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Brooklyn professor will speak on domestic violence and the law

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-nominated author Elizabeth M. Schneider will speak on "Battered Women, Feminist Lawmaking, and Equality" at Vassar College's Sanders Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 8.

Sponsored by Vassar's Department of Political Science, the Office of the President, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, the Women's Studies Program, and the American Culture Program, the talk is free and open to the public.

Schneider's book, "Battered Women and Feminist Law Making," published this fall by Yale University Press, has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. Her experience in working with victims of domestic violence is also documented in her casebook, "Battered Women and the Law," forthcoming from the Foundation Press in 2001. She is currently a professor at Brooklyn Law School and a visiting professor at Columbia and Harvard Law schools.

Schneider has explored the legality of domestic abuse, litigating many landmark cases in federal and state courts. She has done groundbreaking legal work on gender bias and self-defense, particularly in cases of battered women who kill their assailants.

For more information, contact the Department of Political Science at (845) 437-5560.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, November 8, 2000