The Center on Applied Feminism serves as a bridge between feminist legal theory and the law.
"On Jan. 19, 2017, one day before the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, the University of Baltimore School of Law held a conference examining the potential effects of the Trump presidency, The Law According to Trump: How the New President May Seek to Transform the Legal Landscape. At the conference, I spoke about gender and LGBTQ rights. Since, during the campaign, Trump bragged about grabbing women's genitalia and Vice President Mike Pence, as governor of Indiana, initially supported a state law that eroded the civil rights of LGBTQ persons, you know I had a lot to discuss."
-- Excerpt from a blog post by Professor Margaret E. Johnson, which outlines potential gender-based and LGBTQ legal questions.
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Unique within the legal academy, the center seeks to apply feminist insights to legal practice and the policy arena. In particular, the center examines how feminist theory can benefit legal practitioners in representing clients, shape legal doctrine and play a role in policy debates and implementation. The center has faculty affiliates from throughout the university. In addition to holding conferences and regular colloquia on emerging legal areas that intersect with feminism, the center sponsors the Special Topics in Applied Feminism course and helps students plan for careers in feminist advocacy.
In 2017-18: The Center on Applied Feminism focused on reproductive justice for incarcerated women among other feminist legal issues. The Center co-sponsored a panel discussion entitled Reproductive Justice Behind Bars: An intimate look at prenatal, abortion, labor & delivery, and postpartum care inside correctional facilities and worked with UB Law students and the Reproductive Justice Inside Coalition to advocate for two newly enacted Maryland laws requiring menstrual hygiene products and reproductive health care policies in all correctional facilities. In addition, the Center faculty have continued to write and speak on a wide range of feminist legal topics including privacy, workers' rights, sexual harassment, domestic violence, and menstrual justice.