We I am perpetually still a bit behind on this blog as I try to catch up from NPSA and taking students to Philadelphia. Also, we have hit the point of the semester where it is almost, but not quite, Thanksgiving, and everyone is super exhausted and a bit loopy (not that this post has any evidence of this, “carefully” “hidden” in the lines. Nope, none at all). But, onward, upward, and closer to being on time, and closer to Thanksgiving!
Sam and Hermina both address Title IX in their posts, with Sam discussing its (past) expansion, and Hermina writing about its (current) contraction. In her post, Sam discusses The Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, which expanded Title IX coverage. Sam explains what changed, and how these changes interact with Title IX and other laws and benefits. Hermina addresses what the rescinding of the “Dear Colleague” letter by the Department of Education means for survivors of sexual abuse who also have disabilities. She explains the ways in which these problems compound, and how students with disabilities are a particularly vulnerable, often victimized group.
Taylor brings things around with a very different topic within higher education: the price tag. Taylor speaks to the rising cost of four-year colleges in her post. She discusses student loans, employment, and other concerns related to the overall cost, and value, of a college education. And speaking of price and monetary concerns, in his post, Sung writes about the often-discussed, but little-understood, “offshore bank account.” He describes what these are, the laws around them, and why attempts to address foreign tax shelters are inherently problematic.
Given how obscenely expensive college can be, and the inappropriate amounts of money that can be involved in offshore accounts (okay, yes, I know, I’m stretching here), and how gauche it is, based on some community standards to talk about money, it makes sense to talk about pornography! Or, well, read a blog about a Supreme Court case about pornography. Nick’s focus in his blog is the Supreme Court case, Miller v. California, which is an incredibly important precedent for free speech and obscenity concerns. Nick provides the history of the case, details what the Court held, and highlights the test that emerged from this case.
Moving on, we come to two blog posts that address rights and autonomy. Theressa writes about how debates over abortion address questions of viability and government’s interests regarding fetuses. Theressa explains what the debate is, how viability is a shifting target, and what this means for women’s autonomy. In his post, Ben shares his experiences and what these experiences reveal about the need for rights education. Ben explains how knowing your rights, even if no claims are made, can be useful in employment situations.
While on a different topic, Kelly touches on some of the same themes present in Theressa’s and Ben’s posts. Kelly’s post is about the lawyers getting involved to help those who are affected by the Trump administration’s various immigration policies. Kelly shares her experience about hearing a commercial from these attorneys while she was at work.
Wrapping up the blogs for this week, John’s post touches on the Constitutional prohibition of religious tests for office holders. He discusses the origin of this provision, its use over time, and how it has arisen recently.
Photo: The White Rabbit from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland