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Introducing Guest Blogger Paul Gowder

I’m delighted to introduce Professor Paul Gowder who will be joining us this month as a guest blogger. Professor Gowder teaches constitutional law and professional responsibility at the University of Iowa. His research straddles the boundaries between jurisprudence, constitutional law, political philosophy, gamep_g theory, and, occasionally, ancient history.  His J.D. came from Harvard in a year, 2000, that might itself be described as ancient history, and he has a Ph.D in political science from Stanford from a year that by contrast—2012—seems like yesterday.

His current research focuses on the idea of the rule of law.  Recently, he has published The Rule of Law and Equality, 32 Law & Philosophy 565 (2013), which gives a new account of what the rule of law is, paired with an argument about the moral/political value that it serves. Several more pieces of the rule of law project are to appear shortly: forthcoming in the Iowa Law Review is Equal Law in an Unequal World, in which he argues that the rule of law, expressed in the U.S. Constitution in the Equal Protection Clause, protects a robust right of social equality that can extend, among other ways, to a critique of poverty.  And the Buffalo Law Review will shortly contain Democracy, Solidarity and the Rule of Law: Lessons from Athens, which explores the way the rule of law worked and supported the equality in Classical Athens.

Having gone to the trouble of learning Attic Greek for that last paper, he is now working on a book manuscript about the rule of law, as well as on some secondary projects on, among other things, the relationship between judicial review and democracy, the difference between taxes and regulations in NFIB v. Sebelius, and several interventions on the debate about liberty in normative political theory.

Before joining the academy, Professor Gowder was a civil rights and legal aid lawyer, and, briefly, a New Orleans jazz band manager.


Introducing Guest Blogger Ari Waldman

picture_002_-_version_2I’m thrilled to welcome back as a guest blogger Ari Ezra Waldman. Professor Waldman is the Associate Director of the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School and the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University where he is completing his Ph.D. in sociology. His research centers on the law and sociology of privacy and the Internet, but he is particularly focused on the injustices and inequalities that arise in unregulated digital spaces. He is a 2005 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 2002 graduate of Harvard College. He is also the Legal Editor at Towleroad, the country’s most popular LGBT-oriented news and politics website, where he writes a weekly column on gay rights and legal issues affecting the LGBT community.

His publications can be found here, including:

Durkheim’s Internet: Social and Political Theory in Online Society, 7 N.Y.U. J. LAW & LIBERTY 355 (2013)

Marriage Rights and the Good Life: A Sociological Theory of Marriage and Constitutional Law, 64 HASTINGS L. J. 739 (2013)

All Those Like You: Identity Aggression and Student Speech, 77 MISSOURI L. REV. 563 (2013)

Hostile Educational Environments,71 MARYLAND L. REV. 705 (2012)

Tormented: Anti-Gay Bullying in Schools, 84 TEMPLE L. REV. 385 (2012)

Exceptions: The Illogical Approach to HIV-Related Aggravated Assaults, 18 VA. J. SOC. POL’Y & L. 552 (2011)


Introducing Guest Blogger Kimberly Mutcherson

Mutcherson Headshot 1-1I am delighted to welcome Professor Kimberly Mutcherson who will be blogging with us in September.  Professor Mutcherson is a graduate of Columbia Law School where she was a recipient of the Samuel I. Rosenman Prize for excellence in public law courses and outstanding qualities of citizenship and leadership in the law school. She also received the Kirkland and Ellis Fellowship for post-graduate public interest work.  Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers School of Law–Camden in 2002, Professor Mutcherson was an Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at the New York University School of Law, a consulting attorney at the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy (now the Center for Reproductive Rights), and a Staff Attorney at the HIV Law Project. 

Professor Mutcherson teaches Family Law, Torts, Health Law Policy: The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic, South African Constitutional Law, and Bioethics, Babies, & Babymaking.  She has served as a Senior Fellow/Sabbatical Visitor at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School, a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, and as a fellow at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University. Her scholarly work encompasses family and health law and uses health law topics to study the relationship between families and the state. She writes on issues related to reproductive justice, with a particular focus on assisted reproduction and its relationship to how the law understands family. Her work has appeared in the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, Law and Inequality:  A Journal of Theory and Practice, the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Nevada Law Review, the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, Minnesota Law Review Headnotes, the Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, and other publications.

Professor Mutcherson has been heavily involved in diversity efforts at the law school and across the Rutgers campuses. She has served as the Co-Chair of the Chancellor’s Committee on Institutional Equity and Diversity on the Camden campus, the President’s Council on Institutional Equity and Diversity, and the Working Group on Faculty Diversity. 

 In 2011, Professor Mutcherson received the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award and the Women’s Law Caucus Faculty Appreciation Award.

Her recent publications include:

Transformative Reproduction, 16 Journal of Gender, Race & Justice 1 (2013)

How Parents are Made: A Response to Discrimination in Baby Making: The Unconstitutional Treatment of Prospective Parents Through Surrogacy, 88 Indiana L.J. (2013)

Welcome to the Wild West: Protecting Access to Cross Border Fertility Care in the United States, Cornell J. L. & Public Pol’y (2012)

In Defense of Future Children: A Response to Cohen’s Beyond Best Interests, 96 Minn. L. Rev. 46 (2012)

You can find her SSRN page here.


Introducing Guest Blogger Suzanne Kim

I am delighted to welcome Suzanne Kim who will be blogging with us in September.  Professor Kim is Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Judge Denny Chin Scholar at Rutgers UniversSuzanne Kimity School of Law – Newark.  Professor Kim teaches Civil Procedure, Family Law, and Sex Discrimination.  Her scholarship, often interdisciplinary in approach, addresses intersections of family law, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, culture, and work. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Professor Kim was a lecturer-in-law at Stanford Law School. She has served as an appointed member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns. Professor Kim earned a B.A. from Yale and a J.D. from Georgetown. She practiced law as a litigation associate with Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Denny Chin, then of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Professor Kim’s recent publications and work in progress include:

Marriage Equalities: Gender and Social Norms in Same-Sex and Different-Sex Marriage (in progress, contracted with NYU Press).

Family Leave,” with Laura Kessler and Elizabeth A. Hoffman (in progress).

In the Matter of Baby M (1988)” in New Jersey Goes A-Courting: Ten Legal Cases That Shook the Nation (ed., Paul Tractenberg, Rutgers University Press, 2013).

The Neutered Parent,” 24 Yale J.L. and Feminism 1 (2012)

Skeptical Marriage Equality,” 34 Harv. J.L. & Gender 37 (2011) (nominated for UCLA Williams Institute Dukeminier Award)

Bridging Marriage Skepticism and Marriage Equality,” in Essays On the Cutting Edge: Charting the Future of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Scholarship, 19 Tul. J.L. & Sexuality 174 (2010).

Marital Naming/Naming Marriage: Language and Status in Family Law,” 85 Ind. L.J. 893 (2010).

You can find her SSRN page here.


GW Law’s C-LEAF Jr. Faculty Workshop

The Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF) at The George Washington University Law School is pleased to announce its fourth annual Junior Faculty Business and Financial Law Workshop and Junior Faculty Scholarship Prizes.  The Workshop and Prizes are sponsored by Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. The Workshop will be held on February 7-8, 2014 at GW Law School in Washington, DC.

 The Workshop supports and recognizes the work of young legal scholars in accounting, banking, bankruptcy, corporations, economics, finance and securities, while promoting interaction among them and selected senior faculty and practitioners. By providing a forum for the exchange of creative ideas in these areas, C-LEAF also aims to encourage new and innovative scholarship.

Approximately ten papers will be chosen from those submitted for presentation at the Workshop pursuant to this Call for Papers. At the Workshop, one or more senior scholars and practitioners will comment on each paper, followed by a general discussion of each paper among all participants. The Workshop audience will include invited young scholars, faculty from GW’s Law School and Business School, faculty from other institutions, practitioners, and invited guests.

At the conclusion of the Workshop, three papers will be selected to receive Junior Faculty Scholarship Prizes of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively.  All prize winners will be invited to become Fellows of C-LEAF.* C-LEAF makes no publication commitment, but chosen papers will be featured on its website as part of the C-LEAF Working Paper series. Read More


Introducing Guest Blogger Brian Sheppard

sheppard-brian-lg_1I am delighted to welcome guest blogger Professor Brian Sheppard who will be visiting with us this month.  Professor Sheppard is an Associate Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School.  His current research uses the insights of legal philosophy and the methodologies of behavioral psychology to explore how legal and social norms affect those that are subject to them. His other academic interests include professional responsibility, jurisprudence, torts, legal history, and international law.  In 2011, he was a co-author of the report analyzing the legality of the 2009 Honduran coup for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Honduras, a project lauded by numerous governments as well as by the OAS and the UN.

Professor Sheppard joined Seton Hall in 2010 after serving as a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School, where he earned his S.J.D.  In the years before his fellowship, he served as a law clerk in Boston for Justice Martha B. Sosman of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and for Judge Levin H. Campbell of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. While studying at Harvard Law School, he continued to work at the First Circuit as a staff attorney, working largely on criminal and immigration cases. He also coordinated the Law Teaching Colloquium of the school’s Graduate Program. Professor Sheppard earned his LL.M. from Harvard Law School and his J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law School. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

Professor Sheppard’s recent publications include:

For the Sake of Argument: A Behavioral Analysis of Whether and How Legal Argument Matters to Decisionmaking, 40 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 537 (2013) (with Andrew Moshirnia)

Judging Under Pressure, 39 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. (2012)

Calculating the Standard Error: Just How Much Should Empirical Studies Curb Our Enthusiasm for Legal Standards?, 124 Harv. L. Rev. F. 92 (2011)

Evaluating Norms: An Empirical Analysis of the Relationship Between Norm-Content, Operator, and Charitable Behavior, 63 Vand. L. Rev. (2010) (with Fiery Cushman)

Report to the Commission on Truth and Reconciliation of Honduras: Constitutional Issues, (2011) (with Noah Feldman and David Landau)


Introducing Guest Blogger Karen Czapanskiy

I’m thrilled to introduce my colleague Professor Karen Czapanskiy who will be joining us this month as a guest blogger. Professor Czapanskiy joined the faculty of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law in 1983.  During her early years at the law school, she and her clinic students created a full-service program for women who had been abused by an intimate partner, representing them in criminal cases and family law matters, undertaking legislative advocacy and staffing a clemency project for women imprisoned for killing an abusive partner.  Later, she worked with clinic students, lawyers at the Homeless Persons Representation Project and other faculty to help women faced with the impacts of welfare reform on them and their families.  Her work in practice informed multiple publications on domestic violence, family law, welfare reform and gender bias.  More recently, she has been writing about law and policy as they affect families raising children with special needs.  Professor Czapanskiy teaches courses in family law and property and seminars on families raising special needs children.a40dedc79f748f2d67e7e45776bdf016

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the Georgetown University Law Center, Professor Czapanskiy clerked for the Honorable Rita C. Davidson, the first woman appointed to an appellate bench in Maryland.  Before joining the faculty, Professor Czapanskiy was an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, taught at the University of Hawaii Law School and the Washington College of Law.  Since joining the faculty in 1983, Professor Czapanskiy has served as the reporter for the Maryland Joint Special Committee on Gender Bias in the Courts and as a member of the Charter Review Commission of Montgomery County, Maryland.  She held the William J. Maier, Jr., Chair at West Virginia University College of Law, and has visited at the Washington College of Law of American University and the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America.  Beginning in the mid-1980s, she was one of the organizers of the Maryland/DC/Virginia Women Law Teachers Group. In 1992, she chaired of the Section on Women in Legal Education of the AALS.   She is a member of the American Law Institute and the Prytanean Society.  Professor Czapanskiy spent the fall semester of 1994 as a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Durban-Westville, South Africa.  She is a member of the American Law Institute and the Prytanean Society.  Since 2002, she has been active in electoral politics at the local and national levels.

Her most recent publications include:


Family Law: Cases, Text, Problems (5th ed. 2010) (with others).


Special Kids, Special Parents, Special Education, 46 Michigan Journal of Law Reform (forthcoming 2013).

1992: A Year of Women, Bravery, and Growth, 80 UMKC Law Review 751 (2012).

Disabled Kids and Their Moms: Caregivers and Horizontal Equity, 19 Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy 43 (2012).

Introducing Guest Blogger Irina Manta

manta profile picProfessor Irina Manta is an Associate Professor at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Her main teaching and research interests involve intellectual property law.

In her scholarship, Professor Manta focuses on the role of criminal sanctions in intellectual property law and on the intersection between intellectual property law and social science, with a particular emphasis on psychology. She previously served as an Assistant Professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. She also clerked for Judge Morris S. Arnold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Professor Manta holds a B.A. in psychology, magna cum laude, from Yale University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Her recent scholarship includes:

The High Cost of Low Sanctions, 65 Florida Law Review __ (forthcoming 2014).

Hedonic Trademarks, 74 Ohio State Law Journal 241 (2013).

Reasonable Copyright, 53 Boston College Law Review 1303 (2012).

The Puzzle of Criminal Sanctions for Intellectual Property Infringement, 24 Harvard Journal of Law & Technology 469 (2011).


Introducing Guest Blogger Zvi Triger

zvi_picI am delighted to welcome Dr. Zvi Triger who will be blogging with us in August.  Dr. Triger is the Vice Dean of the Striks School of Law in Israel.  He received his LL.B. from Tel Aviv University and his LL.M. and J.S.D. from NYU. His main research and teaching fields are contract law, family law, law and sexuality, and legal feminism. Dr. Triger clerked for the Honorable Justice Eliyahu Mazza of the Supreme Court of Israel, and practiced law at Bryan Cave Robinson Silverman LLP in New York. In addition to his extensive academic publications, Dr. Triger has published two books: a novel, “In Case of Emergency” (2005), and “Speechless: How Contemporary Israeli Culture is Reflected in Language” (co-authored with Amalia Rosenblum) (2007).

Dr. Triger’s recent articles include:

Discriminating Speech: On the Heterophilia of Freedom of Speech Doctrine, 19 CARDOZO J.L. & GENDER 349 (2013).

The Child’s Worst Interest: Socio-Legal Taboos on Same-Sex Parenting and their Subversive Impact on Children’s Wellbeing, ISRAEL REVIEW STUDIES (forthcoming 2013).

Gender Segregation as Sexual Harassment, 35 TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY L. REV. 703 (2013).

You Definitely Should Have: A Contractual Look at Israeli Wedding Gift Culture, 35 TEL AVIV L. REV. 51 (2012).

Introducing the Political Family: A New Road Map for Critical Family Law, 13 THEORETICAL INQUIRIES IN LAW 361 (2012).

Fear of the Wandering Gay: Some Reflections on Citizenship, Nationalism and Recognition in Same-Sex Relationships, 8 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LAW IN CONTEXT 268 (2012).

Freedom from Religion in Israel: Civil Marriages and Cohabitation of Jews Enter the Rabbinical Courts, 27 ISRAEL STUDIES REV. 1 (2012).

Over-Parenting (co-authored with Gaia Bernstein), 44 UC DAVIS L. REV. 1221 (2011).



Announcement: Invitation for Papers for Micro-Symposium on Stanley Fish and the Meaning of Academic Freedom

FIU Law Review and the FIU College of Law invite contributions for a Micro-Symposium, Stanley Fish and the Meaning of Academic Freedom, to be published in FIU Law Review in 2014. Micro-symposium commentaries will accompany the papers and proceedings of a live roundtable discussion on academic freedom and Stanley Fish’s forthcoming book, Versions of Academic Freedom: From Professionalism to Revolution. Roundtable participants include Dean Robert Post (Yale), Frederick Schauer (Virginia), Fish, and several others. The program will be held at FIU College of Law on Friday, January 24, 2014.

In the book, Fish argues

The academy is the place where knowledge is advanced, where the truth about matters physical, conceptual and social is sought. That’s the job, and that’s also the aspirational norm—the advancement of knowledge and the search for truth. The values of advancing knowledge and discovering truth are not extrinsic to academic activity; they constitute it. . . . These goods and values are also self-justifying in the sense that no higher, supervening, authority undergirds them; they undergird and direct the job and serve as a regulative ideal in relation to which  current ways of doing things can be assessed and perhaps reformed. (The “it’s just a job” is not positivism; it does not reify what is on the books.)

It follows from this specification of the academy’s internal goods that the job can be properly done only if it is undistorted by the interests of outside constituencies, that is, of constituencies that have something other than the search for truth in mind. There are thus limits both on the influences academics can acknowledge and the concerns they can take into account when doing their work. . . . It must be conducted (to return to the l915 Declaration) in “in a scholar’s spirit”, that is with a view to determining what is in fact the case and not with a view to affirming a favored or convenient conclusion. If that is the spirit that animates your academic work, you should be left free to do it, although, with respect to other parts of the job (conforming to departmental protocols, showing up in class, teaching to the syllabus), you are constrained. 

Commentaries may discuss any and all legal, ethical, moral, social, practical, personal, and theoretical aspects of academic freedom, Stanley Fish’s new book, or his extensive body of work on academic freedom or any other topic. Interested commenters will be provided manuscripts of Fish’s book, on request.

Commentaries can be a maximum of 600 words, including text, footnotes, and title.

Contributions must be received by October 1, 2013. Submit to:

Expressions of interest, requests for the manuscript, and other inquiries can be directed to Ben Crego, Law Review Editor-in-Chief, at or to Prof. Ediberto Roman at