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Summer I 2022
7397 WRS: Gender, Power, Law & Leadership - KNAKE JEFFERSON- 15559

Professor(s): Renee Knake Jefferson (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Law And Society/ Interdisciplinary 
Constitutional and Criminal Law

Time: AsynchDistanceEd    Location:  

Course Outline: This seminar is inspired by the glaring omission of women from positions of power and leadership in the legal profession and beyond. While women continue to enter law school and the legal profession in relatively equal numbers to men, they are not reflected equally within the structures of power—in the judiciary, law firms, the corporate world, and even legal education. Researchers, scholars, and practitioners commit a great deal of time, energy, and resources to trying to change the landscape, yet progress has stalled in many ways. Interestingly, very little attention is paid to the site where it all begins: law school. In this way, it makes sense to devote attention in an academic context to this topic. This seminar exposes students to various theories of leadership and pursues an ongoing exploration of gender, power, and law. Students will engage in a substantial research and writing project that may fulfill the UHLC writing requirement.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Asynchronous Online)  The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. Some student materials may not be available online, such as an assigned casebook. Any assessment for the course, such as a final examination or a mid term exam, will be conducted without the need to physically come to the Law Center, such as, for example, via the EBB portal as a take home exam or under remote proctoring.



First Day Assignments: Read and be prepared to discuss the Introduction and Chapter 1 of Gender, Power, Law and Leadership as well as Part I of Shortlisted (including the Foreword, Prefaces, and Introduction).

We will meet live via Zoom on June 9 from 6-9PM central. The Zoom link will be sent via email to those registered for the course. Please email Professor Jefferson by June 1 if you have a conflict.

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:
Paper: Yes

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: Yes

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: Yes

Pass-Fail Student Election: Conditional Availability (not for required credits)

Course Materials (2/23/2022 10:01:57 AM)

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: (1) Gender, Power, Law & Leadership (American Casebook Series) 1st Edition ISBN: 978-1642428438 (2) Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court ISBN: 978-1479811960

Please Note: If the campus bookstore does not have the paperback version of Shortlisted available you can order it here The e-book is not acceptable as it does not include the new material in the paperback.