Vol. XXXIII No. 1

Wake Up and Smell the Starbucks Coffee: How Doe v. Starbucks Confirms the End of “The Age of Consent” in California and Perhaps Beyond

Abstract: Since 2005, California civil courts have effectively abandoned the “age of consent” set by former California statutory rape law and, arguably, encoded in current penal code sex crime provisions. In declaring that California civil law may credit a child’s consent to sex with an adult, courts conflate or confuse legal consent, capacity, and acquiescence. […]

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Are We There Yet? Progress Toward Gender-Neutral Legal Education

Abstract: Although men and women enter law school at the same rate with similar credentials, studies demonstrate that men consistently outperform women in law school. This Article examines whether the performance gap present at other top law schools exists between men and women at Boston College Law School (BC Law). Analysis of admissions data, performance […]

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A Dangerous Disappearing Act: Preserving Affordable Housing in the Face of Maturing Mortgages

Abstract: By the year 2020, almost all of the affordable housing units created by Sections 221(d)(3) and 226 of the Housing Act of 1937 could disappear. These units were created in the late 1960s in an effort to draw more private equity to the affordable housing market. The federal government entered into contracts with developers, […]

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Discretion to Warn: Balancing Privacy Rights with the Need to Warn Unaware Partners of Likely HIV/AIDS Exposure

Abstract: HIV/AIDS, an epidemic that continues to claim thousands of lives annually, disproportionately affects homosexual males, racial minorities, and low-income individuals. When HIV/AIDS first emerged in the 1980s, the virus was clouded by great fear, misinformation, and stigma. Although stigma persists, research and treatment of HIV have so advanced that the virus may be managed […]

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Fetal Protection Laws That Strip Away the Constitutional Rights of Pregnant Women

Abstract: Many states have enacted fetal protection laws as a way of promoting fetal health and combatting the problem of in utero fetal drug abuse. These laws, however, unduly compromise the constitutional rights of pregnant women, implicating a woman’s rights to privacy, due process, and equal protection under the laws. Additionally, such laws compromise both […]

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Big Brother as Parent: Using Surveillance to Patrol Students’ Internet Speech

Abstract: With the pervasiveness of the Internet in students’ lives, schools are frequently disrupted by their students’ online speech, whether through threats of violence, cyberbullying, or discussion of self-harm. To combat and minimize these disturbances, some schools are turning to third-party surveillance companies to monitor students’ Internet posts for potentially harmful speech. The U.S. Supreme […]

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