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Camille A. Nelson named Dean of Suffolk Law School in the U.S.

Well, this is good news on a number of fronts!  Committed, dynamic, brilliant, and a woman of colour who identifies as Canadian, among other things (click for a link to one of her articles which contains a very thoughtful discussion of multiple identities), Camille has a degree from the University of Toronto and a law degree from Ottawa U.  She clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada, and, after getting an LLM from Columbia, she’s done interesting and important work on race, gender and beyond.  Have a look at her 2010 publication in the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law on disability (mental health), policing and race.  Her contributions go way beyond her scholarship, though, as her many awards and honours suggest (see link below or click on picture to learn more about her).

She’s the first woman and first person of colour to be Dean at Suffolk.  I met Camille when i was just out of law school and she was at Columbia doing her LLM.  She was so impressive then. It seems she’s gotten only more so in the interim.  Have you read Racism Eh? It came out in 2004.  Maybe it’s new to you, though! Check it out. Click through to the publisher’s site for ordering.

And of course, Camille joins Dalhousie’s new Schulich School of Law Dean, Kim Brooks, creating an east coast mini hotspot in the reinvention of Dean-ing.   More on Camille’s appointment here: Suffolk Law News.

– sonia

(from Feminist Law Prof) 1L Stories Revisited

Feminist Law Prof 1L Stories Revisited |Feminist Law Professors.

Prof. Bridget Crawford  previews a recent issue of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review on the theme “One L Revisited” – looks like a good read, with Adrienne K. Wing, Scott Turow (!!) and Ian Ayres.

This issue isn’t up on Hein online yet, but if you want to, you can have Hein email you when the UMKC collection is updated (this alert system is currently in beta, but looks interesting).  Try: http://heinonline.org/HOL/Index?index=journals/umkc&collection=journals

Here’s the table of contents:

LAW STORIES: ONE L REVISITED (Summer 2010)

Introduction: One L: The View in the Mirror by Scott Turow

Two Pink Lines by Melissa N. Anderson

Theodicy by Ian Ayres

The Infinite Alchemy: A First Year Journey in Three Acts Spanning Three Decades by Pamela Bridgewater

Classroom Storytelling by Alafair S. Burke

Last Reunion by Stephen L. Carter

One-L-ow Brick Road by Hala V. Furst

Neurotic, Paranoid Wimps—Nothing Has Changed by Andrew Jay McClurg (get it from SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1622884)

One L in a Different Voice: Becoming a Gay Male Feminist at Harvard Law School by Marc R. Poirier

Contested Meanings: Achievement and Ambition at an Elite Law School by Deborah Waire Post

How You Gonna’ Keep Her Down on the Farm . . . by Lisa R. Pruitt (http://ssrn.com/abstract=1540877)

Take Two by Saira Rao

I ♥ Crits by Cameron Stracher

Tales from the Back Bench by Robert R.M. Verchick

One L Redux by Adrien Katherine Wing

“Success itself is Masculinized”: She-Lawyers and Other Improbable Creatures

Patricia Williams writing in The Nation:   She-Lawyers and Other Improbable Creatures

Patricia J. Williams uses Elena Kagan’s confirmation as the context for a discussion of the ways that cognition, language and culture are barriers to equality.  Worth reading, for the analysis and for Williams’ always deft touch with language.  Why does Kagan seem to be having an easier time than Sotomayor? Is it just the absence of a smoking “Wise Latina”? Or is it the way that Kagan is being treated not as a successful woman, but a successful “man”?

This chatter isn’t really about Kagan’s sexual preference as much as it is about whether she exhibits masculine traits. ….She likes poker! She swings a softball bat! Not only does anything she touches suddenly get characterized as a male pursuit; she is amply endowed with a Midas touch of testosterone. Success itself is masculinized.