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 December 2019.

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