Law Review Publishes issue focusing on work-family debate

(April 4, 2011) The Spring 2011 issue of the Seattle University Law Review features a colloquy among distinguished legal scholars commenting on issues related to Joan Williams's latest book, "Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter." Their approaches result in surprising, sometimes provocative, new ideas for cultural, legal and policy reform at the nexus of work and family.

The colloquy begins with an introduction by Professor Margaret Chon, the Donald and Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice at Seattle University School of Law, and concludes with an essay by Professor Williams: "Overeducated Achievatrons Unite!"  In her essay, Williams responds to each of the colloquy contributions and calls for a new role for law professors as social persuaders within a new, pragmatic model that allows "concrete cultural, legal, and organizational change" in a short time frame.

Other SU law professors who authored articles are Robert S. Chang, "Joan Williams, Coalitions, and Getting Beyond the Wages of Whiteness and the Wages of Maleness,"; Richard Delgado, "Race, Sex, and the Division of Labor: A Comment on Joan Williams's Reshaping the Work-Family Debate," ; Jean Stefancic, "Talk the Talk, but Walk the Walk: A Comment on Joan Williams's Reshaping the Work-Family Debate."

Other participating scholars and their essay contributions are the following:

Beth A. Burkstrand-Reid, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law, "'Trophy Husbands'" & 'Opt-Out' Moms," Laura T. Kessler, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, "Feminism for Everyone,"; Nancy Levit, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, "Reshaping the Narrative Debate," ; Ann C. McGinley, William S. Boyd School of Law, Work, Caregiving, and Masculinities,";  Lisa R. Pruitt, UC Davis School of Law, "The Geography of the Class Culture Wars,"; Gowri Ramachandran, Southwestern Law School, "Confronting Difference and Finding Common Ground," ; Katharine B. Silbaugh, Boston University School of Law, "Deliverable Male."

As a serendipitous preface to the issue, the Law Review republishes "Women at the Bar - A Generation of Change," by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which was first published in the Law Review in 1978. Justice Ginsburg's early legal advocacy as general counsel for the ACLU Women's Rights Project - reprised in "Reshaping the Work-Family Debate," resulted in path-breaking U.S. Supreme Court cases that shifted equality jurisprudence and discouraged unequal treatment on the basis of sex.

The current issue of the Seattle University Law Review is available online