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Law School Hosts Feminist Law Professors Conference

January 31, 2012

Legal scholars gathered at the law school on Jan. 28 for the 19th Annual Conference for Feminist Law Professors in the Delaware Valley and Pennsylvania.

Scholars from eight law schools took part in the conference, which focused on research in a wide array of fields.

A panel on issues in education law featured Susan DeJarnatt and Nancy Chi Cantalupo, both of Temple University. DeJarnatt discussed financial accountability for charter schools, while Cantalupo presented recommendations for decreasing sexual violence among peers on college campuses and improving Title IX adherence.

Sonia Baldia of Widener University’s law school and Kish Vinayagamoorthy of Villanova took part in a panel on international law. Baldia presented recommendations for streamlining transnational intellectual property transactions, while Vinayagamoorthy discussed the responsibility in international law for preventing criminal atrocities.

A panel on poverty law featured presentations by Rona Kaufman Kitchen of Duquesne and Jill Engle of Penn State. Kitchen offered a critique of President Obama’s agenda for work and family, while Engle explored legal reforms that can lift women and children from poverty.

Jessie A. Allen of the University of Pittsburgh presented “Proximate Cause: Legal Doctrine as Ritual Healing,” in a panel that included Nancy Perkins of Duquesne, who discussed threats to local autonomy posed by Marcellus shale development, and Stacy Hawkins of Rutgers-Camden, who presented a 21st century view of equality beyond affirmative action.