Two College of Law students published original research funded by grants from the Golden Rule Project, whose mission is to promote the power of treating others the way we want to be treated. The organization aims to increase awareness and the practice of compassion, kindness, and peace by sharing the universal principle of the Golden Rule through education, programming, and partnerships. The project’s grants to students fund law review articles exploring legal principles that illustrate the broad usefulness of the Golden Rule as a governing principle.
With his Golden Rule grant, third-year law student Jensen Lillquist is researching the ways that the doctrine of comity requires states to respect one another’s choices. In the aftermath of the Dobbs opinion, he is investigating traditional limits of state jurisdiction and exploring how these limits should apply to activities such as employers funding travel to and from an abortion and prosecution of conduct taking place in another State. Lillquist’s publication, Comity & Federalism in Extraterritorial Abortion Regulation, will be published in the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law in 2024.
For her Golden Rule project, Zara Guinard is researching sexual harassment in the workplace. Specifically, she presents a novel framework in which sexual harassment is conceived of as a workplace hazard and safety issue. Ms. Guinard’s research offers new avenues for regulatory oversight and, in particular, recommends that the Occupational Health and Safety Administration should have a central role in investigating claims of sexual harassment in the workplace and ensuring employers enforce effective sexual harassment policies. Guinard’s publication, Sexual Harassment as a Workplace Hazard, has been published in the Spring 2023 issue of Labor Law Journal.