Persistent Structural Barriers to Gender Equity In the Legal Academy and the Efforts of Two Legal Writing Organizations to Break Them Down

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Ruth Anne Robbins

Rutgers Law School

Kristen Konrad Tiscione

Georgetown University Law Center

Melissa Weresh

Drake University - Law School

Date Written: March 1, 2020

Abstract

This paper explores the structural barriers to equality for skills-focused faculty in the legal academy, including social and cultural, external organizational, and institutional barriers. It posits that these barriers perpetuate inequality in the academy as much as they do in the workplace generally, and the data indicate that the percentage of women teaching skills-focused courses with less pay and security of position is increasing. The article concludes by summarizing the tireless efforts of two national organizations, the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and the Legal Writing Institute, to break down these barriers and improve the respect for and status of skills-focused faculty in legal education.

Keywords: gender, disparity, discrimination, salary, equity, equality, barriers, faculty, doctrinal, skills

JEL Classification: I23, I24, K31, K42

Suggested Citation

Robbins, Ruth Anne and Tiscione, Kristen Konrad and Weresh, Melissa, Persistent Structural Barriers to Gender Equity In the Legal Academy and the Efforts of Two Legal Writing Organizations to Break Them Down (March 1, 2020). Villanova Law Review, Vol. 65, No. 1155, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3817774

Ruth Anne Robbins

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Kristen Konrad Tiscione (Contact Author)

Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

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Melissa Weresh

Drake University - Law School ( email )

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Des Moines, IA 50311
United States

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