Professor Laura T. Kessler is a nationally known expert in two areas: work and family conflict and the legal regulation of non-nuclear families. She is particularly interested in how the law perpetuates gender-based economic inequality. Kessler's scholarship is widely-cited and well-known as providing rigorous, comprehensive, theoretically informed, interdisciplinary analyses of cutting edge issues involving discrimination, families, and work. Some examples include Feminism for Everyone (Seattle 2011), Transgressive Caregiving (Florida State 2005), and The Attachment Gap: Employment Discrimination Laws, Women’s Cultural Caregiving, and the Limits of Economic and Liberal Legal Theory (Michigan J.L. Reform 2001). Prior to joining the College of Law, Professor Kessler clerked for the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, litigated class-action civil rights cases for the ACLU of Maryland, and served as a teaching fellow at Columbia Law School.
Law and Social Sciences
Women and Legal Education