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Gender and Law: Theory, Doctrine, Commentary, Eighth Edition

Katharine T. Bartlett, Deborah L. Rhode, Joanna L. Grossman, Deborah L. Brake


  • ISBN: 9781543809046

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    Gender and Law: Theory, Doctrine, Commentary, Eighth Edition is organized around theoretical frameworks, showing different conceptualizations of equality and justice and their impact on concrete legal problems. The text provides complete, up-to-date coverage of conventional “women and the law” issues, including employment law and affirmative action, reproductive rights, LGBTQ issues, domestic violence, rape, pornography, international women’s rights, and global trafficking. Showing the complex ways in which gender permeates the law, the text also explores the gender aspects of subject matters less commonly associated with gender, such as property, ethics, contracts, sports, and civil procedure. Throughout, the materials allow an emphasis on alternative approaches and how these approaches make a difference. Excerpted legal cases, statutes, and law review articles form an ongoing dialogue within the book to stimulate thought and discussion and almost 250 provocative “putting theory into practice” problems challenge students to think deeply about current gender law issues.

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  • Additional Product Details

    Publication Date: 2/1/20
    Copyright Year: 2020
    Pages: Est. 1000
    Print: 9781543809046 

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    Deborah L. Brake

    Deborah Brake is Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, John E. Murray Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches Constitutional Law, Employment Discrimination, and Gender and the Law; She is a nationally recognized scholar on gender equality and the law, with particular expertise in Title IX and athletics, sexual harassment and sexual violence, employment discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, and retaliation. In addition to coauthoring the 8th edition of Gender and Law: Theory, Doctrine, Commentary, she also authors Getting in the Game: Title IX and the Women's Sports Revolution (NYU Press 2010), and her articles have been published in esteemed journals such as the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, William and Mary Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender. Her article, "Leveling Down: When Equality Makes Everyone Worse Off," was selected for the prestigious Yale/Stanford Junior Faculty Forum. Her scholarly work has twice been cited in U.S. Supreme Court opinions and she has testified before Congress in both the House and the Senate. Before going into academia, she was senior counsel at the National Women's Law Center. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Stanford University.

    Katharine T. Bartlett

    Katharine T. Bartlett, A. Kenneth Pye Professor of Law, served as Dean of Duke Law School from 2000-2007. She teaches family law, employment discrimination law, gender and law, and contracts, and publishes widely in the fields of family law, gender theory, employment law, theories of social change, and legal education. She has the leading casebook (with Deborah Rhode) in the area of gender law.

    Professor Bartlett served as a reporter for the American Law Institute's Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution (2002), for which she was responsible for the provisions relating to child custody. For her work on this project, she was named R. Ammi Cutter Chair in 1998.

    Professor Bartlett earned her degrees at Wheaton College, Harvard University, and the University of California at Berkeley. Before coming to Duke, she was a law clerk on the California Supreme Court and a legal services attorney in Oakland, California. She has been a visiting professor at UCLA and at Boston University, a scholar in residence at New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School, and a fellow at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1994, she won the University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award at Duke University.

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    Joanna Grossman

    Professor Grossman joined the Hofstra faculty in 1999 and served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Development from 2004-08. She was named the John DeWitt Gregory Research Scholar for 2010-11. She has also taught in the law schools at Vanderbilt, University of North Carolina, Cardozo, and Tulane. She writes extensively about family law, especially state regulation of marriage. She is the co-author, with Lawrence M. Friedman, of Inside the Castle: Law and the Family in 20th Century America (Princeton 2011), a comprehensive social history of family law in the United States. She also writes about sex discrimination and workplace equality, with a special focus on issues such as sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination. She is the coeditor, with Linda McClain, of Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women's Equal Citizenship (Cambridge University Press 2009), an interdisciplinary anthology that explores persistent gaps between formal commitments to gender equality and the reality of women’s lives. She has published articles in Stanford Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, and the Yale Journal on Law and Feminism, among other places. Professor Grossman teaches Family Law; Wills, Trusts & Estates; and a variety of courses relating to gender and law.

    A graduate with distinction from Stanford Law School, Professor Grossman served as the articles development editor of the Stanford Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif. She served as a law clerk to Judge William A. Norris of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, before spending a year as staff counsel at the National Women's Law Center in Washington, D.C., as recipient of the Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship. She practiced law from 1996 to 1998 at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Williams & Connolly.

    Professor Grossman is a regular columnist for Justia’s Verdict and has served on the editorial board of Perspectives, the magazine of the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession. Professor Grossman was selected to deliver Hofstra University's Distinguished Faculty Lecture in 2004 and Hofstra University’s Annual Diversity Lecture in 2010. She was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2009, and was inducted into Long Island’s ''40 Under 40'' in 2005.

    Deborah L. Rhode

    Deborah L. Rhode is one of the country’s leading scholars in the fields of legal ethics and gender, law, and public policy. An author of 20 books, including The Beauty Bias, she is the nation’s most frequently cited scholar in legal ethics. She is the director of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession.

    Professor Rhode is the former president of the Association of American Law Schools, the former chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, the founder and former director of Stanford’s Center on Ethics, and the former director of the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford. She also served as senior counsel to the minority members of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary on presidential impeachment issues during the Clinton administration. She has received the American Bar Association’s Michael Franck award for contributions to the field of professional responsibility; the American Bar Foundation’s W. M. Keck Foundation Award for distinguished scholarship on legal ethics; and the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award for her work on expanding public service opportunities in law schools. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and vice chair of the board of Legal Momentum (formerly the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund). She is currently a columnist for the National Law Journal.

    Before joining the Stanford Law faculty, Professor Rhode was a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

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