Saturday, June 13, 2009

New IntLawGrrls: WILIG Co-Chairs Naomi Cahn & Ruthanne Deutsch

It's IntLawGrrls' great pleasure today to welcome as new bloggers the Co-Chairs of the Women in International Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law, better known as WILIG.
Naomi Cahn (right) and Ruthanne Deutsch (left) will be posting throughout the year about WILIG's events. (Ruthanne's joined Naomi as WILIG co-chair now that IntLawGrrl Susana SáCouto's become a WILIG co-chair emerita.)
The co-chairs' 1st post, the Go On! item below, announces a terrific upcoming program at ASIL headquarters, entitled "Gender Issues, International Law, and the New Administration." What's more, we're pleased to announce that Naomi also will post individually at IntLawGrrls.
Naomi is the John Theodore Fey Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Her scholarship focuses on family law, feminist jurisprudence, and reproductive technology. Her most recent book is Test Tube Families: Why the Fertility Markets Need Legal Regulation (New York University Press 2009), and she's at work co-authoring a book on post-conflict and gender with IntLawGrrl Dina Francesca Haynes and our colleague Fionnuala Ní Aoláin. Naomi's both a Senior Fellow at the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and a member of Yale Law School's Cultural Cognition Project, which examines public attitudes towards gay and lesbian parenting. From 2002 to 2004, she was on leave in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Before entering academic in 1993, she'd practiced at the Washington law firm Hogan & Hartson and at Philadelphia’s Community Legal Services. She earned a B.A. from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, a J.D. from Columbia, and an LL.M. from Georgetown.
Ruthanne, an expert in constitutional law and public international law, practices as associate in the Washington office of Sidley & Austin. There she's taken part in briefing and preparing: cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts; and international trade matters before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the World Trade Organization. Ruthanne was graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where she's been a Global Law Scholar, an Executive Articles Editor for the law journal, and a Dean’s Visiting Scholar. She served as a law clerk to Judge Timothy B. Dyk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Before embarking on her law career, Ruthanne had been an international development economist at the World Bank and at the Inter-American Development Bank.

Heartfelt welcome!

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