• Full-Time Faculty
  • Joanna L. Grossman

  • Ellen K. Solender Endowed Chair in Women and the Law and Professor of Law

  • fulltime Faculty
  • Joanna L. Grossman

  • Ellen K. Solender Endowed Chair in Women and the Law and Professor of Law

Joanna L. Grossman

Ellen K. Solender Endowed Chair in Women and the Law and Professor of Law

  • Biography

    • Professor Grossman is the inaugural Ellen K. Solender Endowed Chair in Women and the Law. 
       
      After graduating with distinction from Stanford Law School, Professor Grossman began her career as a clerk for Ninth Circuit Judge William A. Norris. She also worked as staff counsel at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. as a recipient of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship. In addition, she practiced law at the Washington, D.C. firm of Williams & Connolly LLP.
       
      Prior to coming to SMU Dedman School of Law, Professor Grossman taught at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University where she served as the Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law.  

      Professor Grossman writes extensively on sex discrimination and workplace equality, with a particular focus on issues such as sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination. Her book, NINE TO FIVE:  HOW GENDER, SEX AND SEXUALITY CONTINUE TO DEFINE THE AMERICAN WORKPLACE (Cambridge, 2016), provides a lively and accessible discussion of contemporary cases and events that show gender continues to define the work experience in both predictable and surprising ways. She is also an expert in family law, especially parentage law and the state regulation of marriage. She is co-author (with Lawrence M. Friedman) of INSIDE THE CASTLE:  LAW AND THE FAMILY IN 20TH CENTURY AMERICAN (Princeton University Press, 2011), a comprehensive social history of U.S. family law. She has published articles in Stanford Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, and the Yale Journal on Law and Feminism, among other places. Grossman is the coeditor of GENDER EQUALITY:  DIMENSIONS OF WOMEN'S EQUAL CITIZENSHIP (Cambridge University Press, 2009), an interdisciplinary anthology that explores persistent gaps between formal commitments to gender equality and the reality of women’s lives, and FAMILY LAW IN NEW YORK (Carolina Academic Press, 2015).  She is also a regular columnist for Justia’s Verdict, an elected member of the American Law Institute, and the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her work on parentage law. 
  • Education

    • B.A. Amherst College
      J. D. with distinction, (Order of the Coif) Stanford Law School

       
  • Other Publications

    • COMMENTARY

      Professor Grossman is a regular columnist for Verdict, a legal commentary site hosted by Justia.com.  Her columns are available at http://verdict.justia.com/author/grossman/

      From October 2000 until December 2010, Professor Grossman was a columnist for FindLaw’s Writ.  A complete archive of her columns is available at http://writ.news.findlaw.com/grossman/. She has published this column biweekly for over fourteen years (over 350 total), with an average length of 2500 words and as many as 15,000 readers for a single column. 

      ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES AND SHORT PIECES
       
      Succession Law, The Oxford Companion to American Legal History (2008)
      Family and Medical Leave Act, The Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (2008)     
       
      Title VII’s Protection Against Pay Discrimination: The Impact of Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Regional Labor Review (Fall 2007) (with Deborah L. Brake)
       
      Seeking Equality in the Legal System, Newsday, Oct. 10, 2005, at A39 (op-ed)
       
      NYers Confront Limbo on Same-Sex Marriages, Newsday, May 19, 2004, at A48 (op-ed)
       
      The Supreme Court’s 2003 Employment Rulings: Surprising Gains for Workers and Women, 6 Regional Labor Review 22 (Fall 2003)
       
      A Partial Legal Victory Against Continuing Discrimination: The New Supreme Court Ruling in Amtrak v. Morgan, 5 Regional Labor Review (Fall 2002)
       
      ERPL: Looking Beyond the Loss Ratio, Rough Notes 77 (Nov. 2002) (interview)
       
      Women’s Labor Rights Rulings in 2001: A Mixed Bag, 4 Regional Labor Review 34
             (Spring/Summer 2002)
       
      Probate and Succession Law, Legal Systems of the World (2002)
       
      Harassment, The Oxford Companion to American Law (2002)
       
      Sexual Harassment, The Oxford Companion to American Law (2002)

       

  • Presentations

    • Legal Scholarship in the Modern Law School
      Legal Academy’s Scholarly Mission
      Northeastern Law School (sponsored by the Journal of Legal Education)
      (April 29, 2016) (anticipated)

      Pregnancy Discrimination
      Equality in Employment
      University of Idaho College of Law
      Boise, ID (April 1, 2016) (anticipated)
       
      Parentage Without Gender
      All in the Family: Intimate Parties, Intimate Issues and ADR
      Cardozo Law School, New York, NY (Oct. 19, 2015)
       
      The Perils of Non-Anonymous Sperm Donation
      AALS Midyear Meeting: Shifting Foundations in Family Law
      Orlando, FL (June 22-24, 2015)
       
      Gendering Criminal Law
      Discussant
      Law and Society Junior Scholar Colloquium
      Stanford Law School
      Stanford, CA (May 15-16, 2015)
       
      Griswold at 50
      Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
      Baltimore, MD (May 6, 2016)
       
      Men Who Give it Away
      Faculty Workshop
      Tulane Law School
      New Orleans, LA (April 13, 2015)

      Activist Strategies to Advance the Rights of Women Workers
      8th Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference: Applied Feminism and Work
      University of Baltimore School of Law
      Baltimore, MD (March 7, 2015)
       
      Sex and Gender
      Moderator
      AALS Workshop on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues
      Washington, DC (June 7, 2014)
       
      Men Who Give it Away: The Perils of Free or Non-Anonymous Sperm Donation
      Law and Society Association Annual Meeting
      Minneapolis, MN (May 30, 2014)
       
      Pregnancy Discrimination: Proving a Right to Accommodation
      NELA/NY Spring Conference
      New York, NY (May 9, 2014)
       
      The Legacy of Title IX
      Keynote Speaker, Symposium
      Grinnell College
      Grinnell, IA (September 16-19, 2013)
       
      The Mother (and Father) of All Questions: Who is a Parent?
      Law and Society Annual Meeting
      Boston, MA (May 31, 2013)
       
      Making and Teaching “Real” Family Law

      University of Wisconsin Law School
      (April 5-8, 2013)
       
      Choices and Lives: Abortion after Roe v. Wade
      Keynote Speaker, Colloquium
      St. Mary’s College of Maryland
      (March 19-21, 2013)
       
      Breaking the Glass Ceiling:  Exploring the Continued Existence of Gender Bias in the Legal Profession and Understanding How It Can Change
      Roundtable Participant
      New York University School of Law
      (March 1, 2013)
       
      Comparative Family Law Panel
      AALS Annual Meeting
      New Orleans, LA (January 5, 2013)
       
      Presenter
      Social Justice Feminism Conference
      University of Cincinnati School of Law
      (October 25-27, 2012)
       
      Pregnancy, Motherhood, and Reproductive Rights
      Law and Society Annual Meeting
      (June 7, 2012)
       
      Participant
      Author Meets Reader Panel on Grossman & Friedman
      Inside the Castle
      Law and Society Annual Meeting
      (June 5, 2012)
       
      Intimate Relationships and the State: Reconsidering the Trope of Separate Spheres
      Chair and Discussant
      Law and Society Annual Meeting
      (June 5, 2012)
       
      Title IX and Sexual Violence
      Presenter, CLE
      New York City Bar Association
      (April 17, 2012)
       
      Parents and Non-Parents: The Struggle to Define Parentage in the Age of the New Family
      Law and Society Association Annual Meeting
      San Francisco, CA (June 4, 2011)
       
      Commentator, Works-in-Progress Session
      Emerging Family Law Scholars and Teachers Conference 2011
      San Francisco, CA (June 1-2, 2011)
       
      The State of the Same-Sex Union
      Keynote Speaker
      Chicago Bar Association Panel on The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act
      Chicago, IL (April 20, 2011)
       
      Disentangling Legitimacy and Parentage
      Conference on The New ‘Illegitimacy’: Revisiting Why Parentage Should not Depend on Marriage
      American University
      Washington, DC (March 24-25, 2011)
       
      Relationship Recognition and the New York Courts
      Panelist
      Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in the Courts
      The New York State Judicial Institute
      White Plains, NY (March 22, 2011)
             
      E-Marriage: Emerging Trends Meet the Law
      AALS Annual Meeting
      San Francisco, CA (January 7, 2011)
       
      Are Transsexuals Paving the Way for Gender Equality
      Northeast Law & Society Meeting
      Amherst, MA (October 2, 2010)
       
      Author Meets Readers: Deborah Brake, Getting in the Game: Title IX and the Women’s Sports Revolution
      Chair
      Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association
      Chicago, IL (May 27, 2010)
             
      Author Meets Readers: Deborah Rhode, The Beauty Bias
      Reader
      Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association
      Chicago, IL (May 28, 2010)
       
      Beyond Open Doors: Integrating Pregnant Women into the Workplace
      Lecturer
      Provost’s Annual Diversity Lecture
      Hofstra University (March 10, 2010)
       
      The Future of Pregnancy Discrimination Law
      Keynote Speaker
      Annual Conference of National Employment Lawyers’ Association (Florida chapter)
      St. Petersburg, FL (September 5, 2009)
       
      Legal Protections for Same-Sex Partners and Their Families
      Annual Conference of Gay Officers’ Action League
      New York, NY (June 24, 2009)
       
      Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship
      Chair and Moderator
      Law and Society Association Annual Meeting
      Denver, CO (May 28, 2009)
       
      Empirical Research in Family Law
      Participant,
      Law and Society Association Annual Meeting
      Denver, CO (May 29, 2009)
       
      Pregnant Workers and Disparate Impact Law
      Twelfth Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and Humanities
      Boston, MA (April 3-4, 2009)
       
      Why Transsexuals Are Paving the Way for Sex Equality
      Symposium: Applied Feminism, University of Baltimore School of Law
      Baltimore, MD (March 6, 2009)
       
      Pregnancy, Work, and Citizenship
      Presenter, Faculty Workshop
      Vanderbilt Law School
      Nashville, TN (November 18, 2008)

      The Future of Pregnancy Discrimination Claims
      Symposium: Respecting Expecting: The Thirtieth Anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act
      Yale Law School
      New Haven, CT (November 7-8, 2008)
       
      Defining Discrimination: The Problem of Pregnancy
      Northeast Regional Law and Society Conference
      Amherst, MA (October 31, 2008)
       
      Pregnancy, Work, and Citizenship

      Presenter, Faculty Workshop
      Stanford Law School
      Stanford, CA (July 30, 2008)
       
      The New Generation of Family Law Scholars
      Moderator, Opening Plenary
      Emerging Family Law Scholars Workshop
      Cardozo Law School
      New York, NY (June 5, 2008)
       
      Pregnancy and Women’s Equal Citizenship
      Law and Society Association Annual Meeting
      Toronto, Canada (May 30, 2008)
       
      Participant, Roundtable, “Thirty Years of Anti-Discrimination Law”
      Law and Society Association Annual Meeting
      Toronto, Canada (May 30, 2008)
       
      The Future of Pay Discrimination Claims
      Keynote Speaker, National Pay Equity Day
      Hofstra University
      Hempstead, NY (April 25, 2008)
       
      Rights-Claiming and Reality under Title VII
      Presenter, Faculty Workshop
      Villanova Law School
      Villanova, PA (February 8, 2008)
       
      Reflections on the Roberts Court
      Cardozo Law School
      New York, NY (September 26, 2007)
       
      Knowledge and Voice in a Rights-Claiming System: The Failed Promise of Title VII
      Law and Society Association Annual Meeting
      Berlin, Germany (July 25, 2007)
       
      Sticky Cultural Norms: The Transformative Potential of Title IX
      Organizer and Moderator
      Hofstra Law School
      Hempstead, NY (April 30, 2007)
       
      Social Citizenship and Gender
      Moderator
      Conference on Dimension’s of Women’s Equal Citizenship
      Hofstra Law School
      Hempstead, NY (November 3-4, 2006) (conference co-director)
       
      Title VII and ‘Reasonable’ Employees
      Northeast Regional Law and Society Conference
      Amherst College
      Amherst, MA (May 19-20, 2006)
       
      Same-Sex Marriage: Some Lessons from the History of Marriage and Divorce
      Festschrift for Lawrence Friedman
      Stanford Law School
      Stanford, CA (October 1, 2005)

      The Place of Families
      Chair and Moderator
      Author-Meets-Reader Panel on Linda McClain's
      International Society for Family Law World Conference
      Salt Lake City, UT  (July 20, 2005)

      Resurrecting Comity:  Revising the Problem of Non-Uniform Marriage Laws
      Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association
      Las Vegas, NV  (June 3, 2005)

      Same-Sex Marriage
      International Society for Family Law World Conference
      Salt Lake City, UT (July 20, 2005)

      The Portability of Marriage
      Faculty Workshop
      University of North Carolina School of Law
      Chapel Hill, NC  (March 24, 2005)

      Master Trends in the Role of Law
      Roundtable
      New York Law School
      New York, NY  (November 12, 2004)

      Same-Sex Marriage
      Judicial Training Institute
      Pace Law School
      Westchester, NY (September 18, 2004)
       
      What Makes a Parent?
      Roundtable
      Cardozo Law School
      New York, NY (June 17-18, 2004)
       
      Same-Sex Marriage and the False Rhetoric of Uniformity
      Conference on “Same-Sex Marriage in Massachusetts: The Meaning and Implications of Goodridge v. Department of Public Health
      Southern New England School of Law
      Dartmouth, MA (June 11, 2004)
       
      Understanding Organizational Efforts to Prevent Harassment and Their Impact on Employees
      Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association
      Chicago, IL (May 28, 2004)
       
      The Canon of Family Law
      Discussant
      Seventh Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and Humanities
      Hartford, CT (March 12, 2004)
       
      Understanding the Sexual Harassment Culture
      (with Vicki Magley and Lisa Kath)
      Seventh Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and Humanities
      Hartford, CT (March 12, 2004)
       
      The Limits of Law: Sexual Harassment and Institutional Culture
      Distinguished Lecture
      Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY (February 25, 2004)
       
      Participant at conference
      “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: 10 Years Later,”
      Hofstra University
      Hempstead, NY (September 18, 2003)
       
      Escaping the Confines of Marriage: Divorce and Gender at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
      International Society of Family Law
      North American Regional Conference
      Eugene, OR (June 27, 2003)
       
      Escaping the Confines of Marriage: Divorce and Annulment at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
      Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association
      Pittsburgh, PA (June 6, 2003)
               
      Feminist Law Journals and the Rankings Conundrum
      “Why a Feminist Law Journal?”
      Columbia University School of Law
      New York, NY (April 4, 2003)
       
      Current Policy Initiatives to Promote Marriage
      Moderator
      “A Conference on Marriage, Democracy, and Families,”
      Hempstead, NY (March 14, 2003)
       
      Escaping the Confines of Marriage: Women and Divorce at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
      Sixth Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities
      Sixth Annual Conference
      New York, NY (March 7, 2003)
       
      A Duty of Care: Being Responsible for the Mentally Incapable in the Eighteenth- Century Atlantic World
      Chair and Discussant
      American Society for Legal History Annual Meeting
      San Diego, CA (November 8, 2002)
       
      The Clash Between Law and Reality: Employer Liability for Sexual Harassment
      Law and Society Annual Meeting
      Vancouver, Canada (May 31, 2002)
       
      When Law Confronts Reality: The Limitations on Law’s Ability to Change Workplace Culture
      Fifth Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and Humanities
      Philadelphia, PA (March 10, 2002)
       
      Women and Violence
      Discussant and Chair
      Law, Culture, and Humanities Conference
      Austin, TX (March 2001)
       
      Lecturer, CLE course on sexual harassment sponsored by the Suffolk County Bar Association
      Islip, NY (May 26, 2000)
       
      Sexual Harassment and the Workplace
      Panelist at conference for New York employers
      Melville, NY (November 10, 1999)
       
      Roundtable—Law, Society, and History: The Contributions of Lawrence Friedman (III)
      Participant
      Chicago, IL (May 28, 1999) 
       
  • Media

    • Interviewed on NPR, New York, NY, April 29, 2015 (the new family)      
      Interviewed on NPR, New York, NY, May 9, 2014 (sperm donation practices)
      Interviewed on KMOX Radio, St. Louis, October 8, 2009 (David Letterman harassment scandal)
      Interviewed on WNYC, October 10, 2008 (same-sex marriage in Connecticut)
      Interviewed on A Current Affair (Australia), May 22, 2008 (Heath Ledger’s Will)
      Interviewed on News12, October 15, 2007 (about controversial ethics speaker)
      Interviewed on WNYC, July 6, 2006 (same-sex marriage in New York)
      Interviewed on WNYC, May 17, 2004 (same-sex marriage in Massachusetts)
      Interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition, March 3, 2004 (same-sex marriage in New York)
      Interviewed on “Ken and Company,” KABC 770, Los Angeles, California, November 19, 2003 (same-sex marriage in Massachusetts)
      Onstage commentary for Broadway production of Oleanna, a David Mamet play about sexual harassment in the university setting, October 10, 2009