Like Bridget, I’ve been at the AALS Women Rethinking Equality conference this week and quite enjoyed this event. Planning committee chair, Kathy Abrams, and the rest of the planning committee did a really great job with the program and gave credit to Elizabeth Nowicki for the program’s inclusiveness this year in terms of subject matter (corporate, securities, and tax law panels!) and seniority (lots of junior scholar panels). The full event program is here.
On Tuesday, I was on the plenary session, The Workplace As A Site Of Gender (In)Equality. The description from the program is at right, though it omits Victoria Brescoll, Yale School of Management, and Tanya Hernandez, our panel moderator. I’m sure that I’m biased, but I thought that our panel was really great. Both Victoria and Catherine (“K.T.”) presented new and interesting empirical research, while Joan and Vicki discussed legal developments and theory. I discussed some of the research on corporate board diversity that you Loungers have heard me talk about here before and considered myself really lucky to be on a panel with researchers who have been so influential in this field.
On Wednesday, I was a commenter for Rachel Anderson on the Corporation/Tax panel, whose description is below left. In these sessions, junior faculty were selected through a call for papers to present works in progress and receive feedback from assigned commentators and audience members. Faith Stevelman commented on Christina’s paper and Elizabeth Nowicki commented on Afra’s. This panel was also quite good -- all of the papers tackle interesting and ambitious topics, the commentators took their jobs seriously, and our (small) audience gave some great feedback as well.
And since no conference blog post would be complete without a restaurant review, I thought that the best of the restaurants we visited was Proof. A sample menu is here. In addition to the chef’s charcuterie selection, we ordered the crispy pig’s head, roasted beats, pan roasted sweetbreads, crispy cauliflower, and several other yummy dishes.
I will now have to eat nothing but yogurt for a week to make up for that. But it was worth it -- two and a half days very well spent!