Category Archives: Academia

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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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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