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New in Print: Inspirations from the past, thoughts about the future, plus cookies

Work from scholars on SSRN, in my pile of reading, two about feminist women and their work, one about future people, and bonus about cookies.

🍁Adjin-Tettey, Elizabeth and Calder, Gillian and Cochran, Patricia and Deckha, Maneesha and Kodar, Freya and Lessard, Hester and Parmar, Pooja and Plyley, Kate and Zion, Mark,  Claire L’Heureux-Dubé: A Life, Constance Backhouse (Vancouver: UBC Press for the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History 2017) — A Collective Review (October 10, 2018). Alberta Law Review, Vol. 56, No. 1, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3264413

McClain, Linda C., Formative Projects, Formative Influences: Of Martha Albertson Fineman and Feminist, Liberal, and Vulnerable Subjects (September 10, 2018). Emory Law Journal, Vol. 67, No. 1175, 2018; Boston Univ. School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 2018-20. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3247111

This essay, contributed to a symposium on the work of Professor Martha Albertson Fineman, argues that Fineman is a truly generative and transformative scholar, spurring people to think in new ways about key terms like “dependency,” “autonomy,” and “vulnerability” and about basic institutions such as the family and the state. It also recounts Fineman’s role in creating spaces for the generation of scholarship by others. The essay traces critical shifts in Fineman’s scholarly concerns, such as from a theory of dependency to vulnerability theory and from a gender lens to a skepticism about a focus on identities and discrimination. In evaluating Fineman’s call to move beyond identities and antidiscrimination law, the essay explores the rhetoric of vulnerability in the briefs in the recent Masterpiece Cakeshop litigation.

🍁 Eisen, Jessica and Mykitiuk, Roxanne and Scott, Dayna Nadine, Constituting Bodies into the Future: Toward a Relational Theory of Intergenerational Justice (2018). (2018) 51:1 UBC L Rev 1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3249762

In this context, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development ("Standing Committee") recently recommended that the Government of Canada create "an advocate for Canada's future generations." The Standing Committee's report expressly cites growing transnational and international attention to the demands of "intergenerational equity" noting that various jurisdictions have experimented with institutional committees or advocates for future generations. The challenges to such projects are daunting. How can we know our obligations to future persons who do not yet exist, or may not even come into being?
Four biscotti with miniature figures climbing the front biscotti, as if rock climbing.
Matteo Stucchi: https://www.instagram.com/idolcidigulliver/

Finally, this study “Availability of cookies during an academic course session affects evaluation of teaching” has been making the rounds. See here.

Results from end-of-course student evaluations of teaching (SETs) are taken seriously by faculties and form part of a decision base for the recruitment of academic staff, the distribution of funds and changes to curricula. However, there is some doubt as to whether these evaluation instruments accurately measure the quality of course content, teaching and knowledge transfer. We investigated whether the provision of chocolate cookies as a content-unrelated intervention influences SET results.

Well the point is obvious. But there are so many other things to investigate. A short list:

  • Is there any influence of cookies on LEARNING? if so is the mechanism nutritional, or more through the emotional reaction to receiving of a gift of cookies?
  • If we give students cookies IN ORDER TO obtain better evaluations, does it still work?
  • Does store bought/home baked matter? That is, is the indication of the instructors TIME rather than MONEY matter? What if the cookies don’t even come from the teacher?
  • Any influence on effects of gender of student/teacher?  Are homebaked cookies from an older man the same as homebaked cookies from a middle aged woman (asking for a friend).
  • What about fruit instead of cookies?

My ethics application is pending. no it’s not, but now i’m hungry.  If you’re interested in all kinds of questions about legal education, have a look at this post from Osgoode Grad student Sarah Nussbaum, about the legal education reading group she runs here at Oz (reading list included).  Teaching evaluations generally suck; but talking to students about teaching and learning is very interesting and worth our time.  Everything is method.


They were right/ when they said/ we should never meet our heroes

Maybe it is true that we should never meet our heroes, – or maybe we need to be  our own heroes.  Have a look at this great piece by Amna Quereshi, recent Ottawa Law grad,  in the Toronto Star.   I can’t say that I was at all surprised or any further disappointed by former Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé’s position on the Quebec Charter of Values, but I think that Amna’s piece exposes some of the reasons that we could be surprised.  I’m glad Amna had a chance to meet the judge, and to revise her impressions.  Lionizing judges is one way of coping with law school (remember all the love for Denning?) but it can be a very tricky business.  Especially when they are still out there, saying things.

Standing beside you, I felt a great sense of connection and shared passion for the law, equality and justice. I remember this meeting so clearly and often look back on it as a pivotal moment in my life — a symbol of how far I have come. You see, having been born and raised in rural Alberta with parents who had emigrated from Pakistan to give us a better life, I faced tough odds to get to where I am today. I have fought against oppression for much of my life and feel that I thrive in spite of it even today.Given all this, I was confused and shocked to read that you consider the complete face covering for Muslim women a sign of “oppression” and believe that explicit rules, entrenched in legislation, on what is unacceptable in the name of secularism will ensure that immigrants “become like us.”

via Retired Supreme Court justice wrong to endorse Quebec values charter | Toronto Star.