Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Research Sources

Bibliographies - - - especially annotated ones - - - are a great source for professors for scholarship and teaching, as well as a great source for practitioners.  Here are a few published in 2008:

Nancy Levit, Family Law In The Twenty-First Century: An Annotated Bibliography, 21 J. Am. Acad. Matrim. Law. 271 -388  (2008).
More than one hundred pages of sources from 2002-2008, organized by subtopics, and providing brief parenthetical explanations if the subject is not obvious from the title.

Sarah Valentine, Queer Kids: A Comprehensive Annotated Legal Bibliography On Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, And Questioning Youth, 19 Yale J.L. & Feminism 449 – 493 (2008).
A gathering and assessment of law review and selected other articles and books concerning sexual minority youth in all aspects of family law.

ANNUAL Bibliographical updates are also extremely useful.

The annual bibliography by the Family LawProf Blog's own Nancy Ver Steeg is the Annual Survey of Periodical Literature, 40 Fam. L. Q. 753 - 798 (2007).  It is especially attentive to "hot topics."

The annual bibliography on conflict of laws in American Journal of Comparative Law is useful.  The most recent is compiled by Symeon Symeonides, Conflict of Laws Bibliography: US Sources, 2006-2007, 56 Am. J. Comp. L. 321- 329 (2008).  It is not annotated or organized by topic, but a quick search for terms such as “family” or “adoption” is useful.

Another annual bibliography is The Annotated Legal Bibliography on Gender in Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender.  The most recent is at 14 Cardozo J. L. & Gender 459 – 517 (2008).  It has annotations and is subdivided by topic, including topics on “Family,” “Domestic Violence,” “Marriage,” “Parenting,” “Children,” and “Abortion.”


Here are three additional sources provided by a kind reader who researches in family law: (*1) American Journal of Family Law (Since Fall 2007, issues have included annotated bibliography of recent articles, organized by subject) (*2) Georgetown Journal of Gender & the Law (Annual Review of Gender & Sexuality Law) (*3) Online supplement to Sexual Orientation and the Law: A Research Bibliography of Legal Literature . . .: an annotated bibliography of law review articles by subject, including family law ( (MR)

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Working on a paper about family law & feminist implications?

CFP: Applied Feminism:  How Feminist Legal Theory is Changing the Law

This call for papers seeks submissions for the University of Baltimore School of Law’s Second Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference.  The conference will be held at the University of Baltimore on Friday, March 6, 2009.  The conference will bring together law students, legal academics, practitioners and activists to explore the concrete ways in which feminist legal theory is (or is not) changing the law.

This conference will look at discrete areas of the law and ask how feminist legal theory operates or could operate to expand existing law, create new law, or combat contractions in the law.  This conference will address these issues from the perspectives of activists, practitioners and academics.  The conference will provide an opportunity for participants and audience members to exchange ideas about the current state of feminist legal theory by looking at how those theories are being actualized in practice and in specific areas of the law.  From the conference, we hope to further the discourse about the future of feminist legal theory and its practical applications to the law.  In addition, the conference is designed to provide presenters with the opportunity to gain extensive feedback on their papers.
The format of the papers is flexible in order to encourage academics, law students and practitioners to participate.  Papers should address the themes discussed above and could focus on the following subject areas:  sex, sexuality and gender; education; family law; employment law; poverty and welfare law; civil rights law; bioethics; immigration; international human rights; reproductive justice; criminal law; and women and politics.  We encourage papers that explore the intersectionality of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, class, and/or age.

Abstracts for the papers should be sent by October 17, 2008 to Leigh Goodmark (  Abstracts should be no longer than one page.  Abstracts for the papers selected to be presented at the conference will be posted on the website and distributed to all presenters and attendees.   Working drafts of papers are due no later than February 13, 2009.  The working drafts will be posted on the conference website to be shared with other participants and attendees.  Materials from last year’s conference can be viewed on our website at Finally, please note that a limited amount of money may be available to presenters for travel expenses.


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Monday, September 15, 2008

Texas FLDS Update: Ongoing Problems for State, Amidst Widespread Discovery Violations and Dismissal of "More Than Half" of Seized Children's Cases

Texas Child Protective Services "wants a do-over," according to the Deseret News.  Employing a metaphor from the world of golf, a Texas Child Protective Services attorney admitted that the State had failed to provide discovery materials to lawyers for parents involved in the remaining cases, and asked the Court to grant the state a "mulligan."  The News also reported that as of September 5, Texas authorities had dismissed "more than half" of the dependency cases of children seized from the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints Yearning For Zion ranch.  (last visited by MIF 09-15-08)

September 15, 2008 in Child Abuse | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (3)