Category Archives: Academia

“From Multiculturalism to Technique Feminism, Culture, and the Conflict of Laws Style” By Karen Knop, Ralf Michaels & Annelise Riles, 64 Stan. L. Rev. 589 (2012)

The abstract: “The German Chancellor, the French President, and the British Prime Minister have each grabbed world headlines with pronouncements that their states’ policies of multiculturalism have failed. As so often, domestic debates about multiculturalism, as well as foreign policy … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? University of Toronto L.J. Edition (Again and Again)

This academic year, the University of Toronto Law Journal has managed to publish 3 issues having only one female author each.  From the TOC to Volume 62:1 (2012) (posted here): Pandectism and the Gaian classification of things Francesco Giglio From … Continue reading

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Symposium Round-Up: “Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power”

Here’s a round-up of my posts relating to the “Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power” Symposium held at Michigan State University College of Law.  The posts are spread among the Legal Ethics Forum, The Faculty Lounge and this … Continue reading

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In honor of Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich’s work meant so much to so many of us.  Although I really enjoyed some of her poetry, for me her Compulsory Heterosexuality piece grabbed me from the first read and kept my attention for years.   In 1995 … Continue reading

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Call for Papers for Special Edition of Violence Against Women journal – “Teaching Domestic Violence”

Teaching About Domestic Violence Special Issue CALL FOR PAPERS Original manuscripts sought for a special issue of Violence Against Women entitled “Teaching About Domestic Violence.” The special issue will be edited by Madelaine Adelman (Justice & Social Inquiry, Arizona State … Continue reading

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Women in the Media as in Society?

Despite the backlash following his “slut” and “prostitute” references about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh continues to denigrate women.  More recently, he targeted Tracie McMillan, journalist and author of the book, The American Way of Eating, and stated, … Continue reading

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Where Are the Women? Maybe On the Football Field

LSU socceer kicker and homecoming queen Mary (Mo) Isom will be trying out for the LSU Tigers football team soon, attempting to show that, like Katie Hnida, she has the right stuff to split the uprights as a place kicker … Continue reading

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Lolita Buckner Inniss Named Hamilton College 2012-2013 Elihu Root Peace Fund Visiting Professor in Women’s Studies

Lolita Buckner Inniss (Cleveland-Marshall) has been named as the 2012-2013 Elihu Root Peace Fund Visiting Professor in Women’s Studies at Hamilton College.  As described in the program materials, the visiting professorship was “endowed for the purpose of serving the needs and … Continue reading

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Academics Speak Out About VAWA Reauthorization

VAWA Is Not Enough:    Academics Speak Out About VAWA Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Donna Coker, Julie Goldscheid, Leigh Goodmark, Valli Kalei Kanuha, James Ptacek, Deborah Weissman  The VAWA reauthorization bill would extend funding for important services; provide additional protections for victims of … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between an Article and an Essay? Part 2

This is a question I’ve pondered before (see here).  Today I stumbled upon the Columbia Law Review’s take on the question: Articles tend to be research pieces analyzing a problem and suggesting a solution.  Such analysis usually articulates some background information … Continue reading

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Court of Appeals Prop 8 Ruling – Treating Marriage as a License, Not a Sacrament

Rainbow flags and corsages were waving high in front of the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village last night.  There’s much to celebrate about the 9th Circuit’s ruling issued yesterday confirming the lower court finding that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional.  As … Continue reading

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New Book Announcement: Contemporary Feminism in the U.S.

Oxford University Press has published a new book by Jo Reger (Sociology, Oakland University in Michigan)  Here is the publisher’s blurb: Challenging the idea that feminism in the United States is dead or in decline, Everywhere and Nowhere examines the … Continue reading

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U Buffalo Faculty Wants School to Stop Supporting Business Groups That Endorse Conservative Causes

Yesterday’s Chronicle includes an article Faculty Union Calls on U. at Buffalo to Cut Ties to Chambers of Commerce that mentions Feminist Law Professor Martha McCluskey.   Journalist Peter Schmidt writes: Opening a new front in the conflict between college labor unions … Continue reading

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CFP: ClassCrits V November 16-17, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS & PARTICIPATION ClassCrits V  From Madison to Zuccotti Park: Confronting Class and Reclaiming the American Dream  Sponsored by University of Wisconsin Law School & The Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin Law School  Madison, WI.    *     … Continue reading

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Clay Shirky’s “A Rant About Women” From Two Years Ago

Read it here. Below is an excerpt: “… Some of the most important opportunities we have are in two-sided markets: education and employment, contracts and loans, grants and prizes. And the institutions that offer these opportunities operate in an environment … Continue reading

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Franchesca Ramsey on “What Happens When You’re a Black Girl on the Internet”

Franchesca Ramsey is the creator and featured performer in the short video “Sh*t White Girls Say…to Black Girls” (itself a spoof on the viral”Sh*it Girls Say…” video).  Ms. Ramsey has her own blog (here) and a You Tube channel (here).  In … Continue reading

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“Are You My Mentor?” On Giving and Receiving Career Guidance

One of my favorite books as a child was Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman.  It’s part of the “Beginner Books” series that includes the Dr. Seuss titles. Fans will remember the basic storyline: a baby bird hatches while … Continue reading

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Announcing Two New Issues of “Women in Judaism”

From the FLP mailbox, this notice of two new issues of the interdisciplinary journal Women in Judaism: Vol. 8:1 features: Articles Voicing a New Midrash: Women’s Holocaust Writing as Jewish Feminist Response Deidre Butler Reading Jewish Identity, Spiritual Alienation, and … Continue reading

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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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