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UA School of Law and Littler Mendelson Sponsor 'The New Face of Women's Legal History'

Akron, Ohio, Sept. 17, 2007 –– Renowned legal and history scholars from across the nation will gather at The University of Akron School of Law on Oct. 19 for a constitutional law symposium titled “The New Face of Women's Legal History."

The symposium's broad theme will address a diverse array of topics that form the base of recent work in gender and legal scholarship, including racial and gender equality, as well as key figures in women's history such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Reva Siegel, deputy dean and professor of law at Yale University, will be the keynote speaker. Siegel will deliver a lecture titled “Movement/Counter-Movement: Abortion and De Facto ERA." The lecture recovers the silences and preoccupations with abortion present in the debate over the Equal Rights Amendment at the end of the 20th century from the early feminists to the New Right. Siegel draws on this history to illuminate Justice Ginsburg's dissenting opinion in “Gonzales v. Carhart” situating abortion rights in women's equality rather than in a generalized notion of privacy.

Sponsor Littler Mendelson is the largest law firm in the United States devoted exclusively to representing management in employment, employee benefits and labor matters. Established in 1942, Littler has litigated and negotiated some of the most influential cases and labor contracts in the nation's history.

The symposium is Friday, Oct. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the The University of Akron School of Law. The keynote speaker and luncheon will be held at Greystone Hall in Akron. For more information, call 330-972-6456, or e-mail misty@uakron.edu . The symposium's Web site is www.uakron.edu/law/conference/womenslegalhistory.php.

This annual symposium is part of the growing tradition out of the UA School of Law's Constitutional Law Center, one of only four such centers in the country. The primary purpose of the center is to promote scholarship concerning the U.S. Constitution, to commemorate the creation of that document, and to help illuminate its application to modern times.

The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law .

The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News & World Report. Serving 24,700 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.

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