Gender Bias and Parental Alienation: How Massachusetts Courts Are Perpetuating a Dangerous Mythology

By Brittany K. Bandani Thirty years ago, less than 2% of custody and visitation disputes involved any allegations of child sexual abuse, despite it being an alarmingly common occurrence in this country. Today, as more survivors of child sexual abuse come forward, a troubling trend has emerged—mothers who allege paternal sexual abuse of their children are more likely to lose custody,… Read More

Law Review Symposium Goes Virtual

As we continue our collective fight against COVID-19, through the “new normal” of pandemic life emerges a new platform for the Western New England Law Review: a fully virtual Symposium event. For the 2020–2021 academic year, the Review invites all interested members of the public to its first virtual Symposium: NEW ABOLITIONISM: Ending Civil Immigration Detention and… Read More

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Abused Children Seeking State Court Intervention

By Caroline M. Foley Undocumented children in the United States are especially vulnerable due to their lack of access to resources, when compared to children with legal status. For instance, they are five times more likely to come into state care due to sexual abuse. This vulnerability is exacerbated when they are victims of abuse, abandonment, and/or neglect by… Read More

Arun Kumar Judgment—A Gender Spectrum Model of Marriage in India

“She, who never knew which box to tick, which queue to stand in, which public toilet to enter (Kings or Queens? Lords or Ladies? Sirs or Hers?). . . She, who knew she was all wrong, always wrong. She, augmented by her ambiguity.“ — Arundhati Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness By Aastha Khanna and… Read More

Massachusetts Wages Cupcake Wars During Pandemic

By Jessica Gandy and Daryl James Retired salon owner and daycare provider Marcia Donnelly did not want to fight City Hall. She just wanted to sell home-baked sourdough bread from her kitchen in Southbridge. Homemade food businesses are common and easy to start in most states, and have become increasingly popular amidst the COVID-19 lockdowns.… Read More

An Examination of the Good Moral Character Requirement

By Alexander Cerbo The good moral character requirement is an essential component of federal immigration efforts; it ensures a “virtuous polity” and protects American ideals. However, while the United States holds itself out as a safe haven for those who seek a better life, it only welcomes those whom we deem belong. With more policies to remove… Read More