Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Law Prof Nina Pillard Blocked as Federal Judge

On Tuesday, Georgetown law professor Nina Pillard's nomination was blocked in the Senate because of "her liberal record on abortion."

But her scholarship is about women's equality, family leave, and arbitration.

See Slate Nina Pillard is Not a Radical.  Her Opponents Are. (Nov. 12, 2013)

See Slate, Dahlia Lithwick (July 2013)

She is a well-respected professor at Georgetown Law School; co-director of its Supreme Court Institute; a former lawyer at the ACLU, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and the Justice Department; and a successful Supreme Court litigator.

She is also a “feminist.”

A “feminist” insofar as she has spent part of her career advocating for women’s equality (including a successful brief challenging the men-only admissions policy at the Virginia Military Institute, and a successful challenge to gender-biased family leave policies). Pillard’s “radical feminism” appears largely to take the form of seeking equality for women, which would certainly be a disqualifying feature of her advocacy work. If it were 1854.

Review her record for yourself, at her faculty website.

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