Interview with Prof Deborah Gordon on Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Trusts & Estates Opinions

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In this interview, Professor Deborah Gordon (Drexel), one of the editors of Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Trusts & Estates Opinions (2020), talks about critical opinion writing and the challenges of rewriting opinions using precedents and facts in existence at the time of the original opinion.

Professor Gordon touches on rewritten opinions as a form of “scholarship,” Justice Cardozo, judicial perspectives, the contours of a collaborative scholarly project looks like, and working together to envision what might have been and what could be!

The Trusts & Estates volume is available from Cambridge University Press (here). Below the fold is a list of the cases and contributors.

1. Introduction Deborah S. Gordon, Browne Lewis and Carla Spivack

2. In re Strittmater’s Estate, 53 A.2d 205 (N.J. 1947)

Commentary: Lloyd Bonfield and Bridget Crawford

Judgment: Kristen K. Tiscione

3. In re Will of Moses, 227 So. 2d at 831 (Miss. 1969)

Commentary: Claire May

Judgment: Julia Belian

4. Estate of Wilson, 452 N.E.2d 1228 (N.Y. 1983)

Commentary: Deborah S. Gordon

Judgment: Camille Davidson

5. O’Neal v. Wilkes, 439 S.E.2d 490 (Ga. 1994)

Commentary: Benedetta Faedi Duramy and Ayelet Blecher-Prigat

Judgment: Browne Lewis

6. Via v. Putnam, 656 So. 2d 460 (Fla. 1995)

Commentary: Eloisa Rodriguez-Dod

Judgment: Elena Marty-Nelson

7. Estate of Myers, 256 Neb. 817, 594 N.W.2d 563 (1999)

Commentary: Danaya C. Wright

Judgment: Karen J. Sneddon

8. Egelhoff v. Egelhoff, 532 U.S. 141 (2001)

Commentary: Donna Litman

Judgment: Naomi R. Cahn

9. Drevenik v. Nardone, 862 A.2d 635 (Super. Ct. Pa. 2004)

Commentary: Elizabeth R. Carter

Judgment: Carrie Ann Hagan

10. Reece v. Elliot, 208 S.W.3d 419, 423 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2006)

Commentary: Browne Lewis

Judgment: Elizabeth Sparks and Browne Lewis

11. Khabbaz v. Comm’r Soc. Sec. Admin., 930 A.2d 1180 (N.H. 2007)

Commentary: Melanie B. Jacobs and Browne Lewis

Judgment: Lynda Wray Black

12. Karsenty v. Schoukroun, 959 A.2d 1147 (Md. 2008)

Commentary: Kent D. Schenkel

Judgment: Allison A. Tait.



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