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Gender Law and Policy, Fourth Edition

  • Katharine T. Bartlett
  • Deborah L. Rhode
  • Joanna L. Grossman 
  • Deborah L. Brake
  • Frank Rudy Cooper
Series / Aspen Criminal Justice Series
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Gender Law and Policy, Fourth Edition, by Katharine T. Bartlett, Deborah L. Rhode, Joanna L. Grossman, Deborah L. Brake, and Frank Rudy Cooper provides the theoretical frameworks, legal cases, and policy background necessary for analyzing a broad range of gender issues in the law. It is an ideal text for undergraduate courses in Women’s Studies, Political Science, and other fields focusing on gender law and policy, including Women and the Law and Gender Law and Policy. This text features lucid introductions in each chapter that illuminate the issues significant to each topic, alternative theoretical perspectives that facilitate open-minded problem-solving, and incisive commentary by leading scholars and policymakers. Timely coverage of foundational and cutting-edge issues includes constitutional law, employment law, Title IX and education (including sports), family law, sexual harassment, sexual violence, pornography, prostitution, global trafficking, LGBT issues, and women’s sexual and reproductive health.

Features of the Fourth Edition:

  • Organized in five chapters focusing on different theoretical frameworks to enable students to grasp different conceptualizations of equality and justice.
  • Introductory chapter with a broad overview of the theoretical frameworks, as well as the adjacent critical theories with the most relevance to the study of gender and law—intersectionality, queer theory, and masculinities studies.
  • Includes more than 200 “Putting Theory into Practice” Problems, most based on real-life, unresolved problems, to keep a consistent, stimulating focus on the relationship between theory and practice.
  • Coverage of latest developments in the field, including Supreme Court decisions on abortion and LGBT discrimination.
  • Features boxed definitions of terms and explanations of the legal process that are important for understanding the cases and a glossary where students can look up unfamiliar terms and concepts.
  • Provides timelines and charts for graphic enhancement of important information.
  • Offers clear introductions to each chapter, subject matter, and lead case, along with reading questions, so that students can focus on the implications of the law rather than figure out the content of the law.
  • Tailors cases to undergraduate use, almost entirely omitting procedural issues but preserving detailed facts necessary for analysis.
  • New or enhanced coverage of the #MeToo movement, reproductive justice, campus sexual assault, trans athlete bans, and intimate partner violence.

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • Adaptation of the best-selling law school gender and law textbook for undergraduate use for courses in gender, law, and policy.
  • Intersperses theoretical and practice materials: excerpted legal cases, statutes, and law review articles form an ongoing dialogue within the book to stimulate thought and discussion.
  • Provides complete, up-to-date coverage of conventional “women and the law” issues, including constitutional law, employment law, affirmative action, sexual harassment, reproductive rights, domestic violence, Title IX, and poverty and race, along with analysis of cutting-edge issues relating to LGBTQ and nonbinary individuals.
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About the authors
Katharine T. Bartlett
Professor of Law
Duke Law School

Katharine T. Bartlett, A. Kenneth Pye Professor of Law, served as Dean of Duke Law School from 2000-2007. She teaches family law, employment discrimination law, gender and law, and contracts, and publishes widely in the fields of family law, gender theory, employment law, theories of social change, and legal education. She has the leading casebook (with Deborah Rhode) in the area of gender law. Professor Bartlett served as a reporter for the American Law Institute#39;s emPrinciples of the Law of Family Dissolutionem (2002), for which she was responsible for the provisions relating to child custody. For her work on this project, she was named R. Ammi Cutter Chair in 1998. Professor Bartlett earned her degrees at Wheaton College, Harvard University, and the University of California at Berkeley. Before coming to Duke, she was a law clerk on the California Supreme Court and a legal services attorney in Oakland, California. She has been a visiting professor at UCLA and at Boston University, a scholar in residence at New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School, and a fellow at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1994, she won the University ScholarTeacher of the Year Award at Duke University.

Deborah L. Rhode
Professor of Law
Stanford Law

Deborah L. Rhode is one of the countryrsquo;s leading scholars in the fields of legal ethics and gender, law, and public policy. An author of 20 books, including emThe Beauty Biasem, she is the nationrsquo;s most frequently cited scholar in legal ethics. She is the director of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession. Professor Rhode is the former president of the Association of American Law Schools, the former chair of the American Bar Associationrsquo;s Commission on Women in the Profession, the founder and former director of Stanfordrsquo;s Center on Ethics, and the former director of the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford. She also served as senior counsel to the minority members of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary on presidential impeachment issues during the Clinton administration. She has received the American Bar Associationrsquo;s Michael Franck award for contributions to the field of professional responsibility; the American Bar Foundationrsquo;s W. M. Keck Foundation Award for distinguished scholarship on legal ethics; and the American Bar Associationrsquo;s Pro Bono Publico Award for her work on expanding public service opportunities in law schools. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and vice chair of the board of Legal Momentum (formerly the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund). She is currently a columnist for the emNational Law Journalem. Before joining the Stanford Law faculty, Professor Rhode was a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Joanna Grossman
Professor of Law
Hofstra University

Professor Grossman is the inaugural Ellen K. Solender Endowed Chair in Women and the Law.& & After graduating with distinction from Stanford Law School, Professor Grossman began her career as a clerk for Ninth Circuit Judge William A. Norris. She also worked as staff counsel at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. as a recipient of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship. In addition, she practiced law at the Washington, D.C. firm of Williams & Connolly LLP. & Prior to coming to SMU Dedman School of Law, Professor Grossman taught at&the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University where she served as the Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law.&& Professor Grossman writes extensively on sex discrimination and workplace equality, with a particular focus on issues such as sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination. Her book, NINE TO FIVE:& HOW GENDER, SEX AND SEXUALITY CONTINUE TO DEFINE THE AMERICAN WORKPLACE (Cambridge, 2016), provides a lively and accessible discussion of contemporary cases and events that show gender continues to define the work experience in both predictable and surprising ways. She is also an expert in family law, especially parentage law and the state regulation of marriage. She is co-author (with Lawrence M. Friedman) of INSIDE THE CASTLE:& LAW AND THE FAMILY IN 20TH CENTURY AMERICAN (Princeton University Press, 2011), a comprehensive social history of U.S. family law. She has published articles in&emStanford Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal,em and the emYale Journal on Law and Feminism,&emamong other places. Grossman is the coeditor of GENDER EQUALITY:& DIMENSIONS OF WOMEN'S EQUAL CITIZENSHIP (Cambridge University Press, 2009), an interdisciplinary anthology that explores persistent gaps between formal commitments to gender equality and the reality of women’s lives, and FAMILY LAW IN NEW YORK (Carolina Academic Press, 2015).& She is also a regular columnist for Justia’s emVerdict, eman elected member of the American Law Institute, and the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her work on parentage law.

Deborah L. Brake

Deborah Brake is Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, John E. Murray Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches Constitutional Law, Employment Discrimination, and Gender and the Law; She is a nationally recognized scholar on gender equality and the law, with particular expertise in Title IX and athletics, sexual harassment and sexual violence, employment discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, and retaliation. In addition to coauthoring the 8th edition of emGender and Law: Theory, Doctrine, Commentaryem, she also authors emGetting in the Game: Title IX and the Women's Sports Revolutionem (NYU Press 2010), and her articles have been published in esteemed journals such as the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, William and Mary Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender. Her article, "Leveling Down: When Equality Makes Everyone Worse Off," was selected for the prestigious YaleStanford Junior Faculty Forum. Her scholarly work has twice been cited in U.S. Supreme Court opinions and she has testified before Congress in both the House and the Senate. Before going into academia, she was senior counsel at the National Women's Law Center. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Stanford University.

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