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Reflections on the Colloquium: Detainment, Detention, and Imprisonment: State Authority Over Marginalized LGBT Communities

By Caroline ’17

There is perhaps no word that more strongly connotes academia at its stuffiest than “journal.” As someone who arrived at law school slightly suspicious of being drawn into the ivory tower, I did not sign up for a journal blindly. I had little interest in participating in an elite conversation just for the sake of having been invited to join the conversation. I decided I would only join a journal if I felt it expressed some sort of vision of what the law could be or should be, and if I felt it had some sort of relevance outside of the ivory tower. At JLG, I found a community committed to using its voice and privilege to express such a vision. Continue reading Reflections on the Colloquium: Detainment, Detention, and Imprisonment: State Authority Over Marginalized LGBT Communities

Transforming Campus Culture to Prevent Rape: the Possibility and Promise of Restorative Justice as a Response to Campus Sexual Violence

Alletta Brenner[1]


Though feminists have long argued that rape is linked to sex discrimination,[2] legal responses to rape tend to ignore the ways that social and cultural norms contribute to sexual violence.[3] One exception, however, exists in the context of federal anti-discrimination law under Title IX, which applies to colleges and universities that receive federal funds. Under the legal framework established by Title IX, rape constitutes a form of severe sexual harassment, to which educational institutions are legally obligated to respond.[4] An institution’s failure to do so is considered evidence of sex discrimination and may subject it to both federal penalties and civil liability.[5] Recently, this obligation was further strengthened by the passage of legislation that codifies particular aspects of what campus grievance processes for rape survivors must include and requires schools to take affirmative steps to transform campus culture to prevent rape.[6]

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