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Unwanted Titles: Reflections on the JLG-LAMBDA Colloquium

As a 2L, just out of the summer interviewing process and faced with a slew of decisions about where I want to work next summer and possibly beyond, I have been thinking a lot about what kind of lawyer I want to be. Do I want to be a litigator? What issues are most important to me? Can I still become a public interest lawyer if I’ve worked in the private sector? What I’ve taken for granted throughout the process, however, is the fact that I have a choice about the work I want to do, and that whatever title I choose, others will likely refer to me as I refer to myself. At Friday’s colloquium, co-hosted by JLG and LAMBDA, I was reminded that this is a privilege that many advocates do not have. Continue reading Unwanted Titles: Reflections on the JLG-LAMBDA Colloquium

JLG:LAMBDA Retrospective

HLS Lambda/JLG 35th Anniversary Colloquium

HLS Lambda/JLG 35th Anniversary Colloquium: 
A Retrospective and a Way Forward:
LGBTQ Rights and Activism at Harvard Law School and Beyond
Friday, October 18, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
Austin Hall, North, Harvard Law School
1515 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA
Please RSVP HERE! Join the Facebook event here.
Come celebrate the 35th anniversary of an LGBTQ student group at HLS with Lambda and the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender!  The colloquium will open with an introduction by Dean Martha Minow and a conversation about being LGBTQ at HLS throughout the years between three former Lambda presidents (including the original founder of COGLI, Lambda’s predecessor), hosted by current president John Dey.  The colloquium will continue with a panel discussing the road to marriage equality, after which we will discuss what’s next for the LGBTQ movement.  A partial list of panel guests include:
  • Laurence Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Harvard Law School (argued Bowers v. Hardwick)
  • Paul Smith, Partner, Jenner & Block (argued Lawrence v. Texas)
  • Prof. Jose Gomez, ’81, Founder, COGLI (Lambda’s predecessor)
  • Prof. Bradley Sears,’95, Director, Williams Institute at UCLA Law
  • Chai Feldblum, Commissioner, U.S. EEOC
  • Pat Brady, former Chairperson, Illinois GOP, currently consulting for the ACLU on marriage equality in IL

Dinner will begin at 6:30, and a keynote will be delivered by Roberta Kaplan, counsel for Edie Windsor in United States v. Windsor, which overturned § 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.  See attached flier for details. 



Contact Addar Weintraub at for more information.
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Still Un/Masking the Self: Legal Education and the Experience of the Other

Almost twenty years ago, Prof. Margaret Montoya, a Latina alumna of Harvard University, wrote an article entitled Mascaras, Trenzas, Y Grenas: Un/Masking The Self While Un/Braiding Latina Stories And Legal Discourse, that addressed “the various masks (“máscaras”) used to control how people respond to us and the important role such masks play in the subordination of Outsiders.” Montoya raises the challenges and obstacles that face those who are (or perceive themselves to be) outsiders within legal education and legal discourse, and the negative effects this has for certain communities, the legal profession, and society at large.

Showcase Event

On Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Harvard Law School, we celebrated Prof. Margaret Montoya’s groundbreaking article Mascaras, Trenzas, Y Grenas: Un/Masking The Self While Un/Braiding Latina Stories And Legal Discourse, published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender almost twenty years ago. Prof. Montoya, a Latina alumna of Harvard University, addressed the challenges and obstacles that face those who are (or perceive themselves to be) outsiders within legal education and discourse, and the negative effects this has for the legal community.

This event featured a panel discussion between Prof. Montoya, Prof. Francisco Valdes, and Prof. Lani Guinier moderated by Prof. Laura Rosenbury. All are prominent critical race and gender theorists, and during the discussion they reflected on Professor Montoya’s article and what has changed and stayed constant since its publication. The reception featured a showcase of student response pieces and a chance to further explore the themes raised in the panel discussion.

Click here to watch a video recording of the event.

The event was cosponsored by JLG, La Alianza, BLS, WLA & APALSA.


The following submissions come from the community of students and professors who have been touched by Professor Montoya’s work. They have been reviewed briefly by JLG Editors only to ensure that they are relevant. The JLG does not assume responsibility for any miscited sources.

Related Article
Event panelist Professor Lani Guinier’s article Lessons and Challenges of Becoming Gentlemen closely relates to the theme of assimilation addressed in Máscaras. 

Video: Máscaras, Trenzas, y Greñas: A Template for Creating Name Narratives

About Margaret Montoya – from her UNM Faculty Profile

Margaret Montoya was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico to Ricardo and Virginia Montoya. She traces her ancestry to families who have been in New Mexico since it was  controlled by Spain in the early 19th Century and by México until 1848.

She attended Immaculate Conception School in Las Vegas, for elementary school, and when her family moved to Albuquerque, she attended and graduated from Highland High School. After many second chances, she graduated in 1972 with her bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University.

Upon deciding to go to law school, she was the first Latina to be accepted to Harvard Law School. When she graduated with her law degree in 1978, she won the prestigious Harvard University’s Sheldon Traveling Fellowship (also won by Justice Antonin Scalia), which allowed her to travel through Europe and Asia, studying affirmative action in Malaysia and India.

Montoya has been a member of the UNM law school faculty since 1992 and has taught courses in constitutional rights, torts, contracts, clinical law and employment law, and in her seminars, she examines issues of race, ethnicity, gender, culture and language.

You can read Prof. Montoya’s full profile here.

Student Note

The Harvard Journal of Law and Gender 2013 Student Note Competition

The Harvard Journal of Law & Gender invites you to apply for our student note competition! The student note competition is a writing competition open only to HLS students. The winning article will be published in our Summer 2013 volume, after going through the Journal’s full editing process along with the volume’s other articles.

A student note is a law review article written by a student, typically 20-35 pages (a bit shorter than a regular article) but similar in content: original, in-depth analysis and commentary on a legal or policy issue. Like a regular law review article, it will be fully footnoted/cited. Topics and styles can very; the only requirement is that your note be written on some gender-related issue.

Your note can be an expansion of a paper for a class or seminar, or something completely separate. If you haven’t begun actual research and/or writing, it is probably a good idea to start soon! If you need help generating or refining ideas, need a set of eyes to look over a draft, or would like to have other JLG members workshop your article, the Student Writing Committee (Liz Jensen, Kate Aizpuru and Brooke Willig) would be happy to help you.

The deadline for articles will be Friday, January 25. The Student Writing Chairs will, along with the senior board, pick the winners, and offers will be made by Tuesday, January 29.  

You can submit your note to Be sure to put “2013 STUDENT NOTE COMPETITION” in all capital letters in the subject line. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to contact the Student Writing Committee at


Summer 2012 Articles Posted

The articles from Volume 35:2 (Summer 2012) of the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender have been posted.  You can view the articles by clicking the links below.

No End in Sight: Why the "End Demand" Movement is the Wrong Focus for Efforts to Eliminate Human Trafficking, by Stephanie Berger

Gendered (In)security: Migration and Criminalization in the Security State, by Pooja Gehi

Tempering Idealism with Realism: Using Restorative Justice Processes to Promote Acceptance of Responsibility in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence, by C. Quince Hopkins

A Non-Medicalized Medical Deduction?: O'Donnabhain v. Commissioner and the I.R.S.'s Understanding of Transgender Medical Care, by Lauren Herman

Trans-cending Space in Women's Only Spaces: Title IX Cannot Be the Basis for Exclusion, by Katherine Kraschel

Lost in Transition: The Challenges of Remedying Transgender Employment Discrimination Under Title VII, by Jason Lee

The Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Bill: Formal Legal Equality in a Transphobic System, by Jean Strout

Transgenderless, by Stevie V. Tran and Elizabeth M. Glazer


Gov. Madeleine Kunin Presents Her 2012 Book – The New Feminist Agenda

The Journal of Law and Gender would like to invite everyone to attend a talk by former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin, presenting her new book, The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family, on Wednesday October 17 at 4pm. The event will be held at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. If you'd like to walk over together, a group will be meeting in the JLG office (3rd floor of WCC in the Journals suites area) at 3:30 pm. Or, you can find us in the Perkins Conference Room in the Rubenstein Building 415 on the HKS campus. Sponsored by Harvard's Institute of Politics with cosponsorship from: the Center for Public Leadership, Women and Public Policy Program, and Harvard Law School's Journal of Law and Gender.  We hope to see you there!

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Join the Journal of Law and Gender!

Why Join JLG?

– The Journal of Law & Gender is the nation's oldest continuously publishing feminist law journal devoted to the advancement of feminist jurisprudence and the study of law and gender.

– JLG has opportunities for students to get involved immediately. All students welcome!

– JLG members work together to make subciting fast and easy!

– We have a strong sense of community, and we get together for social events throughout the year.


Come learn more at the JLG Info Session!

Monday, Sept. 24, 7-8 PM, Wasserstein 2004

Get more information about the journal while enjoying dinner with current JLG members!

If you cannot attend the meeting or have any other questions, please contact us at

Parenthood for Sale

Parenthood For Sale: Should the US Regulate Reproductive Technology?

Parenthood For Sale: Should the US Regulate Reproductive Technology?
Presented by HLS-ACLU
Tuesday, April 17, 12:00-1:15 PM
Wasserstein 2012

Katherine Kraschel '12

I. Glenn Cohen, Harvard Law School
George Annas, BU School of Public Health
Susan Crockin, Crock Law and Policy Group

Co-sponsored by WLA, Child & Youth Advocates and HLSRJ.

Come discuss the latest developments in reproductive technology, including IVF, surrogacy and sperm and egg donation, and hear experts in the fields of law, public health, and litigation discuss the legal and ethical implications of our ability to buy and sell fertility on the open market. All perspectives are welcome.

Thai food will be served!


JLG’s 35th Birthday

In celebration of the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender's 35th birthday, we asked former JLG members to share some of their memories of the journal with us.  You can read these stories below.  We also compiled a list of frequently cited pieces from each of our past issues, which you can find here.  To learn more about JLG's history, click here.



Felice Batlan, former Executive Editor
Stacy Brustin, former Editor-in-Chief
Kirstin Dodge, former Editor-in-Chief
Karen Getman, former Editor-in-Chief
Aya Gruber, former Articles Editor
Erica Knievel, former Deputy Editor-in-Chief
Sheila Kuehl, founding co-Editor-in-Chief
Hannah S. Ross, former Editor-in-Chief
William Rubenstein, former Managing Editor
Naomi Schoenbaum, former co-Editor-in-Chief
Liz Thomas, founding co-Editor-in-Chief
Mary Whisner, former Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor
Jennifer Wriggins, former Articles Editor and Executive Editor