Past Events

Reconstructing Masculinities

Harvard Journal of Law and Gender

You can view the video from the event by clicking the links below:

Friday, March 26, 2010 in Austin North

A symposium on contemporary masculinities, their interactions with feminist and queer theory, and the role of masculinities in education and the workplace.

Panel 1: Theory and Masculinities

Richard Collier, Newcastle Law School, UK

Nancy Dowd, University of Florida Levin School of Law

John Kang, Saint Thomas University School of Law

Moderator: Janet Halley, Harvard Law School

Panel 2: Masculinities, Law, and Education

David Cohen, Drexel University Earl Mack School of Law

Juliet Williams, University of California, Los Angeles

Moderator: Diane Rosenfeld, Harvard Law School

Panel 3: Masculinities, Law, and the Workplace

Ann C. McGinley, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV

Valorie Vojdik, West Virginia University School of Law

Leticia Saucedo, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV

Moderator: Linda McClain, Boston University School of Law

Co-Sponsored by:

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy Fund, Sidley Austin LLP, Paul Weiss LLP

HLS LAMBDA, Women’s Law Association, Legal Theory Forum, HLS for Reproductive Justice, and Gender Justice

2009 Harvard Journal of Law and Gender Conference

Thanks for making this year’s conference a huge success!

There are extensive notes on what happened at the conference. Please click here to view them and feel free to get in touch with those involved using the contact information below. Thanks again!

View the powerpoint presentation by LT. Michael Bahar

Contact Information:


LT Michael Bahar

Panel 1:

Judith Stiehm

Diane Mazur

Megan MacKenzie

Panel 2:

Michael Archuleta

Aaron Tax

Erin Stone


Breaking the Brass Ceiling:
Legal Rights and Remedies for Women in the Armed Forces

Friday, March 6, 2009, 2:00pm
Harvard Law School, Griswold 110

Sponsored By:

The Conference will explore the unique legal hurdles to gender equality faced by women in today’s Armed Forces with a view towards formulating policies and legal structures that enable women to successfully pursue a military career. It will feature talks from scholars and legal practitioners on recent developments in family law, tort law and sexual harassment law and their impact on the real-life experiences of modern servicewomen during a time of war.

LT. Michael Bahar, Moderator

Lieutenant Bahar is an adjunct professor at New York University (NYU), and serves as the Deputy Legal Counsel to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon.

LT Bahar graduated from Harvard Law School in 2002, and after a year as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, went on active duty with the Navy in June 2003. He has served as a prosecutor at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida (2003-2005), the Staff Judge Advocate to the NASSAU Strike Group (2005-2006), and the aide and speechwriter to the Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy (2006-2007). During his time with the NASSAU Strike Group, he surge-deployed to Haiti on a humanitarian mission and deployed to the Arabian Gulf and Horn of Africa in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom where he advised the capture, detention and prosecution of Somali pirates. Between September 2007 and May 2008, the Navy detailed him to Columbia University School of Law for an LL.M. in national security/international law.

LT Bahar currently teaches a graduate politics seminar at NYU entitled, “Law and the Use of Force in U.S. National Security Strategy” and directs, produces and writes for the stage. He is also a Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations and has an international relations M.Phil from Cambridge University (1998) and a B.A. from Yale University (1997). Publications include, “Attaining Optimal Deterrence at Sea: A Legal and Strategic Theory of Naval Anti-Piracy Operations”, 40 Vand. J. Transnat’l L. Rev. 1 (1997); “As Necessity Creates the Rule: Eisentrager, Boumediene and the Enemy— How Strategic Realities can Constitutionally Require Greater Rights for Detainees in the Wars of the 21st Century, __ U. Penn. Con. L. J. __ (forthcoming March 2009); and “Power through Clarity: How the “Old-Fashioned” State-Based Laws Can Reveal the Strategic Power of Law for the Future, 30 U. Penn J. Int’l L. __ (forthcoming April 2009).

Panel 1
The first panel will consist of legal scholars and will address the unique legal issues faced by women and GLBT military personnel.

Judith Stiehm
Professor of Political Science at Florida International University where she served as Provost and academic Vice President for four years. Specialties include political theory, social change, the status of women, and civil-military relations. Written work includes Nonviolent Power: Active and Passive Resistance (Heath, 1972), Bring Me Men and Women: Mandated Change at the U.S. Air Force Academy
(California, 1981), Women’s and Men’s Wars (Pergamon, 1983), Arms and the Enlisted Woman (Temple, 1989), It’s Our Military Too!: Women and the US Military (Temple, 1996), and U.S. Army War College: Military Education in a Democracy (Temple 2002).
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Megan MacKenzie
Research Fellow, International Security Program/Women in Public Policy Program, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government. More information:

Diane Mazur
Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law. Specialties include civil-military relations, constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility. Publications include: “Military Values in Law” 14 DUKE J. GENDER L. & POL’Y 977 (2007), “A Blueprint for Law School Engagement with the Military” 1 J. NAT’L SEC. L. & POL’Y 473 (2005), “Is ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Unconstitutional After Lawrence? What It Will Take to Overturn the Policy” 15 U. FLA. J.L. & PUB. POL’Y 423 (2004), “Rehnquist’s Vietnam: Constitutional Separatism and the Stealth Advance of Martial Law” 77 IND. L.J. 701 (2002), “Word Games, War Games,” 98 MICH. L. REV. 1590 (2000), “Sex and Lies: Rules of Ethics, Rules of Evidence, and Our Conflicted Views on the Significance of Honesty” 14 NOTRE DAME J.L. ETHICS & PUBLIC POL’Y 679 (2000), “A Call to Arms” 22 HARV. WOMEN’S L.J. 39 (1999), “Women, Responsibility, and the Military” 74 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 1 (1998), “Re-Making Distinctions on the Basis of Sex: Must Gay Women Be Admitted to the Military Even if Gay Men Are Not?” 58 OHIO ST. L.J. 953 (1997), “The Beginning of the End for Women in the Military” 48 FLA. L. REV. 461 (1996). Prior Experience: Former Captain (aircraft and munitions maintenance officer), United States Air Force. Prior teaching experience: University of Chicago Law School and University of California Hastings College of Law. More information:

Panel 2
The second panel will consist of legal practitioners who will describe their experiences confronting and remedying hurdles to gender equality in today’s armed forces.

Michael Archuleta
Attorney (of Archuleta, Alsaffar & Higginbotham) who represented Timothy and Melody Brown in Brown v. United States, 462 F.3d 609, the Sixth Circuit Case that carved out an exception to the Feres Doctrine and allowed a suit against a military doctor for negligent prenatal care to go forward. More information:

Aaron Tax
Managing Attorney, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. “SLDN provides free legal counseling to all service members with legal issues stemming from or related to the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law banning military service by lesbian, gay and bisexual persons, the regulations governing military service by HIV+ people, and the regulations addressing military service by transgender persons.”
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Erin Stone
Commander Erin Stone, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy, was born and raised in Lockport, Illinois. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1988, earning a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. She served as a General Unrestricted Line Officer in the Navy for six years before attending law school. Erin received her Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University School of Law in 1997 and her Masters in Law in Litigation and Dispute Resolution from the George Washington University in 2006. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar and admitted to practice before the Virginia Supreme Court, the Navy and Marine Corps Court of Appeals, and the Armed Forces Court of Appeals. She lives in McLean, Virginia.

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