Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Gender Diversity in Authors of Legal Scholarship

Naomi Cahn, Author Diversity in Legal Scholarship

One impetus for the conference was Minna Kotkin’s article, Of Authorship and Audacity: An Empirical Study of Gender Disparity and Privilege in the “Top Ten” Law Reviews, 31 Women’s Rts. L. Rep. 385 (2010).   Kotkin published the results of a study examining the percentage of female authors in elite journals, finding  that just over 20% of articles in those law reviews were written by women even though women make up 31% of the tenured/tenure-track faculty nationally. When she first began discussing the results of the study, she faced lots of criticism and support in the blogosphere.  Nancy Leong  has usefully pointed out that these disparities certainly exist outside of the law review context as well.   On the other hand, a later study mentioned at the conference concerning gender disparity in citation rates found that  “women publishing in the field of legal studies do not experience significant gender bias in citation rates to their articles. If anything, the opposite appears to be true.”   (p. 20). While the authors are not certain as to why this is, they offer numerous speculations as to why this is so, such as  “legal scholars [may be]  less likely than other scholars to bias citation by gender of author”.  One possibility they don’t mention is that women’s articles are simply better than men’s; as the famed quote (from Charlotte Whitton) goes:  “Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.”  If this is true, then the gender disparity in law review authors is even more shocking.

 

Moving forward, we discussed  a variety of potential changes.  For example, when it comes to law review selection, we discussed the pipeline process:  who is mentored to write on and join the law review, the topic selection for the write on process; the guidance given to law review staff on how to become senior editorial board members.  While some participants advocated author-blind review of submissions by law reviews, others suggested affirmative action might be more appropriate (an issue discussed in this prior thread.

  

On the faculty side, we discussed the importance of both formal and informal mentoring, of finding colleagues from both within and outside of one’s own faculty who can engage in an informal peer review process.  We discussed how schools can support diversity in faculty scholarship, including a shout-out to Martha Minow’s field guide to legal scholarship.    One school actually has developed postings of sample (and successful) cover letters for articles.

April 14, 2015 in Conferences, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Conference: Reframing the Welfare Queen

At USC School of Law, Reframing the Welfare Queen: Feminist and CRT Alternatives to Existing Poverty Discourse

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Moynihan Report, a Senate report issued in 1965 that pathologized the creation of black, female single-parent households with long- term dependence on state assistance programs, and in this way laid the political foundation for the political construct known as the "welfare queen." The "welfare queen construct" has played a key role in political debates and facilitated the transformation of public assistance programs. For the past fifty years it has played a prominent role in presidential politics, shaping discussions of poverty during the Reagan, Clinton and even Obama presidencies. Moreover, the construct led to a spate of concrete policy changes in 1996, ones that transformed older open-ended welfare programs into TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). Many TANF features are direct responses to the threat of the welfare queen, including: family caps limiting benefit levels for families above a certain size; workfare programs requiring welfare recipients to work; and strict time limits that sunset welfare benefits after a set number of years.

 

Numerous scholars, activists and commentators have explored how the welfare queen construct is used to demonize poor women of color in need of state assistance programs. And while the critiques launched by these early conversations about the welfare queen have been important in opening a much-needed dialogue about the needs of the poor, this conference attempts to move us beyond discussions that isolate poor minority female welfare recipients as a special class. Instead the conference explores how the construct of the welfare queen imposes costs on us all, by revealing the hidden institutional norms naturalized by the construct and the cultural anxieties it creates that prevent people from seeking state assistance. Our project is to "reframe" the welfare queen - to challenge the ways in which claims of need are represented as pathological by the state; feminized and racialized in ways that marginalize and render invisible certain needy communities; and foreclose recognition of certain kinds of "need" and certain relationships of support between the individual and the State. By "reframing" the welfare queen have an opportunity to image new forms of governmental assistance that might better match up with the working poor's needs and lived experiences and with feminist values and anti-poverty advocates' goals and understandings.

April 7, 2015 in Conferences, Poverty, Race | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Law & Society Programs on Gender & Law

For more information about each panel, go to Law and Society Association Annual Meeting and search the online program.  (Seattle, May 28)  The titles though provide a good overview of what issues academics are grappling with these days.

Separate Spheres? Church, State, Market, and Family

A Critical Look at How American Universities Handle Sexual Assault

Making Meaning, Making Change?: Visual Cultures of Trafficking and the Sex Trade

Gender and Judging

Gender, Law, and Empowerment

Islam and Legal History: New Research on Reform, Women, and Property

Law & Society Perspectives on Sex Work

Women/Gender in the Legal Profession

Gender, Race, Emotion, and the Processes of Criminalization in US History

Governance Feminism

Sex, Sexual Violence, and Consent

Women of Color in Legal Education

Birth, Abortion, and Law

New Forms of Intimate Ordering

Reproduction in the 21st Century: ART, Contraception, & Abortion

Reproduction in the 21st Century: ART, Contraception, and Abortion II

Sexual and Reproductive Rights Lawfare in International Courts and Tribunals

Public Secrets of Law – Gender, Courts & Sexual Violence

AMR Salon: Ummni Khan - "Vicarious Kinks: SM in the Socio-Legal Imaginary"

Regulating Sex; Designating Victims and Offenders

Choice and Constraint: Changing Conceptions of Parenthood

Feminist Judgments: United States Supreme Court Cases Rewritten

Legal Responses to Domestic Violence

Reproduction in the 21st Century: Race, Religion, and Rights

Sexuality in the 21st Century: Law and Gender Equality Norms

International, Socio-legal Feminisms: Perspectives on Taxation Law

International Socio-legal Feminisms - Theorising Violence, Vulnerability and Autonomy

International Socio-legal Feminisms - Narratives in the Public and Private Spheres: Property, Personhood, Autonomy and Time

Policy, Police Work and Prosecution: The Promise and Peril of Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Violence

Gender-Based Violence

Masculinity, Sexuality & Law

Comparative Perspectives on the Regulation of Gender: States, Families, and Legal Change

April 4, 2015 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Conference: Leadership Academy for Women

Leadership Academy for Women at Hastings.

April 2, 2015 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Rebecca Walker to Speak at University of Akron Gender Conference

The University of Akron presents the 7th Annual CROW (Committee for Research on Women & Gender) Conference, a symposium of graduate and undergraduate papers on gender.  Click on the link to register.

The keynote presentation by Rebecca Walker, is free and open to the public.  Rebecca Walker is a bestselling author, Founder of Third Wave Foundation for Women, Former Contributing Editor to Ms. Magazine and named one of the most influential leaders of her generation by Time Magazine.

 

Walker

 

February 21, 2015 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Conference: Worn Out! Motherwork in the Age of Austerity

Worn Out!: Motherwork in the Age of Austerity

Sarah Lawrence College
Bronxville, NY (20 minutes north of Manhattan)
Friday - Saturday March 6-7, 2015
Free and Open to the Public

Featuring:
Roksana Badruddoja, member of the Academic Advisory Board for the Museum of Motherhood (MOM), Board Member of the Council on Contemporary Families (CCF), and professor of sociology and women's gender studies at Manhattan College.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 60% of mothers of preschool children are in the paid workforce, and for mothers of school-age children, that figure nears 80%. If paychecks were all it took to liberate women, we would be well on our way.  Instead, we're exhausted, and while this problem is hardly unique to the United States, the American system of long hours on the job and scant provision for public welfare makes the challenges of motherwork all the more acute. It's not hard to figure out what brought us to this pass: wage stagnation, increasingly lengthy workweeks, proliferating numbers of single-parent households and two-income couples, gaping holes in the social safety net, erosion of labor unions, mounting violence against our children  by both civilians and the state, and diminished public spending on youth recreation, daycare, afterschool programs and other services crucial to working families. The question is: what can we do to turn things around? This conference will explore answers to that question.

Sponsored by the Women's History Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College
Co-sponsered with the Diversity and Activism Programming Subcommittee of Student Life (DAPS) and Sister to Sister International Inc.
 
Panels Include:

Motherwork, Race, and the Criminal Justice System

Historical Perspectives on Motherwork

Failing to Mother: Unnatural Mothers, Delinquent Mothers, and Wicked Stepmothers in U.S. History

"Fueron Hijos Nuestros...": State Appropriation of Motherhood in Three Contemporary Latin American Contexts

Tick-Tock-Tick-Tock, Mommy's on the Tenure Clock: Women Junior Faculty on Mentorship, Marking, and Maternity Policies

Mediated Motherhood: Rules for Parenting in a Post-Feminist Era

Writing Motherhood

And More!!

Registration is required (free): http://www.slc.edu/womens-history/conference/registration.html
Conference Schedule: http://www.slc.edu/womens-history/conference/schedule.html

For more information contact:
Tara James - tjames@sarahlawrence.edu
914-395-2405

February 19, 2015 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Conference: Re-imagining IP and Gender

Reimagining IP/Gender: The Next Ten Years of Engagement with Intellectual Property Law

Feb. 27, 2015 – 9:30am, Room 601
American University Washington College of Law
Registration | Logistics and Directions

At the 11th Annual IP/Gender, presenters will address the production of knowledge, commodification, definition, and valuation of women’s work, and other areas of feminist and queer inquiry. We hope to spur intellectual property scholars to explore how the tools of deliberately intersectional feminist and queer theory can shed new light on the challenge of creating intellectual property law that fosters social justice.  For more information about previous events in the IP/Gender series, see here.

The program:

Opening Keynote

Ann ShalleckAmerican University Washington College of Law – Introduction 

Rebecca TushnetGeorgetown University Law Center- IP, Gender, and Creative Communities

 

10:00 – Panel I
Community Structure and Women’s Leadership in Traditional Cultural Production – Moderator – Margaret ChonSeattle University School of Law

  • Helen Chuma OkoroNigerian institute of Advanced Legal Studies – Traditional Knowledge, Intellectual Property Protection, and Matriarchal Dominance: The Case of Traditional Textiles in South Western Nigeria
  • Lorraine AragonUniversity of North Carolina – Cut From the Same Cloth? Reimagining Copyright’s Relationship with TCEs and Gender in Indonesia

11:00 Panel II Documenting Communities of Practice – Moderator – Meredith Jacob, American University Washington College of Law

  • Jhessica ReiaCenter for Technology and Society at Fundacao Getulio Vargas (CTS-FGV) – DIY or Die! Gender and Creation in Marginal Music Production
  • Betsy RosenblattWhittier Law School (and Rebecca Tushnet) – Transformative Works: Young Women’s Voices on Fandom and Fair Use

1:00 – Lunch Keynote: Kara SwansonNortheastern University School of Law – IP and Gender: Reflections on Methodology and Accomplishments

 

1:30 Panel III
Gendered Understandings of the Role and Scope of Intellectual Property Law – Moderator – Irene Calboli,Marquette Law School and National University of Singapore

  • Carys CraigOsgoode Hall Law School, York University - Deconstructing Copyright’s Choreographer: the Power of Performance (and the Performance of Power)
  • Charles Colman, New York University School of Law – Patents and Perverts

2:45 Panel IV
Gender and Intellectual Property in the U.S. Federal Courts – Moderator – Christine FarleyAmerican University Washington College of Law

  • Jessica Silbey, Suffolk University Law School – Intellectual Property Reform Through the Lens of Constitutional Equality
  • Sandra ParkACLU Women’s Rights Project – A Feminist Challenge to Gene Patents: Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics

3:45 – Looking Forward: the Next Ten Years – Peter JasziAmerican University Washington College of Law,Daniela KraiemAmerican University Washington College of Law, and community

 

 

 

 

February 17, 2015 in Conferences, Technology | Permalink | Comments (0)

Conference: Women and the Criminal Justice System

Women and the Law Conference 2015

Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s 2015 Women and the Law Conference will explore Women and the Criminal Justice System. Noted criminal defense attorney and author Leslie Abramson, who handled the Menendez Brothers trial and the Phil Spector case, will deliver the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture (which Justice Ginsburg generously established for TJSL in 2003). A dynamic speaker, Abramson promises to give a spirited presentation. Other notables speaking at the conference include retired U.S. District Court Judge Irma Gonzalez, San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis ‘76, and Santa Clara law professor Gerald Uelmen. Panels will focus on timely and controversial subjects, including: Are Women Treated Like Men in the Criminal Justice System?, Pathways to Power: Trailblazing Women in Criminal Law, and Women in Prison. The conference will be followed by a reception.

The full schedule is here.

February 17, 2015 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The 7th Ms JD Conference

The Top Three Reasons You Should Attend the Annual Ms. JD Conference

1.  Inspiring to hear other women's success stories.

2. Learning new skills to stay ahead of the curve, like granting writing or developing business plans.

3.  Networking - that "New Girls Network"

January 24, 2015 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

AALS Podcasts Now Online

Annual Meeting Podcasts Now Online

More than 150 audio podcasts from the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. are available at no charge to faculty and professional staff from AALS member and fee-paid schools.


 Please visit aals.org/am2015/podcasts to listen to the Annual Meeting podcasts.


 A user name and password are required to access them. Your user name is your primary e-mail address. If you do not have or do not remember your password, click the "forgot password" link on the bottom of the login screen.

January 20, 2015 in Conferences, Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Justice Ginsburg Rocks AALS Annual Meeting

NLJ, Ginsburg--and Reform--Highlight Law School Gathering

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg got the rock star treatment during the Association of American Law Schools’ annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Many of the normally rather staid legal educators in attendance whipped out their cellphones to snap pictures as Ginsburg entered the ballroom Saturday for an hour-long conversation with Wendy Williams, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

ICYMI, see Justice Ginsburg and Women's Legal History at AALS.  



January 6, 2015 in Conferences, Law schools | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

AALS Women in Legal Education Programs Begin Friday

Friday, January 2

WILE Business Meeting and Networking Event, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Virginia Suite C, Lobby Level.  Refreshments to be served!  

 Saturday, January 3

Co-Sponsored Program, Liberty-Equality:  Gender, Sexuality, and Reproduction—Griswold v. Connecticut Then and Now, 8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., Salon 1. 

Presented by the Section on Constitutional Law and co-sponsored by the Sections on Women in Legal Education and Legal History,  this program marks the 50th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut, the ground-breaking Supreme Court decision recognizing a right to privacy that protected individuals in making decisions about the use of contraceptives from the reach of state criminal law, but spoke implicitly to the constitutional underpinnings of an individual’s rights or interests in intimacy, marriage, procreation, sexuality, and sexual conduct.  Panelists will place the case in historical context, and explore the development of the Griswold doctrine, as well as its implications for current constitutional controversies over access to reproductive health care, marriage, sexuality and sexual conduct.

 

Speakers

Speaker: Cary C. Franklin, The University of Texas School of Law

Co-Moderator: M. Isabel Medina, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Speaker: Melissa E. Murray, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Speaker: Doug NeJaime, University of California, Irvine School of Law

Speaker: Neil S. Siegel, Duke University School of Law

Co-Moderator Speaker: Reva B. Siegel, Yale Law School

Section on Women in Legal Education Luncheon, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m., Salon 2.

Honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, and 2015 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Herma Hill Kay, Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law.

 

Joint Program:  Engendering Equality:  A Conversation with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, and New Voices in Legal History, 1:30 – 3:15 p.m., Salon 1.

This Section on Legal History and Women in Legal Education Joint Program, co-sponsored by the Section on Constitutional Law, explores the history of women’s equality and the legacy of Justice Ginsburg.  The first portion of the program will, through a conversation between Justice Ginsburg and Wendy Williams, consider the ideas and strategies shaping Justice Ginsburg’s efforts as an advocate, an academic, and a Justice to equal citizenship for women.   The second portion of the program will present a panel of new voices in Women’s Legal History who study the complex and often contradictory ways in which social, political, and legal actors have appealed to gender and equality in movements of the past, and suggest how such studies might engender/inform equality’s future.

Speakers

Speaker: Deborah Dinner, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Speaker: Lynda Dodd,  City College of New York, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Speaker: The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court of the United States

Co-Moderator: Reva B. Siegel, Yale Law School

Co-Moderator: Tracy A. Thomas, University of Akron, C. Blake McDowell Law Center

Speaker: Wendy W. Williams, Georgetown University Law Center

Speaker: Mary Ziegler, Florida State University College of Law

 

Sunday, January 4

AALS Crosscutting Program:  The More Things Change . . . Exploring Solutions to Persisting Discrimination in Legal Academia, 2:00 – 3:45 p.m., Thurgood Marshall East, Mezzanine Level.

 

This program, spearheaded by WILE Member Meera Deo, draws from empirical data, legal research, litigation strategy, and personal experience to both further conversations about the persistence of discrimination in the legal academy and activate strategies for addressing ongoing structural and individual barriers. Intersectional bias compounds many of these challenges, which range from the discriminatory actions of colleagues and students, to the marginalization of particular subject areas in the curriculum, to structural hierarchies in the profession.

By creating an avenue for direct personal exchange regarding these topics, the program seeks to build community between like-minded individuals who are diverse across characteristics of race, gender, class, teaching status, institution, and age. The focus of the participants is to share best practices and explore new approaches for overcoming ongoing discrimination, with the hope that these strategies may be more broadly employed.

The program follows an innovative format. After short presentations by three speakers, the program transitions to an “open microphone” session of speakers (selected in advance from a “call for remarks”) including those who are untenured, women of color, allies to marginalized faculty, clinical, legal writing and library faculty, and others with perspectives that may differ from the majority. The final thirty minutes are reserved for questions and conversation.

Speakers

Moderator and Commentator: Marina Angel, Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law

Speaker: Meera Deo, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Speaker: Angela P. Harris, University of California at Davis School of Law

Speaker: Melissa Hart, University of Colorado School of Law

Monday, January 5

Co-Sponsored Program:  Emotions at Work:  The Employment Relationship During An Age of Anxiety, 10:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m., Maryland Suite C, Lobby Level.

This program, presented by the Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law and co-sponsored by the Sections on Socio-Economics and on Women in Legal Education, recognizes that in uncertain economic times that translate into uncertain times in the workplace, many individuals are experiencing a greater range and intensity of emotions at work, both as employees and as employers.  Employees may be anxious about job security even when they have an employment contract or other job protections, may feel more pressure with respect to their work responsibilities, and may be emotionally (and not just financially) unprepared for sudden changes to their employment relationships and changes in career plans.  Employers also are experiencing heightened pressure as they try to steer their work organizations safely past the rough economic waves while needing to make some hard decisions along the way.  Are these emotions in the workplace openly recognized and managed, and if so, how?  This panel explores the emotional aspects of the employment relationship and how employment law or workplace policy should address these concerns.

 

Speakers

Speaker: Marion G. Crain, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Moderator: Rebecca K. Lee, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Speaker: Laura A. Rosenbury, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Speaker: Thomas Ulen, University of Illinois College of Law

Speaker: David Yamada, Suffolk University Law School

 

December 30, 2014 in Conferences, Law schools | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gender, Race and Poverty: International Conference Watch Live Today

Gender, Race and Poverty: Addressing Multiple Identities Through Law

Objectives

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together researchers from different parts of the world to share their findings about the role of law in addressing some of the most challenging aspects of discrimination: those involving the intersection between gender, race and poverty. There were few opportunities of getting together researchers in Latin America, Africa, Europe and North America to work together on these issues. Despite the problems, the legal challenges and possibilities for reform are similar and closely related. The workshop will address the international and comparative law, and theory and practice.

Context

The World Development Report 2012 identified substantive victories for women: there was an increase in their schooling, in their life expectancy and  in their participation in the labor market. However, these gains were not reachable to poor women. Women in countries with low and middle income are more likely than men to die, they face unequal access to economic opportunities and are being marginalized in their homes and in society. This results in a cycle of discrimination and disempowerment. Women are responsible for a disproportionate share of care tasks in their homes, an activity that is not valued or remunerated, leading to lower levels of education and lack of preparation to seek financial independence in the formal labor market or to break with prejudices and stereotypes the role of women.

 

Whereas the World Development Report highlights that these gaps are more pronounced when gender and poverty are combined with other exclusion factors – ethnicity, caste, remoteness, age, race, disability and sexual orientation – there should have a critical study of forms of interaction between gender, race and poverty. While the feminization of poverty is a phenomenon long recognized, gender inequality, racial inequality and poverty are conceptualized as separate problems. Poverty is often approached from a neutral point of view with regard to gender, rather than adopting a comprehensive, integrated and holistic gender perspective. Likewise, racial discrimination is accessed by a neutral perspective regarding both gender and poverty. These approaches are not adequate to portray the various and intricate human rights violations experienced by poor women with multiple identities

November 13, 2014 in Conferences, International, Poverty | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Highlights of Legal History Conference on Gender and Law Topics

From the program for the 2014 American Society of Legal History conference coming up Nov. 6 in Denver.  Here are the presentations related to gender and the law.  It is really great to see so many talks in this field.

 

On the panel "Gender in US Legal History"

    Chair/Commentator: Serena Mayeri, University of Pennsylvania Law School

    Kimberly A. Reilly, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, “For Love or Money: Loss of Services Suits and the Transformation of Wives’ Household Labor, 1870-1920”

Larissa Werhnyak, University of Iowa, “To Make the World Safe For Men: The Anti-Heart Balm Campaigns of the 1930s”

    Jeffrey D. Gonda, Syracuse University, “On a Different Home Front: Black Women & Shelley v. Kraemer, 1944-1948”

    Lauren MacIvor Thompson, Georgia State University, “'An Outrage to Common Sense': Legal and Medical Conceptions of Female Disability in the Women's Rights Movement, 1870-1930”

 

On the panel "Contesting Custody, Creating Rights: Family Law and Equality Claims in Late 20th-Century America"

    Chair:Commentator Karen M. Tani, University of California-Berkeley School of Law

    Deborah Dinner, Washington University School of Law, “The Divorce Bargain: The Fathers’ Rights Movement and the Dual System of Family Law”

    Serena Mayeri, University of Pennsylvania Law School, “Unmarried Fathers, Sex Equality, and Marital Supremacy, 1970-1983”

    Marie-Amelie George, Yale University, “The Custody Crucible: The Centrality of Lesbian Mother Custody Cases in Gay Rights” 

 

On the panel "Women Acting Locally, Women Acting Globally: Female Activists Trying to Shape a Modern World Across the 20th Century"

     Chair/Commentator: Nupur Chaudhuri, Texas Southern University

     Susan Hinely, Stony Brook University, “The Theory and Practice of International Justice in the Pre-War Suffrage Movement”

     Kathleen Banks Nutter, Smith College, “‘Abundant life for all’: American YWCA Workers in Turkey, 1920-1935”

    Gwen Jordan, University of Illinois-Springfield, “Building Transnational Coalitions of Women of Color During the Cold War: The Work of Edith Sampson and the National Council of Negro Women”

  

And presentations included on other panels:

Katrina Jagodinsky, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, "The Legal Pluralisms of Indigenous Women and their Daughters, 1854-1934”

Donna Schuele, University of California-Irvine, “California's Women's Rights Movement: The Promise and Perils of the 14th Amendment”

Nan Goodman, University of Colorado-Boulder, “'I hear no things laid to my charge': Oral and Written Discourse in Anne Hutchinson's Trial Transcript”

Sarah Bakkali, Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), “Female Impotence in Medieval Canon Law”

Alison L. Lefkovitz, NJIT/Rutgers University-Newark, “Husbands and Wives at Risk: Sexual Access, Household Labor, and Backlash, 1963-1984”

Evelyn Atkinson, University of Chicago (student), “The Telegraph Cases: Law, Gender, Family, and Corporate Responsibility in the Late 19th Century"

October 25, 2014 in Conferences, Legal History | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sex Discrimination History and the Flight Attendant Story

Flight Attendants Helped to Ground Sex Discrimination

[B]efore she started her job each day, Worrell had to step on the scale to prove she weighed between 105 and 118 pounds, undergo an inspection to make sure the seams in her stockings were straight and submit to a girdle check.

 

"It was just the way it was back then," says Worrell, 66, who started as a "stewardess" with United Airlines in 1968. "I didn't think it was the least bit odd. If they told me to stand on my head in the corner, I probably would have done it."

 

But during her 34-year career as a flight attendant, Worrell and other young women who started as stewardesses helped change the way the airlines and all employers dealt with women in the wake of the groundbreaking Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its Title VII, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.

 

"The flight attendants played an astonishing role in the development of Title VII," says professor Mary Rose Strubbe, assistant director of the Institute for Law and the Workplace at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Strubbe, 66, who started her law career with a Chicago firm representing many of those flight attendants in discrimination cases, will be one of the presenters Thursday at the institute's conference on the role of flight attendants in fighting sex discrimination.

More on the conference

Title: "The Civil Rights Act @ 50: The Pioneering Role of Flight Attendants in Fighting Sex Discrimination"
What: A multimedia exploration of the critical role flight attendants played in the enforcement of Title VII's prohibition against sex discrimination in the workplace
When: 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 23
Where: IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago
Sponsors: IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Workplace, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law
Cost: Free         

October 21, 2014 in Conferences, Equal Employment | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Gender and Justice Programs at AALS 2015

Saturday, January 3

 Co-Sponsored Program, Liberty-Equality:  Gender, Sexuality, and Reproduction—Griswold v. Connecticut Then and Now, 8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Presented by the Section on Constitutional Law and co-sponsored by the Sections on Women in Legal Education and Legal History,  this program marks the 50th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut, the ground-breaking Supreme Court decision recognizing a right to privacy that protected individuals in making decisions about the use of contraceptives from the reach of state criminal law, but spoke implicitly to the constitutional underpinnings of an individual’s rights or interests in intimacy, marriage, procreation, sexuality, and sexual conduct.  Panelists will place the case in historical context, and explore the development of the Griswold doctrine, as well as its implications for current constitutional controversies over access to reproductive health care, marriage, sexuality and sexual conduct.

 

Speakers

Speaker: Cary C. Franklin, The University of Texas School of Law

Co-Moderator: M. Isabel Medina, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Speaker: Melissa E. Murray, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Speaker: Doug NeJaime, University of California, Irvine School of Law

Speaker: Neil S. Siegel, Duke University School of Law

Co-Moderator Speaker: Reva B. Siegel, Yale Law School

 

Section on Women in Legal Education Luncheon, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

 We are pleased to announce that this luncheon honors both Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is scheduled to attend and for whom the Section on Women in Legal Education Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award is named, and this year’s Award recipient, [I’ll fill this in before I send and after I talk with her].  Join us to spend some time with and hear from our honorees.

 

 Joint Program:  Engendering Equality:  A Conversation with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States

and New Voices in Legal History, 1:30 – 3:15 p.m. 

This Section on Legal History and Women in Legal Education Joint Program, co-sponsored by the Section on Constitutional Law,explores the history of women’s equality and the legacy of Justice Ginsburg.  The first portion of the program will, through a conversation between Justice Ginsburg and Wendy Williams, consider the ideas and strategies shaping Justice Ginsburg’s efforts as an advocate, an academic, and a Justice to achieve equal citizenship for women.  

The second portion of the program will present a panel of new voices in Women’s Legal History who study the complex and often contradictory ways in which social, political, and legal actors have appealed to gender and equality in movements of the past, and suggest how such studies might engender/inform equality’s future.

Speakers

Speaker: Deborah Dinner, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Speaker: Lynda Dodd,  City College of New York, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Speaker: The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court of the United States

Co-Moderator: Reva B. Siegel, Yale Law School

Co-Moderator: Tracy A. Thomas, University of Akron, C. Blake McDowell Law Center

Speaker: Wendy W. Williams, Georgetown University Law Center

Speaker: Mary Ziegler, Florida State University College of Law

 

Sunday, January 4

AALS Crosscutting Program:  The More Things Change . . . Exploring Solutions to Persisting Discrimination in Legal Academia, 2:00 – 3:45 p.m.

This program, spearheaded by WILE Member Meera Deo, draws from empirical data, legal research, litigation strategy, and personal experience to both further conversations about the persistence of discrimination in the legal academy and activate strategies for addressing ongoing structural and individual barriers. Intersectional bias compounds many of these challenges, which range from the discriminatory actions of colleagues and students, to the marginalization of particular subject areas in the curriculum, to structural hierarchies in the profession.

By creating an avenue for direct personal exchange regarding these topics, the program seeks to build community between like-minded individuals who are diverse across characteristics of race, gender, class, teaching status, institution, and age. The focus of the participants is to share best practices and explore new approaches for overcoming ongoing discrimination, with the hope that these strategies may be more broadly employed.

The program follows an innovative format. After short presentations by three speakers, the program transitions to an “open microphone” session of speakers (selected in advance from a “call for remarks”) including those who are untenured, women of color, allies to marginalized faculty, clinical, legal writing and library faculty, and others with perspectives that may differ from the majority. The final thirty minutes are reserved for questions and conversation.

Speakers

Moderator and Commentator: Marina Angel, Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law

Speaker: Meera Deo, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Speaker: Angela P. Harris, University of California at Davis School of Law

Speaker: Melissa Hart, University of Colorado School of Law

September 20, 2014 in Conferences, Education, Law schools, Legal History | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

LAT CRIT and SALT Conference

I received a request from Prof. Charlotte Garden at Seattle to post about the upcoming Lat Crit-SALT conference, which I am happy to do.  

Twelfth Annual LatCrit-SALT
Call for ParticipationJunior Faculty Development WorkshopOctober 9, 2014University of Nevada-Las VegasLas Vegas, NV 

LatCrit, Inc. and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) are pleased to invite interested participants to the Twelfth Annual Junior Faculty Development Workshop (FDW), immediately preceding the SALT Teaching Conference.  This annual workshop is designed for critical, progressive, and social justice oriented pre-tenure professors, including clinicians and legal writing professors, as well as those who may be contemplating a teaching career.  However, we also encourage more senior members of the profession to attend, share their experience, and serve as resources and mentors.

The FDW is designed to familiarize critical, progressive, and social justice oriented junior faculty with LatCrit and SALT principles and values and support them in the scholarship, teaching, and service aspects of professional success.  In addition, the FDW seeks to foster scholarship in progressive, social justice, and critical outsider jurisprudence, including LatCrit theory, among new and junior faculty, students, and practitioners.  Finally, the FDW aims to cultivate a community of scholars interested in the continuation of this and similar projects over the years.

To facilitate community building through shared experiences and the exchange of ideas, we strongly encourage all participants to attend the entire workshop.

If you have questions about the workshop or would like to attend, please email SALTLatCritFDW@gmail.com.  Although we will make efforts to accommodate all interested participants, RSVPs are strongly suggested by September 30, 2014. 

Registration for the SALT Biennial Teaching Conference is available at http://www.saltlaw.org/conference_registration/

 

August 31, 2014 in Call for Papers, Conferences, Poverty, Race, Theory | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Akron Program on the Social and Legal Implications of Same Sex Families Featuring Stephanie Coontz

Program Schedule: The Social and Legal Implications of Same Sex Families

Families and Communities Interdisciplinary Seminar
The Social and Legal Implications of Same Sex Relationships
September 11, 2014 – 7 hours CLE and CEU

8:00 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by The University of Akron School of Law, Law Association for Women

8:25 a.m. Introductory Remarks – Gary Rosen, Partner, Goldman & Rosen
8:30 a.m.

How Did We Get Here? Historical Context and Contemporary Implications of the Spread of Same-Sex Marriage
Featured Speaker: 
Stephanie Coontz, Author; Director of Research and Public Education for the Council on Contemporary Families; Professor at The Evergreen State College, Washington

9:30 a.m.

State of the Law Today
Presenter:
Marc SpindelmanIsadore and Ida Topper Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

10:30 a.m. Break – Sponsored by Akron Family Institute
10:45 a.m.

Religious & Social Issues
Presenters:  
Gizelle Jones, Executive Director, Jewish Family Services
Rabbi Emeritus David M. Horowitz, DD, Temple Israel; PFLAG, National Board and past president, Akron Chapter
Dr. Joe Coffey, Lead Pastor, Christ Community Chapel

11:30 a.m.

Lunch – Sponsored by Summit County Probate Court
Structured Discussion Activity

12:30 p.m.

Case Study
Nancy Reeves, Assistant Director, Academic Success Program
The University of Akron School of Law

12:45 p.m.

Probate Issues
Presenters:  
Jennifer L. Branch, Equire, Partner, Gerhardstein & Branch Co. LPA, Cincinnati  
The Honorable Elinor Marsh Stormer, Judge, Summit County Probate Court
Emily M. Hete, Esquire

1:30 p.m.

Domestic Relations – Divorce, Parentage, Domestic Violence 
Presenters:  
The Honorable John P. Quinn, Judge, Domestic Relations Court of Summit County 
Thomas J. Addesa, Esquire Artz Dewhirst & Wheeler, Columbus

2:15 p.m. Break – Sponsored by CANAPI
2:30 p.m.

Juvenile Issues: A Child’s Perspective
Presenters:
The Honorable Linda Tucci Teodosio, Judge Summit County Juvenile Court
Dr. Erich Merkle, School Psychologist and Student Support Services & Security, Akron Public Schools
Julie Barnes, Executive Director
Summit County Children Services Board

3:15 p.m. Q&A – Written questions collected from audience
3:45 p.m.

Closing Panel – Where do we go from here?
Presenter:
Stephanie Coontz and other speakers

4:15 p.m. Adjournment 

This course has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 7.00 total CLE hours instruction.

 

REGISTER HERE.

August 26, 2014 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Feminist Legal Theory at Law & Society Beginning Today

Here is the final and revised schedule of the awesome Collaborative Research Network on Feminist Legal Theory at today's Law & Society Conference.  Hope to have some live blogging from Jamie Abrams.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28

 Book Discussion: Becoming Sexual by Danielle Egan 7 pm, University of Minnesota, Lindquist & Vennum Conference Room

 THURSDAY, MAY 29

 Alternatives to Marriage, Chair: June Carbone

Erez Aloni, Beyond Recognition: Redistribution in Family Law

Jessica Feinberg, The Survival of Non-Marital Relationship Statuses in the Same-Sex Marriage Era: A Proposal

Leslie Harris,Drifting Toward Marriage: How and Why Legal Structures for Alternative Family Forms Converge on Marriage

Theodore Seto, A Coasian Theory of Marriage

Discussants: Kerry Abrams, June Carbone

 

Feminist Perspectives on Health Care, Chair: Kara Loewentheil

Jamie Abrams, Revealing the Illusion of Patient Autonomy and the Ghost of Roe’s Medical Model

Kara Loewentheil, When Free Exercise Is a Burden: Protecting “Third Parties” In Religious Accommodation Law

Seema Mohapatra, Time to Lift the Veil of Inequality in Health Care Coverage: Using Corporate Law to Defend the Affordable Care Act’s Reproductive Health Care Mandate

Discussants:  Jessica Waters, Margaux Hall

                   

ART and Parentage, Chair: Wendy Bach

Courtney Joslin, The Biology Myth

Jody Madiera, The Legal Consequences of Infertility Patients’ Self-Identification as Consumer or Patient

Dara Purvis, Fathers, Abortion, and Equal Rights

Kara Swanson, Alternative Insemination and Adoption: Historical Perspectives

Discussants: Johanna Bond, Deborah Dinner, Marie Failinger

 

Same Sex Marriage and Divorce, Chair: William Kuby

Cynthia Godsoe, Considering Gay Parenthood

Zvi Triger and Ayelet Blecher-Prigat, Same-Sex Divorce and the Right to Divorce

Ann Tweedy, Same-Sex Marriage and Indian Tribes

Deborah Widiss, Federal Marriage Discrimination, Take Two

Discussant: William Kuby

 

"Just the Facts:” Expertise and Empirical Evidence as Movement Strategies, Chair: Rachel Rebouche

 Libby Adler, Facts About Gay People

Aziza Ahmed, Medical Evidence and Expertise in Abortion Jurisprudence

Elizabeth Kukura, Contested Care: The Politics of Research, Evidence and Knowledge in U.S. Childbirth Policies

 Discussants: Elizabeth MacDowell, Rachel Rebouche                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   FRIDAY, MAY 30

 Roundtable: Feminist Legal Theory Half a Century after the Second Wave

Moderator/Discussant:  Clare Huntington

Susan Appleton and Susan Stiritz, Legal Education Gone Wild: Law and Literature and Sex

Naomi Cahn and June Carbone, Unequal Terms

Max Eichner, Second-Wave Feminism and the Market

Jennifer Hendricks, Schrodinger’s Child: Non-Identity, Probability, and Reproductive Decision-Making

                  

The Economics of Intergenerational Care, Chair: Dirk Hartog 

 Alicia Kelly, Intergenerational Economies

Nina Kohn, Valuing Care

Peggie Smith, Compensating Family Members to Care for Elderly Relatives

Amy Ziettlow, “Money and Stuff:” Gen X Caregivers and Financial Decision-making for Their Baby Boomer Parents

 Discussant:  Naomi Cahn

 

 Roundtable:  Anniversary of Fineman’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project, Chair: Hila Keren

June Carbone, Univ. of Minnesota Law

Martha A. Fineman, Emory Law School

Michele Goodwin, Univ. of Minnesota Law

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Univ. of Minnesota Law School

Dorothy Roberts, Univ. of Pennsylvania Law School

Laura Spitz, Cornell Law School

Jessica Dixon Weaver, Southern Methodist Univ. Law School

 Discussant: Laura Kessler

 

Subordination and Power in Families, Chair:  Laura Kessler

 Samantha Godwin, A Feminist Critique of Parental Rights

Pamela Laufer-Ukeles, The Case Against Separating the Care from the Caregiver: A Relational Perspective on Children’s Rights

Aníbal Rosario Lebrón, Scorned Law: Rethinking Impeachment Rules for Battered Women

Sarah Swan, Third-Party Policing Comes Home: Gender, Control, and Responsibilization in Family Life

 Discussants: Wendy Bach, Laura Kessler, Rachel Rebouche

 

 Sexual Violence, Chair: Jessica Clarke 

 Mary Ann Franks, Men, Women, and Optimal Violence

Ummni Khan, Representing ‘John’: The Legal Reification of Sex Trade Clients and their Potential Status as Constitutional Subjects

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Gendered Harms and their Interface with International Criminal Law: Norms, Challenges, and Domestication

Menaka Raguparan, Consent/non Consent: Challenging Sexual Assault Law’s Generative Meaning  

Valarie Vojdik, Theorizing Violence Against Men

 Discussants: Neha Jain,Deborah Tuerkheimer, Bela August Walker

 

 Families and Family – New Books Exploring the Past and Imagining the Future

Chair: Laurie Kohn

Jill Hasday, Family Law Reimagined

Clare Huntington, Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships 

Angela Onwuachi-Willig, According to Our Hearts: Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family

 Discussants: Katharine Bartlett,Robin Lenhardt

  

SATURDAY, MAY 31

 Parenting Outside of Marriage: The Legal History of Fathers’ Rights, Illegitimacy, and Child Custody from Blackstone to Reagan(co-sponsor Law and History), Chair/Discussant: Kristin Collins

Sarah Abramowicz, The Construction of Motherhood and the Regulation of Fatherhood in Early 19th-Century English Child Custody Law

Deborah Dinner, Liberated Patriarchs: The Fathers’ Rights Movement, 1960-1980

Serena Mayeri, Unmarried Fathers, Sex Equality, and Marital Supremacy, 1970-1983

Mary Ziegler, Illegitimate Conceptions: Unwed Motherhood and the Remaking of the Abortion Wars                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

May 29, 2014 in Conferences, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Lavender Bar Conference and Job Fair

Prof. Courtney Joslin at UC Davis has asked me to post this, and I am pleased to do so:  

 

Lavender Law 2014, New York, NY

August 21-23, 2014

Invitation and Call for Papers

Entry-Level Market Forum for Junior Scholars

 

 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

 

This year the Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair will be heldAugust 21-23, 2014 at the Sheraton New York in New York City. Lavender Law brings together the best and brightest legal minds in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

 

To celebrate our community of scholars, Lavender Law® is hosting a Junior Scholars Forum again this year. This year, the forum will be devoted to individuals who intend to participate in the AALS annual entry-level hiring conference in Washington, D.C. If you are planning to participate in the entry-level hiring process this year, and your work focuses on the nexus between the law, gender, and sexuality, we encourage you to apply.

 

To submit a proposal for consideration, please email (1) a 5-10 page overview of your job talk; and (2) a copy of your cv to Courtney Joslin (cgjoslin@ucdavis.edu) and Joseph Landau (jlandau4@law.fordham.edu).

 

The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 13, 2014.

 

If you are selected to participate, a complete draft of your job talk will be due by August 1, 2014.

 

May 16, 2014 in Conferences, LGBT | Permalink | Comments (0)