Tag: Anna Katherine Sherman

Female Pioneers in the Legal Profession

by Anna Katherine Sherman The American Bar Association reports that until the late-1960s, less than 5% of students admitted into law schools were female and there was no legislation in place that required employers to hire women. In the mid-1970’s, the number of female law school students increased dramatically, but women were still not being hired after graduation. Today, the law school student body is about equal between men and women, but the gender disparity is still apparent in the […]

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Legislative Note: Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal

by Anna Katherine Sherman Last November, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress in the record-breaking midterm elections of 2018. She represents New York’s 14th Congressional District, which includes the Bronx, Queens, and Rikers Island. Since her election, Ocasio-Cortez’s presence in the White House has been somewhat controversial, with some news outlets even calling her “ignorant of everything”. Nevertheless, her support is substantial, as she won her election over the incumbent of 20 years, Joseph […]

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Sexual Assault Laws in Alabama

by Anna Katherine Sherman The Alabama Code Title 13A. Criminal Code § 13A-6-60 defines “forcible compulsion” with regards to rape and sexual assault cases as “physical force that overcomes earnest resistance or a threat, express or implied, that places a person in fear of immediate death or serious physical injury to himself or another person.” The problem with this definition is the phrase ‘earnest resistance’ that must be involved in order for it to be considered a sexual assault. This […]

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Violence Against Women Act

by Anna Katherine Sherman Less than a week ago, the House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This act has had a complicated past of expiring and being passed through Congress multiple times to get reinstated. Originally, the bill was intended to provide funding for prosecuting perpetrators of violent crimes against women when it was passed in 1994. The large debate now is that, as Republicans argue, the act may infringe upon one’s Second Amendment […]

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