Doug Bandow: The Cato Institute senior fellow joined BC Law’s Federalist Society to discuss President Trump’s relationship with North Korea. He shared views related to a Cato blog post, in which he said: “The US should continue to set as its prime objective supporting peace on the peninsula. That should remain Washington’s goal as it seeks to extricate itself from an outdated military commitment that now threatens to go nuclear.”
Margaret Colgate Love: At a “Criminal Conviction: Disenfranchisement and Other Challenges to Democracy” panel sponsored by the Rappaport Center, the Collateral Consequences Resource Center attorney noted that people with criminal records may be the only class of individuals against whom it is permissible to discriminate. “They are fair game for almost any sort of legal restriction or social discrimination,” she said.
Yuanyuan Shen: The Boston College Law School adjunct professor brought a deep scholarly understanding to her analysis of the US-China Trade War at a Clough Center event in November. Also a professor at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, and a research associate at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard, Shen holds degrees from Renmin, Harvard Law, and the University of Wisconsin Law.
Hon. Eduardo Ferrer: The Clough Center in October presented the vice president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which is headquartered in Costa Rica. In his talk, Ferrer identified the court’s human rights milestones and provided a history of the court, which, together with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, makes up the human rights protection system of the Organization of American States.
Robert H. Smith: The former BC Law and current Suffolk Law professor was among the speakers at the Founders Luncheon on November 2 that kicked off the fiftieth anniversary of clinical education at the Law School. The gathering was the inaugural event in a year-long series of activities celebrating the formation of the Legal Assistance Bureau (LAB) in 1968. Smith was at BC Law from 1975 to 1999.
Carl Takei ’07: The National Lawyers Guild and Black Law Students Association co-sponsored the talk by the head of the ACLUs Living While Black on Campus Campaign. Among Takei’s observations: “White people using the police to eject black people from public space clearly echoes the history when the law explicitly relegated non-white people to second-class status, and used police to enforce that second-class status.”
Austin Evers ’09: The American Constitution Society invited the former State Department senior counsel for Obama to share the path that took him from law school to political fights in DC. He recently founded American Oversight to hold the Trump administration accountable for its actions, suppress corruption and scandal in society, and, as his website says, “to uncover misconduct that otherwise would not see daylight.”
Kazuo Watanabe: The Program on Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the Clough Center hosted a comparative law event on access to justice at which Professor Kazuo of the University of São Paulo was honored for his “extraordinary contributions to the rule of law in Brazil, and access to justice throughout the world.” Watanabe is well-known for attempting legal reforms under Brazil’s military dictatorship and beyond.
Victor Condé: The international human rights advocate and educator participated in the Center for Human Rights and International Justice’s rights-in-conflict speaker series on October 19 with a talk titled “Freedom of Religion: Kurdistan, Kathmandu, and the Masterpiece Cake Shop Opinion, an International Human Rights Law Odyssey.” Condé is the author of A Handbook of International Human Rights Terminology.
Salamishah Tillet: The Dean’s Office, BC’s Carroll School of Management, and the Winston Center presented sisters Scheherazade and Salamishah Tillet, co-founders of A Long Walk Home. Their organization works to inspire young people to end violence against girls and women through art therapy and the visual and performing arts. The program was founded to help heal Salamishah (pictured) following a sexual assault.
Love photograph by Danielle Rivard