It is my pleasure to introduce Professor Jennifer Hendricks of the University of Tennessee College of Law as a guest blogger. Professor Hendrick teaches and writes about constitutional family law, gender, and federalism. The main focus of her current work is sex equality in parenting and reproduction. Her article Essentially a Mother, proposing a relationship model for pregnancy, won Honorable Mention in the AALS Scholarly Papers Competition in 2007. Her most recent work in this area, developing the relationship model as a woman-centered basis for a theory of reproductive and parenting rights, appears in the Harvard Civil Rights—Civil Liberties Law Review and in an international collection of feminist constitutional theory forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. Professor Hendricks has also written about topics ranging from preemption of tort claims to reform of the electoral college.
Professor Hendricks received her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard; clerked on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; and practiced law in Helena, Montana, where she specialized in constitutional, employment, and discrimination cases. In her practice, she successfully challenged illegal voter-redistricting and vote-counting, helped high school girls win equal sports opportunities, won access to government documents for reporters and private citizens, and defended several newspapers and ESPN against defamation claims. She also represented victims of harassment and discrimination on the basis of sex and sexual orientation. She received her B.A. with honors in mathematics and women’s studies from Swarthmore College.
Her recent publications include:
In Defense of the Substance–Procedure Dichotomy, 89 WASH. U. L. REV. _ (forthcoming 2011) (Selected for the University of Illinois Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop).
Teaching Values, Teaching Stereotypes: Sex Ed and Indoctrination in Public Schools (with Dawn Howerton), 13 U. PENN. J. CONST. L. 589 (2011).
Pregnancy, Equality, and the U.S. Constitution, in FEMINIST CONSTITUTIONALISM (Beverly Baines, Daphne Barak-Erez & Tsvi Kahana eds., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2011).
Teaching Controversial Topics (with Beth Burkstrand- Reid and June Carbone), 49 FAM. CT. REV. _ (forthcoming 2011).
Converging Trajectories: Interest Convergence, Justice Kennedy, and Jeannie Suk’s “Trajectory of Trauma,” 110 COLUM. L. REV. SIDEBAR 63 (2010), reprinted in WOMEN AND THE LAW (Tracy Thomas, ed., West 2011).
Body and Soul: Pregnancy, Equality, and the Unitary Right to Abortion, 45 HARV. C.R.–C.L. L. REV. 329 (2010).
Contingent Equal Protection: Reaching for Equality After Ricci and PICS, 16 MICH. J. GENDER & L. 397 (2010).
You can find her author page here.