Category Archives: Academia

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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Gender and Student Note Publication

For the past year or so, I’ve been engaged in a large-scale data collection project relating to gender and student note publication.  Over winter break, I came to think that the time had come when the project could benefit from … Continue reading

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Call For Papers From Journal of Feminist Scholarship

The Journal of Feminist Scholarship, a new online journal, has sent out a call for papers. Why a new journal? Why now? We believe it is time to explore the state of feminist scholarship at the turn of the new … Continue reading

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Should the AALS Limit Annual Meeting Appearances to One Per Person?

Should the AALS prefer programs with speakers making only a single AALS appearance?  Stated another way, should there be a disincentive (or even a rule precluding) multiple conference appearances by the same faculty member? Here’s what I observe in the … Continue reading

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Boycott the Hilton in San Francisco!

Don’t get caught in a bad hotel!!!

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“Law Professors in Support of the Hilton Workers”

Information here! Many law profs are respecting the boycott and will not enter the Hilton during the AALS. I will be one of them. As the linked website notes: The cleaners, cooks, dish washers, and kitchen, door, bar, bell hop, … Continue reading

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Hot Topic Program At AALS–E-Marriage: Emerging Trends Meet the Law

From Adam Candeub: Hot Topics Panel at the AALS E-Marriage:  Emerging Trends Meet the Law Mae Kuykendall          (MSU College of Law)                 Moderator Adam Candeub          (MSU College of Law)                 Presentation of the E-Marriage Concept Larry Ribstein            (Illinois College of Law)               Critical … Continue reading

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It Gets Worse: What Repeal Of DADT May Mean For Sexual Violence In The Military

The twin horizons of many people and organizations in the lesbian and gay community – achieving marriage equality and repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell – seem like obvious civil rights goals.  They both enshrine official, legally sanctioned discrimination against … Continue reading

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Who are these people?

I just received the annual email from my dean inviting me to nominate students for several awards. I am taken aback by the criteria for the award from the National Association of Women Lawyers. The award consists of a one-year … Continue reading

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Columbia SIPA Students, Don’t Pull a Clarence Thomas

The Daily Pennsylvanian reports here: Though students at Columbia University were advised to think twice before tweeting “#WikiLeaks,” Penn students have received no similar warning. WikiLeaks — a website that exposes confidential diplomatic messages — recently released information on topics … Continue reading

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Fat Is a Feminist Ballet Issue

A lot of people are firing back at Alastair Macaulay, the New York Times critic who opined that Sugarplum Fairy Jenifer Ringer had eaten one too many holiday sweets. “This didn’t feel, however, like an opening night. Jenifer Ringer, as the … Continue reading

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Do Unions Help Women Faculty?

Ann Mari May, Elizabeth Moorhouse, and Jennifer A. Bossard have published Representation of Women Faculty at Public Research Universities: Do Unions Matter? in volume 63 of the Industrial and Labor Relations Review (2010). Here is the abstract. The authors investigate the … Continue reading

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A Network Of One’s Own

Looking for scholars with interests similar to yours? Check out this resource: Collaborative Research Networks. Among its networks are “Collective Human Rights,” “Feminist Legal Theory,” “Gender and Judging,” Gender, Sexuality, and Law,” Integrating Gender Into Legal Education,” International Socio-Legal Feminisms,” … Continue reading

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Jessie Hill on Dangerous Terrain: Mapping the Female Body in Gonzales v. Carhart

Jessie Hill has posted on SSRN a short and fascinating analysis of the graphic language used in Gonzales v. Carhart (2007), the “partial-birth abortion” case. Here is part of the abstract: This brief Article focuses on the rhetoric of the … Continue reading

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Massive Student Protests in London

Thousands of students in London and throughout Britain are protesting against increases in tuition at colleges and universities.  There are sit-ins all over the country, including in the Bodleian Library at Oxford. As darkness fell, fires were started, graffiti sprayed and … Continue reading

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New Issue of “Feminist Collections”

The most recent issue of Feminist Periodicals is available here, courtesy of the excellent Phyllis Holman Weisbard, University of Wisconsin System Women’s Studies Librarian, and her staff.  The table of contents appears after the jump. -Bridget Crawford

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From the “After Gender” Symposium at Pace Law School

L to R: Teemu Ruskola, Suzanne Goldberg, Adrienne Davis, Bob Chang, Tom McDonnell

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Live Blogging “After Gender? Examining International Justice Enterprises”

“Conversation 3: Gender and the Establishment of Human Rights” is now under way as part of the Pace Law Review Symposium on “After Gender? Examining International Justice Enterprises”.  Panelists include Sally Engle Merry (NYU Anthropology), Helen Kinsella (Wisconsin Political Science), … Continue reading

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Some Students at Albion College Burn Gay Flag

This news from Albion College in Michigan: A complaint was filed after the incident and yesterday Albion College president Donna Randall released a statement that said that “appropriate action” has been taken against the students. Three students were identified from … Continue reading

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SSRN is Selling Your Papers – Did You Know That?

Last month, Gregg Gordon, the President of the Social Science Research Network, sent out this message about SSRN’s plans to sell hard copies of papers that can be downloaded for free: The price for one or more bound hard copies … Continue reading

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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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