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Stories from Inauguration and the Women’s March

unnamed-3This weekend, I, a moderately liberal white female law student raised between California and the Midwest who is admittedly privileged in many regards, went to both President Trump’s inauguration on Friday and the Women’s March the day after. Upfront, my experience came with implicit biases. I am not a Trump voter; I attempted to remain unbiased and objective at inauguration, but fully intended on protesting at the march. I consider myself a pragmatist with a love for dialogue; I wanted to talk to people, hear their stories and perspectives, and see for myself what the mood was like between the two very different groups that descended on Washington this weekend.

Official numbers have not been released of how many people attended the inauguration. As of 11am on Friday morning, WMATA had recorded over 193,000 rides for the day. Presumably, not all of those rides were individuals attending the Inauguration, and a portion of inaugural attendees would not have used the metro. My personal metrics say that the size of the crowd was somewhere between being sparse enough where I could have done a cartwheel in any direction without harming anyone, but condensed enough that I easily inhaled a pack of cigarettes via second-hand smoke. However, photos comparing the inaugural crowds during President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, and President Trump’s inauguration went viral not long after the ceremony finished. If you have yet to see them, just know that they were less than favorable for President Trump.

My ticket entrance was on 3rd and Constitution, directly adjacent to Judiciary Square. This was the only location where I personally encountered large-scale protests. As we approached the entrance there were four or so young African-American women chained together and to the metal gates delineating the entrance. They – and the protestors wearing all black in front of them – chanted “This checkpoint is closed” along with a number of other refrains denouncing white supremacy and President Trump. A man from Takoma Park who attended with the protestors said he would have preferred the blockade to have been closer to the gate; further out it served as more of a “spectacle” than to stop Trump supporters from entering the inauguration.

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In Support of Austin Tice

During the Student Bar Association meeting in the evening of March 15, 1E delegate Ata Akiner proposed a resolution in support of Austin Tice.  The resolution passed unanimously.

Tice is currently registered as a 3L at Georgetown Law, and a 2002 alumnus of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service as well as a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, where he rose to the rank of Captain.  A photojournalist, Tice traveled to Syria between his 2L and 3L years to cover the emerging conflict in that region.  His work was published across many prominent news outlets, like CBS, BBC and the Washington Post.

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OPINION: An Open Letter to GULC Professors: “Scaliagate” From a Student’s Perspective

Deborah Steinberg is a current 1L at Georgetown Law.  

As a proud millennial with the power of social media, I knew before the announcement from The New York Times that Justice Scalia passed away last week. My Facebook and Twitter feeds were covered in posts of mourning, posts of joy, and genuine inquiry into what was going to happen next. The majority of these posts came from my peers at Georgetown University Law Center.

Most of us did not even see Dean Treanor’s initial statement on the school’s website, as it was not sent to us directly and the majority of us do not regularly check the homepage. The first communication we got was the message from Professors Peller and Seidman. I logged into Facebook and saw a mix of reactions, ranging from “Who the hell are these guys?” to “Finally someone is speaking the truth!” Then we received the next email from Dean Treanor reaffirming his initial position. And then we received another email from more professors agreeing with him. Normally, I like getting email; but this was ridiculous.

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Nino Scalia: Grit and Elegance

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Associate Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia was found dead  at the age of 79 while on a hunting trip in remote West Texas on Saturday, February 13th, 2016. Much has been made about the implications of his passing on the future state of our High Court, which will be discussed in a later article. But first, I’d like to take a moment to bring my readers to better understand the Associate Justice as his admirers, dissenters, colleagues, and opponents undoubtedly do. Justice Scalia, however you may feel about his politics, was a brilliant man, and he deserves to be remembered as such.

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Letters to the Editor: Smoking on Campus

Editor’s note:  During the Student Bar Association meeting on 11/3/2015, an open forum was held discussing and debating the concept of a smoking ban on campus.  A number of SBA delegates and members of the student body at large voiced their opinions.  In response, the Law Weekly has solicited opinion articles from community members that wish to publish their opinions. 

The following two letters are reproduced exactly as they were received by the Law Weekly.  They do not reflect the opinion or position of the Law Weekly.  If you would like to see your opinion on this or any other issue published in the Law Weekly, contact the Editor in Chief, David Nayer, at dan31@georgetown.edu.  
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Georgetown Law SBA passes mental health resolution

During a Student Bar Association  meeting on Tuesday night, the House of Delegates voted to pass a resolution promoting  mental health awareness.  Created in part to address glaring issues in a report from the Georgetown Law Mental Health Task Force, available here, the resolution advocates for a number of proposals relating to improving mental health awareness and care on Georgetown Law’s campus.

The resolution includes provisions advocating for a the hiring of an additional staff  psychologist, additional availability of psychiatric services, facilities improvements, and awareness and outreach improvements.  According to Section 2 delegate Jeff Gary, who was responsible for the resolution’s language, introduction and passage, there is already a job posting on Georgetown’s website for a new psychologist position.

On what motivated him to offer the resolution, Gary said  “I think mental health has to be a top priority of any institution that hopes to succeed. Georgetown Law has done a great job so far making sure that increasing needs are met, but we’re falling behind.”

“It’s difficult to talk about the impact of mental health in real terms, but as many as 250 students in every class will be personally affected by depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues while they’re here. It’s incredibly important to provide exemplary resources and support to those students, and to give the student body a chance to stand in solidarity with those who are facing personal crises,” Gary added

When asked what is coming next in terms of mental health activism, Gary said “I hope to keep attention focused on proactive ways to address fundamental challenges that face all of GULC. The worst thing to do is to continue to make people feel like they’re alone.”

At time of publication, 26 student organizations, 7 journals and 162 individual students had endorsed the bill.

The Georgetown Law Weekly is proud to be one of the student organizations endorsing this resolution and its intent.  Mental health issues are widespread in the legal field, including at Georgetown.  While law school and the legal field are innately stressful environments, basic issues such as massive wait times for services should not be a problem for anyone, let alone students at a top-tier law school.  As a legal community, we owe it to ourselves to be aware of the invisible battles that us and our colleagues and classmates fight.  This resolution is a step in the right direction, and hopefully leads to robust discussion and real action on the part of Georgetown Law students, faculty and administration.