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Lynn Hecht Schafran, Pioneer in Promoting Gender Equality in the Legal Profession, to Speak on October 2

September 27, 2012 – 

In a special classroom visit to Rutgers School of Law–Newark, Lynn Hecht Schafran, Senior Vice President and Director of the National Judicial Education Program of Legal Momentum, will discuss gender in the legal profession and the gender experience in the legal system for litigants. Legal Momentum was formerly known as the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. 

A recognized authority on gender bias in the law, Schafran will be the guest speaker on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 in Professor Suzanne Kim’s seminar on Gender, Sexuality, Gender Identity and the Law. The class meets from 3:55 to 5:50 pm. Her visit is co-hosted by the Women’s Rights Law Reporter and the Women’s Law Forum. All students, faculty and alumni are invited to attend; confirmation of attendance is requested by emailing ru.womenslawforum@gmail.com

Schafran has headed the National Judicial Education Program to Promote Equality for Women and Men in the Courts (NJEP) since 1981. She has been on the faculty of numerous national, state and federal judicial colleges in the United States and Canada, is an advisor to the state supreme court and federal circuit task forces on gender bias in the courts for which NJEP was the catalyst, and is co-author of several model judicial education curricula in use across the country. She has received numerous awards for her work to eliminate gender bias in the courts and the profession, among them the American Bar Association Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, the Smith College Medal, the Columbia Law Public Interest Fellows Award, and the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Rawle Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Continuing Education of the Legal Profession.

Professor Kim focuses her scholarship, often interdisciplinary in approach, on the intersection of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, culture, work, and family. Her most recent publication is “The Neutered Parent” in the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism (24 Yale J.L. & Feminism 1, 2012).