Monday, 17 May 2010

Student Writing and Sexual Justice

I've been a little bit (well - very) slow to pick up on this post on the Feminist Law Professors blog. It highlights a recent publication by Ruthann Robson (perhaps best known for Sappho Goes to Law School) in the journal Law & Sexuality (published once a year and edited by students - it's the official journal of the LGBT Bar Association). I've recently re-read Sappho in the course of a little project I'm working on (which hopefully I'll have excited news about in the next month or so) and she is a truly brilliant writer.

Her most recent article explores student writing and sexual justice. I've pasted in the full abstract below. The article is available for free download from SSRN here and will be of interest to scholars, students and their observers alike. Here's the abstract:

'Encouraging creativity and risk is an important—and underappreciated—dimension of the
mentor-student process in student scholarly writing. This Article models an imaginative reflection on collaborative supervision that produces student scholarship. The organizational motif of “sins” connects to extra-legal cultural constructions that permeate everyday life, including the life of writing, and more specifically confronts the conflation of “sin” and “sex” that persists in legal and nonlegal discourse. The boundaries of legal academic writing, like the limitations of sexual freedom, are sites of anxiety for both mentors and students; this Article suggests that these borders also can be places of adventure.'

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