Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Work On! "Rethinking Equality"

(IntLawGrrls is pleased to welcome back alumna Lisa R. Pruitt, who contributes this Work On! guest post)

The Section on Women in Legal Education of the Association of American Law Schools, for which I have the honor of serving as Chair this year, is now seeking proposals for presentations, papers, and posters for the Mid-Year Meeting Workshop we're organizing. Entitled "Women Rethinking Equality," it will be held in June 2011 in Washington, D.C.
We aim to appeal to a full range of teachers and scholars in all subject areas, by creating opportunities for a rich dialogue about the meaning, contours, implications, and status of equality for women, with particular attention to women and gender in the setting of legal education. Conference sessions will focus on substantive law and scholarship, teaching concerns, and professional development issues. All faculty members and professional staff of AALS member and fee-paid law schools — and particularly all women — are welcome to take part, regardless of whether their scholarship focuses on gender. (Foreign, visiting and adjunct faculty members, graduate students, and fellows are not eligible.)
While the workshop will feature several plenary panels about a range of issues implicated by the topic of gender equality, we also plan to include posters and 2 types of concurrent sessions. The calls for each vary, as follows:

Theme-related session
Concurrent sessions will feature presentations on each of the following equality-related themes:
► Gender and International Human Rights
► From Reproductive Rights to Reproductive Justice
► Gender and Economic Inequality
► Gender and Criminal Law
► Gender and Corporate, Securities, Tax, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law
► Gender and the Justice System
► Theorizing Gender
► Gender and Family Law
► Gender and Employment
We expect to select 3 or 4 presentations for each of these topical sessions. Each presentation will be about 15 minutes, followed by questions from the moderator and the audience.
Interested faculty should submit a brief written description (no more than 1,000 words) of the proposed presentation, along with her or his résumé. The proposal should indicate clearly in which of the 9 categories the author believes the presentation belongs. Please e-mail these materials to by July 31, 2010. We will notify selected speakers by October 1, 2010.

Works in progress
Women write in all fields of law, yet women at all stages of their careers who write in male-dominated fields may have fewer opportunities to present and receive feedback on their work. The same is true of junior women scholars across all academic specialties. Additionally, female and male scholars in gender and feminist jurisprudence often find their work marginalized within traditional academic disciplines and institutions. This call for papers invites scholars from these categories to present their works in progress and to receive comments in small group sessions with assigned commentators. Because the goal is to give these scholars more exposure, no subject matter preferences govern this call. Full drafts or nearly completed drafts are encouraged, although these drafts may be rough.
Interested faculty should submit a précis of the paper she or he would like to present, along with her or his résumé. The précis should be no more than 2,500 words. Please e-mail these materials to by July 31, 2010. We will notify selected authors by October 1, 2010.

Posters are intended to provide authors, who must attend the workshop session, an opportunity to present in clear and succinct fashion the thesis and conclusion of their research or to describe teaching innovations. We invite:
► Submissions by women scholars regarding current projects on any topic or recently completed projects (including, for example, book projects published within the past 2 years), and
► Submissions by all scholars, regardless of gender, which focus on current or very recent projects regarding issues of gender or sex.
Interested faculty should submit an abstract for the proposed poster, along with her or his résumé, to by December 15, 2010. We will notify those selected to present posters by January 31, 2011.
For further information, please contact a member of the Planning Committee: Chair Kathryn Abrams (California-Berkeley),, or members Serena Mayeri (Pennsylvania),, Elizabeth Nowicki (Tulane),, Angela Onwuachi-Willig (Iowa),, Stephanie M. Wildman (Santa Clara),, or yours truly at

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