“Working From the World Up: Equality's Future”

A New Legal Realism* Conference
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Feminism and Legal Theory Project

March 14-15, 2008
University of Wisconsin – Pyle Conference Center
702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI
Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Law School,
the Institute for Legal Studies,
the Feminism and Legal Theory Project at Emory University,
and the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society.

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About the Participants: Bio Statements

Conference Overview: We are at a historic juncture in the progress of race and sex equality in American life, with the election of the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives and the first Presidential race in which female and African-American candidates have a serious chance of capturing the White House. This conference aims to honor the institutions and the people who have theorized sex and race in ways that have helped to change the world, and to forge the future of the study of race and sex equality in the law. In short, it will be an opportunity to reflect on the key concepts of the past, so as to better understand the future.

Twenty-five years ago, the Feminist Legal Theory Project, under the direction of Professor Martha Fineman, helped to bring feminist thought to the forefront of the legal academy. It was (and is) a project born of the world, responding to real lives and needs, reflecting the law and society tradition of reasoning-from- the-world-to-law. From this tradition was born a vibrant scholarship not only on sex equality but also on the “intersection” of race, sex and sexuality, inaugurated by the work of pioneer theorists such as Kimberle Crenshaw and Patricia Williams. The conference will feature a keynote address by Patricia Williams, the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University, and five panels discussing contemporary issues detailed in the program below.

Final Program
with links to selected papers and abstracts

Friday, March 14th

Pyle Center Room 325

2:30 Registration and Refreshments

3:00 Welcome: Victoria Nourse (Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School, and L.Q.C. Lamar Professor of Law, Emory Law School, 2008)
Kenneth B. Davis, Jr., (Dean, University of Wisconsin Law School) 
Emily Long (Symposium Editor, Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society).

Introductory Remarks: David M. Trubek (Professor of Law Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE))

3:15-5:30 PANEL 1: The Evolution of Feminist Concepts: Where are we now?

Commentator: Linda Greene (Evjue-Bascom Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School)

3:20-3:40 Mary Anne Case (Arnold I. Shure Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School) “Feminist Fundamentalism”

3:40-4:00 Martha Albertson Fineman (Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law and Director, Feminism and Legal Theory Project, Emory University) “Equality, Vulnerability, and Post-Identity Feminist Politics”

4:00-4:20 Vicki Schultz (Ford Foundation Professor, Yale Law School; Fellow, Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University 2007-08) "Antidiscrimination Law as Disruption: How the New Legal Paradigm Can Inform Feminist Thought"

4:20-4:40 Elizabeth Mertz (John and Rylla Bosshard Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School, and Senior Research Fellow, American Bar Foundation) "Where New Legal Realism Meets Gender: New Paradigms"

4:40-5:30  Commentator Remarks, Questions and Discussion

5:30-6:30 Women’s Law Journal Alumni Reception in the Lee Lounge (Room 109) Open to all panelists, registered guests, journal members and former staff.

6:30-7:30 Buffet Dinner in the AT&T Lounge adjacent to the reception.

7:30-8:30  Dinner Program

Welcome: Howard Erlanger
(Director, institute for Legal Studies)
Introduction: Victoria Nourse (Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School, and L.Q.C. Lamar Professor of Law, Emory Law School, 2008)

Keynote Address by Patricia Williams:  "Moaning in America"

Patricia J. Williams (J.D., Harvard; B.A., Wellesley College) is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University. She was a fellow in the School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth College and has been an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School Law School and its department of women's studies. Williams also worked as a consumer advocate in the office of the City Attorney in Los Angeles. A member of the State Bar of California and the Federal Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Williams has served on the advisory council for the Medgar Evers Center for Law and Social Justice of the City University of New York and on the board of governors for the Society of American Law Teachers, among others. Professor Williams was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2000-05), and she has published widely in both scholarly journals and the popular press on issues of gender, race, law and legal theory

Saturday, March 15th

Room 325   

8:00        Coffee and Conversation

8:30-10:20 PANEL 2: New Sites of Feminist Inquiry

Commentator: Nina Camic (Faculty Associate, University of Wisconsin Law School)        

8:30-8:50  Cynthia Bowman (Dorothea S. Clarke Professor of Law, Cornell Law School) “Social Science and Legal Policy: The Case of Heterosexual Cohabitation”

8:50-9:10  Bridget Crawford (Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Pace University School of Law) “Third-Wave Feminism, Motherhood and the Future of Feminist Legal Theory”

9:10-9:30  Laura Kessler (Professor of Law, University of Utah) “Transgressive Caregiving”

9:30-10:20  Commentator Remarks, Questions and Discussion

10:20-10:30     Break

10:30-12:20  PANEL 3: International Feminism

Commentator: Alexandra Huneeus (Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School)

10:30-10:50  Catherine O'Rourke (University of Ulster, Transitional Justice Institute, and Visiting Research Student, School of International Service, American University)  “The Shifting of Community and Justice in Transitional Northern Ireland”

10:50-11:10  Asifa Quraishi (Assistant Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin) “Western Advocacy for Muslim Women: It's Not Just the Thought that Counts” (Abstract)

11:10-11:30  Lucie White (Luis A. Horvitz Professor, Harvard Law School) “Making Rights Real: Reclaiming Human Rights to Challenge Global Poverty”

11:30-12:20  Commentator Remarks, Questions and Discussion

12:20-1:30 Workshop Lunch for all registered participants and guests / Pyle Center Alumni Lounge

1:30-3:20 PANEL 4: Geography and the State

Commentator: Louise Trubek (Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the health Law Project, University of Wisconsin Law School)

1:30-1:50  Michael Likosky (University of London; Visiting Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School) “Gender Arbitrage: Law. Luxury and Labor"

1:50-2:10  Guadalupe Luna (Interim Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Northern Illinois University College of Law) “Chicanas and Agricultural Law Intersections: Connecting the Past with Contemporary Geographic Transformations”

2:10-2:30  Lisa Pruitt (Professor of Law, University of California, Davis School of Law) “Place Matters: Intimate Abuse as a Case Study for Rural Difference”

2:30-3:20 Commentator Remarks, Questions and Discussion

3:20-3:30    Break

3:30-5:20 PANEL 5: Race, Sexuality, and their Intersection

Commentator:  Tonya Brito (Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School)           

3:30-3:50  Victoria Nourse (Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School, and L.Q.C. Lamar Professor of Law, Emory Law School, 2008) “A History of American Racial Formation: Biopolitics, Intersection, and Gay Rights”

3:50-4:10  Jane Schacter (Professor of Law, Stanford Law School) “The Backlash That Wasn’t”

4:10-4:30  Mitra Sharafi (Assistant Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School) “Parsing Miscegenation: Litigating Racial Purity in Zoroastrian South Asia, c.1900” (Abstract)

4:30-5:20 Commentator Remarks, Questions and Discussion

5:20  Victoria Nourse: Closing Remarks / Adjourn

Questions may be directed to Pam Hollenhorst, Associate Director,
Institute for Legal Studies at pshollen@wisc.edu

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