Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Feminist Judgments Project: Who's Who of Law Profs Rewrite SCOTUS Decisions

Kathryn Stanchi, Linda Berger, Bridget Crawford, Introduction: US Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the US Supreme Court (forthcoming Cambridge Press 2016)

Abstract:

What would United States Supreme Court opinions look like if key decisions on gender issues were written with a feminist perspective? To begin to answer this question, we brought together a group of scholars and lawyers to rewrite, using feminist reasoning, the most significant U.S. Supreme Court cases on gender from the 1800s to the present day. While feminist legal theory has developed and even thrived within universities, and feminist activists and lawyers are responsible for major changes in the law, feminist reasoning has had a less clear impact on judicial decision-making. Doctrines of stare decisis and judicial language of neutrality can operate to obscure structural bias in the law, making it difficult to see what feminism could bring to judicial reasoning.

The twenty-five opinions in this volume demonstrate that judges with feminist viewpoints could have changed the course of the law. The rewritten decisions show that previously accepted judicial outcomes were not necessary or inevitable and demonstrate that feminist reasoning increases the judicial capacity for justice, not only for women but for many other oppressed groups. The remarkable differences evident in the rewritten opinions also open a path for a long overdue discussion of the real impact that judicial diversity has on law and of the influence that perspective has in judging.
 
Table of Contents
 
Chapter 1
Introduction to the U.S. Feminist Judgments Project Kathryn M. Stanchi, Linda L. Berger, and Bridget J. Crawford
 
Chapter 2 Talking Back: From Feminist History and Theory to Feminist Legal Methods and Judgments Berta Esperanza Hernández-Truyol
 
Chapter 3. Bradwell v. Illinois, 83 U.S. 130 (1873)
Commentary: Kimberly Holst
Judgment: Phyllis Goldfarb
 
Chapter 4. Muller v. Oregon, 208 U.S. 412 (1908)
Commentary: Andrea Doneff
Judgment: Pamela Laufer-Ukeles
 
Chapter 5. Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965)
Commentary: Cynthia Hawkins DeBose
Judgment: Laura Rosenbury
 
Chapter 6. Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967)
Commentary: Inga N. Laurent
Judgment: Teri McMurtry-Chubb
 
Chapter 7. Stanley v. Illinois, 405 U.S. 645 (1972)
Commentary: Nancy D. Polikoff
Judgment: Karen Syma Czapanskiy
 
Chapter 8. Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973)
Commentary: Rachel Rebouché
Judgment: Kimberly M. Mutcherson
 
Chapter 9. Frontiero v. Richardson, 411 U.S. 677 (1973)
Commentary: Iselin M. Gambert
Judgment: Dara E. Purvis
 
Chapter 10. Geduldig v. Aiello, 417 U.S. 484 (1974)
Commentary: Maya Manian
Judgment: Lucinda M. Finley
 
Chapter 11. Dothard v. Rawlinson, 433 U.S. 321 (1977)
Commentary: Brenda V. Smith
Judgment: Maria L. Ontiveros
 
Chapter 12. City of Los Angeles Department Dep't of Water & Power v. Manhart, 435 U.S. 702 (1978)
Commentary: Cassandra Jones Havard
Judgment: Tracy A. Thomas
 
Chapter 13. Harris v. McRae, 448 U.S. 297 (1980)
Commentary: Mary Ziegler
Judgment: Leslie C. Griffin
 
Chapter 14. Michael M. v. Superior Court, 450 U.S. 464 (1981)
Commentary: Margo Kaplan
Judgment: Cynthia Godsoe
 
Chapter 15. Rostker v. Goldberg, 453 U.S. 57 (1981)
Commentary: Jamie R. Abrams
Judgment: David S. Cohen
 
Chapter 16. Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, 477 U.S. 57 (1986)
Commentary: Kristen Konrad Tiscione
Judgment: Angela Onwuachi-Willig
 
Chapter 17. Johnson v. Transportation Agency, 480 U.S. 616 (1987)
Commentary: Deborah Gordon
Judgment: Deborah L. Rhode
 
Chapter 18. Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, 490 U.S. 228 (1989)
Commentary: Dale Margolin Cecka
Judgment: Martha Chamallas
 
Chapter 19. Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992)
Commentary: Macarena Sáez
Judgment: Lisa R. Pruitt
 
Chapter 20. United States v. Virginia, 518 U.S. 515 (1996)
Commentary: Christine M. Venter
Judgment: Valorie K. Vojdik
 
Chapter 21. Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc., 523 U.S. 75 (1998)
Commentary: Margaret E. Johnson
Judgment: Ann C. McGinley
 
Chapter 22. Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent School District, 524 U.S. 274 (1998)
Commentary: Michelle S. Simon
Judgment: Ann Bartow
 
Chapter 23. United States v. Morrison, 529 U.S. 598 (2000)
Commentary: Shaakirrah R. Sanders
Judgment: Aníbal Rosario Lebrón
 
Chapter 24. Nguyen v. INS, 533 U.S. 53 (2001)
Commentary: Sandra S. Park
Judgment: Ilene Durst
 
Chapter 25. Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003)
Commentary: Kris McDaniel-Miccio
Judgment: Ruthann Robson
 
Chapter 26. Town of Castle Rock v. Gonzales, 545 U.S. 748 (2005)
Commentary: Patricia A. Broussard
Judgment: Maria Isabel Medina
 
Chapter 27. Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S. Ct. 2584 (2015)
Commentary: Erez Aloni
Judgment: Carlos A. Ball
 
 
SAVE THE DATE!!  Conference on Feminist Judgments Project and feminist judging-- October 20 & 21, 2016 at University of Akron School of Law sponsored by Center for Constitutional Law.  
 

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