Family Law Workshop -- March 28-29, 2014

"Nontraditional Marriages: Transgressive and Transformative"

About this Event

Overview: This workshop provides junior faculty members with an opportunity to workshop papers broadly related to the topic of Nontraditional Marriages. The workshop is open to a limited group of invited faculty who will read participants' working papers and provide critical comments to participating scholars. Participants wanting to workshop their papers must commit to providing drafts 3 weeks in advance. In addition to an intensive workshop of draft papers, there will be an opportunity for mentoring and informal discussion among family law scholars on related topics that we hope will be interesting and provocative. 

Timeline: This workshop will take place at the Law School in room 7200 on Friday, March 28th starting at 4:00 pm. Sessions will continue in room 7200 on Saturday, March 29th, until 3:00 pm.

Expectations: Participants with working papers are asked to submit their draft three weeks in advance of the event so they can be made available to other participants on a password-protected website.

What is Provided: Hotel accommodations for one night (two nights if needed), dinner on Friday, lunch on Saturday, and refreshments during the sessions. (Participants will be responsible for their own transportation.)


Special guests of the Workshop: Cynthia Grant Bowman, Dorothea S. Clarke Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, and Nancy Polikoff, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law. 

From Other Universities: Erez Aloni, Assistant Professor, Whittier Law School; Wesahl Domingo, Faculty of Law, University of the Witwatersrand (and Visiting Scholar at Wisconsin); Kim Hai Pearson, Assistant Professor, Gonzaga University School of Law, and others to be confirmed.

From the University of Wisconsin:  Tonya Brito, Director of the Institute for Legal Studies and Program Chair; Casey Faucon, Hastie Fellow; and others to be confirmed.

Program and Workshop Papers

Program Overview:


4:00-4:30 pm Welcome and Introductions
4:30-5:30 pm  Roundtable Discussion on Family Law and Social Science Research Facilitated by Professor Cynthia Bowman.
5:30-6:45 pm  Paper #1 Wesahl Domingo: "The Case of the Recognition of Muslim Personal Law in South Africa: Colonialism, Apartheid and Constitutional Democracy"

7:15 pm Dinner at Fresco, 227 State Street (top floor of Madison Museum of Contemporary Art)


8:30-9:00 am Refreshments
9:00-10:15 am  Paper #2 Kim Pearson: "Chemical Kids"
10:30-11:45 am  Paper #3 Casey Faucon: "Regulating Polygamy in America"
12:00-1:30 pm  Lunch and Roundtable Discussion
1:45-3:00 pm  Paper #4 Erez Aloni: "Deprivative Recognition"

Link to Papers This is a password-protected site; access information will be provided to participants when papers are available.

Accommodations & Directions

Hotel Information:  Participants will have a reservation for one night, Friday, March 28th, at the DoubleTree Hotel located at 525 West Johnson Street in Madison. (We will adjust the reservation if you need to stay a second night.) The room will be charged to the Institute for Legal Studies at the Law School. The DoubleTree is a Hilton-owned property about four short blocks from the Law School, where the group will convene. More information can be found at:  or by calling (608) 251-5511.

Hotel Shuttle: The hotel provides free airport shuttle service (use the dedicated phone near the luggage pick up area or call the number above; travel time is 15 minutes).

Directions: The DoubleTree is a 15 minute walk from the Law School, where the workshop will take place. (You also may contact the hotel for shuttle service to campus if needed.) From the DoubleTree Hotel, walk west on Johnson Street (opposite the flow of traffic) until you cross Park Street. Turn right (north) and continue 1.5 blocks to the pedestrian overpass. Take the sidewalk located at the overpass up Bascom Hill. The Law School is the second building with a large glass facade. Enter the building and take a short flight of stairs to the right. (A nearby elevator also is available.) The workshop will take place in room 7200, which is the 7th floor faculty library (also called Lubar Commons) overlooking Bascom Hill.

Campus Map: Please see the UW Campus Information located here:  Directions and maps.


Questions about the workshop program: Please contact Tonya Brito (Director of the Institute for Legal Studies and Workshop Program Chair)

Questions about logistics or information on this page: Please contact Pam Hollenhorst (Associate Director of the Institute for Legal Studies and Workshop Coordinator)

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