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A Continuous Body: Ongoing Conversations About Women and Legal Education, 53 Journal of Legal Education 564 (2003)


How has the conversation changed? That was a central question animating a conference—Taking Stock: Women of All Colors in Legal Education—convened in June 2003 by, the American Association of Law Schools and by, the Section of Legal Education and the Commission on Women of the American Bar Association. In a room of about 150 people, mostly (as usual) women, the discussion felt deeply familiar. Speakers detailed the ways in which women of all colors working in the legal academy did not yet enjoy the status, authority, and opportunity equal to that of white men working in the legal academy. At some moments, one wondered whether the conceit of the Senate as a "continuous body" applied as well to conferences on the inequality of women.

Indeed, the same institutions—the AALS and the ABA—had convened a similar conference, The Voices of Women, more than a decade earlier in New York City. And before that, in 1971, a group of women law professors and students came together at Yale Law School to focus on women in law. Around the same time, law students organized the National Conference of Women and Law, which met annually for many years. In addition, at multiple sites and with a diverse set of sponsors and participants, dozens of other meetings have addressed the issues.

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