University of Southern California

Volume 78, Number 6 (September, 2005)

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    Negotiating Sex
    Article by Michelle J. Anderson

    Adrienne had just turned thirteen. Late one autumn night, after her siblings and parents had fallen asleep, she crawled out of bed, walked downstairs to the basement, unlocked and opened the sliding glass door, and slipped outside. It was Mike’s idea. He was a varsity basketball player from a nearby high school. Mike proposed they both sneak out and meet on the street halfway between their houses. Wanting Mike to like her, Adrienne agreed. Mike never showed. At that hour, the suburban s...

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    Third-Party Visitation Statutes: Why Are Some Families More Equal than Others?
    Note by Natalie Reed

    Over the last quarter-century, the definition of the American family has transformed from a clearly defined image of mother, father, and natural offspring to a kaleidoscopic vision of adoptive families, extended families, gay and lesbian families, stepparent families, and single-parent families. Although a vast body of law limits the state’s ability to impinge on the parental decisionmaking of intact, biological families, nontraditional families are finding that their legal right to select the p...

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    California’s Inequitable Parole System: A Proposal to Reestablish Fairness
    Note by Daniel Weiss

    Dana Hill is currently serving fifteen years to life in a California prison, and for the past few years, she has struggled to convince the Board of Prison Terms (“Board”) and the Governor that she is suitable for parole and ready to reenter society. Dana is but one victim of modern parole, a draconian system used as a mechanism of enforcing retributive principles. Modern parole falls far short of achieving the goals of rehabilitation and reintegration for which it was created. When Dana was a...

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    Beyond Tort: Compensating Victims of Environmental Toxic Injury
    Article by Albert C. Lin

    Environmental toxic tort cases often pose difficult problems of proof A substance's toxicity may be unknown or uncertain. A combination of factors may cause a plaintiffs injury, and the injury may arise many years after a plaintiff's exposure to a toxic substance. On the one hand, some plaintiffs, particularly those with "signature" illnesses or whose illnesses occur as a cluster of cases, may be able to gather sufficient evidence to support a tort action. On the other hand, it is likely that ma...


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