Author Archives: Kathleen Bergin

Disaster Law Reader: Call For Papers

Editors: Kathleen A. Bergin and Tracy L. McGaugh Hurricane Katrina was unlike any other weather disaster to hit the United States in the way it exposed deficiencies in federal, state, and local disaster planning and management. It was also unique … Continue reading

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Same Sex Victory in Connecticut – A Real One!

Just got word that the Connecticut Supreme Court found an equal right to marry – yup, “marry,” in the state constitution.   Not civil unions.   Marriage. Here’s the short version from my good friend Dan Krisch, whose firm, Horton, … Continue reading

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On Palin: Traps for the Unweary

I’ve got a couple posts over at The Faculty Lounge explaining why I don’t support Sarah Palin.   (coupled with the video Ann’s got below!!)   Here’s one: Thoughts on Palin: Religious Politics and Book Bans Religious beliefs apparently played … Continue reading

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Nail . . . Meet Hammer

Tom Toles on the New Yorker for the Washington Post. -Kathleen A. Bergin

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Istanbul Legal Skills Conference

Still looking for a summer conference – try this one:     The Istanbul Legal Skills Conference sponsored by the  Legal Writing Institute  and hosted by  Bahcesehir University’s Institute for Global Understanding in Law will bring together professors from the … Continue reading

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Just how many women have to be raped before the military DOES SOMETHING about it?

Here’s just the latest  depressing assessment from my virtual colleague Dan Filler over at  The Faculty Lounge:   Representative Jane Harman has a disturbing post up at Huffington (which is also an LA Times op-ed) discussing the frequency of   … Continue reading

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Pornification of International Women’s Day?

The poster above does not promote the Rocky Horror Picture Show, nor Rocky Horror Picture Pornography. It promotes International Womens Day, March 8. It was forwarded to me by a former student, and fabulous feminist Heather Busby. With Heather’s permission … Continue reading

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This, Democracy?

Where’s the Carter Center when you need them?   For anyone interested in a follow up to my last post anticipating Tuesday’s Texas caucus, here’s a thumbnail sketch of how it went down: 1.   No-one knew the rules.   … Continue reading

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Anyone Out There Know How to Do the “Texas Two-Step?”

    Today’s the day we in Texas go to the polls – for the second time – to elect our Presidential nominee. Most of you by now have heard of our peculiar nominating process where we vote first by … Continue reading

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Afghanistan

The Independent, UK has launched a campaign to secure the freedom of Sayed Pervez Kambaksh. On Tuesday, a provincial court in Afghanistan sentenced the 23 year old journalism student to death for downloading a report that is said to defend … Continue reading

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“Huckabee’s record on women’s rights faces increased scrutiny”

I suppose if I were thinking of voting for him,  Huckabee’s endorsement of the Southern Baptist Convention’s stance that “a wife is to submit graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the … Continue reading

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Worst Movie You’ve Ever Seen?

I was tagged by Iowa Prof Angela Onwuachi-Willig at blackprof.com for an end-of-semester diversion: blog about the worst movie I’ve ever seen.   Here are two: Cold Mountain and American Pie. American Pie – as it turns out, uploading a … Continue reading

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Really, McCain – That’s An “Excellent Question”!?

Not sure what’s worse:   (1) that  this question was asked; (2) McCain’s  insulting response; or (3) that  67% of poll respondents (when I cast my vote) think  he did a “good job” handling it. -Kathleen  A. Bergin  

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Much Ado About Pronouns . . .

In Connection Distributing v. Keisler, the Sixth Circuit struck down on First Amendment overbreadth grounds certain record keeping requirements of the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act. I’m struck not by the specific ruling in the case, but by three … Continue reading

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Books Banned for “Homosexual Content”

An editorial in the CollegiateTimes.com reports that schools in Bedford County, VA have removed Totally Joe from elementary school libraries after a parent complained of inappropriate content.   The book is reportedly   not available in any county school or … Continue reading

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Senator Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to be President of Argentina

  Senator Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner became Argentina’s President-elect on Sunday, sailing past 14 other candidates with 40% of the popular vote – nearly twice as much as her closest rival. The Senator is, well, a Senator. But she’s been … Continue reading

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Law Professor Blogs – The First Amendment

I’m pleased to announce today’s launch of First Amendment Law Prof Blog, part of the Law Professor Blogs Network. Josie Brown of the University of South Carolina Law School joins me as co-editor. This brings to 4 . . . … Continue reading

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Suit Challenges College Decision to Admit Men

The Board of Randolph-Macon Women’s College, now Randolph College, voted last year to change its single-sex education policy and admit male students. The Virginia Supreme Court agreed to review two cases challenging the transition. From the AP: The first lawsuit, … Continue reading

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This War

In case General Petraeus runs out of time before testifying to Congress about the experiences of Iraqi women, here’s what human rights organizations think you should know: According to the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq [OWFI], “lack of personal … Continue reading

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Long Since Little Rock

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the 1957 crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas, when the state’s national guard, on orders from Governor Orval Faubus, came to aid white “citizens’ counsels” determined to keep nine black school children out of … Continue reading

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