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Request for Information about Institutional Support for Feminist Legal Theory

For an essay I’m writing on the political economy of feminist legal theory, I’m interested in knowing about ongoing   institutional support in law schools for developing and disseminating feminist legal theory, whether aimed at students, faculty or practitioners.   … Continue reading

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NYT Profile of Sheena Wright, CEO Abyssinian Development Corp.

For its weekly “The Boss” column, the New York Times’ Sunday business section profiled Sheena Wright, CEO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, a non-profit “dedicated to building the human, social and physical capital of Harlem.”  Wright is a lawyer by … Continue reading

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LSU Legal Clinic Wins Asylum Case

Robert Lancaster, Director of the Legal Clinic at Louisiana State University Law Center, reports that the Immigration Law Clinic won an asylum case for a Kenyan national facing persecution for her religious beliefs and membership in a particular social group. … Continue reading

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Where are the women? There is only one woman among the twelve speakers at the Emory Law Journal’s 2010 Randolph W. Thrower Symposium: “The New New Deal: From De-Regulation to Re-Regulation”

The speakers. –Ann Bartow

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ATL Mocks Columbia Law School Student’s Method for Starting a Study Group

Isn’t English rich enough to provide ways to mock something that don’t refer to women’s genitalia? Since when is “douchetastic” a word? -Darren Rosenblum P.S. This is not an endorsement of the    student’s methodology for finding a study group! … Continue reading

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Moneyball Comes to Women’s Collegiate Sports

The Penn State women’s volleyball team has a 98-game winning streak.   The only longer winning streak in NCAA Division I history is the Miami (Florida) men’s tennis tam that won 137 consequtive matches from 1957 to 1964. Coach Russ … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Pretty sparse (just one woman co-author!) in the last Georgetown L.J. and none at all in the recent Virginia L. Rev.

98 GEORGETOWN LAW JOURNAL, NO. 1, NOVEMBER, 2009. Jacobi, Tonja and Matthew Sag. Taking the measure of ideology: empirically measuring Supreme Court cases. 98 Geo. L.J. 1-75 (2009). [H][L][W] Oman, Nathan B. A pragmatic defense of contract law. 98 Geo. … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Not in the June 2009 Yale Law Journal, that’s for sure.

118 YALE LAW JOURNAL, NO. 8, JUNE, 2009. Engdahl, David E. The classic rule of faith and credit. 118 Yale L.J. 1584-1659 (2009). [H][L][W] Cabranes, Hon. Jose A. Our imperial criminal procedure: problems in the extraterritorial application of U.S. constitutional … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Among “Law Stories” Editors

Law Stories is a 30-strong (and growing) volume series published by Foundation Press   and edited by Paul Caron, the Charles Harstock Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.   Each “Stories” volume … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Not in 78% to 88% of NYU Law Review’s Publication Slots

  Of the 24 professional (i.e., non-student) pieces published so far in Volume 84 of the NYU Law Review, only 5 were single-authored pieces written by women.  That’s only 20.8% written entirely by women.  If one excludes from the count … Continue reading

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“Catharine MacKinnon and law as courage, emotion, and social change”

From the Harvard Law Record: When Catharine MacKinnon said goodbye to us at the end of her Sex Equality class on Wednesday October 28, she choked up, and we all choked up with her. The emotion was evident in her … Continue reading

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“I get knocked down: Women publishing law review notes”

Rebecca Tushnet writes: I read an interesting article in the Journal of Legal Education (unfortunately not online) about the underrepresentation, relative to law school enrollment and law review participation, of women publishing notes on the main journals of the top … Continue reading

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Where are the women? None are in the inaugural Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc.

Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc is pleased to present the”first take”pieces for its inaugural Roundtable from Professors Hal Bruff, Steven Calabresi, Gary Lawson, Rick Pildes, and Christopher Yoo. The debate is on Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight … Continue reading

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Settlement in the AutoAdmit Case

From the Associated Press: A lawyer for two former Yale University law students says they have settled their lawsuit against several people they accused of posting sexually harassing and threatening messages about them on an Internet site. San Francisco attorney … Continue reading

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George Mason School of Law Sued for Sexual Harassment

From Law.com: … This July, Kyndra Rotunda filed a lawsuit against the Arlington, Va., school, where just three years before she had happily signed on as director of a legal assistance clinic for military service members. In her suit, she … Continue reading

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Where Are the Women? Not at George Mason’s “Gridlock Economy Conference,” that’s clear.

George Mason University, School of Law is convening a conference entitled: Tragedies of the Gridlock Economy – How Mis-configuring Property Rights Stymies Social Efficiency. Here are the listed participants: Michael Heller Richard Epstein Harold Demsetz Michael Meurer F. Scott Kieff … Continue reading

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Center for Reproductive Rights-Columbia Law School Fellowship

Center for Reproductive Rights – Columbia Law School Fellowship 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 of the community of graduate fellows at … Continue reading

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On Hiring

My law school isn’t doing any hiring this year, but I was still very interested in this posts: Hire with Wisdom and Interview with Kindness at Center of Gravitas, and   a five part eries by Squadratomagico   1) The … Continue reading

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List of Fellowships for Aspiring Law Professors

Here. I got my start in law teaching as an Hon. Abraham L. Freedman Graduate Teaching Fellow at Temple University’s School of Law and it was a wonderful experience. I learned how to teach in a supportive, mentor rich environment, … Continue reading

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Who Gets Preferential Treatment at University of Illinois? (From the ‘Where Are the Women’ Files)

U n i v e r s i t y o f I L L I N O I S Illinois Law Review, Issue 2009:4 (August 2009) Articles The Trouble with Twombly: A Proposed Pleading Standard for Employment Discrimination Cases … Continue reading

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Westlaw Reinstates Services to Puerto Rican Law Schools

Today I received this update on the Westlaw situation (described here) from José Julián Álvarez González, pictured at left, Professor of Law at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law (reprinted and attributed with his permission): After a very … Continue reading

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Westlaw Cuts Support to Law Schools in Puerto Rico

Westlaw has decided to discontinue providing free printers and associated supplies (paper, ink) to law school libraries in Puerto Rico.  Westlaw provides these to other law schools on the U.S. mainland, and did provide them to the four Puerto Rican … Continue reading

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Ave Maria School of Law claims law professors on its faculty are ministers.

From the National Law Journal: A Michigan trial judge will decide that next week in a controversial employment dispute involving Ave Maria School of Law, which is trying to declare law professors as ministers to avoid a wrongful termination suit … Continue reading

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Where Are The Women? The Virginia Law Review’s latest symposium issue features 15 authors, 12 of them male.

VOLUME 95            JUNE 2009          ISSUE 4 Virginia Law Review 95:4 (June 2009) Symposium Issue: The SEC in a Time of Discontinuity The SEC in a Time of Discontinuity: Introduction to Virginia … Continue reading

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How to Stop Indoor Prostitution? Ask a Law School Dean

Both chambers of the Rhode Island State legislature have passed bills to”crack down”on otherwise-legal indoor prostitution in that jurisdiction.  Both bills aim to penalize both prostitutes and johns, but neither bill comes close to offering any meaningful protection for women. … Continue reading

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NYU Law hires homophobic bigot to teach, wait for it, human rights law.

Leiter has the details.

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Women selling sex are arrested and jailed, but the buyers go free?

That’s how I interpret what this article is saying when it reports: … The November raid came after a six-week surveillance of the house on Round Hill Road. The dwelling’s owner, Stephen A. Clark, was arrested Nov. 26 and pleaded … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? SSRN Downloads Edition

I recently posted here a list of law schools ranked #23-#100 by U.S. News, ranked by recent SSRN downloads.  For anyone who would like to use it, the data file is  here as an Excel spreadsheet and  here in CSV … Continue reading

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US News Schools 23-100 by Recent SSRN Downloads

Paul Caron & Bernard Black (here) and Brian Leiter (here) have laid out the arguments for and against using SSRN downloads as a measure of faculty scholarship.  I don’t have anything new to add, but I did prepare a list … Continue reading

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Krawiec on Law Schools and Institutional Goals

“‘We all contribute in our own ways’ is not a valid institutional goal.”  That’s the title of Feminist Law Prof Kim Krawiec’s post here at the Faculty Lounge.    ”It’s an excuse for poor management,” she says.  Here is an … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Northwestern Law Review Edition

Current Issue: Special Issue 2009: Vol. 103, Issue 2 SYMPOSIUM: ORIGINAL IDEAS ON ORIGINALISM Foreword: Original Ideas on Originalism Brian A. Lichter &  David P. Baltmanis Constitutional Ambiguities and Originalism: Lessons from the Spending Power Lynn A. Baker Framework Originalism … Continue reading

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Where are the women blast from the recent past: In the “Demisesquicentennial” issue of the University of Chicago Law Review, fourteen out of fourteen authors are dudes, and for bonus points, the secondary authors noted are male too!

5 UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO LAW REVIEW, NO. 2, SPRING, 2008. Demisesquicentennial. 75 U. Chi. L. Rev. 603-883 (2008). Nagareda, Richard A. Class actions in the administrative state: Kalven and Rosenfield revisited. 75 U. Chi. L. Rev. 603-648 (2008). Rothstein, Jesse … Continue reading

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Martha Minow Next Dean of Harvard Law School

HLS press release here. Awesome pick. More at The Situationist. –Ann Bartow

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Guest Blogger Gary Munneke: Rethinking Legal Education in Tough Times

As I write this message, I am sitting in a panel at the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar meeting, in Indianapolis, on”Rethinking Legal Education in Hard Times.”Here are a few highlights: Tom Sullivan, Provost of the … Continue reading

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Sonia Sotomayor’s Personal History: Why It Matters

There has been much made of Sonia Sotomayor’s life, her Puerto Rican background, her modest, if not poor, childhood, her mother, what her Latina-ness means to her, her involvement in civil rights organizations, etc.   It’s both a big part … Continue reading

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“Professor Sotomayor” – A View of the New Justice from Columbia Law School

Sonia Sotomayor, nominated by President Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court, has taught a course on Federal Appellate Court advocacy at Columbia for several years.   While President Obama’s adjunct teaching job at the University of Chicago is often cited … Continue reading

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Student Health Insurance Available for up to One Year after Graduation

The ABA Law Student Division circulated this information today for graduating students who need health insurance:   Numerous graduating third year law students who are either currently unemployed or on deferred employment have inquired about the availability of health insurance … Continue reading

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The Univeristy of Michigan Law Review’s lastest issue is almost women free.

Via Concurring Opinions, the ToC: 2009 Survey of Books Related to the Law Foreward Erwin Chemerinsky, Why Write?, 107 Mich. L. Rev. 881 (2009) Classic Revisited Rodney A. Smolla, Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451, 107 Mich. L. Rev. 895 (2009) Reviews Gene … Continue reading

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The “Citizen Lawyer” is apparently almost always a dude.

Via Concurring Opinions, the ToC for the most recent issue of the William & Mary Law Review: Symposium: The Citizen Lawyer Paul D. Carrington & Roger C. Cramton, Original Sin and Judicial Independence: Providing Accountability for Justices Lawrence M. Friedman, … Continue reading

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Media Coverage of the Verdict in Allison Williams v. Advertising Sex LLC

For background, go here. From an account at the HuffPo: … “I struggled every single day to maintain my law school studies, in the face of incredible stress and anxiety,” Williams said in a prepared statement. “Still, I refused to … Continue reading

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Documentary About the Porn Industry to be Offered Free to College Campuses

From the FLP mailbox: CONTACT: Media Education Foundation Dr. Chyng Sun (617)733-8091 | email: cfs1@nyu.edu The way filmmakers Chyng Sun and Miguel Picker see it, the cure for bad speech is more speech. That’s exactly why they’ve come up with … Continue reading

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The University of South Carolina School of Law’s Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year is: Prof. Danielle Holley-Walker!

Hooray! Proof that our students have excellent judgment and taste.

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Breaking News: 7.2 million dollar verdict for women victimized by pornographers

The 7.2 million jury verdict was handed down this afternoon in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of West Virginia. Former Miss West Virginia, Allison Williams, filed a lawsuit in 2005 against 59 defendants who posted advertisements on pornographic … Continue reading

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Nell Jessup Newton has been appointed Dean of the University of Notre Dame Law School

Press release here. Via Leiter.

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Disaster Law Reader: Call For Papers

Editors: Kathleen A. Bergin and Tracy L. McGaugh Hurricane Katrina was unlike any other weather disaster to hit the United States in the way it exposed deficiencies in federal, state, and local disaster planning and management. It was also unique … Continue reading

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The Phabulous Phoebe Haddon is to be the U of Maryland School of Law’s Next Top Administrator

Rather a heinous loss for Temple Law, but a great hire for Maryland, which announced (in part): David J. Ramsay, DM, DPhil, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, today announced the appointment of Phoebe A. Haddon, JD, LLM, as … Continue reading

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Gender Law Journals vs. Women’s Law Journals: What’s In a Name?

Inside HigherEd carried this interview  under the heading, “The Evolution of American Women’s Studies.”  In it, Alice E. Ginsberg, the editor of    The Evolution of American Women’s Studies: Reflections on Triumphs, Controversies and Change  (Palgrave Macmillan), talks about how … Continue reading

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Yale Law School Has A Woman “Acting Dean”

Current Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh has been nominated by President Obama to serve as the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State. Taking his place as Acting Dean is Prof. Kate Stith. More here.

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From the Department of: “Women Law Profs Don’t Know Anything About Hate Speech”

Columbia Law School division. This lecture series is advertising this speaker line up: ‘Hate Speech’ and Incitement to Violence This workshop series is being convened by Professor Kendall Thomas and Lecturer-in-Law Peter Molnar, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for … Continue reading

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Let Them Eat Quiche

Tomorrow the International Law Society at my law school hosts its annual fund raiser. It’s an all you can eat lunch comprised of donated homemade ethnic foods. Here are the University-related fundraisers I’ve already contributed to this academic year: the … Continue reading

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