Category Archives: Feminists in Academia
Mary Anne Franks, “What’s Left of Pleasure? A Book Review of Janet Halley’s Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism”
This book review appeared in 30 Harv. J. L. & Gender 257 (2007) Abstract: This book review critically evaluates Janet Halley’s “hedonics of critique,” a theoretical approach that prioritizes the celebration of pleasure over harm – harm that Halley claims … Continue reading
The Feminism and Legal Theory Project is preparing for a conference on Feminism, Law, and Masculinity. This workshop will explore the relevance of masculinities studies to feminist legal theory and activism. We have long struggled, both within and without the … Continue reading
Listen to a podcast of critiques of Posnerian jurisprudence by U. of Chicago law professors Mary Ann Case and Martha Nussbaum right here, with a response by Posner. Neither Case nor Nussbaum drops the f-bomb, but the prospect must have … Continue reading
Read her essay by this title here. It begins: There are right now two lawsuits being prosecuted by black women lawyers that are quietly making their way around the Internet. A little too quietly for my taste. …
FIRST ANNUAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING October 29-31, 2009 University of Nebraska – Lincoln
FIRST ANNUAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING: “WHAT WE KNOW AND WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW” The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers from many disciplines, as well as government and non-governmental agencies who have responsibility for … Continue reading
Danielle Citron’s article “Cyber Civil Rights” is now in print. She handed me a reprint a few minutes ago, yay! Her presentation is based on this work. She’s talking about women being driven off line, or at least out of … Continue reading
The only law review article with “tax” in the title that I am likely to read this year will be written by Bridget Crawford
And it will be based on her incredibly awesome presentation here at the William and Mary School of Law. Her topic is “Privacy, Pregnancy and Taxation” and it is fascinating. Surrogacy contracts have become one of her scholarly interests, and … Continue reading
On Friday, February 13th we held a symposium at Columbia Law School honoring the important work of Martha Nussbaum to the scholarship of Gender, Sexuality and the Law. The Symposium was a tremendous success, and the proceedings will be published … Continue reading
Thanks to Brian Leiter for compiling this list so quickly in response to my post below. (with the caveat that there might be some scholars whose schools were not included in this sample who might have made the list: e.g., … Continue reading
The abstract: In recent years, male law students at top-fifteen-ranked law schools have published nearly twice as many notes in their schools’ general-interest law reviews as have their female counterparts. Although this disparity is common to virtually every top-fifteen-ranked school, … Continue reading
Many of Columbia’s peer schools have recently undertaken reforms in their grading systems. Harvard and Stanford have moved in the direction of Yale’s system – three passing grades (1: Honors/High Pass, 2: Pass and 3: Restricted Credit/Low Pass) and … Continue reading
“Condemned men are buried in sand up to their waists, and women up to their necks, and are pelted with stones until they die or manage to escape. Under the law, a condemned person’s life is spared if he can free himself.”
That’s a sentence from this WaPo article about stonings in Iran. Men have a lot better odds of escaping, obviously, though it’s still horrifying. The article also reports: In his weekly news conference, the judicial spokesman also said that Esha … Continue reading
Awesome feminist law prof Sonia Katyal recently wrote in the National Law Journal: Ten years ago, I sat in a constitutional law class taught by Barack Obama at the University of Chicago Law School. My mother proudly recalls that I … Continue reading
A few days ago Christina Hoff Sommers guest posted a lecture here, and referred to “a productive and civil debate with a feminist law professor at Penn State.” The live debate was sponsored by the Federalist Society, and you can … Continue reading
This morning, Barack Obama announced that he intends to nominate Dawn Johnsen to be Assistant AG for the Office of Legal Counsel. A law prof at Indiana University, Johnson serves on the board of directors of the American Constitution Society … Continue reading
Candidate X guest posted here, asking for advice about going on the teaching market while breastfeeding an infant. FLP readers offered a lot of kind support both on blog and off. No surprise there – you’re feminists! Here’s an update … Continue reading
Here, at A Woman In Law School.
Here! Founded by Columbia Law Profs Katherine Franke and Suzanne Goldberg, who, happily for FLP readers, will sometimes cross post here, see e.g.!
Two related articles are accessible here. Via IntLawGrrls.
Tonight on Bill Moyers Journal, at 9 pm ET, my colleague Emma Coleman Jordan will be featured in a segment on “deconstructing the bailout.” Emma is a pre-eminent scholar on the intersection of law with economic and class issues, … Continue reading
The NCAA tries to prevent men from blaming Title IX for cuts to sports that are actually recession related.
And, I’d bet most readers join me in hoping this works! From USA Today: NCAA President Myles Brand has a message for member institutions: Don’t blame Title IX. Brand expects some schools to drop men’s teams in coming months because … Continue reading
From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Jan Kemp, the controversial former English professor at the University of Georgia who blew the whistle on preferential treatment afforded to student athletes, passed away Friday of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 59. Named a”hero … Continue reading
Catharine A. MacKinnon has been appointed Special Gender Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
From here: Prof. Catharine A. MacKinnon was appointed as Special Gender Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. She will provide strategic advice to his Office on sexual and gender violence, an area where expertise is required under … Continue reading
Lesbo Prof has some interesting recommendations. Here is the part I liked the best: Second, don’t play “get the candidate.” While a spirited discussion about a candidate’s research is exciting and fun, and can show a candidate that you are … Continue reading
The third International Conference for Women in Physics! First person account at the f word.
The ALI has announced the names (here) of its newly-elected members, including Feminist Law Profs Ann Bartow (South Carolina), Miriam Cherry (McGeorge), Tony Infanti (Pitt), Margaret Russell (Santa Clara) and Margaret Taylor (Wake Forest). Congratulations! -Bridget Crawford
I’m writing for advice on an issue peculiar to female law profs and I was hoping that I could post a question on Feminist Law Profs seeking advice. Specifically, I am on the legal teaching market this year and I … Continue reading
American Law Institute Shows Outstanding Judgment And Elects Professor Bridget J. Crawford as Member
Official story here, which notes: “Election to the ALI is considered one of the highest honors in the legal profession.” No doubt it was her terrific blogging here that clinched her election. The following was probably also helpful: Professor Crawford’s … Continue reading
Lisa R. Pruitt at UC Davis School of Law has followed up on her 2007 article, Toward a Feminist Theory of the Rural, with two forthcoming articles about rural women. Both draw on the discipline of critical geography to explore … Continue reading
According to this Phila. Inq. article: Rutgers University is investigating complaints of discrimination from female faculty in its political science department, including allegations of pay inequities and charges that male senior faculty members have held long-standing, decision-making dinners that exclude … Continue reading
The Women’s Rights Law Reporter is a quarterly journal of legal scholarship and feminist criticism published by students at the Rutgers School of Law in Newark, NJ. Now-Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg founded the Reporter in 1970. It is … Continue reading
A twofer: Women and Blogging: what you can do right now at the Legal History Blog and cross-posted at Balkinization.
Published in Symposia on Gender, Race and Philosophy (Spring 2008). Downloadable here. In addition: Commentaries by Patrick D. Hopkins, Rae Langton, Ishani Maitra, Laurie Shrage. Reply by A.W. Eaton. Via Feminist Philosophers.
“Child Centered Jurisprudence and Feminist Jurisprudence: Exploring The Connections And The Tensions” Friday, November 14, 2008 @ the University of Houston Law Center
From the Conference Website: This conference in November 2008 will explore the connections and the tensions between”feminist jurisprudence”and what might be called (in the language of June Carbone)”child-centered jurisprudence.”The experiences of American women have been entwined with their roles as … Continue reading
Inspired by recent events at my own institution as well as conversations with other feminist law profs I’ve run into at recent conferences, here’s a pattern I see â€“ wonder if others experience this. One fem law prof summed … Continue reading
Abstract: During her time on the bench, Justice Wilson refused to identify as a feminist. Her silence did not deter feminists from applauding many of her decisions. Nor did it preclude them from critiquing three opinions: Pelech, Morgentaler, and Hess. … Continue reading
Scott Jaschik at Inside Higher Ed wrote an article with this title, in which he notes: In field after field, women either outperform or equal men : only to lag in key positions in academe (or in other careers that … Continue reading
Feminism and Legal Theory 25th Anniversary Conference â€“ November 6-8th Emory University School of Law â€“ Atlanta, GA
In 1991, Routledge published At the Boundaries of Law, the very first anthology in feminist legal theory. This book has proven invaluable to scholars and students alike. The volume grew out of workshops given by the Feminism and Legal … Continue reading
Chron story here. Via Historiann.
This is an Op-Ed by two fantastic Feminist Law Profs, and it is accessible here. Below is an excerpt: The news that Sarah Palin’s unwed teenage daughter is pregnant highlights a surprising reality in today’s America: The ultra-conservative morality many … Continue reading
Read about this at the fabulous Title IX blog.
Historiann has an interesting post entitled: â€œMarrying up,”and why that could screw up your career in which she notes: There’s a new report out on the careers of social scientists, via Inside Higher Ed. The University of Washington Center for … Continue reading
Abstract: Men, patriarchy and masculine characteristics have predominantly been examined within feminist theory as a source of power, domination, inequality and subordination. Various theories of inequality have been developed by feminists to challenge and reveal structures and discourses that reinforce … Continue reading
Post every woman academic should read, here.
Josephine Louise Newcomb established an undergraduate liberal-arts college in 1886 at Tulane in memory of her daughter. Her descendants are suing to have it reopened.
Last October it was reported that a first effort to get Newcomb College reopened failed: A state appeals court today narrowly turned down an attempt to resurrect Newcomb College, ruling that the plaintiffs had no right to file suit. By … Continue reading
Minna Kotkin, “Of Authorship and Audacity: An Empirical Study of Gender Disparity and Privilege in the ‘Top Ten’ Law Reviews”
Abstract: In today’s law schools, article placement is a significant consideration in hiring, promotion, tenure, and lateral mobility. This article analyzes authorship by gender and home school “privilege” in 15 law reviews (the “top ten”) over a three year period. … Continue reading
Head over to Historiann and help a sister out!
More information on the following events will be available as the dates approach. Conflict and Transitional Justice: Feminist Approaches September 19-20, 2008. Emory University Gambrell Hall Truth Commissions and other forms of transitional justice have become ubiquitous as a mechanism … Continue reading