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October 22, 2017

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Crime and Congressional Power: The Violence Against Women Act
Last Featured: 5/22/2000

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Overview

Christy Brzonkala, a college student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute sued the school for failing to take appropriate action after she was raped three times by two fellow students within minutes of first meeting them. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently threw out Christy`s case when it found that Congress overstepped its authority when enacting the new federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case this fall. Join us as we debate whether federal law can and should provide remedies for women like Christy.


Guests
Martha Davis is legal director of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, a public interest law firm that specializes in womenís rights issues. As legal director, Ms. Davis oversees NOW LDEF's litigation and advocacy in the areas of economic justice, violence against women, education, reproductive rights and employment. Frequently sought out by the media to comment on legal issues affecting women, Ms. Davis is the author of the prizewinning book Brutal Need: Lawyers and the Welfare Rights Movement, as well as an adjunct assistant professor at the New York University School of Law. Ms. Davis holds a B.A. from Harvard, a B.A. and M.A. from Oxford University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. In 1997, Harvard Law School awarded Ms. Davis the Wasserstein Fellowship in recognition of her public interest work.

Roger Pilon is vice president for legal affairs at the Cato Institute where he holds the B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies and directs the Center for Constitutional Studies, which he founded in 1989. Prior to joining Cato he held five senior posts in the Reagan Administration including special assistant to the director and to the General Counsel of the Office of Personnel Management, director of policy for the Bureau of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs in the State Department and principal advisor to the head of the U.S. delegation to the 43rd session of the U.N. Human Rights Commission. In March, 1987 Pilon was appointed as the first director of the new Asylum Policy and Review Unit of the Department of Justice, where he served until his move to Cato in October of 1988. A philosopher of law by profession, Dr. Pilon earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago and a law degree from the George Washington University School of Law. He taught philosophy at the California State University at Sonoma and philosophy of law at the Emory University School of Law. In 1989 the National Press Foundation and the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution presented him with the Benjamin Franklin Award for excellence in writing on the U.S. Constitution.

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"It seemed a miracle in 1787 to 1789 that the delegates to the Philadelphia convention were able to agree on a Constitution that would be ratified by 13 diverse, jealous and squabbling states. It seems even more miraculous today that at plan of government drawn up 200 years ago for 18th Century North America should, with the addition of the Bill of Rights and the post-Civil War amendments prove suitable for a greatly expanded country. In retrospect, we can see that much of the genius of the founding fathers lay in their remarkable capacity for saying just enough to give those who would come after them a point of reference and a strong foundation on which to build but not so much inhibit their successors who would live in changed and changing worlds."

— Harvard Law Professor Archibald Cox

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