Mari Matsuda NIP: Admit That the Waters Around You Have Grown: Change and Legal Education

As powerfully written as all of her work, this article is filling a space that i really needed filled.  Fleas indeed.

All of this  law was born on dark roads in rural towns where courageous acts forced the arc of history to makes its turn.

Indiana Law Journal Volume 89 | Issue 4 Article 2 Fall 2014 (open access)


This Lecture is prompted, in part, by critics of legal education who have identified its unsustainable and regressive practices. It is not intended, however, as another entry in the future-of-law-schools genre. Rather, it is an attempt to reposition the conversation by putting the law school crisis at the tail of a drowning dog with a bigger problem, and then to see how we fleas on the tail might appropriately respond



Twenty Years of Feminist Legal Studies: Reflections and Future Directions – Springer

Twenty Years of Feminist Legal Studies: Reflections and Future Directions – 

Roundtable Transcript edited by Sarah Lamble 

So much good stuff in here. I tried to take a quote or two out but ultimately gave up. If you’re at all interested in the feminist legal academy, this is a must read.  It’s not, though, open source (available through springerlink – try your institutional computers).

Feminist Legal Studies July 2014Volume 22Issue 2pp 109-130

On Saturday 18 May 2013, the Editorial Board of Feminist Legal Studies hosted an afternoon event at the University of Kent, Canterbury to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the journal. The event also marked the transition from the journal’s original home at Kent Law School to a new editorial board comprised of feminist academics from thirteen institutions across the UK. The event included a roundtable reflecting on the past 20 years of feminist legal scholarship and its future directions. Sarah Lamble edited this transcript of the roundtable. Speakers included past and present Editorial Board Members: Joanne Conaghan (University of Bristol), Emily Grabham (University of Kent), Rosemary Hunter (Queen Mary, University of London), Sarah Keenan (SOAS, University of London), Yvette Russell (Queen’s University Belfast) and Sally Sheldon (University of Kent). Participants in the discussion included: Samia Bano (SOAS, University of London), Nicola Barker (University of Kent) Samia Bano (SOAS, University of London), Nicola Barker (University of Kent), Kate Bedford (University of Kent), Brenna Bhandar (SOAS, University of London), Davina Cooper (University of Kent), Didi Herman (University of Kent), Loveday Hodson (University of Leicester), and Nirmal Puwar (Goldsmiths, University of London).

York's Centre for Feminist Research presents Barbara Baird on Race, Gender, HIV and Australian Criminal law

Centre for Feminist Research presents

Visiting Scholar Dr. Barbara Baird (Flinders)

“Endangering Life: The Raced Politics of Gender in an Australian Case of the Criminalization of Exposure to HIV” 

introduced by Professor David Murray

Wednesday, October 8, 3-5pm, 280N York Lanes

Please RSVP to this event by emailing

Refreshments provided.

This paper tells a story of the criminalisation of exposure to HIV in recent times in Australia. It concerns John Chan, an Australian citizen of Sudanese background living in Adelaide, South Australia. Mr Chan came to Australia as a refugee in 1999. In 2004 he was diagnosed with HIV and, after first coming to the attention of the South Australian Health Department authorities, in 2009 he was arrested on a charge of ‘Endangering Life’ for having unprotected (consensual) sex with three women and thus exposing them to the virus. In mid 2011 he was sentenced to five and a half years in gaol. The paper uses John Chan’s story as a case study through which to analyse some aspects of contemporary gender relations in Australia. Its focus is on the position of white women in a cultural and political environment characterised by both conservative and neo-liberal discourses of gender and sexuality.

Barbara Baird is an Associate Professor in Women’s Studies at Flinders University in South Australia. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Feminist Research at York. Her research focuses on histories and cultural politics of sexuality and reproduction in contemporary Australia, with particular attention to their shaping by discourses of race and national identity. She is particularly interested in the politics of abortion and is currently embarking on a cultural history of the provision of abortion services in Australia since 1990. She is also part of a collaborative project to historicise sexual citizenship in Australia. Her work is widely published in journals of history and gender and sexuality studies.

via CFR.

Consolidated Cdn Law Faculty hiring notices


h/t Amar Khoday of U of M Law (@AmarKhoday)

Just after posting re UVics jobs, realised this way is better.  The fact that UVic got their own post with a bunny isn’t an endorsement….it’s just a belated realisation and nostalgia for the UVic bunnies, gone since 2011.