Reflections on Feminism, Law & Culture: Law Students' Perspectives

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Bridget J. Crawford

Pace University School of Law

Jessica Adlam

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Cecilia Bonetti

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Velislava Bozhinova

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Olivia Brenner

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Megan Carbia

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Leandra Cilindrello

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Rachel D'Ambrosio

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Erin Davies

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Alexandria DeCola

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Giovanna DiFilippo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alexis Epstein

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Jennifer Fineman

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Vilma Gamarra

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Katherine Henderson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jacqueline Jonczyk

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Jon Khan

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Kerri Krippel

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Bernadette Maligranda

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Vanessa Neal

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Mackenzie O'Brien

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Erika Panzarino

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Bhumi Patel

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Victoria Piekarz

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Elisabeth Podlubny

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Xavier Prescod

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Daniella Presser

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Karli Regalbuto

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Robert Rosenberg

Pace University, School of Law

Rachel Rosenblum

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Julianna Sedlacko

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Samara Simpson

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Alexandra Spinner

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Ophilia Tommy

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Sylvia Vcherashansky

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Drew Wares

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Alec Weissman

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Sagar Yadav

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Komali Yaskhi

Pace University, School of Law, Students

Date Written: July 7, 2020

Abstract

This essay is a collective reflection by thirty-nine law students on feminism, law and culture. In the Spring 2020 semester, the students enrolled in the Feminist Legal Theory course taught by Professor Bridget Crawford at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University were a mixed group of men and women, second-year, third-year and fourth-year students. The course focused on the themes and methods of feminist analysis and the application of feminist legal theories to topics such as intimate partner violence, prostitution, pornography, sexual harassment, reproductive rights, and economic rights. Students attended a traditional seminar meeting once each week. Conversations continued throughout the week in a student-led asynchronous written on-line discussion forum, with a different group of student facilitators choosing the topic and guiding the conversation each week. This essay is an edited collection of student posts to the course’s online forum. It is intended to memorialize the interests, concerns, and contributions of this particular group of law students to feminist discourse during the Spring 2020 semester — a time when legal education and most aspects of American life were disrupted in an unprecedented way by the novel corona virus.

The essay organizes around ten discrete topics that reflect, but are not identical to, course material. Participants use TED talks and other videos, podcasts and news stories as entry points for engaging with topics of mutual interest. These include the nature of gender differences, the impact of gender differences on the workplace and family life, menstruation, motherhood, and feminist coalition-building. The essay both reflects students’ understanding of feminist legal theory as a distinct mode of academic inquiry and challenges feminist scholars to consider what “counts” as feminist topics from the perspective of current law students. It is a contemporaneous record of the substantive issues that these law students found important in the present moment.

Keywords: feminism, feminist legal theory, gender, legal profession, menstruation, moral reasoning, violance, transgender, surrogacy

JEL Classification: K1

Suggested Citation

Crawford, Bridget J. and Adlam, Jessica and Bonetti, Cecilia and Bozhinova, Velislava and Brenner, Olivia and Carbia, Megan and Cilindrello, Leandra and D'Ambrosio, Rachel and Davies, Erin and DeCola, Alexandria and DiFilippo, Giovanna and Epstein, Alexis and Fineman, Jennifer and Gamarra, Vilma and Henderson, Katherine and Jonczyk, Jacqueline and Khan, Jon and Krippel, Kerri and Maligranda, Bernadette and Neal, Vanessa and O'Brien, Mackenzie and Panzarino, Erika and Patel, Bhumi and Piekarz, Victoria and Podlubny, Elisabeth and Prescod, Xavier and Presser, Daniella and Regalbuto, Karli and Rosenberg, Robert and Rosenblum, Rachel and Sedlacko, Julianna and Simpson, Samara and Spinner, Alexandra and Tommy, Ophilia and Vcherashansky, Sylvia and Wares, Drew and Weissman, Alec and Yadav, Sagar and Yaskhi, Komali, Reflections on Feminism, Law & Culture: Law Students' Perspectives (July 7, 2020). 41 Pace Law Review 105 (2020), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3645565

Bridget J. Crawford (Contact Author)

Pace University School of Law ( email )

78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603
United States

Jessica Adlam

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Cecilia Bonetti

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Velislava Bozhinova

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Olivia Brenner

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Megan Carbia

Pace University, School of Law, Students

New York, NY
United States

Leandra Cilindrello

Pace University, School of Law, Students

New York, NY
United States

Rachel D'Ambrosio

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Erin Davies

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Alexandria DeCola

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Giovanna DiFilippo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alexis Epstein

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Jennifer Fineman

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Vilma Gamarra

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Katherine Henderson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jacqueline Jonczyk

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Jon Khan

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Kerri Krippel

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Bernadette Maligranda

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Vanessa Neal

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Mackenzie O'Brien

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Erika Panzarino

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Bhumi Patel

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Victoria Piekarz

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Elisabeth Podlubny

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Xavier Prescod

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Daniella Presser

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Karli Regalbuto

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Robert Rosenberg

Pace University, School of Law ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Rachel Rosenblum

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Julianna Sedlacko

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Samara Simpson

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Alexandra Spinner

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Ophilia Tommy

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Sylvia Vcherashansky

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Drew Wares

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Alec Weissman

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Sagar Yadav

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Komali Yaskhi

Pace University, School of Law, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

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