During the course of the spring semester, members of the Widener Law Journal of Law Economics & Race
have demonstrated their passion for the subject matter by using the journal’s blog
to share their thoughts on current topics of legal interest.
According to Harrisburg student Rebecca Kunkel, the WJLER Web & Technology Editor, members of the WJLER have written more than twenty blog posts over the course of the semester that “Cover a wide-range of current events, including the Trayvon Martin case, the admissibility of immigration status at trial, and a recent challenge before the Supreme Court involving affirmative action and college admissions.”
Several students have contributed to the blogging efforts, providing cogent analysis and grappling with difficult societal and legal questions.
Writing on issues arising from the shooting of Trayvon Martin in a post on the WJLER blog
, student Jade Morrison asks pointed questions; “Those protesting for the arrest of George Zimmerman should be focused on the Stand Your Ground laws and how it impacts society as a whole. More specifically, whether there had been an increase in crimes rates due to these laws? Or whether Stand Your Ground laws give an excessive amount of discretion to police officers? And lastly, whether theses laws give police officers total power to determine ones innocence or guilt before making an arrest?”
Morrison closes her post by offering a charge to law students, writing, “Law students should be applying the concepts they have learned in criminal law, criminal procedure and constitutional law to educate our society on the workings of our legal system.”
The Widener Journal of Law, Economics & Race seeks to provide a forum for in-depth analysis and academic discourse on issues involving the intersection of the law, race, and economics. During the 2011-12 academic year, the journal is publishing Volume III, consisting of two issues. The first issue was released during the fall semester and the second issue will be releasing soon.
“Through its journal publications and consistent blog postings, the WJLER seeks to put Widener University School of Law at the forefront of resources from which policymakers can develop new ideas that can better address legal and economic problems that impact our society,” says Kunkel.