Women, Gender, and the Law Series Continues with Paula Monopoli

February 6, 2014

Paula Monopoli is Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law where she founded the Women, Leadership & Equality Program in 2003.  Professor Monopoli received her B.A, cum laude, from Yale College in 1980, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1983. Prior to entering academia, she practiced law at Hawkins, Delafield and Wood, Holland & Knight and Hill & Barlow. She teaches Property, Trusts & Estates and a seminar in Gender and Leadership in the Legal Profession.  Professor Monopoli's publications include Law and Leadership: Integrating Leadership Studies into the Law School Curriculum (eds. with McCarty)(Ashgate), Contemporary Approaches to Trusts and Estates (with Gary, Borison and Cahn)(Aspen Publishers.) American Probate (Northeastern University Press), Gender and Constitutional Design in the Yale Law Journal, Marriage, Property and [In]Equality: Remedying ERISA's Disparate Impact on Spousal Wealth  in the Yale Law Journal Online and Women and the Gendered State (with E. McDonagh) in Feminist Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press.)  Professor Monopoli is an elected member of the American Law Institute and an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel.  She held the Marbury Research Professorship from 2008 - 2011 and has twice been selected as the Outstanding Professor of the Year at the School of Law, most recently in May 2013.  Professor Monopoli was also named the University Teacher of the Year at the University of Maryland Baltimore in 2013.

Ms. Monopoli will give a lecture on March 5th at 7:00 pm in NEU Hall in Bradley Hall.  This lecture is free and open to the public.  The lecture will focus on the years immediately preceding and following the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution – the amendment that made it possible for women to vote in all state and national elections.  Alice Paul and the National Women’s Party members who successfully lobbied Congress for passage of the Amendment in 1919 and 36 states for its ratification in 1920 believed that the Amendment would guarantee broad political and civil rights for women.  The failure of the 19th Amendment to be used as a jurisprudential cornerstone for equality lies, in part, in how state courts cabined the Amendment in the years following its ratification and narrowly construed its legal and political meaning.  The result was that the Amendment became a constitutional orphan, whose power and promise in guaranteeing gender equality to American women lies dormant and unfulfilled.