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Janet E. Halley - feminist, personal identity issues expert - appointed to law faculty

STANFORD -- Janet E. Halley, an attorney with expertise in feminist, personal and sexual identity issues, and in civil procedure, has joined the faculty of Stanford Law School.

Her appointment as an associate professor of law was formally reported to the Stanford University Board of Trustees on Feb. 11.

"Prof. Halley is an accomplished scholar who will add greatly to the school's strengths in areas ranging from law and the humanities to civil procedure," said Paul Brest, dean of the law school.

Halley has been teaching at the school since September 1991.

She is one of two women appointed in 1991-92 to the permanent faculty of Stanford Law School, the other being Kim A. Taylor. Together they bring the total number of women on the 45- member faculty to eight.

Halley is a recent graduate of Yale Law School (J.D., 1988), with prior experience as a college English teacher.

She comes to Stanford after two years as a litigator with the Boston office of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

The previous year (1988-89) she served as a judicial clerk for Chief Judge Gilbert Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

She is a member of both the Massachusetts and New York State bars.

Halley's legal work draws on her expertise and experience as a scholar in the humanities.

She holds a 1980 doctorate in English literature from the University of California-Los Angeles.

Her undergraduate work, also in English literature, was done at Princeton University, from which she received a B.A. summa cum laude in 1974. She also earned election to Phi Beta Kappa, the national academic honor society.

Halley taught in the humanities field from 1980 to 1985, as a member of the English faculty of Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.

At Yale Law School, which she entered in 1985, she co- founded and served as one of the first executive editors of the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities.

Her activities and writings - both before and after taking up legal studies - often focus on feminist concerns and sexual identity issues.

While teaching at Hamilton, she helped design and implement its Women's Studies Program.

Then, as a Yale law student, she participated in the Battered Women's Temporary Restraining Order Project and the Niantic Women's Prison Project, becoming director of training for the first and coordinator of the second.

She also organized a Women's Reading Group on Feminist Theory and the Law at Yale.

Shortly after graduation, she wrote successful grant proposals raising money for a legal network in Connecticut concerning issues surrounding AIDS and the HIV virus.

Her recent publications include "The Politics of the Closet: Toward Equal Protection for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Identity" in the UCLA Law Review (36:915, 1989); "Misreading Sodomy: A Critique of the Classification of 'Homosexuals' in Federal Equal Protection Law" in the book Bodyguards: The Cultural Politics of Gender Ambiguity, edited by Julia Epstein and Kristina Straub (Routledge, 1991); and "Constitutions of Sexual Orientation Identity" in the inaugural issue of the Stanford-based Journal of Law, Gender and Sexual Orientation (forthcoming).

She is also co-editor (with Sheila Fisher) of Seeking the Woman in Late Medieval and Renaissance Literature: Essays in Feminist Contextual Criticism (University of Tennessee Press, 1989).

In two published articles, Halley has examined the way in which legal prohibitions affected expression and personal identity in Renaissance England. "Heresy, Orthodoxy and the Politics of Religious Discourse: The Case of the English Family of Love," appeared in the journal, Representations (15:98, 1986). The other article, "Equivocation and the Legal Conflict over Religious Identity in Early Modern England," appeared in the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities (3:33, 1990).

Halley's principal law teaching subjects are civil procedure, family law, and law and symbolic systems.



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