Category Archives: Academia

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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Two Videos related to fair trial rights for women -

Dear Colleagues, There are two recent video postings that you may find of interest – 1) Holly Maguigan and Joshua Dressler’s “debate” (more like a discussion) of self defense issues when battered women are defendants (Fordham.) Go to http://vimeo.com/22909809. It’s a … Continue reading

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Questioning Judge Walker’s Impartiality

As we warned might happen more than a year ago, the seeds planted by (since confirmed) rumors about Judge Walker’s sexual orientation have now borne fruit. Last week, proponents of Prop. 8 filed a motion to vacate Judge Walker’s judgment … Continue reading

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PA Marriage Protection Amendment

At a time when our governor’s budget includes 50% cuts in funding for higher education and drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus shale is raising issues about (the lack of) a severance tax and (already occurring) environmental damage, Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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Article of Interest: Kerri L. Stone’s Clarifying Stereotype

Federal Rule of Evidence 801(d)(2)(E) provides that “[a] statement is not hearsay if…[t]he statement is offered against a party and is…a statement by a coconspirator of a party during the course and in furtherance of the conspiracy. Rule 801(d)(2)(E) is based … Continue reading

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Big Law’s New Version of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: King & Spalding Muzzles All Employees From Advocating Repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act

Metro Weekly has the story, but this is outrageous.  Paul Clement, partner at King & Spalding, signed the firm up to represent the House of Representatives in defending DOMA, the agreement between the firm and the government contains a provision … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Cornell Law Review Edition

There are none published in Volume 96:2 (January 2011) of the Cornell Law Review. Cornell Law Review, Volume 96 Number 2 (January 2011) Articles Deciding When to Decide: How Appellate Procedure Distributes the Costs of Legal Change Aaron-Andrew P. Bruhl … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? William and Mary Law Review Edition

There are no female authors among the 8 writers published in Issue 52:4 (March 2011) of the William and Mary Law Review. C’mon, editors, you can do better. -Bridget Crawford

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When the Harasser is the Boss

Many readers of this blog will appreciate a recent essay in the Fordham Law Review, “Consider the Source: When the Harasser is the Boss,” available on SSRN.  The essay is coauthored by my William & Mary colleague Susan Grover and … Continue reading

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ABA’s IMPOWR Project

The American Bar Association established IMPOWR (the International Models Project for Women’s Rights) in 2008.  (It does not concern fashion models….).  Here is the group’s “Vision Statement”: The IMPOWR vision is to build an open, inclusive and dynamic information sharing … Continue reading

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MIT Releases Third Study On Status Of Women Science and Engineering Faculty

Today, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology releases a report examining the status of women faculty in science and engineering, the third such report since 1999. The upshot: There’s progress, but more needs to be done. The number of women faculty … Continue reading

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NCCROW Position Open

From Laura Wolford, Tulane University The Newcomb College Center for Research on Women (NCCROW) is searching for a visiting women’s historian for the 2011-2012 academic year. We are looking for a 20th century American historian with a preference for someone … Continue reading

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Ten Years of Student Notes

We have heard a lot lately about women occupying less written space than men.   Women write and review significantly fewer books.  Women author significantly fewer articles in most major magazines.  Even in the supposed cyber-utopia of Wikipedia, women author only … Continue reading

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A Classroom Experiment

I’m teaching Race and the Law for the first time this semester. Last week we spent some time with Ricci v. DeStefano (the New Haven firefighters’ case) as a way of discussing disparate treatment and disparate impact doctrine. They had … Continue reading

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Visitor Opportunities at the University of South Carolina School of Law

The University of South Carolina School of Law is looking for visitors in the following subject areas for next academic year. Depending upon matches to needs, the visits will be either a semester or a year. Constitutional Law (fall) Wills, … Continue reading

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Section 3 of DOMA Is Unconstitutional

In a sharp shift, the President has ordered the Justice Department to stop defending section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (which is the provision that says that same-sex marriages will not be recognized under federal law). President … Continue reading

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Article on Adoption by Gay Parents

My colleague Prof. Amy Ronner has a new and intriguing article on adoption by gay parents, “When Courts Let Insane Delusions Pass the Rational Basis Test: The Newest Challenge to Florida’s Exclusion of Homosexuals from Adoption.” It’s available on SSRN:  … Continue reading

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University of Mississippi LGBT Symposium Friday, March 11, 2011

The National LGBT Bar Association cordially invites you to attend the: University of Mississippi LGBT Symposium Friday, March 11, 2011   |   9:00am-5:00pm E. F. Yerby Conference Center 7 Alumni Drive Oxford, Mississippi Click here to download the registration form. The day-long … Continue reading

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On Writing As A (Sort Of) Group Project

Over at Inside Higher Ed, Kerry Ann Roquemore explains the utility of writing groups. She observes: Faculty development researchers have demonstrated that accountability and support increase writing productivity among new faculty members. And yet, when graduate students, post-docs and new … Continue reading

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Gender, Race and Power in the Legal Academy (Or, the BAU Haus Rules)

In recent days news circulated regarding an incident at Widener University’s school of law. It seems that a faculty member was called to task for repeatedly offering hypotheticals about killing the dean in the context of teaching his criminal law class. The … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

The New York Times has a nice idea for a Valentine’s Day gift that the Obama administration can give to the LGBT community–ceasing to defend the indefensible Defense of Marriage Act.

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Nancy Levit and Allen Roston, Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews and Journals

Those of us running the law review gauntlet in the next few weeks might be interested in Nancy Levit’s and Allen Roston’s updated chart (here) about law journal submissions, expedites and rankings from different sources for the spring 2011 submission … Continue reading

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Oh Man! Where are the Women: Georgetown Edition

The Georgetown Law Journal shows that it can get worse.  Instead of publishing few female faculty authors (see here), how about none? Here’s the line-up for volume 99, issue 2.  Four articles, 5 authors, all men. How International Financial Law … Continue reading

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Taxpayer Dollars Hard at Work

In the latest installment of “why tackle the difficult issues when you can score cheap political points through gay bashing,” LaVar Christensen, a member of the Utah House of Representatives, has introduced HB 270, the so-called Family Policy Bill. As … Continue reading

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Call for Volunteers/Organizers AALS Section on Women in Legal Education

Professor Danne Johnson (Oklahoma City), AALS Section on Women in Legal Education Chair, passes along this information about possible volunteer opportunities within the Section on Women in Legal Education and points of contact.   Please reach out to committee chairs if you … Continue reading

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More Civil Union News

The Governor of Illinois signed that state’s civil union legislation into law yesterday. The law takes effect June 1. The copy of the legislation that I was able to find (and locating one was no easy task on the Illinois … Continue reading

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Gender Justice and Indian Sovereignty: Native American Women and the Law

It is my pleasure to invite you to Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s upcoming 10th Anniversary Women and the Law Conference, “Gender Justice and Indian Sovereignty: Native American Women and the Law,” on Friday, February 18, 2011. This one-day conference … Continue reading

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Onwuachi-Willig: Finalist for Iowa Supreme Court

Among the 9 finalists for the 3 vacancies on the Iowa Supreme Court Justice there is one woman, one racial minority, and one law professor – – – and then there are the 8 other candidates. The 3 vacancies on … Continue reading

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Because if you are going to dub something meaningless filler, of course “girls under trees” would be perfect?

Georgetown University Law Center Associate Law Librarian Roger Skalbeck and Yale Law School Librarian for Emerging Technologies Jason Eiseman have published a study entitled  “Top 10 Law School Home Pages of 2010.” Here are a couple of excerpts: On the … Continue reading

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Tapping Reeve’s New Idea

Angela Fernandez, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, has published Tapping Reeve, Coverture, and America’s First Legal Treatise. Here is the abstract. In his 1816 treatise, The Law of Baron and Wife, Tapping Reeve of Litchfield Law School fame, rejected … Continue reading

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Faculty Mentoring and Student Writing

As I discussed in my last post,  I’m currently engaged in a long-term project examining student note publication—including the role of gender in that process—that builds on my previous article on that topic. One piece of the puzzle is how … Continue reading

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An Interesting Critical Tax Student Note Topic

I often get asked by students for tax topics for their student notes. Normally, I suggest some places to look where they can get a sense of hot topics, etc., but don’t suggest an actual topic. But yesterday, I came … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season…

…for LGBT state employees to find out how (in)secure their jobs are for the next four years. Most states still do not have nondiscrimination legislation in place that protects their LGBT citizens from being fired because of their sexual orientation … Continue reading

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The Cost of Equality

The New York Times web site today includes an article highlighting some of the costs associated with same-sex couples’ recent victory in their fight for marriage equality under the federal tax laws. The article is interesting but misses the larger context—because … Continue reading

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