California Supreme Court grants UC Davis School of Law petition, admits Chinese lawyer posthumously

“Chang first came to the United States and attended Yale as part of the Chinese Educational Mission, a pioneering program initiated by the Chinese government, and later returned on his own to study law. He earned a degree from Columbia Law School in 1886 and sat for the New York bar exam by special act of the legislature. When he was admitted to the New York state bar, The New York Times reported that Chang was the first Chinese immigrant admitted to any bar in the United States. In 1890, he came to California with the intention of serving San Francisco’s Chinese community as an attorney.

At that time, the federal Chinese Exclusion Act banned Chinese immigrants from naturalizing as citizens, and a California law prohibited noncitizens from practicing law in the state. Taken together, these laws made it impossible for people of Chinese descent to earn law licenses in the state. Chang petitioned the California Supreme Court, but in In re Hon Yen Chang, he was denied admission to the bar.” Read more about it here.

This Entire Neighborhood Secretly Learned Sign Language To Surprise Deaf Neighbor… And That’s No Easy Feat

“An entire Turkish town learned signed language as a surprise for one young adult who is hearing impaired.

Muaharrem thought it was going to be a day like any other when he and his sister went about their regular routine: Stopping for bagels, buying fruit from a street vendor, taking taxis. …Even bumping into other pedestrians on the street.

In other words: All the makings of a totally normal day-in-the-life.” Watch about it here

Cai Thomas ’16 is one of 10 students finalists in NESN’s Next Producer Competition

Cai Thomas ’16 is  one of 10 students finalists in NESN’s Next Producer Competition.  The subject of Cai’s entry is Blake Bolden LSOE ’13, and her experience as an unpaid professional women’s hockey player for the Boston Blades.Bolden juggles a 9-5 job, hockey practices and games in the states and Canada.former BC Women’s Hockey player.  You can check on Cai’s film here  http://go.nesn.com/1AMxW1I

Handle Your Business: How to Deal with Common Workplace Microaggressions

“Many women have experienced the “manterruption” in the boardroom: the unnecessary interruption of a woman by a man, but what about the equally obnoxious interruption and distraction by privileged non-Black female colleagues? These women, who ordinarily could be seen as allies in the battle to break the glass ceiling, are not identified by Sandberg, most likely because they are the same race as herself. She discusess having ideas “bropropriated” (another term coined by Sandberg), meaning a man takes credit for a woman colleague’s idea, but she doesn’t acknowledge how often privileged white women are guilty of this same slippery behavior.” Read more about it here.

BC Theologian Lisa Sowle Cahill Honored with Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence

January 2015. Boston College J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor of Theology Lisa Sowle Cahill has been honored with the 2015 Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence. Named in honor of Cardinal Yves Congar (1904-1995), the award recognizes the contributions of contemporary theologians working, writing, and teaching, as the cardinal did, in light of the tradition while moving that tradition forward to meet the challenges of today. The award is presented annually by Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.

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Meet the 11-Year-Old Girl Changing the Way America Thinks About Disabilities

Growing up with muscular dystrophy, 11-year-old Melissa Shang has faced her fair share of challenges. But the middle schooler is hardly willing to let her disability dictate her life. The precocious adolescent is taking action, along with her older sister Eva, to raise awareness about the experience of living with a disability by co-authoring a novel featuring a young protagonist with muscular dystrophy. Read and watch the video here