Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 55, No. 3 (2021-2022)

    Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 55, No. 3 (2021-2022)

    Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 55, No. 3 (2021-2022)

    Family Law Trailblazers

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    Family Law Quarterly

    Vol. 52, No. 3 (2021–2022): Family Law Trailblazers

    This issue is dedicated to “Family Law Trailblazers” who have inspired so many and profoundly influenced the course of family law. Honorees include Judge Judith Kaye, Judge Jane Bolin, Pauli Murray, Paula Ettelbrick, and many others.

    Editor’s Note
    April Pacis
    We NYLS students become lawyers having fought through a pandemic and come out stronger and more dedicated to the law, ready to take on the challenges of being a lawyer. We carry with us the inspiration of the family law trailblazers portrayed here.

    Lisa F. Grumet
    Thank you to our authors for their remarkable contributions, to the FLQ Board of Editors for their work in planning and writing for this issue, and to all the others who have made this extraordinary issue on the trailblazers of family law possible.

    Lisa F. Grumet
    This issue honors those who have made pioneering contributions to family law. We began planning it soon after the passing of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose inspiring work as a women’s rights advocate helped shape the field.

    Judith S. Kaye: A Chief Judge for Families and Children
    Andrew Schepard
    This tribute focuses on Chief Judge Kaye’s special passion—the welfare of families and children involved with the legal system. Her accomplishments in this area make her a candidate for the most consequential family law judge in American history.

    Judge Jane Bolin: Ahead of the Times, Part I: A Look at an Important Decision on Juvenile Interviews, In re Rutane
    Judge Patria Frias-Colón & Irwin Weiss
    Judge Bolin was an African American woman of extraordinary firsts. Her In re Rutane opinion was cited in In re Gault, the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on children’s right to counsel and procedural protections in juvenile delinquency hearings.

    Judge Jane Bolin: Ahead of the Times, Part II: A Look at Her Child Support Cases
    Judge Patria Frias-Colón & Irwin Weiss
    Part II of our exploration of Judge Bolin’s legacy examines her family law work as assistant corporation counsel for the New York City Law Department and family law cases she presided over in what is now the New York City Family Court.

    The Ties That Bind: What Pauli Murray Teaches Us About Race, Family, Slavery, and Inequality
    Jessica Dixon Weaver
    Pauli Murray, unsung American hero, was an African American civil rights activist, feminist, lawyer, book author, poet, professor, and priest. The modern legal arguments for equality for Blacks, women, and the LGBTQ community were her brainchild.

    How to Bring Your Kids Up Queer: Family Law Realism, Then and Now
    Kris Franklin & Noa Ben-Asher
    Paula Ettelbrick fought for us. As a pragmatic, radical litigator, she sought to ground law in lived realities to advance her prescient goals for the liberation of queer individuals and families. We recommend her exemplary model.

    Tributes to Family Law Scholars Who Helped Us Find Our Path
    J. Thomas Oldham & Paul M. Kurtz
    The Tributes in this article honor a diverse group of 12 distinguished family law scholars. In the future, we hope to recognize the many others who have had a profound impact on their students—and on all of us and on the law.

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