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Feminist Judgments


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1. Introduction Deborah S. Gordon, Browne Lewis and Carla Spivack; 2. In re Strittmater's Estate, 53 A.2d 205 (N.J. 1947) Commentary: Lloyd Bonfield and Bridget Crawford Judgment: Kristen K. Tiscione; 3. In re Will of Moses, 227 So. 2d at 831 (Miss. 1969) Commentary: Claire May Judgment: Julia Belian; 4. Estate of Wilson, 452 N.E.2d 1228 (N.Y. 1983) Commentary: Deborah S. Gordon Judgment: Camille Davidson; 5. O'Neal v. Wilkes, 439 S.E.2d 490 (Ga. 1994) Commentary: Benedetta Faedi Duramy and Ayelet Blecher-Prigat Judgment: Browne Lewis; 6. Via v. Putnam, 656 So. 2d 460 (Fla. 1995) Commentary: Eloisa Rodriguez-Dod Judgment: Elena Marty-Nelson; 7. Estate of Myers, 256 Neb. 817, 594 N.W.2d 563 (1999) Commentary: Danaya C. Wright Judgment: Karen J. Sneddon; 8. Egelhoff v. Egelhoff, 532 U.S. 141 (2001) Commentary: Donna Litman Judgment: Naomi R. Cahn; 9. Drevenik v. Nardone, 862 A.2d 635 (Super. Ct. Pa. 2004) Commentary: Elizabeth R. Carter Judgment: Carrie Ann Hagan; 10. Reece v. Elliot, 208 S.W.3d 419, 423 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2006) Commentary: Browne Lewis Judgment: Elizabeth Sparks and Browne Lewis; 11. Khabbaz v. Comm'r Soc. Sec. Admin., 930 A.2d 1180 (N.H. 2007) Commentary: Melanie B. Jacobs and Browne Lewis Judgment: Lynda Wray Black; 12. Karsenty v. Schoukroun, 959 A.2d 1147 (Md. 2008) Commentary: Kent D. Schenkel Judgment: Allison A. Tait.

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This book analyzes estates and trusts cases through a feminist lens using some of the most popular feminist legal theories.

About the Author

Deborah Gordon is Associate Professor of Law at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Previously, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the NYU Law Review and she practiced law for over ten years before joining the academy. Her scholarship explores the intersection of language, emotion, and gender in inheritance law. She is the co-author of Experiencing Trusts and Estates (2017). Browne Lewis is the dean at North Carolina Central University School of Law. She is a member of the American Law Institute and has been a Core Fulbright Scholar in London and a Senior Fulbright Specialist in Israel. Previously, she has published Papa's Baby: Paternity and Artificial Insemination (2012) and Arrogance, Avarice and Anguish: Addressing the Ethical and Legal Consequences of Posthumous Reproduction (2016). Carla Spivack is Oxford Research Professor of Law at Oklahoma City University School of Law. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Boston College as well as a J.D. from New York University School of Law. Her dissertation was a study of backlash against female political power after the death of Elizabeth I. In her work, she focuses on gender and inequality.

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