Emory Law Journal

Volume 63Issue 4

“Am I My Brother's Keeper?”: Reforming Criminal Hazing Laws Based on Assumption of Care

Brandon W. Chamberlin | 63 Emory L.J. 925 (2014)

One hundred years ago, two states had criminal laws addressing collegiate hazing. Today, hazing is a crime in thirty-nine states. However, this flood of legislation has failed to stem the tide of hazing injuries and deaths. The current criminal law approach to hazing has failed because the claimed benefits of specialized hazing laws are illusory. Moreover, the rare cases in which hazing laws provide a benefit over general criminal statutes are the very cases in which the hazing laws are most vulnerable to legal challenge. The current approach also fails on policy grounds. A pure enforcement approach that does not engage with students’ values and beliefs about hazing may have the unintended effect of entrenching pro-hazing norms. The creation of sweeping criminal liability also increases the danger of hazing by driving it further underground.

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By the Power Vested in Me? Licensing Religious Officials to Solemnize Marriage in the Age of Same-Sex Marriage

Andrew C. Stevens | 63 Emory L.J. 979 (2014)

State recognition of same-sex marriage has presented significant new challenges to the law of religious freedom under the First Amendment. For example, all states license religious officials to solemnize civil marriage, a ceremony required for a valid marriage in all states. Could a state that has recognized same-sex marriage require its licensed religious officials to administer their licenses in such a way as not to discriminate against same-sex couples? Or would such a law violate the free exercise rights of that licensed religious official? Or, conversely, is the very practice of state licensing of religious officials to solemnize and enact civil marriage an impermissible establishment of religion in violation of the Establishment Clause?

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