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Summer I 2023

7397 WRS: Gender, Power, Law & Leadership - KNAKE JEFFERSON- 15003

Professor(s): Renee Knake Jefferson (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Law And Society/ Interdisciplinary 
Constitutional and Criminal Law

Time: AsynchDistanceEd     Location:  

Course Outline: This seminar is inspired by the glaring omission of women from positions of power and leadership in the legal profession and beyond. While women continue to enter law school and the legal profession in relatively equal numbers to men, they remain outside of the structures of power---in the judiciary, law firms, the corporate world and even legal education---in the United States and beyond. This reality is even worse for women of color. Researchers, scholars, and practitioners commit a great deal of time, energy and resources to trying to change the landscape, yet progress seems stalled. Interestingly, very little attention is paid to the site where it all begins: law school. In this way, it makes sense to devote attention in an academic context to this topic. Students must write a substantial research paper, and will receive guidance about how to potentially publish their research as an op-ed, trade publication essay, or scholarly article.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Asynchronous Online)  The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. Some student materials may not be available online, such as an assigned casebook. Any assessment for the course, such as a final examination or a mid-term exam, will be conducted without the need to physically come to the Law Center, such as, for example, via the EBB portal as a take home exam or under remote proctoring.


IThe course will be taught in a fully asynchronous format, with the exception of one in-person meeting on Tuesday, June 13 from 6-9PM via Zoom. (For students with a conflict at that time, please contact Professor Jefferson via email at by June 1 to arrange an alternative.)


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: Yes

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: Yes

Pass-Fail Student Election: Conditional Availability (not for required credits)

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: Two books are required (1) the casebook Brenner & Knake, Gender, Power, Law and Leadership (West 2020) (ISBN: 9781642428438) – use the code WAHOUSTON for a 15% discount + free shipping –and (2) the paperback edition of Jefferson & Johnson, Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court (NYU Press 2022) (ISBN: 9781479811960).

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