Journal of Gender and Law Spring Notes Winners

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March 28, 2008 (NEW YORK) – The Columbia Journal of Gender and Law has announced the winners of its 2008 Spring Notes Competition and the Myra Bradwell Note Competition. Winners’ notes will be included in the Winter 2009 issue of the Journal.
“The quality of the notes was unusually high this year and because of that, it’s the first time we’ve ever accepted three notes for publication,” said Amos Blackman ’08, Editor-in-Chiefof The Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.
Columbia Law student Rebecca Bonagura ’09, wrote “Redefining the Baseline: Reasonable Efforts, Family Preservation, and Parenting Foster Children in New York,”  which earned her the Bradwell award for the best note on women and the law. Her prize was announced on March 26 at the Columbia Law Women’s Association Myra Bradwell Dinner, which honors a woman who was denied admission to the Illinois bar because she was married and therefore could not enter into contracts. She took her case to the Supreme Court in 1873 but the state’s decision was upheld and she lost.
The other notes selected were Molly Karlin’s ’09, “Damned if She Does, Damned if She Doesn't: Social and Judicial De-Legitimization of Women's Agency in Commonwealth v. Woodward,” and Shelby Schwartz’s ’09, “Juvenile Prostitution Adjudication: Reorienting Our Conceptions of Appropriate Treatment for Commercially Sexually Exploited
The Columbia Journal of Gender and Law publishes articles written by students and professors on issues of feminism and gender.
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