(New York, NY – August 8, 2016) New York Law School Professor Richard H. Chused and Georgetown Law Professor Emerita Wendy W. Williams have published Gendered Law in American History (Carolina Academic Press, August 2016), a remarkable compendium of over 30 years of research and teaching in the field.
Their writing explores social, cultural, and legal arenas from the turn of the nineteenth to the middle of the twentieth centuries, including concepts of citizenship at the founding of the republic, the development of married women’s property laws, divorce, child custody, temperance, suffrage, domestic and racial violence before and after the Civil War, protective labor legislation, and the use of legal history testimony in legal disputes. It is both an invaluable reference tool and an important new teaching text.
“In Gendered Law in American History, New York Law School Professor Richard Chused and Georgetown Law Professor Emerita Wendy Williams present an extraordinary and groundbreaking examination of gender and the law and the arc of its development through legal, political, sociological, and economic lenses,” said Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President of New York Law School. “We congratulate them on the release of this seminal work.”
Chused is a prolific scholar and an expert on copyright law and related subjects, property law and its history, and gender and law in American history. He joined the New York Law School faculty in 2008 after spending thirty-five years teaching and writing at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. During 2004–05, he received a Senior Scholar Fulbright Grant to teach at the Law Faculty of The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is a member of various history and legal history associations.
Williams, who served as associate dean of Georgetown Law from 1989 to 1993 and a professor from 1976 to 2009, is best known for her work in the area of gender and law, especially concerning issues of work and family. She is coauthor of a casebook on sex discrimination and law and, most recently, with Mary Hartnett, joined Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in producing My Own Words, a compendium of the speeches and writings of Justice Ginsburg. She is currently working on a biography of the Justice with Mary Hartnett. She also helped draft and testified before congressional committees on the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 and the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and served as president of the Society of American Law teachers.