February 27, 2015
Ann Shalleck Recives Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Legal Education
Professor Ann Shalleck, director of AUWCL's Women and the Law Program and Clinic, has been chosen as the 2015 recipient of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education's William Pincus Award for outstanding contributions to clinical legal education. The award, which will be presented at the Section's luncheon Jan. 3 at the AALS Annual Meeting, is the most prestigious award in clinical legal education and is a recognition of Professor Shalleck's extraordinary work!
Project Update: Stregthening Victims' Access to Justice in Bosnia
As part of the “Strengthening Victims’ Access to Justice in Bosnia” project, which is supported by the Women and International Law Program and the War Crimes Research Office (WCRO), Susana SaCouto, Director of the War Crimes Research Office, and Chante Lasco, Jurisprudence Collections Coordinator, traveled to Bosnia for a week of trainings and outreach in October. Ms. SaCouto and Ms. Lasco helped provide a two-day training in Vlasic, Bosnia, for prosecutors, judges, victim/witness support staff, NGOs that work with victims, media personnel, and law enforcement from four different cantons outside of Sarajevo. The training was provided in partnership with Medica Zenica, a Bosnian NGO that has been assisting victims of conflict-related sexual violence for the past 20 years, and focused on the use of jurisprudence in cases involving rape as a war crime. Read more here.
The Women and the Law Program
Since 1984 the Women and the Law Program has promoted the integration of women's rights and gender studies into legal education, practice and doctrine. To foster the study and teaching of gender and international or comparative law, the program expanded to include a Women and International Law Program in 1994.
The Women and the Law Program emphasizes the role of law and legal education in transforming women's status around the world. The program challenges assumptions about the role of women in the family, civil society, and governance in domestic, international and transnational institutions. However, engaging in either academic study or advocacy alone is not enough if the people who make the legal and political decisions that shape women's lives- judges, lawyers and policy makers- ignore the concerns of women. Therefore, the program seeks to influence the thinking of political and social leaders who hold the power to address the legal dimensions of gender inequality. We aim to transform the training of lawyers and scholars so that they leave law school with an awareness of their power and obligation to remove the legal barriers to women's full participation in society.
Our program works at multiple levels to integrate gender into legal education by:
Encouraging the development of feminist legal thought;
Educating emerging legal scholars in gender studies;
Creating supportive networks of feminist scholars, practitioners and activists;
Disseminating scholarly and teaching materials that integrate gender into the study of law in specific contexts.