Category Archives: Academia

Report on AALS Midyear Meeting Workshop on “Next Generation Issues of Sex, Gender, and the Law”

The AALS’s 2015 Midyear Meeting Workshop on “Next Generation Issues of Sex, Gender, and the Law” concluded Friday in Orlando.  It was one of the best substantive programs I have attended in many years.  The quality of the speakers was … Continue reading

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Federal Recognition Of Same-Sex Marriage

Mae Kuykendall, Michigan State University College of Law, has published Marriage Goals and Government Interests: Handling Complexity, Apportioning Expertise, Using Federalism. Here is the abstract. This Article argues that the Supreme Court should require that all states recognize legal same-sex … Continue reading

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Thirty Law Profs Sign On To Letter Analyzing Proposed Indiana Religious Liberty Law

Upon the request of a member of the Indiana legislature, a letter signed by 30 law professors, many from Indiana University, was released today analyzing the proposed “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” bills pending before the Indiana legislature.  The letter provided careful … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson School of Law Announces 15th Annual Women In Law Conference

Thomas Jefferson School of Law announces registration is open for its 15th annual Women and the Law Conference. The Conference will be held March 27, 2015. Well-known defense attorney Leslie Abramson will deliver the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture this year. … Continue reading

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CFP: National Women’s Studies Association’s Lesbian Caucus, November 12-15, 2015

From the Lesbian Caucus of the National Women’s Studies Association: The Lesbian Caucus of the National Women’s Studies Association invites submissions for a sponsored session on “The Revolutionary Lesbians of the 1970s,” to be held at the annual conference in … Continue reading

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“Bitch in Business”

From a group of students at Columbia Business School, this parody video riffing on Meghan Trainor’s “All About that Bass”: It includes a shout-out to women in law schools and med schools, too.  Very funny. -Bridget Crawford

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Sabbatical Visitorship: Columbia Law School Center for Gender & Sexuality Law

The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School invites applications for a sabbatical visitor for the 2015-2016 academic year to undertake research, writing and collaboration with Center faculty and students in ways that span traditional academic disciplines. … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Illinois College of Law “Significant Lectures” Edition

The University of Illinois College of Law posts its Annual Report here, listing many good things happening at that school.  The online materials include a two-page spread, with photos, touting the school’s “Significant Lectures” in 2012-2013.  Notice anything? Apparently the … Continue reading

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Citation Rates For Male and Female Law Profs in Legal Scholarship: Different From What We Thought?

Highlighted in the National Law Journal: Christopher Anthony Cotropia, University of Richmond School of Law, and Lee Petherbridge, Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), have published Gender Disparity in Law Review Citation Rates.  Here is the abstract. Gender disparity in scholarly … Continue reading

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The Next Frontier in Marriage Equality: Religious Exemptions for Magistrates, Justices of the Peace etc Who Don’t Want to Issue Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

In recent months litigation in federal courts has resulted in the lifting of a ban on same-sex couples access to civil marriage in 33 states. (This number is changing almost every day as new jurisdictions are ordered to lift the … Continue reading

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Nursing Mothers on the Academic Job Market

The October 22, 2014 edition of the Chronicle ran an “Advice” column, Breastfeeding on the Job Market, by a pseudonymous professor in the humanities.  The professor describes her experiences as a job candidate and bringing her nursing infant with her … Continue reading

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60+ Law Professors Submit Comments On ACA Contraception Accommodation

Reposted from The Public Rights / Private Conscience Project Blog Back in August the Obama Administration responded to the Supreme Court’s opinion inHobby Lobby and its order in Wheaton College by issuing two new sets of regulations to govern the … Continue reading

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Law and Film Events At the AALS Annual Meeting, January 2-5, 2015

If you are planning to attend the AALS Annual Meeting in January 2015 you may be interested in two law and film AALS Film Committee-sponsored events taking place during the conference. The first, on January 2, at 7:30 p.m. (the first night of the conference), … Continue reading

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Canadian Journal of Women and the Law Welcomes a New English Language Editor

From the mailbox: Canadian Journal of Women and the Law/Revue Femmes et Droit welcomes a new English language editor, Natasha Bakht.Co-editorship of the CJWL is currently shared by Associate Professor Natasha Bakht from the Faculty of Law at University of … Continue reading

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Herma Hill Kay Receives AALS Section on Women in Legal Education Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award for 2015

From the mailbox: The AALS Section on Women in Legal Education is delighted to announce that Professor Herma Hill Kay, the Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law, is the 2015 recipient of the AALS Section … Continue reading

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Women of Color In Legal Education

Carmen G. Gonzalez, Seattle University School of Law, has published Women of Color in Legal Education: Challenging the Presumption of Incompetence in the Federal Lawyer (July 2014). Here is the abstract. Female law professors of color have become the canaries … Continue reading

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The New HHS Regulations Can’t Win A Zero-Sum Game

Kara Loewentheil is the Director of the Public Rights / Private Conscience Project and a Research Fellow at Columbia Law School. You can find out more about the Project here. This blog was originally posted on the Center for Gender … Continue reading

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Race, Gender and Psychiatric Disabilities

Katie Rose Guest Pryal (UNC) writes here for Chronicle Vitae on “Shattering the Madness Monolith: On the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Psychiatric Disability. She also wrote another powerful column on mental health and the academy, “She’s So Schizophrenic!”: How … Continue reading

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Over 50 Legal Scholars Urge President Obama to Deny Religious Exemption Clause in LGBT Executive Order

More than 50 legal scholars today strongly urged President Obama to resist calls for an overly broad religious exemption in a proposed executive order prohibiting sexual orientation and/or gender identity discrimination by federal contractors. The effort is being spearheaded by … Continue reading

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The Case Western Law Sexual Harassment/Retaliation Claim Has Settled

The story and a host of links are available at TaxProf Blog. One question I have is whether the man accused of sexual harassment and retaliation will continue to teach students. I assume the answer is yes, but given the … Continue reading

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What A Difference Three Days Make: The Hobby Lobby Fallout Arrives

By: Kara Loewentheil Kara Loewentheil is a research fellow and the director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project in the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. You can see her interview on Bloomberg News with more of her … Continue reading

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Women’s Tennis and (Gratuitous) Grunting vs. Shrieking

Writing (here) for the (UK) Telegraph, reporter Kathryn Dobson covering the Wimbledon beat asks, “Why do women grunt?”  The explanations proferred in the article include a tennis player’s desire to gain psychological advantage over one’s opponent, facilitate application of maximum … Continue reading

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Why Are (Almost All of) the Most-Cited Legal Academics White Men?

On Wednesday, Brian Leiter posted a list of the ten most-cited legal scholars during the years 2009-2013 (really eleven, due to a tie for tenth place). All eleven are men, and to the best of my knowledge, 10/11 are white. … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean to Design a Car “Specifically for Women”?

According to this story about Tesla Motors, it means doors that are “perfect for tight parking spots at the mall” and seats placed to make it easier to climb over the baby seats. In terms of appearance, says Tesla designer Franz … Continue reading

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How Not To Review Women’s Writing

Over at The Toast, Mallory Ortberg writes: I have gone back and forth several times over the last few days on whether or not it would be worth addressing Adam Plunkett’s New Yorker.com review of poet Patricia Lockwood’s latest book … Continue reading

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Should Connecticut’s New Campus Sexual Assault Legislation Be a National Model?

Yesterday, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy “signed legislation into law that will strengthen sexual assault prevention and response procedures at institutions of higher learning in Connecticut.” Today, an editorial in The Courant asserted that the legislation should be a national model. So, what … Continue reading

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Case Western Law School retaliation law suit update

Here. Oy.

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“As Dartmouth makes efforts to combat sexual assault, posts on an anonymous online forum have students terrified.”

Below is an excerpt from “How Cyberbullying Is Making Sexual Assault on College Campuses Even Worse” by Katie Van Syckle: Less than two months ago, a commenter on an anonymous online forum threatened to gang-bang me at a fraternity house. … Continue reading

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End Sexist Citation

Others on this blog have noted, with some shocking numbers, how leadership posts and article slots in top journals exclude women.  It appears they also may be missing “below the line.” This article “Are You Reading Enough Academic Women” asserts that being … Continue reading

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Harvard Law School is on a list of 55 schools under Title IX investigation related to sexual assaults.

Story here. Facing mounting pressure from lawmakers, sexual assault survivors and activists, the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday released for the first time a comprehensive list of colleges and universities under Title IX investigation. Fifty-five higher education institutions are … Continue reading

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Call For Papers: Audre Rapoport Prize For Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights

From Karen Engle, Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law, Co-Director and Founder, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, University of Texas School of Law Call for Papers: Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights Deadline: … Continue reading

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For Those Who Cringe at the Word “Seminal” When Used in Academic Discourse

Jenny Davis (Sociology, James Madison University) writes what she calls a “public service announcement” over at Cyborgology.  “Dont Say Seminal, It’s Sexist,” Professor Davis explains: Yes, “seminal” refers simultaneously to groundbreaking intellectual work and male bodily fluids expelled at the … Continue reading

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I am the girl who ratted.

From this article: What is it like to come out as a survivor of sexual assault? For a student at Vanderbilt University, it’s meant being called a “crazy bitch,” “psycho,” “NASTY AS SHIT,” and a “no-good cunt.” In February, Jane … Continue reading

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Call for Abstracts: Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship

Fifth Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship at Vermont Law School October 4, 2014 Deadline for submitting abstracts: June 1, 2014 Vermont Law School will host the Fifth Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship on October 4, 2014. This event offers environmental … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with Men’s Studies

The Chronicle has some convoluted, and perhaps confused, thoughts here (pay site; sorry). -Bridget Crawford

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Changing Sexual Practices, Media Sensationalism and Attention-Getting Rim Jobs

I admit that reading New York magazine is a guilty pleasure of mine.  I enjoy the mix of fluff pieces; vanilla journalism; and NYC-centered, self-satisfied trend-spotting and cultural prognostications.  This week’s mag brings us yet another intriguing “Sex Lives” column … Continue reading

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Columbia Law School announces launch of Public Rights/Private Conscience Project

Today the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law will launch it’s Public Rights/Private Conscience Project – a new think-tank created to reconceptualize and reset the intractable standoff between religious liberty and equality/sexual liberty.  The Project is funded with substantial grants from the … Continue reading

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New blog by two constitutional law professors who want to bring women’s voices and issues to the forefront of constitutional law and law and religion debates!

Authored by Professors Marci Hamilton and Leslie Griffin, you can check it out here!

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Feminist Academics Unite to Support Carole Vance!

Carole Vance is a pioneering feminist academic.  Her writing and her constant political engagement pressed feminist thinking and action forward in innumerable ways. Her sometimes-controversial insistence on integrating sexuality into sex equality debates, as well as her infinitely sophisticated thinking … Continue reading

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A Documentary On Anita Hill

Sheryl Day Stolberg of the New York Times discusses the new documentary “Anita” about Anita Hill, who became the reluctant central figure in the Clarence Thomas judicial hearings so many years ago. More here.

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Gender Disparity In Book Reviewing and Related Occupations

The New York Times’ Julie Bosman reports on VIDA’s annual survey of book reviews appearing in leading publications. VIDA: Women in Literary Arts reports that these reviews are overwhelmingly written by men. Ms. Bosman reports that Ruth Franklin at  the New … Continue reading

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Request for Transgender Reading Suggestions

I am looking for law review articles that are a good primer for students to understand transgender rights and its connected issues. If you have suggestions please email me at johnmkang@gmail.com Thank you!

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Call for Nominations: 2015 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award

The AALS Section on Women in Legal Education is pleased to open nominations for its 2015 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013, the inaugural award honored Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and in 2014 the award honored Catharine A. … Continue reading

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Invitation to Participate in the Feminist International Judgments Project

Over on IntLawGrrls, Cecilia Marcela Bailliet has posted an invitation to participate in what looks to be a terrific project: Women´s Voices in International Law Initial Meeting to be held on 8th May 2014, SOAS (London) Participants are sought to take an … Continue reading

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CRR-CLS Reproductive Rights Fellowship – apply by February 28th

The deadline for the 2014-2016 Columbia Law School – Center for Reproductive Rights Fellowship (CRR-CLS Fellowship) has been extended to February 28, 2014! The CRR-CLS Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for recent law school graduates who are interested in careers … Continue reading

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The Academic Shark? Jed Rubenfeld and Amy Chua Just Jumped It

If he didn’t jump the academic shark with that rape-by-deception article (see here), then Jed Rubenfeld certainly did with his new book, co-authored with wife Amy Chua.  Even the New York Post senses that something is not right in Rubenfeldville: … Continue reading

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Catharine A. MacKinnon Wins Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award

The AALS Section on Women in Legal Education is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2014 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award is Professor Catharine A. MacKinnon. Professor MacKinnon is Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the … Continue reading

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Consequences and Conclusions

This is the fourth and final blog post in a series that discusses discrimination and harassment in cyberspace, its perpetrators, and its consequences.  The first post, “Identity and Ideas,” is available here.  The second post, “Anonymity and Abuse,” is available … Continue reading

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