Author Archives: Katherine Franke

Law School Grade Reform – Not So Fast

Many of Columbia’s peer schools have recently undertaken reforms in their grading systems.   Harvard and Stanford have moved in the direction of Yale’s system – three passing grades (1: Honors/High Pass, 2: Pass and 3: Restricted Credit/Low Pass) and … Continue reading

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Vital Juncture for Women’s Rights Policy at the State Department

In her confirmation hearing last week Hilary Clinton was asked by Barbara Boxer to talk about how she plans to use the office of the Secretary of State to better the”status of women in the world.”She was particularly interested in … Continue reading

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Drowning Our Sorrows, Lifting A Glass

My terrific colleague Patricia Williams has offered some thoughts on the significance of the presidential transition tomorrow, reminding us to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama while not losing sight of the horrendous deeds of the outgoing incumbent.   Read … Continue reading

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Aborting Culture

Khiara Bridges is the Center for Reproductive Rights/Columbia Law School fellow at Columbia Law School who has just completed her PhD in Columbia’s Anthropology Department studying the intersection of race, poverty, and gender through the experience of women in an … Continue reading

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Stimulating Gender Equality

As politicians and pundits debate the need for and contents of an economic stimulus program early in the Obama Administration, one issue has gained less attention than it should, and the attention it has gotten is – to my mind … Continue reading

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Globalization of Surrogacy Markets – US and India

Nazneen Mehta is a second-year law student at Columbia Law School and is writing a Note on the international market in surrogacy services – particularly between relatively affluent “intended parents” in the US and poor female surrogates in India. Her … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Her Body, My Baby – the Racial Implications of Surrogacy

Khiara Bridges is the Center for Reproductive Rights/Columbia Law School fellow at Columbia Law School who has just completed her PhD in Columbia’s Anthropology Department studying the intersection of race, poverty, and gender through the experience of women in an … Continue reading

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