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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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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.