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Harvard Law professor to address same sex marriage at UF Law

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A Harvard Law professor will examine how the campaign to extend civil marriage to couples of the same sex fails to capture the changing nature and complexity of marital relationships in our society.

Janet Halley, Royall Professor of Law at Harvard, will present, “Travelling Marriage: Why the Campaign for Same Sex Marriage Cases Get Marriage Wrong,” at the seventh annual Weyrauch Distinguished Lecture in Family Law. The lecture is noon on Thursday at the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, HOL 180; it is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Marcia Whitney Schott Courtyard. The lecture is sponsored by UF Law’s Center for Children and Families.

“The Center for Children and Families is delighted to have Professor Halley as our annual Weyrauch speaker,” said Rachel Rebouche, assistant law professor and associate director for the Center for Children and Families. “Professor Halley is one of the country’s most distinguished family law scholars, and her lecture promises to offer an insightful and provocative perspective on same sex marriage.”

Halley teaches courses in family law, comparative family law and sexuality, and legal theory. Her books include “After Sex? On Writing Since Queer Theory,” co-edited with Andrew Parker (Duke University Press 2011); “Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism” (Princeton University Press 2006); “Left Legalism/Left Critique,” co-edited with Wendy Brown (Duke University Press, 2002); “Don’t: A Reader’s Guide to the Military’s Anti-Gay Policy” (Duke Univ. Press, 1999); and “Seeking the Woman in Late Medieval and Renaissance Literature: Essays in Feminist Contextual Criticism,” co-edited with Sheila Fisher (University of Tennessee Press, 1989). Her current projects include a handbook, “What’s Not to Like about Sexual Harassment Law” and a critique of the rules about sexual violence in war established by the ad hoc courts convened to adjudicate war crimes in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.

The Weyrauch Distinguished Lecture in Family Law was established in honor of Professor Walter O. Weyrauch, internationally known for his work in foreign and family law. Weyrauch joined the UF Law faculty in 1957 as associate professor. He became professor in 1960, was Clarence J. TeSelle Professor 1989-1994, and became Stephen C. O’Connell Chair in 1994 and distinguished professor in 1998. A reception will follow the lecture.

Matt Walker, UF Law Communications

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Published: October 15th, 2012

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