Leading Feminist Scholar to Accept Law School Award Thursday

Leading Feminist Scholar to Accept Law School Award Thursday

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Date: 03/20/2006

Professor Ann Shalleck, a leading scholar and thinker in both the areas of critical feminist theory and clinical education theory, will be at Albany Law School on Thursday, March 30 to accept an award at the 11th Annual Kate Stoneman Day (see "Albany Law to Honor Women in Law"). She will again visit Albany Law on Tuesday, April 11 to teach a class to clinical education staff.

Ann Shalleck
Professor of Law
Director of the Women and the Law Program
Carrington Shields Scholar

"WCL provides a legal education at the intersection of legal theory, doctrine, and practice. Our faculty unites many different theoretical perspectives with a deep commitment to understanding the multiple ways that law both reflects and shapes the ideas and institutions of society. In the intellectual life of the school, we not only invite debate about the perspectives we bring to the study and teaching of law, but also subject our ideas to critical scrutiny rooted in reflection upon the actual workings of the law and legal institutions. The work of lawyers and the experiences of clients, rather than being separated from legal theory, are an intrinsic part of our efforts to understand and teach about the law. "As a feminist, I am particularly interested in understanding the relationship between law and our cultural and societal understandings of gender. My family law courses address gender as a basic component of the structure and operation of the legal doctrines of family law, as well as the institutions that affect the experiences of family. I also direct WCL's Women and the Law Program, which coordinates our own rich curriculum of women's legal studies and brings together law professors from around the nation and the world to accomplish integration of gender related issues into all aspects of the curriculum. In coordination with our International Legal Studies Program, we have developed a specialized pro. gram on Women and International Law. In addition, I teach in the Women and the Law Clinic, in which students have the opportunity to merge theoretical analysis with practical experience, while helping people who face serious problems in their lives."

—Ann Shalleck

About Ann Shalleck

Ann Shalleck is a Professor of Law and the Carrington Shields Scholar at the American University, Washington College of Law where she started and directs the Women and the Law Program and the program on Women and International Law. She teaches the Women & the Law Clinic, the Intellectual Property and the Public Interest Clinic, Family Law, and courses on Legal Theory and Legal Pedagogy. As part of the Women and the Law Program, she organizes an annual national workshop on Women's Rights and the Law School Curriculum and numerous law school based symposia.

The Women and International Law Program established at WCL the first LL.M. specialization in Gender Studies, which focuses on domestic, international and comparative law. The Women and International Law Program also has an ongoing project on Integrating Gender into Legal Education in India and has worked on various projects on Integrating Gender into Legal Education and Legal Theory in Latin America. These projects have included the creation of two year fellowships, including a year of study in the LL.M. specialization at the Washington College of Law and a second as a regional fellow at a Latin America law school teaching and researching in the area of gender and the law. The project has also sponsored several exchanges of scholars and teachers in India and the United States, a Pan American Conference on Transforming Women's Legal Status: Overcoming Barriers in Legal Doctrine and Legal Education, law review publications, and has produced the first textbook on Women and the Law written by Latin American scholars for use in Latin American law schools entitled GENERO Y DERECHO.

Professor Shalleck writes and lectures widely about gender and the law, clinical education, gender and international law and family law.