Category Archives: Academia

The Incoherence of Queer Theory and Its Relationship to Law

In the pages of The Chronicle (here), William Germano (Dean and Professor at Cooper Union Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) offers his reflections on the end of Series Q, a book and journal line published by the Duke University … Continue reading

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AALS Section on Employment Discrimination and Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law 2011 Newsletter

The AALS Section on Employment Discrimination and Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law have produced a joint Newsletter for 2011. The Newsletter contains info about relevant AALS presentations, including hot topics panels. It continues with a list of hires, promotions, moves … Continue reading

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U Cincinnati Posting for Dean of College of Arts & Sciences

The University of Cincinnati has posted this notice of its search for a Dean of its College of Arts & Sciences. -Bridget Crawford

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Would A Women In Penn State’s Athletic Administration Have Made a Difference?

Would the presence of a woman in the leadership of Penn State’s athletic program administration have made a difference in the still-unfolding sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the campus? Dionne Koller, associate professor in the University of Baltimore School … Continue reading

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New Journal Announcement: Journal of Feminist Scholarship

From the FLP mailbox, this scholarly journal announcement from co-editors Catherine Villanueva Gardner (UMass Dartmouth, Philosophy and Women’s Studies),  Anna M. Klobucka (UMass Dartmouth, Portuguese), and Jeannette E. Riley (UMass Dartmouth, English and Women’s Studies): We are pleased to announce the … Continue reading

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Hamilton College’s Elihu Root Peace Fund Visiting Professor in Women’s Studies

From the FLP mailbox, this request for applications for Hamilton College’s 2012-2013 Elihu Root Peace Fund Visiting Professor in Women’s Studies: The Women’s Studies Department at Hamilton College invites applications and nominations for the 2012-2013 Elihu Root Peace Fund Visiting Professor in Women’s Studies.  … Continue reading

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The Man Question: A Conference for Nancy Dowd

Professor Nancy Dowd, the Levin Chair in Family Law, at the University of Florida has published a terrific new book called The Man Question. I am very pleased to announce that scholars who study law’s relationship to masculinities and manliness, … Continue reading

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Dean Search–University of Baltimore School of Law

The University of Baltimore invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Law. The University of Baltimore School of Law is a vibrant, urban law school that is deeply engaged in the local, state, national … Continue reading

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Cincinnati Seeks Director of Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic

From a colleague at the University of Cincinnati: The University of Cincinnati College of Law invites applications for the Director of its Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic, part of our new Center for Race, Gender and Social Justice. … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: Feminist Legal Theory at Law & Society (Honolulu, June 2012)

The Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network (CRN) is a newly-constituted  group that seeks to bring together scholars across a range of fields who are interested in feminist legal theory. At our inaugural get-together at the Law and Society Association … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? University of Toronto L.J. Edition

From the TOC to Volume 61:3 (2011) (posted here): A Contextual Approach To The Admissibility Of The State’s Forensic Science And Medical Evidence Gary Edmond, Kent Roach Equality Under And Before The Law William Lucy Property And Collective Undertaking: The … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Not in the Wm Mitchell Law Rev. on Restatement (3rd) of Torts

Who is talking and writing about the Restatement (Third) of Torts in the “Liability for Physical and Emotional Harms” symposium edition of the William Mitchell Law Review?  One — yes, just one — contributor out of 14 is female.  Here’s … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Campbell Law Review Edition

How difficult would it have been to find women to include in the symposium?   33 CAMPBELL LAW REVIEW, NO. 3, PP. 501-740, 2011. Symposium. Liberalism, Constitutionalism, and Christianity: Perspectives on the Influence of Christianity on Classical Liberal Legal Thought. … Continue reading

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Abstracts due–University of Baltimore School of Law Fifth Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference

Abstract submissions for the University of Baltimore’s Fifth Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference, Applied Feminism and Democracy, are due Friday, October 14. The call for papers is here.

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CFP: “Women, the Charter, and CEDAW in the 21st Century,” Kingston, Ont. March 2-4, 2012

From our colleagues at Queen’s University (Kingston Ont.): QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY FEMINIST LEGAL STUDIES  Call for papers —  Women, the Charter, and CEDAW in the 21st Century: Taking Stock and Moving Forward March 2-4, 2012, Kingston Ont.  The Charter sex equality … Continue reading

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Osgoode Catalyst Fellowship Announcement

From our colleagues at Osgoode, this announcement of a new fellowship for aspiring law professors: The Osgoode Catalyst Fellowship program will serve as a bridge to a legal academic career for one or more scholars each academic year. Osgoode Hall … Continue reading

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Hiring Announcement: University of Wisconsin Green Bay – Democracy and Justice Studies

From colleagues at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay: Assistant Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies (Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, Women’s Studies, or related field). We seek candidates with specialization in gender and the law. The new faculty member will … Continue reading

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CFP: Wisconsin J of Law, Gender & Society: Recognizing and Correcting for Gender Bias

From the students at the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society, this call for participation/papers: When Gender Norms Become Law:Recognizing and Correcting for Gender Bias February 10, 2012 University of Wisconsin Law School Madison, Wisconsin We are seeking original … Continue reading

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Announcing The Tennessee Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice

From the FLP Mailbox, this announcement of a new student-edited law journal at the University of Tennessee College of Law: The Editorial Board of The Tennessee Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice (“RGSJ”) invites you to submit an article for … Continue reading

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If You Want To Insult Law Professors, Call Them Women: “Inside the Law School Scam” Edition

After learning about its existence, I read every post at this blog as it appeared. Legal education is imperfect and could use improvement, no question. And more transparency about law school data and procedures would be very useful; no one … Continue reading

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Feminist Law Prof Carrie Bettinger-Lopez and Miami Human Rights Clinic Win Big Women’s Rights Case Before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

From Froomkinland: U. Miami lawyers from our new Human Rights Clinic won a major moral victory for their client Jessica Lenahan (formerly formerly Jessica Gonzales) in a decision announcedtoday July 21, 2011 by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United … Continue reading

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Nancy Polikoff receives LGBT Bar highest award

Nancy Polikoff, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law and AY 2011-12 Visiting McDonald/Wright Chair of Law at UCLA, will receive the Dan Bradley award from the National LGBT Bar Association at its annual conference in September.  … Continue reading

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Invitation and Call for Papers: Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network, January 2012

The Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network is a newly-constituted group that seeks to bring together scholars across a range of fields who are interested in feminist legal theory. At our inaugural get-together at the Law and Society Association meeting … Continue reading

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“What is Feminist About Open Access?”

That’s the title of this article by Carys Craig (Osgoode), Joseph Turcotte and Rosemary Coombe (York U.).  Here is the abstract: In a context of great technological and social change, existing intellectual property regimes such as copyright must contend with … Continue reading

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Gender Differences in Taking Class Notes

Over at the Legal Skills Prof Blog, James B. Levy (Nova) blogged (here) earlier this summer about this dissertation by Lindsay Reddington (Columbia, PhD.): Gender Difference Variables Predicting Expertise in Lecture Note-Taking.  Here is the abstract: Lecture note-taking is an … Continue reading

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The stimulus program created jobs for women

Apparently, this was a bad thing? Yeah, I don’t get the argument either. I’m happy to agree that unemployment is too high among both women and men, and that political leaders should take steps both to reinforce safety net programs … Continue reading

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“Sister Law Professor”

Check out “Sister Law Professor” here at Sister Scholar. Below is an excerpt: During our first class we explored how we had been taught law. We learned about Langdell’s “case-dialogue” method and the school of thought that coincides with it: … Continue reading

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CALL FOR PAPERS The University of Baltimore School of Law’s Center on Applied Feminism seeks submissions for its Fifth Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference. This year’s theme is “Applied Feminism and Democracy.” For more information about the conference, please visit … Continue reading

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Not That Into You If …

Woe unto she who is reading “Ten Ways to Tell He’s Just Not That Into You” (long story — don’t ask).  Here’s one tidbit of advice: 90% Of The Time, You Call Him All relationships are built upon mutuality. It’s … Continue reading

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Why Mothers (and Fathers) Need Childcare Options at Professional Meetings

I previously blogged here about the AALS decision to reinstate (temporarily) child care at the Annual Meeting.  That decision is in response to multiple requests, most recently (and notably) from the Work-Life Committee of the AALS Section on Women in … Continue reading

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Roberta Romano on Research and Teaching in the Business-Law Related Area

One of the plenary sessions at the AALS Workshop on Women Rethinking Equality, June 21-22, 2011, was “Women as Scholars.”  I was honored to participate in the panel discussion with several other great women. Roberta Romano (Yale; photo at right) … Continue reading

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Nancy Levit, “Cutting Edge Scholarship and Tips on the Mechanics of Scholarly Productivity”

Nancy Levit (UMKC) was one of the plenary speakers at the AALS Workshop on “Women Rethinking Equality” last month.  During the panel on scholarship, she had some great comments that might be interesting for readers of this blog.  Under Nancy’s … Continue reading

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If I Think It’s Always Everyone Else’s Fault, Maybe It’s Mine

David Perlmutter writes in his Manage Your Career Column for the Chronicle (here; day passes available), “Admitting that a personal or personnel dispute is your fault is difficult—and near impossible for some people.” He breaks down five prototypical situations that might benefit from … Continue reading

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A Few Somewhat Disconnected Thoughts About Rape

In an effort to be an ethical attorney I try, though sometimes fail, to honor the “innocent until proven guilty” presumption that people charged with crimes are entitled to in my writing and legal analysis.  High profile rape cases present … Continue reading

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Update: Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed by NY Senate

More details here. The vote is expected to happen this evening. UPDATE: The bill passed by a vote of 33-29 and now goes to Gov. Cuomo for his signature. -Tony Infanti

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Marriage Is a Mixed Blessing

From today’s New York Times (and the headline wasn’t my choice, I preferred Marriage: It’s Complicated).  It’s hysterical that the Times is running ads for diamond wedding rings right above the Op-ed. Marriage Is a Mixed Blessing WILL the New … Continue reading

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Blogging Do’s and Don’ts

The panel this morning at the “Women Rethinking Equality” meeting is “Women as Scholars.”  I have been asked to speak about blogging as a venue for scholarly work, and the particular challenges that law professor bloggers may face.  I’ve made … Continue reading

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Women Reproducing Inequality? Plenary Speakers at AALS Meeting

At the AALS Workshop on Women Rethinking Equality, there are 6 plenary sessions. The chart below lists each session’s title, speakers and moderator.  The participant’s home institution is listed next to his or her name.  To the right of the … Continue reading

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AALS to Offer Childcare at 2012 Annual Meeting in D.C.

In response to a request from the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education, the AALS will reinstate (temporarily?) childcare at the annual meeting.  AALS Managing Director Jane LaBarbera sent this message to AALS Section Chair Professor Danne Johnson: The … Continue reading

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U-Mass (Dartmouth) Professor Wins MCAD Ruling On Discrimination; Gets Promotion, Back Pay, Damages

A hearing officer by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) appointed in the case of LuLu Sun v. University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth has ordered the University to promote Professor Sun to the post of full professor and to pay her nearly … Continue reading

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“Women Atop Their Fields Dissect the Scientific Life”

Interview by Gina Kolata in the NYT that begins as follows: Elena Aprile, Joy Hirsch, Mary-Claire King and Tal Rabin are members of a rare breed — women scientists at the top of their fields. Dr. Aprile, a professor of … Continue reading

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My Review of Womens Newton Running Momentum Trail Running Shoe

Originally submitted at Road Runner Sports Women's NEWTON RUNNING® MOMENTUM :: Even Newton himself would be amazed at the intelligence behind the women's Newton® Momentum trail running shoe designed for all foot types on all types of off-road terrain. So, … Continue reading

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Rebuilding Sierra Leone

In April my South Carolina colleague Joel Samuels organized and hosted a conference entitled “Rebuilding Sierra Leone: Changing Institutions and Culture”. Valerie Oosterveld posted about it at IntLawGrrls and I’ve been remiss in not posting about it sooner. By all accounts … Continue reading

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Feminists at Law and Society meeting

Dear Friends, You may be interested in these great feminist panels to be held at the upcoming Law & Society meeting (note the work of the new Feminist CRN!)  Here are the details: Violence Against Women  panels Saturday, June 4, 10:15-12:00 Author-Meets-Reader – Restorative … Continue reading

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“Nothing To Hide” Indeed: Of “Debunking” and Willful Distortions

Daniel Solove is garnering a lot of positive attention for an essay he published in the Chronicle of Higher Education to promote his new book. It was republished in part here and here and no doubt other places as well.  The thesis of … Continue reading

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Can One Law Prof Be “Superior” or “Subordinate” to the Other?

Writer Ben Heineman asks in The Atlantic, “Sex Between Superiors and Subordinates: What Are the Rules?”  It depends, Heineman says (here) on “different approaches and different cultural traditions.”  Heineman describes three cases: Boeing CEO Harry Stonecipher was forced to resign … Continue reading

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As Judge Nancy Gertner Retires, We Lose One of Our Greatest Judges But Gain One of Her Greatest Opinions

Judge Nancy Gertner kicks ass. I remember writing a motion in limine regarding the admissibility of virtual reality evidence for the annual mock technology trial when I was a student at William and Mary. Judge Gertner served as the judge … Continue reading

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On Faculty Collegiality and Civility

Or the lack thereof. Yeesh.

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feminists@law: A new UK website and journal

An exciting addition to feminist legal theory is feminists@law, a new “open access journal of feminist legal scholarship” from some folks at Kent Law School in the UK: feminists@law aims to publish critical, interdisciplinary, theoretically engaged scholarship that extends feminist … Continue reading

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Zombie Marie Curie

From here! (Click on it for larger version)

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