Law Student’s Play Premieres at A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival

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An article published a few weeks ago reviewing the world premier of Cary Simowitz’s play, Ekphasia, or “The Shadow Girl.”

“As the house lights illuminated the interior of Washington University’s A.E. Hotchner Studio, a young man stepped out onto the stage and found himself awash in a sea of friends, relatives, and other well-wishers. The house was packed, every seat filled, and he could not go more than three paces without a hug, a handshake, or a pat on the back.”

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Panel Features Prof. Norwood’s Book, Color Matters

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An article published in the Spring of 2014 detailing a panel in which Professor Kimberly Jade Norwood and some of her fellow contributors discussed some of the details of their book Color Matters: Skin Tone Bias and the Myth of a Postracial America.

“In Color Matters, they, along with nine other contributors, examine the phenomenon of colorism, which they define as the preference, even among people of color, for lighter skin. The book also challenges the belief that skin color no longer matters in a postracial America. According to Norwood, colorism is a form a discrimination or preference based on one’s skin tone. The phenomenon leads to a color caste system where the darker one is, the more marginalized personal and socioeconomic outcomes for that person becomes.”

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Judge Bennett Delivers Lecture on Mass Incarceration

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An article written in the Spring of 2014 on the Hon. Mark Bennett and his latest book, A Holocaust in Slow Motion? America’s Mass Incarceration and the Role of Discretion.

“The title of the book was taken from a line from The House I Live in, an award-winning documentary on the never-ending War on Drugs in which Bennett appeared. In his lecture, Bennett discussed the progression of mass incarceration in the United States since the beginning of the government’s War on Drugs. While the United States may contain only 5 percent of the world’s population, it possesses 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated population. Using a series of charts, Bennett showed that in the last 40 years, the country’s prison population has seen a 500 percent increase, and a 1,950 percent increase in the populations of federal prisons due solely to drug-based offenses.”

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Alumni Profile | Andrew Gray, JD ’07

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An article detailing the rise of one of Washington University Law’s alumni, Andrew Gray, published in the Winter of 2014.

“Before pursing his law degree, Andrew Gray, JD ’07, began his career as an educator at Loyola High School in Los Angeles. He divided his time between breaking down equations at the head of a geometry classroom and inspiring students from the sidelines coaching the basketball and football teams. Despite the many rewards, Gray often found himself looking for more. ‘While I loved working with the students, I desired further intellectual challenge,’ Gray says. ‘I decided to pursue a law degree to gain the skills necessary to make a greater impact on society.'”

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OUTLaw Hosts Statewide Conference on ‘The March Toward Equality’

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An article I wrote covering the 2013 Midwest LGBT Law Conference with the theme of “The March Toward Equality: Dismantling Discrimination.” Published Summer, 2013.

“After opening remarks by second-year law student and conference chair, Matt Bell, the first speaker for the weekend-long conference was Grant Doty, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Eastern Missouri who spoke on “Strategic Litigation.” Unlike some of his colleagues, Doty revealed that his career as a lawyer came later in his life, having first served as a strategic war planner for the U.S. military. From his experiences, Doty remarked that he knew full well that when fighting an uphill battle, a series of smaller victories can help accomplish a larger strategic goal.”

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Law School Celebrates Commencement 2013

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An article I wrote for the school of law in the Spring of 2013.

“Commencement day was heralded in at Washington University School of Law with the trumpeting of brass horns and a flowing river of prospective graduates decked in forest green robes and flat-topped caps. The horns thrummed out the familiar tune of Pomp and Circumstance, as the students marched down the aisle through the audience of excited parents, family members, and well-wishers gathered under the tent on Mudd Field.”

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Vice Dean Martin Installed as Nagel Chair of Constitutional Law and Political Science

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An article written in the Spring of 2013 detailing a special lecture, “Institutional Empiricism in the 21st Century”

“Vice Dean Andrew Martin discussed ‘Institutional Empiricism in the 21st Century’ during his recent installation as the Charles Nagel Chair of Constitutional Law and Political Science. Martin explored the growing applications and challenges of empirical studies in law and politics, brought on by the new age of technology and data collection. ‘Everything has changed in the last decade,’ Martin said. ‘The future is here, and we’re all struggling to keep up.'”

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