Felice J. Batlan

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Felice J. Batlan

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Felice Batlan

Education
New York University, Ph. D. 2005 with honors; Harvard Law School, J.D. 1990 magna cum laude; Smith College, B.A. 1987 summa cum laude

Profile

Felice Batlan’s years of practical legal experience supplement her rigorous academic career, during which she has extensively presented and published works on legal history, women in the legal profession, and feminist legal theory. She has also provided expert commentary on numerous radio and television programs. Her book, Women and Justice for the Poor: A History of Legal Aid, 1863–1945, won the prestigious 2016 Hurst Award for the best book in socio-legal history. The book explores the history of the development of legal aid in the United States and the significant and unknown role that women played as both providers and clients of legal aid. Her latest edited work, Histories of Legal Aid: A Transnational and Comparative Perspective, explores the history of the development of access to justice across nine different countries.

After graduating summa cum laude in history from Smith College, Professor Batlan earned her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she served as executive editor for the Harvard Women's Law Journal. She clerked for the Honorable Constance Baker Motley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and then worked at a law firm specializing in securities law and financial markets. She then joined Greenwich NatWest as Associate General Counsel and Head of Global Compliance. Eventually, she returned to the academic world, completing a Ph. D. in U.S. history from New York University. Professor Batlan is a Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law where she has taught for 17 years.

Having immersed herself in various subjects spanning law, history, financial regulation, and the humanities, Professor Batlan’s teaching areas include U.S. legal history, gender and the law, feminist jurisprudence, corporations, business organizations, securities regulation, and contracts. She has taught courses internationally in Sienna, Paris, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, and Bangkok. She received Chicago-Kent's Excellence in Teaching Award and IIT's Julia Beveridge Award for service to women students. Professor Batlan also served as Chicago-Kent’s Associate Dean for Faculty and the Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Initiatives.

Professor Batlan was an associate editor and book review editor for the prestigious Law and History Review and served as co-executive editor for the American Journal of Legal History. She remains on the Board of Directors for both publications. Previously, she performed editorial duties for Continuity and Change and the Macmillan-Gale Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States, with responsibility for sections on women, gender and sexuality, and corporations. As a historian, she has served as both a consultant and a member of the Accession Committee for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society.

Courses

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