Author: The Morningside Muckraker

Student Group Spotlight: Putting a SPIN on CLS – A Q&A with Paul Chander

As you may have heard, a group of students at CLS started a new student group called SPIN. One of its founders, Paul Chander (a PILF honoree and Morningside Muckraker Columnist), has come forth to answer some questions you may have about this exciting new venture! Q: What is SPIN? Paul Chander: The Student Public Interest Network (SPIN) is a new student group that hopes to do two things. First, SPIN hopes to act as a support system, a social community, and a student/alumni network for all public interest law students across all issues. Second, SPIN hopes to provide an...

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A Call for Collective Action on Columbia Sexual Assault Policies

In February, we published a piece called “Reconsidering Rape: Experience as the Life of the Law.” The author, Lane Feler, is a 2L who described her experience learning about rape law as someone who had been raped. Undoubtedly, given that one in five college women is a victim of attempted rape or rape, there were other women in her class who shared her experience. Given that some of us read in our Criminal Law textbook  that 61% of sexually active college women say no when they mean yes — 90% of whom say no to avoid appearing promiscuous – there were likely some who would question the details of her story even if she had shared it.[1] Despite being a significant portion of the Criminal Law course, the thorny issue of rape was met with reluctance and silence. In the months since Lane’s piece was published we have a seen a focus on universities as institutions that have largely failed their students with respect to dealing with sexual assault. Columbia itself has come under such public scrutiny. And, right across the street, there is an incubator that prepares the future attorneys, legislators, and activists who will carry the discussion forward and perhaps even shape the law. While it is important that the general community be able to talk meaningfully about rape, it is equally as crucial that those of us who deal with it on a professional level be able to...

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