Annual Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium, 10/25

Gender Equity in Law Schools

 

Friday, October 25

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Arthur M. Goldberg '66 Commons

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

 

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Despite the significant demographic change in the gender composition of law faculty during the last 25 years, persistent questions of unequal treatment and unconscious bias continue to hamper the ability of female faculty to achieve full equality in law schools.

The symposium will examine a broad variety of issues relating to gender equity in law schools, such as: 

  • Teaching issues — whether excellent teaching is valued in law schools, whether women faculty have a disproportionate teaching load, whether women are disproportionately present/absent in particular substantive courses, whether women are evaluated differently by students
  • Scholarly issues — whether areas of particular interest to women are undervalued, whether the work of women is given equal weight by law reviews, and whether female faculty bring a different voice to legal scholarship
  • Service issues — whether non-scholarly tasks performed by female faculty disproportionately disadvantage them with respect to status and compensation
  • The gender disparity in legal writing and in clinical education, which also produces substantial pay disparities that fall disproportionately on women in legal education
  • Intersections with issues of race, class, gender, and sexual identity 

The symposium will also examine recent pay discrimination litigation at Denver Law School and focus on best practices for law schools that want to avoid similar litigation in the future.

This event takes place on Friday, October 25 from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Arthur M. Goldberg '66 Commons at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. The program is approved for 7 substantive CLE credits.

 

 

Agenda

Subject to change

8:15-8:30 a.m. — Welcome & Introductory Remarks
Catherine J. Lanctot
, Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

8:30-9:40 a.m. — Featured Speaker
Meera E. Deo, Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law and Author, Unequal Profession: Race and Gender in Legal Academia

9:40-9:50 a.m. — Break

9:50-10:50 a.m. — Panel 1: Defining the Problem
Teri McMurtry-Chubb
, Professor of Law, Mercer University School of Law
Dara Purvis, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Associate Dean for Research and Partnerships, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Penn State Higher Education Law and Governance Mentoring Roundtables at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, Penn State Law
Sean M. Scott, Professor of Law, Loyola Marymount University Loyola Law School
Moderated by Michelle Dempsey, Professor of Law and Harold Reuschlein Scholar Chair, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and Tammi Etheridge, Visiting Assistant Professor, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

10:50-11:00 a.m. — Break

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. — Panel 2: Structural Barriers
Jamie Baker, Associate Dean and Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law
Mary Beth Beazley, Professor of Law, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
Deborah L. Borman, Assistant Professor of Law, UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law
Kristen Tiscione, Professor of Law, Legal Practice, Georgetown Law
Moderated by Heather Baum, Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and Christine Mooney Director of Professional Skills and Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

12:15-12:30 p.m. — Break

12:30-1:30 p.m. — Lunch Panel: The Denver Equal Pay Litigation
Kris McDaniel-Miccio
, Professor, Sturm College of Law
Charlotte N. Sweeney
, Founding Member and Attorney, Sweeney & Bechtold, LLC
Celia Taylor, Professor and Director of International Legal Studies Program, Nanda Chair, Sturm College of Law
Moderated by Jennifer O'Hare, Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and Ann Juliano, Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law  

1:30-1:40 p.m. — Break

1:40-2:55 p.m. — Panel 3: Solutions
Terri Boyer, PhD, '95 CLAS, Founding Director, Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership, Villanova University
Andrea A. Curcio, Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law
Mary A. Lynch, Kate Stoneman Chair in Law and Democracy,  Director, Center for Excellence in Law Teaching and Director, Domestic Violence Prosecution Hybrid Clinic, Albany Law School
Constance Z. Wagner, Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law
Moderated by Jennifer O'Hare, Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and Ann Juliano, Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

2:55-3:05 p.m. — Break

3:05-4:05 p.m. — Deans' Panel
Susan Duncan,
Dean and Professor of Law, University of Mississippi School of Law
Risa L. Goluboff
, Dean, Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law and Professor of History, University of Virginia School of Law
Jennifer Rosato Perea, Dean and Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law
Kellye Testy, President and CEO, Law School Admission Council and Dean's Distinguished Fellow, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Moderated by Mark C. Alexander, The Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

4:05-4:15 p.m. — Conclusion

 

 

The annual Villanova Law Review Symposium is named for Norman J. Shachoy '58 COE, '61 CWSL who served as Editor-in-Chief, Volume Six of the Villanova Law Review. The naming was made possible through his generous support, along with that of his son
 N. James Shachoy '86 CWSL.

Additional funding provided by the Law School Admission Council and the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership.