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Bodenheimer Lecture: Susan Frelich Appleton

Monday, March 11

Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom, UC Davis School of Law

4pm Lecture
5pm Reception

The 2013 Brigitte M. Bodenheimer Lecture on Family Law will feature Susan Frelich Appleton, the Lemma Barkeloo & Phoebe Couzins Professor of Law and Israel Treiman Faculty Fellow at Washington University School of Law.

Professor Appleton is a nationally known expert in family law. Her research, scholarship, and writings address such legal issues as adoption, assisted reproduction, gender and parentage, surrogacy, and abortion rights. She has co-authored a family law casebook, now in its fourth edition, as well as a casebook on adoption and assisted reproduction, and she has published extensively on family law matters in law reviews.

A member of the American Law Institute (ALI), she holds the office of Secretary and serves on the ALI Council. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the American Bar Foundation. Previously, Professor Appleton was an adviser to the ALI’s Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution and also worked as consultant to the New Jersey Bioethics Commission, assisting that agency in its recommendations for laws addressing “surrogate-mother” arrangements.

Established in 1981 in memory of Professor Brigitte M. Bodenheimer, this endowed lecture brings scholars and practitioners to King Hall to discuss recent developments affecting the family.

Professor Appleton will deliver her lecture entitled, "Leaving Home? Domicile, Family, and Gender." This talk explores the legal construct of domicile, its core notion of home, and the enduring importance of these ideas in family law and conflict of laws. Modern family's law roots in earlier studies of domestic relations have generated assumptions that the home must be the central site of family life and family law, in turn elevating the significance of domicile (as well as variations like "home state" and "residence" that attempt to improve upon the traditional concept). Even after the demise of the old derivative domicile rule that epitomized married women's subordination, the continuing emphasis on domicile as the source of applicable rules governing the family makes family law a "separate sphere," based in the home, characterized by domesticity, and gendered female. In the meantime, the ways we live our lives today and contemporary changes in family law itself challenge conventional understandings of home and domicile, while also spurring thought experiments about alternatives that might be used instead.

MCLE Credit
This activity is approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of one hour, which applies to the elimination of bias credit. The University of California, Davis, School of Law (MCLE Provider #1127) certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education. Registration for MCLE credit will begin 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.

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Parking Information
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For more information, please contact UC Davis School of Law, Office of External Relations at 530.754.5328.

This event is free and open to the public. Please click HERE to RSVP.

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