Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Prof. Zachary Wolfe's New Book on Hate Crimes Law Published

UW20 Prof. Wolfe will appear in the Gelman Library GW Luminary Faculty Authors Signing Reception series. Hate Crime Laws is a key legal resource for lawyers, activists, and judges.

The Faculty Authors series is open to students, faculty, staff and the public. It is an opportunity for the community to learn about GW faculty research and their experiences in writing the book. There will be presentations by panelists and questions from the audience. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

When & Where:
Thursday, March 5, 2009
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 PM
The Gelman Library, Room 207

Hate Crimes Law provides current analysis and expert legal guidance concerning the federal and state statutes that were enacted to punish or enhance the punishment of bias-motivated crimes.

  • Analyzes the types of conduct under particular statutes. Discusses elements of proof and potential areas for constitutional challenges.
  • Covers constitutional issues related to federal hate crime statutes, federal criminal civil rights statutes used to prosecute hate crimes, federal law, federal sentencing issues, and state criminal law.
  • Discusses the constitutionality of the Federal Access to Clinic Entrances Act
  • Expert analysis of recent U.S. Supreme Court constitutional cases.
  • Extensive discussion of U.S. v. Barlow.
  • Features changes to federal sentencing guidelines, enhancing sentences for hate crimes.
  • Table of cases.
  • Jurisdictional review appendix, with state-by-state listing of statutes and cases involving hate crimes.
  • Analyzes prosecutors’ use of 18 U.S.C. sec. 247 prohibiting damaging religious property and forcibly obstructing religious beliefs.(Thomson/West)

  • Prof. Wolfe will be appearing with Prof. Melani McAlister and Prof. Phyllis Palmer, both of the GW American Studies Department.

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