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Jamie R. Abrams

Visiting Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing

B.A., Indiana University - Bloomington; J.D., American; LL.M., Columbia

Jamie R. Abrams teaches Torts, Family Law, Legislation, and Women and the Law. Her research focuses on reproductive and birthing decision-making, gendered citizenship, legal protections...

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Jamie R. Abrams teaches Torts, Family Law, Legislation, and Women and the Law. Her research focuses on reproductive and birthing decision-making, gendered citizenship, legal protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence, and legal education pedagogy. Her most recent 2016 law review articles include Debunking the Myth of Universal Male Privilege, which was published as the lead article in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, and The Feminist Case for Acknowledging Women’s Acts of Violence in the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. She recently published a book chapter providing historical commentary on Rostker v. Goldberg, a U.S. Supreme Court case considering the constitutionality of women's exclusion from the draft, in the book “Feminist Judgments” (Cambridge University Press). Other prior works have appeared in Top 100 law journals, such as the Florida State Law Review and the Cardozo Law Review. A full collection of her publications are available online.

She co-directs 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. Current initiatives are focused on language access, educational access, health care access and media rhetoric.

Professor Abrams was awarded the 2014 University of Louisville Presidential Multicultural Teaching Award 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. 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.

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