Current Projects

What is the role of privacy in modern law and society?

What is the role of privacy in modern law and society? With Lawrence M. Friedman (Stanford Law School), I am writing a book on the law and social norms surrounding privacy.  We explore the non-constitutional meanings of privacy in American law and culture.  The book proceeds from the proposition that privacy is on the whole a modern invention, an embodiment of the notion that people feel that some aspects of life belong to them and them alone.  This is a product of many social forces, but particularly the rise of individualism.  Privacy law, in some sense, defines where the individual begins and ends, and where society (including the government) We consider the complicated web woven by social norms, law, technology, and sexuality, and the resulting rules that sometimes mandate privacy, sometimes make it elective, and sometimes preclude it.

Who is a legal parent?

Who is a legal parent? I am writing a book that explores the complicated answer to this question.  It will examine the body of rules and doctrines that determine which adults—and how many of them—are entitled to parental rights, and which adults are saddled with parental obligations like child support.  This book will consider the historical development of parentage law; the social changes that have led to new questions and challenges; the growing gap between people’s expectations about their legal rights and obligations as parents (or gamete donors or gestational carriers) and the law’s actual assignment of those rights and obligations; and whether, given the wide variety of family forms today, it is possible to think about parentage as unified doctrine.  Topics addressed in depth include surrogacy, sperm and egg donation, posthumous conception, de facto parentage, adoption, unwed fatherhood, paternity misrepresentation, third-party visitation, and parentage by contract.

Resources

From Verdict

Small Steps Forward: New York Legislature Increases Protections for Sexual Harassment Victims In October 2017, Harvey Weinstein was exposed by the New York Times as a sexual predator.  Before Harvey Weinstein, there had been, among others, Roge...
Junk Science, Junk Law: Eugenics and the Struggle Over Abortion Rights Last month, in an unsigned, per curiam opinion, Box v. Planned Parenthood, the Supreme Court considered whether two provisions of a new anti-abortion ...
Use It or Lose It: The Supreme Court Gets a Procedural Point About Title VII Unanimously Right Even in these divisive times, the nine justices of the Supreme Court can occasionally agree on the outcome of a case. They have done so in Fort Bend C...
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From the Blog

Raising Arizona Babies Arizona Supreme Court in McLaughlin v. Jones was asked an increasingly familiar question: Does the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges ...
Why Lesbian Co-Parents Still Live in Limbo Although the parenting rights of people in same-sex couples have generally been on the rise—particularly in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2015 rulin...
So Many Unanswered Questions about ART Assisted reproductive technology (ART) surrounds us. Courts are certainly not strangers to the parentage questions that can arise out from situations ...
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Publications

Nine to Five: How Gender, Sex, and Sexuality Continue to Define the American Workplace

by Joanna L. Grossman

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Inside the Castle: Law and the Family in 20th Century America

by Joanna L. Grossman and Lawrence M. Friedman

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Gender & Law: Theory, Doctrine, Commentary, 7th Edition

by Katherine T. Bartlett, Deborah L. Rhode, and Joanna L. Grossman

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Family Law in New York

Edited by Barbara Stark and Joanna L. Grossman

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Gender Equality Dimensions of Women's Equal Citizenship

Edited by Linda C. McClain and Joanna L. Grossman

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