Friday, May 29, 2009
On May 31, family law scholar Ruth Fleet Thurman will retire from her full-time position at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla., leaving behind a legacy that began almost five decades ago. As her son began kindergarten in 1960, Professor Thurman began her legal studies at Stetson Law, graduating three years later as the only female in her class.
“It was a lifelong dream to go to law school,” said Thurman, whose eyes still sparkle with enthusiasm. “We studied the Supreme Court when I was in the sixth grade, and that's when I decided that I'd like to be a lawyer.”
After graduation, she practiced law for nearly 13 years and was the first woman to serve as assistant state attorney in the 6th Judicial Circuit of Florida. In 1975, she was asked to join the Stetson faculty and has the distinction of being Stetson's first tenured female law professor.
In 2005, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Stetson University College of Law. In 2009, she was honored with a bronze relief of her likeness as a “Legal Pioneer” by Stetson Law Vice President and Dean Darby Dickerson. Stetson University President H. Douglas Lee -- who will himself retire this month -- approved the faculty and Dean Darby Dickerson’s recommendation to name Thurman a Professor Emeritus.
You can read a complete story and Q&A, and download a great photo of Professor Thurman, by visiting http://www.law.stetson.edu/tmpl/news/article.aspx?id=6892
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The Center for Disease Control has issued a new report tracking births to unmarried mothers and found:
See the entire report at the CDC website. (bgf)
Monday, May 11, 2009
Children and the Law Junior Faculty Workshop
July 16 -17, 2009
The Frances Lewis Law Center
at Washington & Lee University is sponsoring a workshop for junior
scholars working on legal issues related to children. The workshop will
be held this summer on the campus of Washington & Lee in Lexington,
More info on Feminist Law Professors blog here.