Speaker Bios

Keynote Speaker:

Martha FinemanMartha Albertson Fineman is a Robert W. Woodruff Professor. An internationally recognized law and society scholar, Professor Fineman is a leading authority on family law and feminist jurisprudence. Following graduation from University of Chicago Law School in 1975, she clerked for the Hon. Luther M. Swygert of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Professor Fineman began her teaching career at the University of Wisconsin in 1976. In 1990, she moved to Columbia University where she was the Maurice T. Moore Professor. Before coming to Emory, she was on the Cornell Law School faculty where she held the Dorothea Clarke Professorship, the first endowed chair in the nation in feminist jurisprudence.

Professor Fineman is founder and director of the Feminism and Legal Theory (FLT) Project, which was inaugurated in 1984. The two most recent collections from the FLT Project edited by Professor Fineman are: What Is Right For Children? The Competing Paradigms Religion and International Human Rights (with Worthington) and Feminist and Queer Legal Theories: Intimate Encounters, Uncomfortable Conversation (with Jackson and Romero), both published by Ashgate Press in 2009. Professor Fineman also serves as co-director of Emory’s Race and Difference Initiative and is the director of one of its sub-initiatives—the Vulnerability Studies Project.

Her scholarly interests are the legal regulation of family and intimacy and the legal implications of universal dependency and vulnerability. Professor Fineman's solely authored publications include books—The Autonomy Myth: A Theory of Dependency, The New Press (2004); The Neutered Mother, and The Sexual Family and other Twentieth Century Tragedies, Routledge Press (1995); and The Illusion of Equality: The Rhetoric and Reality of Divorce Reform (1991)—in addition to dozens of journal articles and essays. Her essay in the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, The Vulnerable Subject: Anchoring Equality in the Human Condition, is the basis of a book published by Princeton University Press in 2010.

Professor Fineman has received awards for her writing and teaching, including the prestigious Harry Kalvin Prize for her work in the law and society tradition. She has served on several government study commissions. She teaches courses and seminars on family law, feminist jurisprudence, law and sexuality, and reproductive issues. For more information, visit www.law.emory.edu/flt.

Responsive Panel

Greg Johnson is a Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Writing Program at Vermont Law School. Professor Johnson has taught legal writing at VLS since 1997. He also taught legal writing for four years at Oregon Law School and for one year at St. Louis University School of Law. Professor Johnson has clerked for the Alaska Supreme Court and the Palau Supreme Court. His recent legal writing publications include May It Please the Classroom: Using Pending United States Supreme Court Cases to Teach Appellate Advocacy and Persuasive Writing, 12 The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing 99 (2009), and Controversial Issues in the Legal Writing Classroom: Risks and Rewards, 16 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 12 (2007). In addition to many legal writing presentations, Professor Johnson has also lectured around the country on Lesbian/Gay civil rights issues. He has written law review articles and book chapters on same-sex marriage and civil union. Professor Johnson is a graduate of Cornell University (B.A. 1982) and Notre Dame Law School (J.D. 1985).

Margaret E. Johnson is an Assistant Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She teaches Property and the Family Law Clinic. Professor Johnson’s scholarship focuses on issues relating to domestic violence, feminist legal theory and clinical legal education. Her articles include An Experiment in Integrating Critical Theory and Clinical Education, 13 Am. U.J. Gender Soc. Pol’y & L. 161 (2005); Redefining Harm, Reimagining Remedies and Reclaiming Domestic Violence Law, 42 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1107 (2009); Balancing Liberty, Dignity and Safety: The Impact of Domestic Violence Lethality Screening, 32 Cardozo L. Rev. 519 (2010); and “Avoiding Harm Otherwise”: Reframing Women Employees’ Responses to the Harms of Sexual Harassment, 80 Temp. L. Rev. 743 (2007).

Professor Johnson is Co-Director of the Center on Applied Feminism, which works to apply the insights of feminist legal theory to legal practice and policy. Professor Johnson also serves on the Board of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland. Prior to joining the UB faculty, Professor Johnson directed the Domestic Violence Clinic and taught Property and Sex-Based Discrimination at the Washington College of Law, American University; was an employment discrimination litigator, with a special focus on sexual harassment law, at the D.C. firms of Terris, Pravlik & Wagner, Kalijarvi, Chuzi & Newman and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights; was a Georgetown Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow; and clerked for federal judge the Honorable Hector M. Laffitte, United States District Court, District of Puerto Rico.

Susan Brody is Professor of Law at John Marshall Law School. After law school, Professor Brody served as law clerk for the Honorable Lloyd A. Van Deusen of the Illinois Appellate Court. Then she practiced with Beermann, Swerdlove, Woloshin, Barezky, and Berkson, concentrating in family law and appellate practice. At John Marshall, Professor Brody served as director of the Lawyering Skills Program from 1985-1995. She was associate dean for academic affairs from 1995-1997 and associate dean for institutional affairs during 1998.

Professor Brody also serves on committees of the American Bar Association, Association of American Law Schools, Illinois State Bar Association, and SCRIBES (the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects). She has spoken on topics concerning legal education and lawyering skills for numerous groups. She has consulted for law schools and presented seminars at law firms, corporate legal departments, and governmental agencies. She also serves on bar committees dealing with issues about women and the law. Professor Brody teaches Civil Procedure and Family Law.

Andrea McArdle, Professor and Director of Legal Writing at City University of New York School of Law, holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law, an LL.M. and M.A. in literature from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in American Studies, Department of Cultural and Social Analysis, from NYU. At CUNY, she has shaped the development of a writing-intensive curriculum and is a liaison to the CUNY-wide Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines Initiative. Before joining the CUNY faculty, she taught in the Lawyering Program at the NYU School of Law where, as faculty coordinator, she guided development of the legal writing curriculum and, as coordinator of the Lawyering Theory Workshop, developed an interdisciplinary faculty workshop series to provide a framework for thinking about how lawyers work.

Professor McArdle writes at the intersection of sociolegal and cultural studies, law as literature and narrative, and pedagogy. She has co-edited, and is a contributor to, the anthologies Uniform Behavior: Police Localism and National Politics (Palgrave Macmillan 2006) and Zero Tolerance: Quality of Life and the New Police Brutality in New York City (NYU Press 2001). Current research interests include the fractious politics of contemporary judicial reform initiatives.

Teri A. McMurtry-Chubb joined the University of La Verne College of Law faculty in 2009 as the Director of Legal Analysis and Writing and Assistant Professor of Law. She researches, teaches and writes in the areas of legal analysis and writing, legal history, critical legal studies, comparative gender studies and hegemony studies. She has lectured nationally on structural workplace discrimination, disproportionate sentencing for African Americans, racial and gender inequalities in post-secondary education, and African diasporic cultural forms. She has also facilitated narrative mediations of racial disputes in the academic workplace. Professor McMurtry-Chubb has taught at Loyola Law School-LA, California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, The University of Iowa, Des Moines Area Community College, Drake University School of Law, and Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University. While at Fairhaven College, she served as an Assistant Professor of Law and Hegemony Studies, and was the co-founder and first director of Fairhaven’s Center for Law, Diversity and Justice.

Prior to returning to academia, Professor McMurtry-Chubb was a Civil Litigation Associate at the law firm of Huber, Book, Cortese, Happe & Brown, P.L.C. in Des Moines, IA. At the time she joined the firm, she was the first person of color ever to be hired there and one of two African American women in the entire state of Iowa in private practice. She practiced in the areas of insurance defense, employment discrimination, and employee benefits involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Before entering private practice, McMurtry-Chubb became the first African American woman hired as a law clerk for the 5th Judicial District of Iowa. In addition to teaching and practice Professor McMurtry-Chubb has served as the Chair of the Iowa National Bar Association (the founding chapter of the National Bar Association), and as an appointee of Governor Tom Vilsack to the Iowa State Historical Society Board of Trustees.

Teresa Godwin Phelps is Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Rhetoric Program at American University's Washington College of Law. She has written and presented widely on law and language and on feminism and women and the law. Some of her articles on feminism include The Symbolic and Communicative Function Of International Criminal Tribunals, Feminist Legal Theory in the Context of International Conflict, Gendered Space and the Reasonableness Standard in Sexual Harassment Law, and Pollyanna, Alice, and Other Women in the Law.

Professor Phelps teaches Legal Rhetoric and has published widely in the field, including a seminal article, “The New Legal Rhetoric” in 1986 that helped to establish a new legal writing pedagogy. She was a founding member of the Legal Writing Institute and served on its Board of Directors, and she is a member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors. Her other teaching and academic interests include law and literature, international truth commissions, women and the law, and human rights, and she has published over thirty articles and three books, most recently Shattered Voices: Language, Violence, and the Work of Truth Commissions (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004, paper 2006). She has lectured internationally on women’s rights and on truth commission reports. She joined the faculty at Washington College of Law in 2006 as Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Rhetoric Program. Before that, she was on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame Law School where she taught and directed legal writing since 1980.

Kathy Stanchi is an Associate Professor of Law and an affiliated Professor of Women's Studies at Temple University. Kathy is a national expert on persuasive legal writing, and her recent scholarship analyzes how scientific studies of persuasion can inform legal advocacy. She has also published extensively on issues related to law school pedagogy, legal writing and feminism. Her work has been published in the Rutgers Law Review, the Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, the San Diego Law Review and the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, among others.

Professor Stanchi holds leadership positions in a variety of national organizations and served many years on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Legal Writing. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Legal Writing e-Journal on SSRN. Prior to teaching, she practiced law as a commercial litigator for Debevoise & Plimpton and clerked for Justice Stewart Pollock of the New Jersey Supreme Court.