Category Archives: Academia

Article of Interest: Josephine Ross’ Blaming the Victim: ‘Consent’ Within the Fourth Amendment and Rape Law

It used to be that courts applied an objective definition of consent in rape prosecutions. This was because of traditional force and resistance requirements:   First, courts interpreted the element of force to require that the man overpower the woman or … Continue reading

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Rape as the Ivy League’s Latest “Joke”

A lucky few of our readers may have missed the story about the Yale fraternity pledges who picketed the campus Women’s Center chanting, “‘No’ means ‘yes.’  ’Yes’ means anal.” Let’s not think that awful taste and misogyny are specialties of … Continue reading

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Human Rights Efforts in Australia: Spotlight on the Castan Centre at Monash University

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University in Australia is “a non-profit, non-partisan centre focusing on the study of human rights law globally, regionally and in Australia” (see program website here).  Today the Melbourne paper The Age ran … Continue reading

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Louisiana Appellate Court Rules In Favor of Tulane On Issue Of Closing Women’s College

A Louisiana Appeals Court has upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit brought against Tulane University, which closed legendary Sophie Newcomb College after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The litigation was filed by the descendant of Newcomb’s founder, Josephine Newcomb, who … Continue reading

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Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison to Keynote UB Feminism Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS — KEYNOTE SPEAKER TONI MORRISON The University of Baltimore School of Law’s Center on Applied Feminism seeks submissions for its Fourth Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference. This year’s theme is “Applying Feminism Globally.” We are thrilled to … Continue reading

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More Hazing Accusations Against Sigma Gamma Rho

This time, in California.  Here’s what the NY Times reports: In the San Jose State case . . . a former student at the university, charged in a civil lawsuit, filed Aug. 31, that over a three-week period in 2008 … Continue reading

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Fourth Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference at UB–DATE CHANGED

CALL FOR PAPERS – NEW DATE The University of Baltimore School of Law’s Center on Applied Feminism seeks submissions for its Fourth Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference. This year’s theme is “Applying Feminism Globally.” The conference date has changed from … Continue reading

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Welfare Cheese, the Working Class and the Tenure Class (or, the Cheese Stands Alone)

I attended the Third National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference a few weeks ago. It was a wonderful event; it was well-organized and intellectually stimulating and offered a broad array of presentations. The National POC is an event that … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with Cyberspace? An “Atrophied Sense of Humility and Charity”

Professor Alan Jacobs (English, Wheaton College) has a reflective post on “The Online State of Nature” over at Big Questions Online.  It is inspired at least in part by the cartoon at right (image source: here at xkcd.com). I have … Continue reading

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Constitution Day – - – for Feminists?

  September 17  is “Constitution and Citizenship Day,” commemorating the signing of the Constitution in 1787.  The Congressional resolution,  codified at 36 U.S.C. § 106, also includes a  requirement of an “educational program” at all educational institutions that receive federal … Continue reading

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Congratulations! It’s a Patentista!

Dan L. Burk, University of California, Irvine School of Law, has published Do Patents Have Gender? in volume 18 of the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law. Here is the abstract. Patent law offers a set … Continue reading

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Learning from the Hillary Clinton Campaign

A new organization has formed to track the sexist statements and foci on women political candidates.  Regardless of whether one supported Hillary Clinton, it was very difficult to escape the barrage of sexist “white noise” generated by media, political commentators … Continue reading

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Above the Law asks whether women in the law need thicker skins

 As I read this post from Above the Law, I found myself thinking about Professor Felice Batlan and the law students from Chicago-Kent who presented their study, Not Our Mother’s Law Students?: A Feminist Study of Women’s Experiences in Law … Continue reading

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Taking Bond’s Women Seriously

Kimberly A. Neuendorf, Thomas D. Gore, Amy Dalessandro, Patricie Janstova, and Sharon Snyder-Suhy have published Shaken and Stirred: A Content Analysis of Women’s Portrayals in James Bond Films at 62 Sex Roles 747-761 (2010).  Here’s the abstract. A quantitative content analysis of … Continue reading

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Western Wars v. Muslim Women

This is a topic with which I am constantly engaged so it was surprising to find it in the news (though a blog entry only).  The article makes the point that wars in places like Afghanistan and Iraq that have … Continue reading

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Sexual Assault and the Law: Scholarship From Canada

Two Canadian professors have contributed some provocative scholarship on sexual assault law recently. Janine Benedet, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, has published The Sexual Assault of Intoxicated Women , forthcoming in the Canadian Journal of Women and the … Continue reading

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Shirley Lung on (All) Women’s Work

Work has long been an issue for feminist legal scholars, but in a new article just posted on ssrn here, Professor Shirley Lung argues that we need to refocus.   Lung is addressing the new “family/work” policies often adopted by employers … Continue reading

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In the Library With the Man Your Grades Could Be

The video was produced by the library at Brigham Young University.  Hilarious! H/T Paul Caron (here). -Bridget Crawford

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Who is the Hiring Chair this Year?

Dan Markel at Prawfsblawg asks (here) for information on Appointments Committee Chairs at schools that are hiring. If you are on Appointments, or know who is, please share here.

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Summary of Bluebook Changes from 18th to 19th Edition

Cynthia Pittson, Head of Reference Services and Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace Law School, has prepared a useful reference list (here) of the change, tweaks and modifications to the citation rules contained in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, now … Continue reading

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The Regulation of Naming

Yofi Tirosh, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, has published A Name of One’s Own: Gender and Symbolic Legal Personhood in the European Court of Human Rights, in volume 33 of the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender (2010). Here … Continue reading

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Kimberle Crenshaw at Thomas Jefferson Law School Women and Law Conference

I’d like to invite readers to attend the 2010 Women and the Law Conference at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. This event, our Tenth Annual Women and Law conference, will examine the past, present and future of intersectionality. Speakers will discuss … Continue reading

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What is “women’s clothing”?

Seems that a full-fledged gender-panic may be breaking out.   As if the whole mishigas with Constance McMillen being told she couldn’t wear a tux to her senior prom weren’t enough, now a mom in Maple Shade, New Jersey has … Continue reading

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Ms. Magazine Welcomes Letters to the Editor

Ms. Magazine seeks letters to the editor responding to its most recent issue (here). There is a student rate for profs using the   magazine in the classroom. -Bridget Crawford

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“Tax Protest Bake Sale”

Here’s one of many reasons I so appreciate being at Vermont Law School (VLS) — the initiative by our students’ Tax Club to raise travel funds for our delegation heading to DC for Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Lobby Day.   … Continue reading

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Important Post at The Legal Theory Blog.

It’s quite convincing. Excellent drafting, Professor Solum.

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New Law Blog on Religion and the First Amendment!

Leslie Griffiths (Houston) just started a blog on religion and the first amendment. Check it out here:   http://www.religionrogue.blogspot.com/

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Sussing Out a School’s Scholarly Culture

In an article otherwise about the perils of discussing family matters and responsibilities at work, I stumbled upon this description of a job-seeker’s experience: A friend who is a high-powered scholar told me about his job interview at an allegedly … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? SUPREME COURT ECONOMIC REVIEW ADDITION (NB: that is a pun on “edition” for the humor impaired, given the focus on sum numbers.) (Yes, “sum” is another bad pun! Try to keep up!)

17 SUPREME COURT ECONOMIC REVIEW, PP. 1-337, 2009. Symposium on Post-Kelo Reform. 17 Sup. Ct. Econ. Rev. 1-278 (2009). Somin, Ilya. Introduction to the symposium. 17 Sup. Ct. Econ. Rev. 1-5 (2009). Dana, David A. Exclusionary eminent domain. 17 Sup. … Continue reading

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Video Now Available for Symposium on Judith Butler

In case you weren’t able to attend the Symposium we held last Friday at Columbia Law School, recognizing the influence of Judith Butler’s work to the law of gender and sexuality, you can now watch videos of the three panels … Continue reading

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“Intentional or Knowing” Miscarriage is Criminal Homicide in Utah

Utah has joined Delaware and New York in criminalizing intentionally or knowingly caused miscarriages after a 17 year old girl asked someone to beat her until she miscarried.  The link, from Jezebel, is here.  Perhaps another option might have been … Continue reading

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Vulnerability, Resilience, and the State: A Feminism and Legal Theory Project Workshop:March 19 – 20, 2010 at Emory

Vulnerability, Resilience, and the State A Feminism and Legal Theory Project Workshop:March 19 – 20, 2010 575 Gambrell Hall Emory University School of Law 1301 Clifton Road, Atlanta GA 30322 Friday, March 19, 2010 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm – … Continue reading

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Attacking Bias in Law Reviews: Jonathan Gingerich on Blind Review

With all the attention here on the paucity of female authors in the top law reviews, here’s an interesting paper from Jonathan Gingerich calling for blind review as the norm at law reviews: Abstract: A number of studies suggest that … Continue reading

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Combovers, Push-Up Bras and a Wad of Singles: How to Act Like You’ve Got More Than You Have

Ross Davies (George Mason) (not pictured above) has updated his study of law reviews, Law Review Circulation, 2009 Green Bag Alm. 164.   His 2010 update,   Law Review Circulation 2009: The Combover,    2010 Green Bag Alm. 419, adds … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Lateral Hires Edition, Cripes!

Over at The Faculty Lounge Dan Filler lists lateral moves he is aware of (with supplementation from the appended comments and other sources) as follows: Arizona State Daniel Bodansky from Georgia Boston College Brian Galle from Florida State Charleston Todd … Continue reading

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The Feminist Theory Papers at Brown University’s Pembroke Center

From the official website: The Feminist Theory Papers is an exceptional archival collection representing scholars who have transformed their disciplines and the intellectual landscape of universities in the United States and internationally. This focused and coherent manuscript collection is indispensable … Continue reading

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“PROPERTY OUTLAWS: How Squatters, Pirates and Protesters Improve the Law of Ownership” by Eduardo M. Peñalver and Sonia K. Katyal

PROPERTY OUTLAWS: How Squatters, Pirates and Protesters Improve the Law of Ownership by Eduardo M. Peñalver and Sonia K. Katyal Property Outlaws puts forth the intriguingly counterintuitive proposition that, in the case of both tangible and intellectual property law, disobedience … Continue reading

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Just in Time for February 14: “Hip Hop’s Languages of Love”

Women and Language.  There’s a whole journal with that name: WOMEN AND LANGUAGE, an international interdisciplinary research periodical, serves as a forum for innovative studies and critical conversations among feminist theorists and gender scholars. Women and Language accepts submissions of … Continue reading

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Call for Volunteers: Paying it Forward to other Women in Legal Education

Feminist Law Prof Colleen Medill (Nebraska), on behalf of the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education, is assembling a list of women law profs who might be willing to share materials, experiences, perspectives, etc. with other women law profs. … Continue reading

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Mr. Deity and the Help-Meet, Or, Explaining the Politics of Housework In Three and a Half Minutes

I’ve discovered “Mr Deity and the Help Meet,”  in which Lucy (aka Lucifer) takes Mr. Deity to task 3 days before the Creation for changing male and female roles (and the balance of power).  Giving birth? Breast feeding? The women … Continue reading

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Jotwell Trusts & Estates Section Launches

Over at Jotwell [the Journal of Things We Like (Lots)], the Trusts & Estates section is now live (here).   Fellow contributors to the T&E Section include Feminist Law Profs Julia Belian (Detroit Mercy), Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore), Bill LaPiana (NYLS) … Continue reading

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What is the effect of portraying college life as a catfight among straight women? In whose interest is it to describe the relationship among straight college women as essentially competitive and perhaps to blame for bad behavior on the part of college men?

Those are two questions Historiann asks in this excellent post about yesterday’s NYT article, The New Math on Campus. The point of article in my view is to help sell the idea of making achieving gender balance at colleges a … Continue reading

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What is the Difference between an “Article” and an “Essay”?

What is the difference between an “article” and an “essay”?  For many law reviews, including Penn, an essay is a piece less than 10,000 words (see here).  That’s an empirical standard that makes sense to me. Apart from length, are … Continue reading

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“How to Be Welcoming” – Ways in which a campus can be welcoming for people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered.

In the Chron: … My experiences in higher education with my partner of 21 years have helped me understand how the environment and culture of a campus is crucial for gay and lesbian employees and their partners or spouses. Certain … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Visitorship at Columbia Law School Center for Gender and Sexuality Law

The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School invites applications for a sabbatical visitor for the 2010-2011 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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Columbia Law School/Center for Reproductive Rights Fellowship

The Columbia Law School/Center for Reproductive Rights Fellowship application deadline has been extended to February 9th. The CRR-Columbia Fellowship is a full-time, residential fellowship for up to two full years starting in July 2010. The Fellow will be a member … Continue reading

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Call For Applications

The Beatrice Bain Research Group at the University of California, Berkeley, has issued this Call For Applications.           The BEATRICE BAIN RESEARCH GROUP (BBRG) is the University of California, Berkeley’s critical feminist research center, established in … Continue reading

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Save the Date–UB’s Third Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference March 4-5, 2010

The University of Baltimore School of Law’s Center on Applied Feminism will host its Third Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference on March 4-5, 2010. The theme of this year’s conference is Applied Feminism and Marginalized Communities. A full conference schedule … Continue reading

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Practicing Lawyers Have All the Fun? “Sexual Peccadillos” at Annual Meetings

In today’s New York Lawyer (here; subscription site — sorry), the Rodent strikes again with a very funny description of the annual ritual of the law firm “retreat”: Once a year, BigLaw packs its bags and goes off to the … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Not Among 80+% of Illinois Law Review Authors

Looking at the professional articles (not student notes)  published by the Illinois Law Review in years 2007, 2008 and 2009, I count: 72 total articles published 90 total authors published 10 single-author articles published by women 6 multiple-author articles with … Continue reading

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