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Commemorating Constitution Day 

In celebration of Constitution Day, we are highlighting Penn Carey Law’s recent insights, analysis, and observations on today’s most pressing constitutional issues.

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Rethinking Credibility Assessments 

A federal appellate court recently cited Visiting Assistant Practice Prof. Liz Bradley’s research on demeanor evidence in asylum cases.

The U.S. and International Disability Law 

At the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Benjamin A. Barsky L’19, MBE’19 writes about how cities and states have incorporated international disability rights principles in their laws and policies.

Reproductive Justice 

At The Guardian, Prof. Dorothy Roberts explains why the reproductive justice movement must be more collective and go beyond abortion rights.

‘A Crisis and an Opportunity’ 

Devontae Torriente L’24 sees potential for growth, progress, and optimism amidst a significant departure from established constitutional precedent.

Abortion Rights Post-Dobbs 

At Penn Today, Prof. Dorothy Roberts discussed what the Dobbs decision means for abortion rights across the U.S.

Social Justice Grant 

Prof. Sally Gordon has secured a Klein Family Social Justice Grant for her project, Free State Slavery and Bound Labor: Pennsylvania.

Weakening Miranda Rights 

Senior Fellow David Rudovsky recently spoke to KYW News Radio about the Supreme Court’s decision in Vega v. Tekoh.

Civil Rights Pioneer 

The unveiling of the design of a new mural honoring the life and legacy of the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. was held on Friday, July 15.

Art and Architecture: Judge A. Leon Higginbotham 

Judge Higginbotham was a self-described “survivor of segregation” who become one of the country’s most prominent Black judges.

Health Care in the Court 

In The Regulatory Review, Prof. Allison Hoffman, analyzes the major health-related decisions of the Supreme Court’s last term.

Judicial Activism 

Prof. Kermit Roosevelt explains judicial activism in a historical sense, and how justices today interpret the Constitution and federal and state policies.

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September 29, 2022

LLM/ML Professional Social Media Presentation

Meredith Rovine, Penn Carey Law’s Public Relations Account Executive, will present a crash course in content strategy for professional accounts. By the end of the presentation, you will understand how to craft content that will increase visibility of your professional brand while expanding your professional network across the digital space. Register here: LLM Social Media Presentation (qualtrics.com)

September 29, 2022

The History & Future of The Indian Child Welfare Act: Implications for tribal sovereignty and native family preservation

Across the country, there are 574 federally recognized Native American tribes that have a government-to-government relationship with the United States. As sovereign nations, they have legal jurisdiction over their lands and citizens. However, until the passing of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA), the authority of Tribes to exercise their exclusive jurisdiction over their Native children in child custody proceedings was not recognized. ICWA established procedural guidelines for placement and removal protocols that mandate notice to Native families and Tribes in all pending child custody proceedings to prioritize family integrity and adhere to tribal sovereignty. In recent years, ICWA has been a legal battleground between non-native families seeking to adopt native children and native families trying to keep children connected to their culture and communities. The current legal challenge to ICWA is headed to the Supreme Court, which could either reaffirm the constitutionality of the law acknowledging the special relationship between tribes and the federal government or strike it down as an unconstitutional “race-based” law in violation of equal protection and states’ rights. Join the Field Center and the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School for a virtual webinar series this fall exploring the history and future of ICWA and the potential implications of the Supreme Court case for native children, families, and tribal sovereignty.

September 29, 2022

Current Student Panel for JD Applicants

Join Penn Carey Law current students to learn about their respective law school experiences and why they selected Penn. They welcome your questions and look forward to sharing what makes the Penn Carey Law community so unique. This session will last about an hour and WILL be recorded. Registration is required.