Category Archives: Feminists in Academia
At the University of Baltimore’s second annual Feminist Legal Theory conference in March 2009, Mae Quinn, Jennifer Hendricks and Karla McKanders did a fantastic workshop on creating space for feminist scholarship. They encouraged all of us to be audacious (in … Continue reading
Al Brophy asks that question here.
I received a mass marketing email captioned, “Let Ms. help you pick a college.” Here’s a portion of the text: Dear feminist activist, Picking a college? Or have a sister, friend, daughter or granddaughter who is? To help you make … Continue reading
Thank you for noticing that women are grossly underrepresented among authors who publish in elite law reviews. You simply checked out the tables of contents. What accounts for the shortfall? I’m amazed by the pretzel-like knots that people : liberals, … Continue reading
Feminist author Marilyn French died yesterday. NYT obituary here. From the Telegraph (U.K.): … Marilyn French was born on November 21 1929 in Brooklyn, New York, the elder of two daughters of an engineer. Her mother, a clerk in a … Continue reading
In disciplines outside law, faculty appointments and promotions (including tenure) are not in the hands of student journal editors. Of course, they do not depend entirely on student-editors in law either â€“ but they do in part. Coming from Canada … Continue reading
A lawyer attempted to force the creation of a men’s studies department based on the existence of the women’s studies department. Both judges who had the case before them denied the claims. So women’s studies departments are safe, … Continue reading
Compelling post by Historiann, which begins: Inside Higher Ed featured a story yesterday about universities that allow students to bring their guns to campus if they have concealed-carry permits, and states like Texas and Missouri where oh-so-brave state legistlators are … Continue reading
The United States Postal Service seems to understand — in a way that the Michigan Law Review doesn’t (see here) — that gender balance is important. In choosing “Civil Rights Pioneers” to honor in its commemorative stamp series above, the … Continue reading
Frank Pasquale introduces it here and here. Participants include: David Fagundes, Michael Froomkin, Nathaniel Gleicher, James Grimmelmann, Orin Kerr, Feminist Law Profs Nancy Kim and Susan Kuo, DaithÃ Mac SÃthigh, Helen Norton, David Post, David Robinson and yours truly. … Continue reading
Duke University Press issued a statement (here) about the death yesterday of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. I think everything we do as critical thinkers about gender and sexuality draws on her work, either directly or indirectly, consciously or unconsciously. … Continue reading
It began on May 23, 1996. A searing pain shot through my right hip as I stepped into a car. The pain spread into the other hip and my knees by nightfall. The day before I had completed a year … Continue reading
Over at Balkinization, Andrew Koppelman writes: Dawn Johnsen, President Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Legal Counsel, has been accused of misrepresenting a position she took in litigation, and I have been cited as authority against Prof. Johnsen. On … Continue reading
CFP: Special Issue of the International Feminist Journal of Politics: New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights.
International Feminist Journal of Politics seeks manuscripts for a special issue on new directions in feminism and human rights. We invite manuscripts that capture the invocation of human rights strategies and discourses by feminist advocates, activists and grassroots movements for … Continue reading
Scientist and science writer/blogger Sheril Kirshenbaum talks about sexism. Below is a short excerpt: Shortly after entering the blogosphere, there was a period when I stopped posting personal pictures altogetherâ€¦ until I stepped back and thought about why I felt … Continue reading
Press release here. Via Leiter.
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
Prof Susurro makes some very good points about the ways that certain kind of cuts will hurt students.
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
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