The Library of Congress announced on September 17, 2018 that a new website is now live, making reports from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) available to the public. The CRS is Congress’ nonpartisan “think tank” that conducts research and publishes reports for Congressional committees and Members of Congress. The experts and researchers at CRS provide analysis of an extensive range of topics. The thorough and nonpartisan nature of CRS reports makes them a valuable source on important and current topics for anybody, including legal researchers. CRS reports can be useful for legislative history research because they provide unbiased background information from a legislative perspective on issues before Congress.
Despite the fact that CRS reports are taxpayer funded, these reports were only made available to legislators. Some reports eventually made their way out to the public, if a congressional staffer chose to share. Recently, efforts had been made to make more reports widely available to the public with websites such as EveryCRSreport.com working to collect and share over 14,500 CRS reports. The new website from the Library of Congress serves as an official source of CRS reports, with over 600 of the active reports available at launch and more being added over time. Users may enter keywords to search the database or browse the index by clicking the search button without entering terms.
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This Fall, the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law is pleased to host Joseph Fischel and Emily Stolzenberg as Visiting Faculty in Residence at Columbia Law School. Professors Fischel and Stolzenberg will be participating in Center programming, and working on their own independent research while in Residence with the Center. Both are joining the Center as part of Columbia University’s Visiting Scholars Program. Professor Fischel is on-site with us in Jerome Greene Hall, in Office 627; Professor Stolzenberg will be working off-site, primarily.
Bios for both of our Scholars follow below, along with links to their CVs:
Joseph Fischel is a theorist of social and sexual justice. His research on the regulation of sex, gender, and sexuality is informed by normative political theory, queer studies, and critical race and feminist legal theory. His first two books interrogate consent as the magnetizing, dominant metric of modern sex law and late modern sexual ethics. Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) argues that the sociolegal figures of the recidivistic sex offender, the innocent child and the heroic homosexual invest consent with its normative power while obfuscating more pervasive but less perceptible forms of sexual injury and gendered violence. Fischel’s second book, Screw Consent: A Better Politics of Sexual Justice (University of California Press, 2019) explores cases of atypical and non-normative sex in order to scaffold a sexual ethics less beholden to consent for what we think of as the “ordinary” couple form. His current research project, Against Nature: A Solicitation to Sodomitical Justice (forthcoming in the Sexuality Series of Temple University Press) examines the life and afterlife of sodomy law in New Orleans and beyond to reconsider the centrality of sex—in contradisctinction to race, gender or sexuality—for liberal and neoliberal governance.
Emily Stolzenberg returns as a Visiting Scholar to Columbia Law School, where she was previously an Associate in Law and Lecturer in Law. Her research seeks to reconcile individual autonomy with family obligation and currently focuses on how to fairly and efficiently define financial obligations for a diverse array of families. Stolzenberg’s recent article, “The New Family Freedom,” published in the Boston College Law Review, analyzed how an emergent, libertarian vision of autonomy as property rights delegitimizes attempts to impose financial obligations in nonmarital and post-divorce families. Her current project, “Properties of Intimacy,” argues that family law is even more protective of title-holders’ ability to exclude others than are property law and theory and that a different approach to intimates’ property disputes could yield fairer distributions upon family dissolution.
Stolzenberg graduated from Yale Law School in 2012, having earned a master’s in political theory from the University of Oxford in 2009. After law school, she worked with the Legal Aid Justice Center’s JustChildren Program and Elder Law Initiative in Charlottesville, VA. From 2013-2014, Stolzenberg served as a law clerk to Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She then practiced family law at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP in Washington, DC. Stolzenberg is a member of the New York and Washington, DC, bars.
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