May 7, 2011
Top Family Friendly Law Firms
Yale Law women have ranked the top family friendly law firms for 2010:
• Arnold & Porter
• Covington & Burling
• Dorsey & Whitney
• Kirkland & Ellis
• Mayer Brown
• Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo
• Perkins Coie
• Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
• Sidley Austin
• Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr
Read more here.
May 6, 2011
Binford: "Saving Haiti's Children from Hell"
Haiti’s devastating earthquake in January 2010 left thousands of children orphaned and tens of thousands separated from their family. Following the earthquake, foreign militaries, non-governmental agencies, humanitarian aid workers, missionaries, and volunteers descended en masse on the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere to help the victims, especially children, in the midst of the disaster. Unfortunately, some of those who came to help Haiti’s children showed little regard for the domestic and international legal protections in place to protect child victims of disaster. As a result, these individuals, organizations and governments added additional layers of chaos and alienation to these children’s lives. This article explores the international legal protections in place at the time of the earthquake and the ways in which they were violated in order to “save” Haiti’s children from their families, their religion, their culture and their poverty as much as, if not more than, the earthquake itself.
CNN recently ran a fun piece exploring whether expensive weddings are justified, from a Christian angle. Read it here.
May 5, 2011
King & Spalding Issues Continue
The law firm dropping the DOMA defense continues to experience criticism. Read more here.
May 4, 2011
The confetti has been swept up, the champagne has gone and the Duchess of Cambridge has a new husband, a new royal title and a new life to look forward to.
Yet after the pomp and pageantry of the most spectacular wedding of the 21st century so far, the future Queen could also be experiencing a niggling sense of disappointment. Like a growing number of brides, she may feel bewildered and somewhat deflated that her Big Day —admittedly bigger than most, with two billion spectators — is resigned to history.
As many as one in ten women is thought to suffer from some degree of post-nuptial depression in the wake of their wedding. Research by one U.S. psychologist found that 10 per cent of U.S. couples seek counselling suffering from symptoms including remorse, sadness or frustration. Meanwhile, relationship experts believe that the wedding blues hit a similar proportion of Britain’s 275,000 brides each year.
Read more here.
May 3, 2011
Big Drop in U.S. Birth Rates
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the biggest drop in U.S. birth rates in 30 years.
Read more here.
May 2, 2011
Fertility Vacation in Barbados, Anyone?
From USA Today:
In this latest twist on the growing trend of going overseas for cosmetic surgery, dentistry and other medical treatment, the Caribbean island's Barbados Fertility Centre, located in what the tourist board describes as "a plantation-style facility" in Christ Church, offers treatments for $400-$8,500 . IVF -- in which an egg is fertilized outside the body and then placed in a woman's uterus -- starts at about $6,000, not including medications, which can add a couple of thousand dollars. But that's cheaper than the $10,000 and up typical in the USA. Fertility packages, including air, lodging and certain treatments are available.
Read more here.
May 1, 2011
Godwin: "Children's Oppression, Rights and Liberation"
Samantha Godwin has posted "Children's Oppression, Rights and Liberation" (4 Northwestern Interdisciplinary L. Rev. (2011)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This paper advances a radical and controversial analysis of the legal status of children. I argue that the denial of equal rights and equal protection to children under the law is inconsistent with liberal and progressive beliefs about social justice and fairness. In order to do this I first situate children’s legal and social status in its historical context, examining popular assumptions about children and their rights, and expose the false necessity of children’s current legal status. I then offer a philosophical analysis for why children’s present subordination is unjust, and an explanation of how society could be sensibly and stably arranged otherwise by synthesizing Eileen McDonagh’s distinction between decisional autonomy and bodily integrity with Howard Cohen’s writing on borrowed capabilities and child agents. My first conclusion from this analysis is that age based classifications should not be presumed to be rational.
The paper then proceeds to apply these theoretical arguments to specific legal questions. I suggest an argument for treating children as a suspect class for the purposes of equal protection analysis, as well as recognizing that many of the ways children are legally disadvantaged implicate their fundamental rights, and that many (but not all) age based classifications should therefore be subject to strict scrutiny. I then go on to analyze specific legal issues such as voting rights, corporal punishment, runaway children, and due process in juvenile justice using this framework.