Jamie R. Abrams

Associate Professor of Law

About

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 a book chapter titled The Perils of Politicizing Domestic Violence Around its Internalities in The Politicization of Domestic Violence (N.Y.U. Press forthcoming 2018), The Politics of Autono(me) in Reproductive Decision-Making Versus Autono(thee) in Parental Decision-Making in the Florida St. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2017), and Experiential Learning in the Era of Donald Trump in the Duquesne L. Rev. (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.

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.

Professor Abrams previously taught at Hofstra University School of Law and American University Washington College of Law. During the 2017-2018 Academic Year she is visiting at Georgetown University. 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.

Torts I and II

Family Law

Legislation

Women and the Law

Book Chapters

The Perils of Politicizing Domestic Violence Around its Internalities in The Politicization of Safety (N.Y.U. Press forthcoming 2018).

Women and the Law (Tracy Thomas Ed. forthcoming 2017) (reprint of Debunking the Myth of Universal Male Privilege from the Mich. J. L. Reform).

Kentucky Torts Practice Series (Supp. 2017).

Historical Commentary on Rostker v. Goldberg, in Feminist Judgments (K. Stanchi, L. Berger, and B. Crawford eds., 2016)

Kentucky Torts Practice Series (Supp. 2016).

Kentucky Torts Practice Series (Supp. 2015).

Women and the Law (Tracy Thomas Ed. 2014) (reprint of Distorted and Diminished Tort Claims for Women from the Cardozo Law Review)

Migrating and Mutating Masculinities in Institutional Law Reforms, in Exploring Masculinities: Feminist Legal Theory Reflections, 145 (M. Fineman & M. Thomson eds., 2013).

Select Law Review and Journal Publication

The Polarization of Autono(me) in Reproductive Decision-Making and Autono(thee) in Parental Decision-Making, 44 Florida State L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2017).

Experiential Learning and Assessment in the Era of Donald Trump, 55 Duquesne Univ. L. Rev. __ (2017).

The Troublesome Dichotomy of Autono(me) in Reproductive Decision-Making and Autono(thee) in Parental Decision-Making, 44 Florida State L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2017).

The Feminist Case for Acknowledging Women’s Acts of Violence, 27 Yale J. Law & Feminism 101 (2016).

Debunking the Myth of Universal Male Integration, 49 Michigan J. of Law Reform 303 (2016) (lead article).

The Illusion of Autonomy in Women's Medical Decision-Making, 42 Florida State L. Rev. 17 (2015).

Reframing the Socratic Method, 64 J. of Legal Education 562 (2015).

Distorted and Diminished Tort Claims for Women, 34 Cardozo L. Rev. 1955 (2013).

Enforcing Masculinities at the Borders, 13 Nevada L. J. 101 (2013).

From Barbarity to Regularity: A Comparative Case Study of "Unnecesarean" Malpractice Claims, 63 S.C. L. Rev. 191(2011).

Examining Entrenched Masculinities Within the Republican Government Tradition, 114 W. Va. L. Rev. 165 (2011).

The Dual Purposes of the U Visa Thwarted in a Legislative Duel, 19 St. Louis Univ. Pub. L. Rev. 373 (2010).

A Synergistic Pedagogical Approach to First-Year Teaching, 48 Duq. L. Rev. 423 (2010).

The Collateral Consequences of Masculinizing Violence, 16 William & Mary J. Women & L. 703 (2010).

Other Professional Publications

White Papers

Creating Pathways to Success for All, Chair of Reporter’s Committee for the WBA Initiative on the Advancement and Retention of Women of Color (May 2008).

Creating Pathways to Success, Reporter’s Committee for the WBA Initiative on the Advancement and Retention of Women (2006).

Encyclopedias

Contributor to Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health, Entry on U Visa (Springer Science+Business Media 2012).

Legal News

Modern Challenges for Military Families Require New Legal Solutions, Louisville Bar Association Bar Briefs (July 2013).

The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2009 "Benefits" Women and Families, WBA Raising the Bar (Spring 2009).

From Internalities to Externalities: Expanding the Politicization of Domestic Violence, Law and Society Annual Meeting, June 2017 (Mexico City, Mexico).

From Internalities to Externalities: Expanding the Politicization of Domestic Violence, The Politicization of Safety, April 2017 (University of California, Irvine School of Law; Irvine, California).

The Feminist Case for Acknowledging Women’s Acts of Violence, Law and Humanities Conference, March 2017 (Stanford University; Palo Alto, CA).

Experiential Learning in the Era of Donald Trump, Fifth Annual Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference, December 2016 (Duquesne University; Pittsburgh, PA).

Actualizing Human Rights at the Local Level, Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, October 2016 (Washington, D.C.).

The Polarization of Autono(me) in Reproductive Decision-Making and Autono(thee) in Parental Decision-Making, The U.S. Feminist Judgments Project: Rewriting the Law, Writing the Future, October 2016 (University of Akron School of Law; Akron, OH).

The Feminist Case for Acknowledging Women’s Acts of Violence, Law and Society Annual Meeting, June 2016 (New Orleans, LA).

How the Best Interest of the Child Standard in Family Law Distorts Autono(me) in Reproductive Decision-Making, International Society for Family Law, North American Regional Conference, May 2016 (Moran, WY).

The Feminist Case for Acknowledging Women’s Acts of Violence, Tel Aviv University School of Law Third Annual Legal Theory Workshop: Bringing Theory to Life, October 2015 (Tel Aviv, Israel).

The Feminist Case for Acknowledging Women’s Acts of Violence, From Scolds to Trolls: The Visible and Audible Silencing of Women, September 2015 (Lancaster, England).

Debunking the Myth of Universal Male Privilege, AALS Mid-Year Meeting Gender, Sexuality, and Law, June 2015 (Orlando, FL).

Reframing the Socratic Method, AALS Mid-Year Meeting Family Law, June 2015 (Orlando, FL).

Debunking the Myth of Universal Male Privilege, Law and Society Annual Conference, May 2015 (Seattle, WA).

The Illusion of Autonomy in Women’s Medical Decision-Making, Law and Society Annual Conference: Law and Inequalities: Global and Local, Panel on Feminist Perspectives on Health Care, June 2014 (Minneapolis, MN).

The Illusion of Autonomy in Women’s Medical Decision-Making, Midwest Political Science Association, April 3-5, 2014 (Chicago, IL).

The Socratic Method Revisited, LegalEd: Igniting Law Teaching, March 2014 (Washington College of Law; DC).

Enforcing Masculinities at the Borders, Lavender Law Junior Scholars Forum, August 22-24, 2013 (San Francisco, CA).

The Larger than Life Issue of Birthing Bias, Law and Society Annual Conference: Power, Privilege, and the Pursuit of Justice: Legal Challenges in Precarious Times, May 31, 2013 (Boston, MA).

Enforcing Masculinities at the Borders, Midwest Political Science Association Conference, April 12, 2013 (Chicago, IL).

Masculinities at War: What ‘Invisible Wounds’ Reveal About Gendered Vulnerability and Violence, Sixth Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference: Applied Feminism and Families, March 8, 2013 (University of Baltimore School of Law; Baltimore, MD).

How Putative Plaintiffs Create Problematized Patients, London Women’s Leadership Symposium, December 8-9, 2012 (Oxford-Cambridge Club; London, England). Integrated Inequality, Society of American Law Teachers Conference on Teaching Social Justice, Expanding Access to Justice: The Role of Legal Education and the Legal Profession, October 5, 2012 (University of Maryland School of Law; Baltimore, MD).

Putative Potential Plaintiffs: Fetal Personhood in Obstetric Malpractice Cases, Emerging Family Law Scholars, May 29, 2012 (Fordham University School of Law; New York, NY).

Distorted and Diminished Tort Remedies for Birthing Women, University of Kentucky Faculty Workshop, February 6, 2013 (Lexington, KY). Enlisting the Nineteenth Amendment as a Modern Weapon for Political Equality, Multidimensional Masculinities Colloquium, February 17-18, 2011 (UNLV Boyd School of Law; Las Vegas, NV).

From ‘Barbarity’ to Regularity: A Case Study on the Unnecessarean Epidemic, Northeast Regional Junior Faculty Workshop, February 5, 2011 (Albany Law School; Albany, NY).

The Collateral Consequences of Masculinizing Violence, Feminism, Law and Masculinity Feminist Legal Theory Workshop, September 11-12, 2009 (Emory University School of Law; Atlanta, Georgia).

University of Louisville Presidential Exemplary Multicultural Law Teaching Award Recipient (2014)

Board Member, Kentucky Equal Justice Center (2013-2017)