Southwestern Law Review presents a symposium celebrating the work of Professor Myrna S. Raeder
Locking Up Females, Failing to Protect Them, and Punishing Their Children and Families: Can A Human Rights Approach Eliminate Gender Bias That Is Currently Treated as Gender Neutral?
Friday, November 14, 2014 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Renowned gender equity advocate and beloved Southwestern Law School Professor Myrna S. Raeder passed away on November 16, 2013. She left behind an influential body of work. From sexual assault and domestic violence to evidentiary rules, sentencing and correctional policies in both the adult and juvenile systems, Professor Raeder’s work always focused on the effects of the criminal justice system on females as both victims and offenders.
Professor Raeder’s work was widely cited in law review articles (650 cites at last count) and books, by several courts (17 different cases), and in briefs. Judges and lawyers often contacted for her opinions on particular aspects of gender related offender issues. Professor Raeder also garnered major recognition for her leadership, scholarship and advocacy, including one of the American Bar Association’s highest honors: the 2002 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. She was honored in 2003 with the Women Lawyers of Los Angeles Ernestine Stahlhut Award for her unique contributions to the community and the legal profession and was inducted into the Hunter College Hall of Fame in 2005. In early November 2013, the ABA Criminal Justice Section honored Professor Raeder with its prestigious Charles R. English Award.
This symposium celebrated Professor Raeder’s legacy by focusing on the issue of gender bias in and across the criminal spectrum, an issue she dedicated her life to exposing, addressing and remedying. At her core, Professor Raeder was the consummate advocate. So, to honor her advocacy, this symposium served as a clarion call to us all—activists, scholars, teachers, students, concerned citizens—to not just remember Professor Raeder’s work but to take up or continue to work for some of the causes she championed.