The Center on Applied Feminism serves as a bridge between feminist legal theory and the law.
UB Law paid tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a recent webinar. Center Co-Director Margaret E. Johnson discussed Justice Ginsburg’s lawyering and judicial decision making in the area of sex-based discrimination cases as well as her own personal reflection on Justice Ginsburg’s life and passing. Associate Dean Koller discussed the late justice’s civil procedure jurisprudence and Professor Phil Closius discussed his personal experiences as Ginsburg’s student in law school. Dean Ron Weich moderated the discussion. View the webinar here.
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.