The theme of this year's conference, "Law at the Fault Lines," emphasizes the ways in which the law informs, transcends, and/or is shaped by "fault lines" between social and political groups, marginalized and privileged communities and national identities. From expanding marriage rights in the United States to democratic uprisings in the Arab world, laws and legal actors have the potential to either bridge or exacerbate cleavages; to divide, strengthen or reconstitute coalitions. The inaugural conference will consist of three thematically organized panels.
1:30-3:00 Panel II: Gender and the Law
- Introduction— Rachel VanSickle-Ward (Pitzer College)
- "Asylum for Women: Reading Gender into the Refugee Definition"—Rebecca Hamlin (USC and Grinnell College)
- "Empirical Intersectionality: A Tale of Two Approaches"—Ange-Marie Hancock (USC)
- "Space, Power, and Gender in the Foreclosure Crisis"— Priya Gupta (Southwestern Law School)