Thursday, May 3, 2007

The New Face of Women's Legal History: Conference at Univ. of Akron

The University of Akron School of Law has announced a major conference:

October 19, 2007

This one-day symposium will bring together legal scholars and historians to focus on modern scholarship reviving and recreating the field of women's legal history. The broad theme reaches the diverse array of topics that form the base of recent work in gender and legal history. The annual symposium is part of the tradition growing out of The University of Akron's Constitutional Law Center, one of only four such national centers established by Congress. Past symposia in the center series have included "John Bingham and the Meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment" and "Education and the Constitution: Shaping Each Other and the Next Century."

Confirmed speakers include:

Keynote Speaker:
Reva Siegel, Yale University

For questions or further information please contact Misty D. Franklin at 330-972-6456 or by email at The conference website is here.
Image: Women law grads make news at USC. Image credit.

1 comment:

Alfred Brophy said...

Thanks for this, Mary. That's a terrific, terrific line-up. And this helps to address one critical issue in legal history: the gender imbalance (chasm, really) among legal historians. Of the approximately 160 people who're listed in the AALS registry as teaching legal history for more than 10 years, I think there are fewer than a dozen women. The news is better for people who've been in teaching less time. However, the effect on what subjects are studied (to say nothing of the impact on the profession) is dramatic and important. I hope that you might talk about this at some point.