Spring/Summer 2003 Issue: Volume 1, Issue 3
Kim Addonizio - Kim Addonizio lives and writes in Oakland, California. Her third poetry collection, Tell Me, was a National Book Award Finalist. With Dorianne Laux, she co-authored The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry. She has also co-edited a collection of writing on tattoos, Dorothy Parker’s Elbow. Her new book, What Is This Thing Called Love, will be published by W. W. Norton in 2004.
Penelope E. Andrews - Penelope Andrews is Professor of Law at the City University of New York School of Law. She was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and received her B.A. and LL.B. degrees from the University of Natal in Durban. She worked at a public interest law firm in Johannesburg before pursuing graduate studies at Columbia Law School, where she received an LL.M. degree. She has written extensively on human rights issues in the South African and Australian contexts, with particular emphasis on the rights of women and black people. She is active in a variety of international human rights and peace organizations, and she sits on the Board of the Welfare Law Center in New York.
Elvia R. Arriola - Elvia R. Arriola is a Latina, feminist critical legal theorist. She received her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in History from New York University. She was formerly a staff attorney with the National Headquarters of the American Civil Liberties Union and an Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Department of Law. She began her law teaching career in 1991 at the University of Texas at Austin. Arriola taught civil rights, employment law, family law, and feminist legal theory at the UT School of Law from 1991 to 1999. In 1997, at a time when the University of Texas was under extensive public scrutiny over the impact of Hopwood v. Texas (5th Cir, 1996.), which abolished affirmative action in admissions, Professor Arriola developed a pedagogical experiment with her students enrolled in a course called Civil Rights Litigation that questioned the relationship between poor performance by students of color in standardized tests like the LSAT and distribution of education resources in the public schools.
Susan B. Boyd - Susan B. Boyd holds the endowed Chair in Feminist Legal Studies at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia and is Director of the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies. She teaches Feminist Legal Studies; Family Law; Women, Law & Family; and Sexuality and Law. She researches gender and sexuality issues in family law and feminist legal theory. Her latest book is Child Custody, Law, and Women’s Work (2003). Professor Boyd assisted the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) in its intervention at the Supreme Court of Canada in the lesbian spousal support case M. v. H. (1999).
Kim Brooks - Kim Brooks began her teaching career at Queen’s University Faculty of Law in Kingston, Ontario in July 2001 and is an assistant professor. Her primary research area is tax law and policy, and she teaches both tax and torts. Kim is also co-coordinator of the National Association of Women and the Law, the managing editor of the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law and a member of the Court Challenges Program’s Equality Advisory Committee.
Sarah H. Cleveland - Sarah H. Cleveland holds the Marrs McLean Professorship at the University of Texas School of Law, received her B.A. from Brown University in 1987, her M.St. from Oxford University in 1989, and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1992. A former Rhodes Scholar, Professor Cleveland clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, and worked with Florida Legal Services as a Skadden Fellow conducting impact litigation on behalf of Caribbean sugar cane workers and other migrant farmworkers before joining the University of Texas Law School faculty in 1997. Professor Cleveland’s interests include international human and labor rights, foreign affairs and the Constitution, and federal civil procedure.
Rita Dove - Rita Dove served as Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant to the Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995. She has received numerous literary and academic honors, among them the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and, most recently, the 2001 Duke Ellington Lifetime Achievement Award, the 1997 Sara Lee Frontrunner Award, the 1997 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, the 1996 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities, and the 1996 National Humanities Medal.
Sharon K. Hom - Sharon K. Hom is Professor of Law Emeritus, at the City University of New York School of Law and the Executive Director of Human Rights in China (HRIC). Professor Hom was a Fulbright Scholar in the People’s Republic of China (1986-1988), and has been active for the past fourteen years in U.S.-China legal education exchanges and training programs. She served on the U.S.-China Committee on Legal Education Exchange with China (1988-98) and the Board of Governors, Society of American Law Teachers (1997-2001). She also served as a judge for the Global Tribunal on Violence Against Women, convened for the Fourth World Conference on Women and the NGO Forum 95. Professor Hom has focused on Chinese legal studies, international women’s/human rights, and critical legal theory in her writing and research. Her book publications include a co-authored interdisciplinary text and workbook, Contracting Law (1996, 2000), a co-edited Chinese-English Lexicon on Women and the Law (Yinghan funu yu falu cihuishiyi) (1995), and an edited volume, Chinese Women Traversing Diaspora: Essays, Memoirs, and Poetry (1999).
Beth Lyon - Beth Lyon is the founding Director of the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic at the Villanova University School of Law. Her clinic provides general civil legal services to migrant workers. Professor Lyon dedicates her scholarship to the intersection of human rights and poverty alleviation. She is a member of the District of Columbia, New York, and Pennsylvania bar associations, and currently chairs the Association of American Law Schools International Human Rights Law Section.
Linda McCarriston - Linda McCarriston has published three prize winning collections of poems, Talking Soft Dutch, Eva-Mary, and Little River. The social, rather than the psychological, shadow interests her. A native of Lynn, Massachusetts, a historically radical and literary labor city, she’s increasingly interested in the suppression of class consciousness in the United States and the implications of that suppression for both higher education and “creative writing.” She now lives in Anchorage and teaches as a poet in the MFA Program at the University of Alaska.
Jenni Millbank - Jenni Millbank is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Sydney Faculty of Law, Australia. For several years her research has focused on family law, particularly on the issue of relationship recognition for same sex couples. More recently she has undertaken a comparative project looking at Canadian and Australian decison-making in cases brought by lesbian and gay refugees. This is a collaborative project with Catherine Dauvergne at the University of British Columbia.
Patricia Novotny - Patricia Novotny, a Seattle attorney, practices appellate law in state and federal courts. She also teaches courses on law, gender, sex, and sexuality at the University of Washington Women Studies Department and School of Law. Ms. Novotny took her B.A. from Reed College in 1976 and her J.D. from the University of Washington in 1983. As a long-time volunteer attorney with the Northwest Women’s Law Center, she has appeared as counsel on cases establishing the unconstitutionality of sex-based peremptory challenges in Washington, reversing the criminal prosecution of a woman for using drugs during pregnancy, and as counsel for amici in cases addressing rights of third-parties to visitation, protecting the reproductive rights of disabled women, seeking property rights for same-sex partners in long-term intimate relationships, involving the distribution of embryos in a marital dissolution, and involving interpretation of the UCCJEA provisions relating to domestic violence.
Debra Parkes - Debra Parkes is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Manitoba. She teaches and researches in the areas of constitutional law and employment law. Her current research examines the legal regulation of prisoners and the adjudication of prisoners’ rights claims. She is interested in ways to combine her scholarship and activism, and is currently editing a book of essays and other writings prepared by activists, lawyers, and academics for a national inquiry into human rights abuses experienced by women prisoners. She also serves on the board of the Rainbow Resource Centre, a GLBT resource and community center in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Adrienne Rich - Adrienne Rich is one of this country’s most distinguished poets. Her poetry is taught in English and women’s studies courses across the country, and she’s a revered teacher and activist. Since receiving the Yale Younger Poets Award in 1951, at the age of twenty-one, Ms. Rich has not stopped writing in her distinct voice, a voice that resounds with strength and conviction. Ms. Rich is the recipient of the 1999 Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also been distinguished by an Academy of Poetry Fellowship, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Common Wealth Award in Literature, the National Book Award, 1996 Tanning Award for Mastery in the Art of Poetry (The Wallace Stevens Award), and the MacArthur Fellowship. In 2003, Ms. Rich was awarded the Bollingen Prize for Poetry. She is the author of more than fifteen volumes of poetry. Her most recent book of essays is entitled Arts of the Possible: Essays & Conversation. Her most recent collection of poems was published in the fall of 2001 by W.W. Norton and is entitled Fox.
Ruthan Robson - Ruthann Robson is Professor of Law at the City University of New York School of Law where she teaches in the areas of constitutional law, sexuality and the law, feminist legal theory, and criminal law. She has published widely on the possibilities of a specifically lesbian legal theory, including the books Lesbian (Out)Law and Sappho Goes to Law School. She has also published several volumes of fiction, including the novel a/k/a.
Ann Scales - Ann Scales, a graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School, is a civil rights lawyer and teacher. She has served for 23 years at various law schools, including the University of Iowa, Boston College, the University of British Columbia, and the University of New Mexico. Next year, Professor Scales will be a Visiting Professor at the University of Denver Law School. She is the author of many articles which are recognized as foundational in the field of feminist jurisprudence.
Rebecca Smith - Rebecca A. Smith is the West Coast Coordinator for the National Employment Law Project (NELP). Her primary focus is on the labor rights of unemployed, immigrant, and “contingent” workers. Born and raised in the Yakima Valley, in the heart of Washington State’s agricultural region, Ms. Smith represented migrant farm workers for over eighteen years before joining NELP in 2000. She believes that lawyers must use all tools available to create a just system where labor rights are respected. Therefore, she has written, lectured, testified, and litigated extensively on issues of importance to low-wage and immigrant workers.
Jesse K. Souki - Jesse K. Souki is a J.D. candidate, 2004, at the Seattle University School of Law and has a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Mr. Souki was a legislative aide in Congress for a Hawai’i Senator before attending law school and more recently worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs in Washington D.C. during the summer of 2002.
Laura Spitz - Laura Spitz is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law. She practices corporation, taxation and international business transactions, has regularly participated as amicus in the development of Canadian equality law at the Supreme Court of Canada, and has taught commercial law at the University of New Mexico School of Law. In August of this year, she will begin her doctorate in law at Cornell University, where she is the recipient of a Cornell University Graduate School Fellowship and a Gender, Sexuality and Family Program Fellowship.
C.K. Williams - C.K. Williams is a professor of creative writing at Princeton University and is the author of numerous books of poetry. Professor Williams’ work includes Repair (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1999), which won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize; The Vigil (1997); A Dream of Mind (1992); Flesh and Blood (1987), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; Tar (1983); With Ignorance (1997); I Am the Bitter Name (1992); and Lies (1969). Professor Williams has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award, and the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. He was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Anthony S. Winer - Anthony Winer is a Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. Following graduation from the University of Chicago Law School, Professor Winer pursued a 10-year career as a banking attorney, first with the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C., and then with a succession of private law firms in New York City and Europe. After leaving private practice, he took his LL.M. degree at New York University in 1991, and since then has been teaching at William Mitchell. He teaches Constitutional Law, Law and Sexuality, Public International Law, and other International subjects.
Claire F.L. Young - Claire Young teaches, researches, and writes on all aspects of tax law and policy, and is currently engaged in work that focuses on women and tax. She also writes on issues of sexuality and the law. She was involved as an adviser in the Rosenberg case in which the Ontario Court of Appeal held that the heterosexist definition of spouse in the Income Tax Act discriminated against same-sex couples. The federal government subsequently amended the Income Tax Act to treat same-sex couples as spouses for all income tax purposes. In 2002, Professor Young was awarded the University Killam Award for Excellence in Teaching.