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.”
Mary Bonauto, an alumna of Northeastern’s School of Law and a pioneer in the fight for marriage equality, has been named to the 2014 Class of MacArthur Fellows. The prestigious award includes a $625,000 “genius grant.”
Are body products like blood, milk, and sperm marketable commodities, gifts to help others, or both? Kara Swanson, an associate professor of law with expertise in the history of science and medicine, explains the origins and consequences of the debate in her new book “Banking on the Body.”
At a recent conference at Northeastern’s School of Law, former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Carol Browner said history and nature can help guide cities in finding interdisciplinary solutions to challenges in urban sustainability.