videos by bystanders—videos that quickly circulated on social media. Here, law professor Jessica Silbey talks about the role technology now plays in influencing the conversation about race and policing, and the constitutional right of citizens to record law enforcement in public.
Before enrolling in Northeastern’s School of Law this fall, Stephanie Tabashneck authored a coloring book aimed at empowering girls to dream big. “Instead of being a princess,” she said, “maybe they’ll want to be a biologist or run for president.”
How will the outcome of the ongoing Hulk Hogan-Gawker trial impact future litigation and the freedom of the online press? We asked law professor Jessica Silbey and communication studies professor Dale Herbeck.
The mayor of Ithaca, New York, last week, announced a plan to open sites where heroin users can safely inject the drug under medical supervision. Assistant professor Leo Beletsky thinks the idea isn’t that far-fetched, saying “We need innovative interventions because what we are doing is not working.”
President Obama intends to fulfill his constitutional duty to nominate a new Supreme Court justice to replace Antonin Scalia, but Senate Republicans have vowed to block his pick. We asked law professor Daniel Medwed how this political battle is likely to play out.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death touched off a political debate that could define President Obama’s final year in office and bring drama to an already contentious presidential primary. Professor Michael Meltsner, a constitutional law expert, called Scalia’s death “a great blow to Republicans” and “a gift to Hillary Clinton.”
Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank and retired federal judge Nancy Gertner discussed during last week’s Myra Kraft Open Classroom lecture the ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court between 1953 and 1969, when Earl Warren served as chief justice.
Students and faculty described the group’s decision to lift its ban on openly gay leaders while allowing church-sponsored units to continue excluding gays for religious reasons in unequivocally strong terms. “Claiming ‘morality’ or ‘religious beliefs’ cannot override basic principles of equality,” noted sociology professor Suzanna Walters.
Gabriel Arkles, a legal research and writing professor in the School of Law, discusses Jenner’s decision to come out as a transgender woman, the barriers facing the transgender rights movement, and the current state of resources and services for the transgender community.
“I’m not arguing that all body products should be collected and distributed in the same way,” says Kara Swanson, an associate professor of law at Northeastern University, “but I think that history suggests that we would be well-served by setting aside our instinctive fear of paid body products as an historic artifact.”