Jamie R. Abrams teaches Torts, Family Law, Legislation, and Women and the Law. Her research focuses on reproductive and birthing decision-making, gendered violence, legal protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence, and legal education pedagogy. Her most recent publications include The Polarization of Reproductive Decision-Making and Parental Decision-Making forthcoming in the Florida State Law Review, The #MeToo Movement: A Feminist Invitation to Critique the Crisis Framing of Sexual Assault Responses published in the University of Richmond Law Review (2018), and Experiential Learning in the Era of Donald Trump published in the Duquesne Law Review (2017). A full collection of her publications is available below.
Professor Abrams was awarded the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law's Teacher of the Year Award in 2016 and the University of Louisville's Presidential Multicultural Teaching Award in 2014 for her demonstrated commitment to teaching, research, and service that integrate diverse perspectives. She also received the 2011 Innovations in Teaching Award from the American University Washington College of Law for her work spearheading an integrated curriculum skills simulation for 1Ls. She was also awarded the Mussey-Gillett Shining Star Award from the District of Columbia's Women's Bar Association for her work co-authoring reports on the status of women and women of color in the legal profession as part of the WBA's nationally recognized Initiative on Advancement and Retention of Women.
Professor Abrams previously taught at Hofstra University School of Law and American University Washington College of Law. She was a visiting faculty member during the 2017-2018 Academic Year at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. where she taught Legal Practice: Writing and Analysis; Family Law II: Parent, Child, and State; and a Law Fellow Seminar. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Turku in Finland teaching State Regulation of the Family and a visiting scholar at the University of Leeds researching the relationship between parental decision-making and reproductive decision-making.
In 2014, she co-founded the Brandeis Human Rights Advocacy Program, which works actively with other nonprofits and stakeholders in the community to advance the human rights of immigrants, refugees and noncitizens. She co-directed the program from 2014-2017. During her time with the program, it published a community resource guide, a comprehensive community needs assessment, and separate reports on educational access, language access, and media rhetoric studying how these topics impact the Kentucky immigrant/noncitizen/refugee immigrant community.
Before entering law teaching, she worked as a Litigation Associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP where she specialized in complex civil litigation matters. She began her career at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., specializing in white collar criminal defense and environmental law. She received her LL.M from Columbia University and her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law, receiving the highest academic honors from both institutions. She received her B.A. from Indiana University–Bloomington.