Weathering Invisible Labor

51 Southwestern Law Review 258 (2022)

17 Pages Posted: 23 May 2022

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Ederlina Co

University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law

Date Written: May 18, 2022


Professor Meera Deo’s Unequal Profession: Race and Gender in Legal Academia powerfully demonstrates how the legal academy has adopted many of American society’s social hierarchies as they relate to race and gender. Inspired by Unequal Profession and using a Critical Race Feminism framework, this Essay centers on women of color professors and the problem of invisible labor in legal academia.

Although for many women of color professors invisible labor involves a labor of love, this Essay contends that the legal academy’s unwillingness to recognize it in a meaningful manner marginalizes women of color professors, devalues how important invisible labor is to law students, law schools, and the legal profession, and perpetuates a raceXgender institutional bias. This Essay recommends steps that law school administrators and allies can take immediately to recognize invisible labor but also suggests that the time has come for the legal academy to begin to reexamine how it values “service” more broadly.

Keywords: Legal Education

Suggested Citation

Co, Ederlina, Weathering Invisible Labor (May 18, 2022). 51 Southwestern Law Review 258 (2022) , Available at SSRN:

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