Friday, May 23, 2008

Guest blogger: Catherine Lanctot

IntLawGrrls is delighted to welcome guest blogger Catherine Lanctot (left), Professor of Law at Villanova University Law School in Pennsylvania, where she teaches Constitutional Law, American Legal History, and Legal Ethics. Cathy joined the Villanova faculty in 1988, after several years with the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Her earlier scholarship was in the areas of employment discrimination and legal ethics in cyberspace. As is detailed in her 1st post below, Cathy's now working on the legal history of the 20th century women's suffrage movement, focusing particularly on the militant activities of Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party. (Thanks to Legal History Blog for the head's up on this scholarly project.)
Cathy dedicates her work to the Brooklyn-born Lucy Burns, who joins other transnational foremothers in the list just below the "visiting from ..." map at right. As Cathy explains in her 2d post below, Burns endured arrests and detention in Britain and the United States in the course of campaigning for women's suffrage.

Side note: In 2007 Cathy took time out from her research project to appear on the game show Jeopardy!, where she was a 5-time winner and later a participant in the Tournament of Champions. After that brief brush with fame and fortune, she reports that she's now "retreated to the relative obscurity of academia!"

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