Category Archives: Academia

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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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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