Jessica Dixon Weaver's recent achievements and activities
Professor Jessica Dixon Weaver is the chair-elect for the AALS Section on Family and Juvenile Law. She created and organized a joint program for the 2018 AALS Annual Meeting entitled, "Keeping up with the Changing Face of the American Family,” which will be on January 5, 2017 from 9 am – 12 pm. The two panels of the program are "New Family Frameworks and Legal Dilemmas" and "Family Separations and Breakdown in the Trump Era."
She was asked to be the lead author for the third edition of Adoption Law: Theory, Policy, and Practice. Her co-author is Barbara Bennett Woodhouse, the L.Q.C. Lamar Professor of Law and Emory Law. The book will be published in 2019.
She was chosen as a 2017 Dallas Public Voices Fellow by the Boone Foundation and the OpEd Project. Dallas Public Voices is a prestigious leadership program to accelerate the ideas and public impact of underrepresented thought leaders (particularly women) in the Dallas area, in the arenas of racial, gender and social justice. As part of the fellowship program, she wrote three opinion editorials that were published in The Root and Garnet News. They can be found here:
Police Training Should Start with a History Lesson on Slavery Laws
Why Convicting Dr. Huxtable is so Hard
What the Cosby and Sandusky Cases Teach Us About Reporting Sexual Assault
She was asked to be on the Board of Editors for the Family Law Quarterly, the ABA scholarly journal that provides an in-depth examination of current and emerging family law issues.
Her work-in-progress, Close Encounters: A Feminist Legal Theory Analysis of the State Treatment of Female Child Sexual Abuse Victims, was selected for oral presentation at the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights in Dublin, Ireland in June 2017.
She and our new colleague, Lolita Buckner-Inniss, were selected to host the 12th Annual Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Workshop and Writing Retreat at SMU Dedman School of Law from July 11-18, 2018.
She was selected to rewrite the Supreme Court Opinion, DeShaney vs. Winnebago County Department of Social Services, 489 U.S. 189 (1989), for the book Feminist Judgments: Family Law Opinions Rewritten.
She was asked to write a book chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Children's Right Law. Her chapter will be the Critical Race Theory chapter in the Perspectives and Methods section of the book.
Out of 800 applications, she was selected to give one of eight oral presentations at Howard Law School on September 15, 2017 for a conference honoring Pauli Murray, an unsung civil rights activist, feminist, lawyer, and professor. The presentations were recorded for a forthcoming documentary on Dr. Murray. The title of her talk was “The Ties that Bind: What Pauli Murray Teaches Us about Race, Family, Slavery, and Inequality.” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave closing remarks at the conference.
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