On March 29, 2019, the American Criminal Law Review hosted a symposium to address the intersectionality of women’s issues and criminal law.

The goal of the Symposium was to spark discussion regarding a broad range of women’s issues within the American criminal law sphere.

After a keynote speech from Judge Nancy Gertner, scholars, practitioners, and policy makers discussed issues surrounding women in the criminal justice system and crimes against women. Speakers discussed everything from being a feminist and a criminal defense lawyer, to “policing like a girl,” to violence against transgender women.

The American Criminal Law Review’s 2019 Symposium was co-sponsored by the Georgetown Domestic Violence Clinic, the Georgetown Criminal Justice Clinic, and the Georgetown Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic.

The Symposium Issue (Volume 57, Issue 4) is expected to be published in April 2020.

Individual webcasts of each speaker and their presenting topic are available with captions below:

Judge Nancy Gertner, Senior Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

“Can You Be A Feminist And A Criminal Defense Lawyer?”  – Abbe Smith, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

“Women in Securities as Law-makers and Law-Breakers” – Urska Velikonja, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

“Enforcing Selflessness: Motherhood and the Law” – Jane Aiken, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

“Impact of Women in Law Enforcement on the Quality and Nature of Policing” – Christy Lopez, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

“Sexual Victimization of Women in Custody” – Brenda Smith, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

“(In)Visible: Examining the Policing of Mentally Vulnerable Women of Color” – Camille Nelson, Dean and Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

“Criminalization of LGBTQ and Women of Color” – Andrea Ritchie, Researcher in Residence, Barnard Center for Research on Women 

“Violence Against Transgender Women” – Cynthia Lee, Professor of Law, George Washington Law