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Sex-Positive Law

Sexual pleasure is a good thing. It’s not just moral philosophy that supports the value of pleasure (although much of it does); it’s common sense. We value pleasure simply because it is pleasurable. People devote significant time and money to … Continue reading

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Rubenfeld’s Big Step Backward in Rape Law

Earlier this year Jed Rubenfeld authored, in the Yale Law Journal, one of the strangest articles about rape law that has ever been written. While it is often a mistake to draw unneeded attention to dangerous ideas, a response to … Continue reading

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Israel Faces a New Front of Segregation

Two female soldiers were recently punished because one was braiding the other’s hair outside of the tent. A religious soldier complained that this was an immodest behavior, and the two were disciplined. The public uproar made the military reverse their … Continue reading

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Parade of Male Dean Candidates

As a soon-to-be-tenured female faculty member, I have been watching the news of recent law school dean appointments at Connecticut, UNLV, IU-Indy, and Northern Kentucky with interest. Three points stand out among all the announcements. First, these candidates are all … Continue reading

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Student Reflection: Obstacles to Gender Equality at Work and Home, in Reaction to Rosenblum

The following is a guest post by Margaret Serrano, a student at Pace University School of Law (JD expected 2013). Pace Law School Professor Darren Rosenblum posted yesterday to his Huffington Post Blog (here) to criticize Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In … Continue reading

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Internship for Law Students: Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

From colleagues at Brandeis: HBI Summer Internship Program Seeks Graduate Student Intern for Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law – June 10 – August 2, 2013 The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University has an opening for a graduate … Continue reading

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CFP: Beyond Roe: Reproductive Justice in a Changing World

Beyond Roe: Reproductive Justice in a Changing World Throughout 2013, five law schools in the Delaware Valley will hold events exploring various aspects of reproductive justice in the 40 years post-Roe v. Wade. The final event in this series is … Continue reading

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CFP Grounding Cosmopolitanism: Theory and Practice Through the Prism of Women’s Rights

Grounding Cosmopolitanism: Theory and practice through the prism of women’s rights – Extended call for papers The project will explore the outstanding question – both theoretical and practical – of how to live together in diversity through the prism of … Continue reading

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Major Steps Backwards for Women in the Law – I Don’t Have More Than a Lifetime to Wait – Do You?

Over the last six months there have been a number of disturbing studies and reports issued documenting that women are losing ground in our strides towards equality in the legal profession. The National Law Journal reported this past week about … Continue reading

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Alimony Should Be Gender-Neutral

Marriage has been showing up in headlines across the country, from new stories trumpeting Obama’s statement of support for marriage equality to those debating the First Circuit’s judicial blow to DOMA. While shifts in access to legal marriage and the economic … Continue reading

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In Memory of Jane Larson 1958-2011

Professor Jane Larson died December 24, 2011, at her home in Madison, Wisconsin. She was a noted feminist legal historian on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Law School. Colleagues around the country are expressing their shock and sorrow … Continue reading

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Review of Rene Almeling, “Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm”

Rene Almeling’s new book, Sex Cells:  The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm, explores the inner workings of the world of donor gametes, and then sets these observations in the larger contexts of gender and commodification.  Almeling, a sociologist at Yale, collected data … Continue reading

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Posted in Feminism and Technology, Reproductive Rights | 1 Comment

Request for Signatories to Amicus Brief in Hosana-Tabor Case (First Amendment, Employment Discrimination and Gender Issues)

We have drafted an amicus brief for law professors in the Hosanna-Tabor case, which involves a ministerial exception to employment laws and has important implications for gender discrimination. Cheryl Perich was a kindergarten and fourth grade teacher at Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical … Continue reading

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CFP: “Theory and Praxis in Reducing Women’s Poverty”

Dear Colleagues: The AALS sections on Poverty Law and Clinical Legal Education will sponsor a joint session at the upcoming 2012 AALS Annual Meeting, entitled Theory and Praxis in Reducing Women’s Poverty. In collaboration with the American University Washington College … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Amanda Gonzalez: How We Can Support Legal Education for Women in the United States…and Abroad

In the United States, women have a long way to go to reach parity with men when it comes to partnerships in leading law firms. Despite strides, women are still only 16% of equity partners at major law firms and … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Marie Owens: Are Criminal Justice and Law “Masculine” Professions?

As a member of the graduating class of South Texas College in 1957, Joe Kegans practiced law for twenty years before being appointed to the 230th Criminal District Court. One of the earliest women to earn a criminal justice degree … Continue reading

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Power: Written all over your face(?)

Judgments of Power From College Yearbook Photos and Later Career Success by Nicholas O. Rule and Nalini Ambady in Social Psychological and Personality Science published online 4 October 2010 Abstract: ….the authors find that inferences of power from photos of … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Amanda Gonzalez: Must We Wait for Women to be Represented in Classroom Materials?

Must we wait for women to be represented in classroom materials? I’m slightly ashamed to admit that it took me an entire year of law school before I figured out that I needed to use the Examples and Explanations books … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Liz Kukura – LSRJ Study Highlights Dearth of Reproductive Rights Law & Justice Courses

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) recently completed its first comprehensive survey of reproductive rights and justice course offerings at all ABA-approved law schools in the U.S. for the last seven years.  While perhaps not surprising to many within the … Continue reading

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Challenging the Opponents of Marriage Equality

In addition to former representative Bob Barr’s interesting address on how his views have evolved on DOMA (the subject of my earlier post here) , the St. John’s U. School of Law Nov. 12th symposium, “Legal, Secular, and Religious Perspectives … Continue reading

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Former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr on Marriage Equality

Having already called for the repeal of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act when he ran for president in 2008 as the Libertarian Party nominee, Bob Barr returned to the topic of DOMA’s dysfunctions during an extensive lunchtime address at … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Seth Stern: Justice Brennan’s Woman Problem

In the month since the publication of the biography of Justice William J. Brennan Jr. I co-authored, no passage has attracted more attention than our account of his refusal to hire female clerks. It probably shouldn’t have come as a surprise … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Amanda Gonzalez: Can Acting Like a Man Really Work Against Patriarchy?

I have a confession to make: I truly love trashy television and radio. I’m not above any of it. Not 16 and Pregnant, not Justin Bieber, not Real Housewives. I love it all. As I was singing along to the … Continue reading

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Cell Phone Drive to Benefit Domestic Violence Victims

This year, Domestic Violence Awareness Month coincides with the ABA’s National pro bono week which occurs from October 24 through 30, 2010. The ABA’s Domestic Violence Commission is encouraging women’s bar and law student associations around the country to host … Continue reading

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Memo to Yale Law School Professor Adam Cohen: “What Price Waterhouse did is like saying ‘nigger.’”

A member of the blogroll who has requested anonymity contributes the following post: Adam Cohen, who is apparently a law professor at Yale Law School, seems not to be familiar with the case of Hopkins v. Price Waterhouse, and that Cohen … Continue reading

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2010 Status Update – Women and Legal Education

According to blogs in the legal academy, women did not fare well this year in the law school lateral hire market, with the majority of lateral moves being made by men. Further, Supreme Court clerkships are weighty credentials among academics … Continue reading

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