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Towards Engaged Scholarship

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 13:31

The presenting question for the 2012 Symposium was how can engaged scholarship enhance teaching to prepare students for the legal profession and help to solve the critical problems of the day.12 The event employed a format designed to discover new ways of thinking about engaged scholarship. Each participant was asked to draft and submit in advance brief reflections on this question. At the Symposium, each professor attended seven breakout sessions held throughout the day. At each of these sessions, one participant presented to a small group of professors for ten minutes on her reflections, pinpointing issues, challenges, and themes involved in engaged scholarship; the remaining thirty minutes were spent in discussion with the group led by a facilitator. With three roundtables operating for each of these seven periods, twenty-one sessions were held, enabling each participant to present and to facilitate a forty minute roundtable. Every participant had an opportunity to engage in a small group with all those participating in the Symposium at some point during the day. The breakout sessions were followed by an hour-long wrap up conversation designed to define and discuss the principal issues that participants should address in their final reflections.

Part II of this article synthesizes the critical issues presented at the Symposium. Part III contains the reflections of the Symposium participants—a group of scholars deeply focused on the question of what, exactly, engaged scholarship means in an era of fundamental change in legal education. In Part IV, we conclude with several themes that we recommend for our colleagues’ consideration as they reflect on and move us further toward a clear definition of engaged scholarship.

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Global Environmental Law: Food Safety & China

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:13

This article makes the case for food security law and policy as a component of global environmental law in recognition of the global economy, trade liberalization, and concerns for food safety and environmental harm. It further describes rule of law as a significant force in mitigating food safety concerns and pollution in China. Part II explores global food safety concerns in the context of United States-China relations, while Part III discusses the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's on-the-ground presence in China as an example of the emergence of cooperative agreements in global environmental governance. Part IV shows how increased rule of law may mitigate environmental harm and food safety concerns in China. The article concludes by arguing that increased international cooperation on traditionally domestic issues is both likely and desirable, and it illustrates the need for increased rule of law efforts in the developing world.

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Acculturation, ethnic identity and resilience against gang-related activities in Latino youth

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:29

Acculturation and ethnic identity development are crucial components of development for individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds. The impact of these developmental processes on psychological health is well documented. Research has also documented the relationship between acculturation and ethnic identity with delinquent, aggressive, or problematic behaviors. This study explored aspects of acculturation and ethnic identity as potential resilience or risk-factors with regard to gang involvement. The relationships between acculturation, acculturative stressors, ethnic identity and gang-affiliated activities in Latino youth were examined. Keeping in mind that the term Latino incorporates a vast range of cultures and heterogeneity, this project attempted to understand the thread of this group while not undermining the richness and diversity within it. The Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure-Revised (MEIM-R); the Acculturative Stress Inventory for Children (ASIC); the Acculturation, Habits, and Interests Multicultural Scale for Adolescents (AHIMSA); the Acculturative Dissonance Scale, the Gang Membership Inventory (GMI); and the Attitudes toward Gangs Survey were administered to Latino children ranging from 4th - 8th grade. Results revealed that high levels of ethnic identity exploration were significantly correlated with low levels of gang affiliation. Perceived Discrimination as a measure of acculturative stress was also significantly related to higher levels of gang affiliation. No significant findings were found in the relationships between acculturation stages and gang affiliation; although participants in the Assimilated stage demonstrated the highest gang affiliation levels and those in the Separated stage showed the lowest. The findings provide a first step in identifying valuable information regarding protective factors against gang affiliation for Latino youth in the form of exploration of their ethnic identity and minimizing experiences of perceived discrimination. Implications for culturally sensitive, preventive efforts with Latino youth towards decreasing their involvement in gangs are discussed.^

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