We launched the Morningside Muckraker in the middle of December exams, on a Friday, around 8 o’clock at night. It was the culmination of a semester’s worth of work that began with Minji Reem and my being mistaken for a calligraphy club at the Block Party that Hannah Kim let us join. We recruited Stephanie Grajales from the DeVinimus table; Hannah Zale sent likely recruits in our direction; and Zahreen Ghaznavi came and discovered we had been negligently collecting contact information. We met many of our future collaborators that day, and even more when we had our first recruiting meeting.
We hope that the group of thoughtful and creative contributors to the Muckraker will continue to grow. After our colleagues convincingly told us that they enjoyed our first issue, we sat eagerly by our mailbox waiting for letters to the editor, responses to our Query, visions for a new dean, and submissions to our Bulletin Board. None came! At the risk of sounding desperate: we want you to talk to us. That’s why we’re experimenting with our publication schedule and content mix in order to better fulfill our mission of being a reliable source of information and a useful forum to think and write about law school and the law.
In keeping with our 20th century print mentality, the Morningside Muckraker and its literary supplement, the Morningside Monocle, will remain monthly publications. We’ve added new endeavors in both print and digital (we are rapidly building the Morningside Media empire). The Morningside Speakeasy, based on Harper’s Wraparound, will explore the art of lawyering from many angles, while the Bulletin Board will launch as the Muckraker‘s blog to cover issues and events about which all CLS members should be informed and involved.
None of this is to say that we are not proud of what the Muckraker has already accomplished. People are sharing their experiences; we are beginning to see the robust exchange of ideas.
In this issue, Lane Feler contributes a piece like one I imagined when I was in my 1L Criminal Law class but didn’t have the courage to write. The study of rape law began when our male professor explained the topic was important because rape is such a harshly-graded offense and accused rapists are stigmatized and relegated to “sex offender ghettos.” Over the next few classes, barely a single woman spoke. I stayed silent.
When I wrote the Muckraker proposal, I wondered how that experience would have been different if there had been a space to engage the community in a different kind of conversation about the crime, its punishment, and how it is taught. By opening up the conversation outside of the classroom, perhaps more women would have felt empowered to speak up within it. If I had read Lane’s piece, I think I would have.
We are proud of the voices we’ve published in the second issue of the Muckraker. We hope you will listen to them and respond.