Family Law Prof Blog

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

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Professor Robson reviews "Beyond Straight and Gay Marriage"

Ruthann Robson (our newest contributing editor at Family Law Prof Blog) reviews Nancy Polikoff new book Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: Valuing All Families Under The Law.

As Professor Robson notes

Book The same-sex marriage debate is actually two debates. The more well-known version is the contest between those who seek to “defend” the heterosexual institution of marriage and those who argue that same-sex couples should have equal access to the legal status of marriage. Less publicized is the dispute within LGBT communities themselves, between those who believe marriage is a civil right necessary to the achievement of equality and those who insist that it’s a hopelessly heterosexual and patriarchal institution that should be abolished rather than assimilated into. Nancy Polikoff, a professor of law at American University College of Law and long-time legal activist on behalf of lesbian mothers, enters this fray seeking to resolve and reframe both debates.

Read Professor Robson's Review essay, "Families of Affinity" at the Wellesley Centers for Women website

Thanks to the Reproductive Rights Prof Blog for taking the lead on this.

July 30, 2008 in Marriage (impediments) | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Ruthann Robson Joins Family Law Prof Blog

We are pleased to announce that Ruthann Robson of Professor of Law and University Distinguished Professor at CUNY Law School will be joining the Family Law Prof Blog as a contributing editor.  Professor Robson teaches in the areas of constitutional law, family law, feminist legal theory, and sexuality and the law, and is faculty advisor to the New York City Law Review.  Welcome Professor Robson!

July 30, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Special Issue of Family Court Review Featuring Domestic Violence and Family Courts Available Online

"The July 2008 issue of Family Court Review featuring outcomes from the AFCC and NCJFCJ Domestic Violence and Family Courts Project is available for free online for a limited period of time at Link

The highly anticipated special issue features articles co-authored by interdisciplinary experts from the domestic violence advocacy and family courts community.  The issue addresses topics including terminology, differentiated approaches to parenting plans, screening and cultural issues.  Guest edited by Professors Nancy Ver Steegh and Kelly Browe Olson, the issue also includes the Report on Wingspread Conference on Domestic Violence and Family Courts.  The Report addresses critical tensions raised by the growing awareness that not all uses of violence in intimate relations are the same. 

AFCC will host a several conference sessions on domestic violence and differentiation at its Eighth International Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations, September 25-27, 2008 and Eighth International Congress on Parent Education and Access Programs, September 26-27, 2008 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  For more information, please view link.

The Family Court Review is the academic and research journal of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, published by Wiley-Blackwell in cooperation with Hofstra Law School’s Center for Children, Families and the Law.  For more information on AFCC, please view AFCC website or contact AFCC at or (608) 664-3750."

By AFCC (NVS 7-17-08).

July 17, 2008 in Domestic Violence | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)