Introducing Guest Blogger Linda McClain

09-1803-MCCLAIN-013I am delighted to introduce Professor Linda McClain who will be guest blogging with us in October.  Linda is the Paul M. Siskind Research Scholar Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law.  Her scholarship addresses the respective roles of families, other institutions of civil society and of government in fostering citizens’ capacities for democratic and personal self-government.  Her work has engaged with prominent communitarian, civic republican and feminist critiques of liberal legal and political theory and offered a reconstructive liberal feminist approach to such matters as privacy, family and marriage, reproductive issues and welfare law.  Her work also addresses sex equality as a legal and constitutional commitment and public value, the responsibility of government to promote equality, and societal tensions over equality and its relationship to other values. She has published numerous articles in law reviews and books and spoken in many academic and public settings. Linda has also organized major conferences and symposia.

Before joining the faculty of Boston University School of Law in Fall 2007, Linda was the Rivkin Radler Distinguished Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School, where she was also co-director of the Institute for the Study of Gender, Law, and Policy. Prior to entering the legal academy, she practiced litigation at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. A former faculty fellow at the Harvard University Center for Ethics and the Professions, she has been a visiting professor of law at Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia. Linda is on the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Family Law and Law and Communication Studies, and is a member of the Council on Contemporary Families. She is also on the advisory board of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and Law and the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project.

Linda is currently working on several book projects, including Rights and Irresponsibility (with BU Law Professor James Fleming), Why Is Equality So Hard?: Men, Women, and Social Cooperation, The Place of Associations, and an anthology (with Daniel Cere) on competing paradigms of parenthood.

Her works include:

Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship (Cambridge University Press, 2009) (co-edited with Joanna Grossman)

The Place of Families: Fostering Capacity, Equality, and Responsibility (Harvard University Press 2006)

Supreme Court Justices, Empathy, and Social Change: A Comment on Lani Guinier’s Demosprudence Through Dissent, B.U. Law Review (forthcoming 2009).

Red Versus Blue (and Purple) States and the Same-Sex Marriage Debate: From Values Polarization to Common Ground?, 77 Univ. Missouri-Kansas City Law Review 416 (2008).

Unleashing or Harnessing Armies of Compassion?: Reflections on the Faith-Based Initiative, 39 Loyola Chicago Law Review 361 (2008).

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