Wendy is adjunct professor of sexual violence law at New England Law|Boston where she has taught for fifteen years. An impact litigator whose work in state and federal courts around the country has changed the law to improve protections for women’s and children’s constitutional rights, she developed and directs several projects in conjunction with the school’s Center for Law and Social Responsibility. The Judicial Language Project began in 2005 and involves law students using socio-linguistic research to critique harmful language used in law and society to describe violence against women and children. The Sexual Violence Legal News Project distributes appellate decisions of note using lay language to increase understanding among lay audiences, to explain the likely impact and real world consequences of a court’s ruling. Students involved in the project also provide editorial comments and helpful ideas so that people can take steps to enhance or prevent the decision’s real world consequences. The JD/PhD project is a multidisciplinary program where a JD student is teamed up with a PhD student to work across disciplines to understand the scientific and legal value of new research related to interpersonal violence. The team then produces a memorandum of law analyzing the study’s methodological reliability for the purpose of expediting or preventing its delivery into law, legal policy and human behavior...
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