Jamie R. Abrams teaches Torts, Family Law, Legislation, and Women and the Law. Her research focuses on reproductive and birthing decision-making, gendered violence, masculinities theory, feminist theory, and legal education pedagogy. She has published two books with West Academic that cultivate integrated skills development in doctrinal courses: Tort Law Simulations: Bridge to Practice (2020) and Family Law Simulations: Bridge to Practice (2021) (co-authored with Jessica Dixon Weaver). She was recently recognized for her innovative and interactive teaching by Blackboard, Inc. awarding her the 2021 Catalyst Award for Teaching and Learning for designing a large-scale dental malpractice deposition simulation along with University of Louisville School of Dentistry faculty.
Professor Abrams regularly contributes to books and law reviews in her field. She previously served as the law school’s Associate Dean for Intellectual Life from 2018-2020. Forthcoming book chapters include a chapter on Reproduction and Birth in Laws of Medicine – Core Legal Aspects for the Healthcare Professional published by Springer Publishing in 2020 and Feminist Pedagogy in Law Schools published in The Oxford Handbook of Feminism and Law in the United States by the Oxford University Press in 2021. Recent law review articles examine whether legal education has reached a curricular tipping point toward inclusive teaching methods (forthcoming Hofstra Law Review); the Nineteenth Amendment’s centennial lessons on liberty, loss, masculinity, and leadership (forthcoming Baltimore Law Review 2021); the imperatives of supporting new scholarly voices (forthcoming book review in the Journal of Legal Education 2021), and the language of abuse and accountability revealed in the Nassar Victim Impact Statements (Pittsburgh Law Review 2020). A full collection of her publications is available through the scholarship links on this page.
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 is also active in her community and in the profession. She co-leads the Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network of Law & Society and is an editor of the Gender and the Law Prof blog. She regularly presents at scholarly conferences and to community organizations. She was previously 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. She co-founded the Brandeis Human Rights Advocacy Program in 2014, which works actively with other nonprofits and stakeholders in the community to advance the human rights of immigrants, refugees and noncitizens. During her time co-directing the program (2014-2017), it was awarded two grants from the Louisville Bar Foundation and it was recognized by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation & C. Peter Magrath as an “Exemplary Project” for its 2017 Community Engagement Scholarship Awards.
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.