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Introducing Guest Blogger Julie Goldscheid

GoldscheidI am delighted to welcome Professor Julie Goldscheid who will be blogging with us in October. Professor Goldscheid is a Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law, where she teaches courses including civil procedure, lawyering, gender, psychology and law, and gender and the law, and in the family law and equality concentrations.  She writes and speaks widely about gender equality, with a particular focus on gender-based violence and economic equality.  Before joining the CUNY faculty, she held positions including senior staff attorney and acting legal director at Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund).  She spearheaded that organization’s legal work to end violence against women, which included defending the constitutionality of the civil rights remedy of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act in courts nationwide, and before the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Morrison.  She subsequently served as General Counsel of Safe Horizon, a leading victim assistance, advocacy, and violence prevention organization, where she oversaw its direct service, policy, and governance matters. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Stonewall Community Foundation and other NGO’s, and has been active in bar association committees and task forces.

Professor Goldscheid has served as a Senior Fellow/ Sabbatical Visitor at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School, and as a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  She is a graduate of New York University School of Law, from which she was awarded a “Recent Graduate Award.”

Her recent publications include:

The Parallel Processes of Law & Social Change: Gender Violence and Work in the United States and South Africa, chapter in Martha Fineman & Estelle Zinsstag, ed, Transitional Justice (2013).

Gender and Equality Law (Edited volume, Ashgate Publishing, 2013).

Rethinking Civil Rights and Gender Violence, 14 Geo. J. Gender & L. 43 (2013).

Elizabeth M. Schneider, et al., Implementing the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ Domestic Violence Ruling, 46 Clearinghouse Rev. J. L. & Pol’y 113 (July-Aug. 2012) (author of section of article).

Disparate Impact’s Impact: The Gender Violence Lens, 90 Ore. L. Rev. 33 (2011).

You can find her SSRN page here.


Call for Papers – September 18 Deadline

Call for Papers – September 18 Deadline

Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting

 Minneapolis, May 29 – June 1, 2014

The Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network is seeking proposals for panels it will be sponsoring at the Law and Society Annual Meeting (LSA) in 2014.   Information about the Law and Society meeting (including registration and hotel information) is here.

Within Law & Society, the Feminist Legal Theory CRN seeks to bring together scholars across a range of fields who are interested in feminist legal theory. There is no pre-set theme to which papers must conform. We would be especially happy to see proposals that fit in with the LSA conference theme, which is the role of law and legal institutions in sustaining, creating, interrogating, and ameliorating inequalities. We welcome proposals that would permit us to collaborate with other CRNs, such as the Critical Research on Race and the Law CRN or the Gender, Sexuality and the Law CRN. Also, because the LSA meeting attracts scholars from other disciplines, we welcome multidisciplinary proposals.

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Introducing Guest Blogger Kimberly Mutcherson

Mutcherson Headshot 1-1I am delighted to welcome Professor Kimberly Mutcherson who will be blogging with us in September.  Professor Mutcherson is a graduate of Columbia Law School where she was a recipient of the Samuel I. Rosenman Prize for excellence in public law courses and outstanding qualities of citizenship and leadership in the law school. She also received the Kirkland and Ellis Fellowship for post-graduate public interest work.  Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers School of Law–Camden in 2002, Professor Mutcherson was an Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at the New York University School of Law, a consulting attorney at the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy (now the Center for Reproductive Rights), and a Staff Attorney at the HIV Law Project. 

Professor Mutcherson teaches Family Law, Torts, Health Law Policy: The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic, South African Constitutional Law, and Bioethics, Babies, & Babymaking.  She has served as a Senior Fellow/Sabbatical Visitor at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School, a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, and as a fellow at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University. Her scholarly work encompasses family and health law and uses health law topics to study the relationship between families and the state. She writes on issues related to reproductive justice, with a particular focus on assisted reproduction and its relationship to how the law understands family. Her work has appeared in the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, Law and Inequality:  A Journal of Theory and Practice, the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Nevada Law Review, the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, Minnesota Law Review Headnotes, the Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, and other publications.

Professor Mutcherson has been heavily involved in diversity efforts at the law school and across the Rutgers campuses. She has served as the Co-Chair of the Chancellor’s Committee on Institutional Equity and Diversity on the Camden campus, the President’s Council on Institutional Equity and Diversity, and the Working Group on Faculty Diversity. 

 In 2011, Professor Mutcherson received the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award and the Women’s Law Caucus Faculty Appreciation Award.

Her recent publications include:

Transformative Reproduction, 16 Journal of Gender, Race & Justice 1 (2013)

How Parents are Made: A Response to Discrimination in Baby Making: The Unconstitutional Treatment of Prospective Parents Through Surrogacy, 88 Indiana L.J. (2013)

Welcome to the Wild West: Protecting Access to Cross Border Fertility Care in the United States, Cornell J. L. & Public Pol’y (2012)

In Defense of Future Children: A Response to Cohen’s Beyond Best Interests, 96 Minn. L. Rev. 46 (2012)

You can find her SSRN page here.


Introducing Guest Blogger Suzanne Kim

I am delighted to welcome Suzanne Kim who will be blogging with us in September.  Professor Kim is Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Judge Denny Chin Scholar at Rutgers UniversSuzanne Kimity School of Law – Newark.  Professor Kim teaches Civil Procedure, Family Law, and Sex Discrimination.  Her scholarship, often interdisciplinary in approach, addresses intersections of family law, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, culture, and work. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Professor Kim was a lecturer-in-law at Stanford Law School. She has served as an appointed member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns. Professor Kim earned a B.A. from Yale and a J.D. from Georgetown. She practiced law as a litigation associate with Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Denny Chin, then of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Professor Kim’s recent publications and work in progress include:

Marriage Equalities: Gender and Social Norms in Same-Sex and Different-Sex Marriage (in progress, contracted with NYU Press).

Family Leave,” with Laura Kessler and Elizabeth A. Hoffman (in progress).

In the Matter of Baby M (1988)” in New Jersey Goes A-Courting: Ten Legal Cases That Shook the Nation (ed., Paul Tractenberg, Rutgers University Press, 2013).

The Neutered Parent,” 24 Yale J.L. and Feminism 1 (2012)

Skeptical Marriage Equality,” 34 Harv. J.L. & Gender 37 (2011) (nominated for UCLA Williams Institute Dukeminier Award)

Bridging Marriage Skepticism and Marriage Equality,” in Essays On the Cutting Edge: Charting the Future of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Scholarship, 19 Tul. J.L. & Sexuality 174 (2010).

Marital Naming/Naming Marriage: Language and Status in Family Law,” 85 Ind. L.J. 893 (2010).

You can find her SSRN page here.


Introducing Guest Blogger Brian Sheppard

sheppard-brian-lg_1I am delighted to welcome guest blogger Professor Brian Sheppard who will be visiting with us this month.  Professor Sheppard is an Associate Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School.  His current research uses the insights of legal philosophy and the methodologies of behavioral psychology to explore how legal and social norms affect those that are subject to them. His other academic interests include professional responsibility, jurisprudence, torts, legal history, and international law.  In 2011, he was a co-author of the report analyzing the legality of the 2009 Honduran coup for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Honduras, a project lauded by numerous governments as well as by the OAS and the UN.

Professor Sheppard joined Seton Hall in 2010 after serving as a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School, where he earned his S.J.D.  In the years before his fellowship, he served as a law clerk in Boston for Justice Martha B. Sosman of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and for Judge Levin H. Campbell of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. While studying at Harvard Law School, he continued to work at the First Circuit as a staff attorney, working largely on criminal and immigration cases. He also coordinated the Law Teaching Colloquium of the school’s Graduate Program. Professor Sheppard earned his LL.M. from Harvard Law School and his J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law School. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

Professor Sheppard’s recent publications include:

For the Sake of Argument: A Behavioral Analysis of Whether and How Legal Argument Matters to Decisionmaking, 40 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 537 (2013) (with Andrew Moshirnia)

Judging Under Pressure, 39 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. (2012)

Calculating the Standard Error: Just How Much Should Empirical Studies Curb Our Enthusiasm for Legal Standards?, 124 Harv. L. Rev. F. 92 (2011)

Evaluating Norms: An Empirical Analysis of the Relationship Between Norm-Content, Operator, and Charitable Behavior, 63 Vand. L. Rev. (2010) (with Fiery Cushman)

Report to the Commission on Truth and Reconciliation of Honduras: Constitutional Issues, (2011) (with Noah Feldman and David Landau)


Introducing Guest Blogger Zvi Triger

zvi_picI am delighted to welcome Dr. Zvi Triger who will be blogging with us in August.  Dr. Triger is the Vice Dean of the Striks School of Law in Israel.  He received his LL.B. from Tel Aviv University and his LL.M. and J.S.D. from NYU. His main research and teaching fields are contract law, family law, law and sexuality, and legal feminism. Dr. Triger clerked for the Honorable Justice Eliyahu Mazza of the Supreme Court of Israel, and practiced law at Bryan Cave Robinson Silverman LLP in New York. In addition to his extensive academic publications, Dr. Triger has published two books: a novel, “In Case of Emergency” (2005), and “Speechless: How Contemporary Israeli Culture is Reflected in Language” (co-authored with Amalia Rosenblum) (2007).

Dr. Triger’s recent articles include:

Discriminating Speech: On the Heterophilia of Freedom of Speech Doctrine, 19 CARDOZO J.L. & GENDER 349 (2013).

The Child’s Worst Interest: Socio-Legal Taboos on Same-Sex Parenting and their Subversive Impact on Children’s Wellbeing, ISRAEL REVIEW STUDIES (forthcoming 2013).

Gender Segregation as Sexual Harassment, 35 TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY L. REV. 703 (2013).

You Definitely Should Have: A Contractual Look at Israeli Wedding Gift Culture, 35 TEL AVIV L. REV. 51 (2012).

Introducing the Political Family: A New Road Map for Critical Family Law, 13 THEORETICAL INQUIRIES IN LAW 361 (2012).

Fear of the Wandering Gay: Some Reflections on Citizenship, Nationalism and Recognition in Same-Sex Relationships, 8 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LAW IN CONTEXT 268 (2012).

Freedom from Religion in Israel: Civil Marriages and Cohabitation of Jews Enter the Rabbinical Courts, 27 ISRAEL STUDIES REV. 1 (2012).

Over-Parenting (co-authored with Gaia Bernstein), 44 UC DAVIS L. REV. 1221 (2011).



Introducing Guest Blogger Michael Simkovic

simkovic-michael-lg_1I am delighted to welcome my colleague Professor Michael Simkovic who will be blogging with us through August.  Professor Simkovic is an Associate Professor at Seton Hall Law School where he teaches federal income tax, bankruptcy, and secured transactions.  His research focuses on the regulation of credit markets through the United States Bankruptcy Code, and the regulation of financial markets in general through mandatory disclosure requirements.  Professor Simkovic is an expert on the credit card industry, causes of the financial crisis of 2008, credit default swaps, securitization, leveraged buyouts, fraudulent transfer law (and other avoidance actions), and open market stock repurchases. His research was cited in the U.S. Congress’ Joint Economic Committee report recommending sweeping reforms of the credit card industry, which were enacted in 2009. His research has also been cited by researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and in popular publications such as the New York Times and USA Today.

Before joining the Seton Hall faculty, Professor Simkovic was an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York concentrating in bankruptcy litigation; a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company, specializing in legal, regulatory and business issues affecting financial services companies; and an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics at Harvard Law School.

Professor Simkovic’s recent articles include:

The Economic Value of a Law Degree (forthcoming 2013) (with Frank McIntyre)

Competition and Crisis in Mortgage Securitization, 88 Ind. L.J. __ (forthcoming 2013) (Winner of the 2012 American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition)

Risk-Based Student Loans, 70 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 527 (2013)

Leveraged Buyout Bankruptcies, The Problem of Hindsight Bias, and the Credit Default Swap Solution, 2011 Colum. Bus. L. Rev. 118 (2011) (with Benjamin Kaminetsky)

The Effect of BAPCPA on Credit Card Industry Profits and Prices, 83 Am. Bankr. L.J. 1 (2009)




Introducing Guest Blogger Kerry Abrams

I am delighted to welcome Professor Kerry Abrams who will be blogging with us this month.  Professor Abrams joined the University of Virginia faculty in 2005, was promoted to full professor in 2010, and is currently the Albert Clark Tate, Jr.,abrams_kerryResearch Professor of Law. Her primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of citizenship law, immigration law, constitutional law, legal history and family law. Abrams has written numerous articles on the intersection of immigration law and family law, the history of immigration law, and the marriage equality movement.

Abrams is a graduate of Swarthmore College, where she earned a B.A. in English literature with highest honors. She attended Stanford Law School, where she was president of the Moot Court Board. After law school, she clerked for Judge Stanwood R. Duval Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and practiced law for several years in the litigation department of the New York City law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP. From 2002-05, she was acting assistant professor of lawyering at New York University School of Law.

Professor Abrams’ recent publications include:

Plenary Power Preemption, 99 Va. L. Rev. 601 (2013).

Citizen Spouse, 101 Cal. L. Rev. 407 (2013).

What Makes the Family Special?, 80 Chi. L. Rev. 7 (2013).

Marriage Fraud, 100 Cal. L. Rev. 1 (2012).

Peaceful Penetration: Proxy Marriage, Same-Sex Marriage, and Recognition, 2011 Mich. St. L. Rev. 139 (symposium issue).

You can find her SSRN author page here.


Introducing Guest Blogger Vivian E. Hamilton

I am delighted to welcome Professor Vivian E. Hamilton who will be blogging with us this month.  Professor Hamilton is an Associate Professor of Law at William & Mary School of Law where she teaches Civil Procedure, Family Law, and The Constitution and the Family.  Her scholarship has explored the religious foundations of U.S. family law, the democratic state’s obligations to its immature citizens, and the implications of insights from cognitive and developmental neuroscience on civil policies affecting the rights of adolescents and emerging adults.

Prof. Hamilton is the Immediate Past Chair of the AALS Section on Family and Juvenile Law, and has chaired the Section’s Scholarship Review Program. She serves on the boards of ACLU-Virginia and the Foundation of the Williamsburg Public Library.

She holds degrees from Yale College and Harvard Law School, where she was Articles Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She clerked for Judge Gladys Kessler of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Professor Hamilton’s recent publications include:

Road Rules and Rights: The Irreconcilable Pursuits of Adolescent Life, Liberty, . . . and Licensure (Work-in-Progress).

The Age of Marital Capacity: Reconsidering Civil Recognition of Adolescent Marriage, 92 Boston U. L. Rev. 1773 (2012).

Democratic Inclusion, Cognitive Development, and the Age of Electoral Majority, 77 Brooklyn L. Rev. 1 (2012).

Immature Citizens and the State, 2010 B.Y.U. L. Rev. 100.

You can find her SSRN author page here.


Welcoming Back Gaia Bernstein

I am delighted to welcome back Professor Gaia Bernstein for another guest visit.  Professor Gaia Bernstein specializes in law and technology theory, intellectual property, law and genetics, information privacy, Internet law, reproductive technologies and family law. Her scholarship focuses on the inter-relations between technology, law and society, examining the diffusion processes of new technologies, including both medical and communications technologies. Professor Bernstein’s scholarship has been published in leading law reviews including the Vanderbilt Law Review, the Boston University Law Review, the Washington Law Review and the U.C. Davis Law Review. Her work has been selected to the Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Forum and received extensive media coverage. Professor Bernstein is the Chair Elect of the Section on Privacy and Defamation and a member of the Executive Board of the Section on Intellectual Property of the American Association of Law Schools.

Professor Bernstein joined the Seton Hall faculty in 2004 and in 2009 was named the Margaret Gilhooley Research Fellow. Prior to joining the Seton Hall faculty, Professor Bernstein was a fellow at the Engelberg Center of Innovation Law & Policy and at the Information Law Institute at the New York University School of Law.  She has a J.S.D. from New York University School of Law, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, a J.D. (Intellectual Property concentration with Honors) from Boston University School of Law, and a B.A. in Psychology and Political Science (magna cum laude) from Tel Aviv University. Professor Bernstein practiced law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York and at S. Horowitz & Co. in Israel.

Her recent articles include:

Ordinary People and the Promotion of Progress (in progress)

Unintended Consequences: Prohibitions on Gamete Donor Anonymity and the Fragile Practice of Surrogacy,  forthcoming Indiana Health Law Review (Symposium) (2012)

Over-Parenting, 44 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 4 (2011) (with Zvi Triger) Article featured in: The NY Times, Forbes, ABC News, ABA Journal Magazine, ABA Journal Website, AOL, Israel’s National Radio, Time-Out Tel-Avivand Yediot’s 7 Days.

In the Shadow of Innovation, 31 Cardozo Law Review 2257 (2010) (Selected to the Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Forum).

Regulating the Technologies of Reproduction: Timing, Uncertainty and Donor Anonymity, 90 Boston University L. Rev. 1189 (2010)

Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Gatekeeping the Production of Genetic Information, 79 UMKC Law Review 283 (2010) (symposium)

You can find Gaia’s SSRN author page here.