College of Law

Law Review Symposia

Gender Equality: Progress & Possibilities

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, 8 a.m.
The University of Toledo, College of Law
McQuade Law Auditorium

2017 Law Review SymposiumDiscussions of gender in American society have been ongoing since the suffrage movement began in the 19th Century. Today, “feminism” is a controversial term. Intersectional critiques of the historic whiteness and privilege of the feminist movement have likewise challenged feminism’s relevance. The recent divisive political climate has further catalyzed dialogue about this topic, suggesting a retrenchment of traditional perspectives on gender and highlighting serious patterns of ongoing discrimination that may increasingly render feminism relevant.

The University of Toledo Law Review’s 2017 Symposium will explore the ways in which gender equality has been achieved or remains aspirational in nature. Four panels of experts will discuss gender as applied to various areas of life and law. Panels will include:

    1. Sex Inequality in the Workplace;
    2. Gender Equality in Education;
    3. Gendered Violence; and
    4. Reimagining Family Law

Lisa Pruitt, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis, will present the keynote address, “The Women Feminism Forgot:  Rural and Working-Class White Women in the Age of Trump.”

Panelists will publish a collection of essays in Volume 49, Issue 3 of The University of Toledo Law Review.

This symposium will be of interest to attorneys and other professionals in a multitude of practices and settings, particularly those whose practice involves representing women in any area of the law.

CLE available!

This course has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 5.5 total CLE hours instruction. The event is free and open to the public unless you intend to seek CLE credit or would like a box lunch. CLE and box lunch prices are as follows:

$85 for CLE credit (no lunch)
$95 for CLE credit and box lunch
$10 for box lunch only (advance registration required)

REGISTER ONLINE here. For directions or questions, visit our Directions page or call 419.530.2962.

Schedule & Panel Descriptions

8:00-8:30, Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:40, Opening Remarks
8:45-10:00, Panel 1 – “Sex Inequality in the Workplace”
10:00-10:15, Break
10:15-11:30, Panel 2 –“The Meaning of Gender Equality in Education”
11:30-12:15, Keynote
12:15-1:00, Lunch
1:00-2:15, Panel 3 –“Gendered Violence”
2:15-3:15, Panel 4—“Reimagining Family Law”
3:15, Closing Remarks

Panel 1: Sex Inequality in the Workplace

This panel will provide diverse perspectives on the prevalence and causes of sex discrimination in the workplace.

    • Moderator: Professor Nicole Buonocore Porter
    • Kingsley Browne, Professor of Law, Wayne State University
    • Martha McCluskey, William J. Magavern Fellow and Professor of Law, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
    • Laura Kessler, Professor of Law, University of Utah College of Law

Keynote: Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor Lisa Pruitt of UC Davis Law School presenting “The Women Feminism Forgot:  Rural and Working-Class White Women in the Age of Trump”

Panel 2: The Meaning of Gender Equality in Education

This panel will cover some of the unique issues surrounding gender equality in higher education, including the widely-debated effectiveness of Title IX, gender hierarchy in legal education, and the implications of single-sex schooling for gender equality.

    • Moderator: Professor Nicole Buonocore Porter
    • Lucy Jewel, Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law
    • Donald Kamm, Director of Title IX and Compliance, University of Toledo
    • Rosemary Salomone, Kenneth Wang Professor of Law, St. John’s University School of Law
    • Nancy Cantalupo, Assistant Professor of Law, Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

Panel 3: Gendered Violence

This panel will discuss the practical and theoretical implications of the gendered nature of rape and domestic violence.

    • Moderator: Professor Jelani Exum
    • Blanche Cook, Assistant Professor of Law, Wayne State University
    • Rebecca Facey, Assistant Prosecutor, Lucas County, Toledo Law Alum ‘13
    • Jennifer Wriggins, Sumner T. Bernstein Professor of Law, University of Maine Law School

Panel 4: Reimagining Family Law

This panel will discuss a variety of ways in which the institutional structure of families is affected by the law.

    • Moderator: Professor Shelley Cavalieri
    • Saru Matambanadzo, Moise S. Steeg Jr. Associate Professor of Law, Tulane University Law School
    • Marc Spindelman, Isadore and Ida Topper Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
    • Jessica Knouse, Professor of Law, University of Toledo College of Law



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