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.
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).