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2014 Student News

December 11, 2014

The System Didn't Fail Eric Garner. It Worked How a Racist System Is Supposed to—A Commentary by Omer Aziz '17

Simply put: there is nothing extraordinary about the outcomes in Ferguson and Staten Island. They are what we should expect by a legal system in a society where the majority still harbor prejudices against African-Americans.
October 26, 2014

Sonia Sotomayor Receives Yale Law Women Alumnae Achievement Award

The Yale Law Women presented its Alumnae Achievement Award to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor ’79 on October 26.
August 28, 2014

New Pakistan Law Will Likely Worsen Torture by Police — A Commentary by Kristine Beckerle, Deborah Francois and Babur Khwaja

Police in Faisalabad, Pakistan's third largest city, tortured more than 1,400 people during a six-year period, according to a report researched and written by the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School, for Justice Project Pakistan (JPP), a non-governmental organization based in Lahore, Pakistan.
August 27, 2014

UN Investigators for Sri Lanka, Show Your Work!

Rebecca Wexler, JD candidate 2016, publishes an opinion article in Sri Lanka's main human rights journal, Groundviews, calling on UN investigators to use open tools and methods for their investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka. Last week, Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, announced that he would not grant entry visas to U.N. human rights investigators looking into allegations of mass killings. By prohibiting entry to U.N. human rights investigators, Mr. Rajapaksa has ensured that the U.N. investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka will be a remote one, and dependent on digital evidence and forensic science. If the U.N. wants to use this science to reach across identity affiliations, and ask Sri Lankans to trust its investigative findings instead of their own communities and thought leaders, it should give them the resources to make that leap.
February 15, 2014

YLS Students Participate in Yale Global Health Case Competition

A team consisting of four students, including Michael Zucker '16 and Christopher Lee '16, took top honors in the second annual Global Health Case Competition, held at the Yale School of Public Health.   A workable solution involves input from many disciplines—epidemiology, field-based public health practice, governance, international and humanitarian law, business and finance and international relations. The teams had to craft solutions that balanced the needs of many different actors for a public health challenge that has never really been solved before.
April 11, 2014

Katie Jones ’16 Named National Native American Law Students Association 1L of the Year

Katie Jones ’16, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, was recently named 1L of the Year by the National Native American Law Students Association, recognizing her outstanding legal service to the Native American community.
April 11, 2014

National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition Puts Theory into Practice

Halley Epstein, YLS ’14, and Sarah Langberg, YLS/FES ’14, participated in this year’s National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at Pace Law School in White Plains, N.Y., and made it through to the semifinal round—one of the top nine teams out of the 76 competing—and the only team without a coach to advance to the penultimate round. 
April 1, 2014

South Dakota v. Native American Parents: Why Are Children Being Separated From Their Families in Pennington County? - A Commentary by Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza '14

A precedent-setting federal lawsuit over the rights of Indian parents and tribes in South Dakota began with courthouse eavesdropping. Dana Hanna, a Rapid City attorney, was early for his case in Pennington County one day in October 2011. He was preoccupied preparing his own materials as he waited in the county courtroom, but couldn’t help overhearing the proceeding in progress. Something was off. What Hanna saw seemed to be a custody hearing, with two Indian parents before county officials, but if it was that kind of hearing, this one ended way too quickly.
March 30, 2014

Yale Trial Advocacy Team Wins National Championship

For the first time in 35 years, Yale Law School won the National Trial Competition, a nationwide tournament testing trial advocacy abilities. More than 300 teams competed in the tournament at the regional level. The 28 teams that won their regional tournaments were offered a spot at the national championship held in Austin, Texas. After six trials in three days, culminating in the championship round against Loyola L.A., Yale was awarded the national title.
February 11, 2014

When Lawyers Go Bad—A Commentary by Jane Chong ‘14

Last month the California Supreme Court denied disgraced journalist and serial confabulist Stephen Glass admission to the state bar. That decision has drawn attention to a topic that usually commands very little: what it takes, ethically speaking, to be a lawyer.
February 20, 2014

Judge Judy Is a National Treasure—a commentary by Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza '14

With her popular syndicated television show—now in its 19th year—Judith Sheindlin protects the reasonable American’s notion of accountability and justice, reassuring us that offenders will be punished and victims compensated.
February 13, 2014

Ending ‘Gay Conversion’ for Good—a commentary by Jacob M. Victor, ‘14

Therapy programs that purport to “convert” lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender kids have caused immeasurable harm since they became prominent in the 1970s. Rigorous studies have shown again and again that efforts to change young people’s sexual orientation not only fail, but are also linked to suicidal behavior, depression, anxiety, drug use and risky sexual behavior.

'Genesis,' by John B. Judis—a book review by Jordan Hirsch '16

The library of books on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is vast, and it grows every year. John Judis's "Genesis" claims to distinguish itself by focusing on President Harry Truman's efforts "to resolve the conflict between Jew and Arab." Mr. Judis thinks that we can learn from Truman's failures and wants readers "to approach the subject from when the conflict actually began." But "Genesis" distinguishes itself in another way: It isn't so much a history as an inquisition—one that weighs the moral balance of the conflict from on high and finds Zionism, and its American supporters, guilty.
February 4, 2014

Woody Allen's Advantage: How the Law Protects Celebs Accused of Abuse—a commentary by Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

R. Kelly and Woody Allen have successfully relied on two different versions of the same celebrity strategy to escape the possibility of criminal consequences: legalized witness tampering.