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Using Feminist Theory to Advance Equal Justice under Law

11 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2017 Last revised: 19 Jun 2017

Linda L. Berger

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law

Bridget J. Crawford

Pace University School of Law

Kathryn Stanchi

Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

Date Written: May 10, 2017

Abstract

This essay provides an overview of the purposes, themes and scholarly methodologies evidenced at the October 2016 conference, The U.S. Feminist Judgments Project: Writing the Law, Rewriting the Future, a two-day conference hosted by the Center for Constitutional Law at the University of Akron School of Law. This essay provides some of the background to the development of the path-breaking book, Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (Cambridge University Press, 2016). It also focuses attention on the importance of diversity on the bench, with a particular need for judges who understand or experience the intersecting relationships among race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, physical abilities and many other factors. The authors argue that one theoretical foundation of Feminist Judgments Projects in the U.S. and globally is the belief that judges with feminist perspectives – broadly construed – will pay more attention to facts, context and a broad range of authorities, thus advancing equal justice under the law. The essay concludes by identifying further questions about the relationship between feminist perspectives and the judicial role, including how feminism can disrupt default judicial positions that otherwise make it more difficult to realize fully the law’s promise of equality.

Keywords: Feminism, Gender, Feminist Judgments Project, Symposium, Nevada Law Journal, Equal Rights

Suggested Citation

Berger, Linda L. and Crawford, Bridget J. and Stanchi, Kathryn, Using Feminist Theory to Advance Equal Justice under Law (May 10, 2017). 17 Nevada Law Journal 539 (2017); Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-17; UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2978248

Linda L. Berger (Contact Author)

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law ( email )

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Bridget J. Crawford

Pace University School of Law ( email )

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White Plains, NY 10603
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Kathryn Stanchi

Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law ( email )

1719 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States
215-204-8807 (Phone)

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