Jamie R. Abrams

Assistant Professor of Law

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Jamie R. Abrams teaches Torts, Family Law, Legislation, and Women and the Law.  Her research focuses on gender differences in tort law, gendered citizenship, and legal education pedagogy.  Her most recent article, The Illusion of Autonomy in Women's Medical Decision-Making was published in the Spring 2015 issue of the Florida State Law Review, examining the role that the tort system plays in shaping women's reproductive autonomy.  She has a forthcoming book chapter on the historic case of Rostker v. Goldberg in Feminist Judgments (K. Stanchi, L. Berger, and B. Crawford eds., forthcoming 2016), which considered the constitutionality of women's exclusion from the draft.  She has published other scholarly works on the "unnecesarean" epidemic of medicalized childbirth, the historical roots and modern significance of women's military participation, and legal protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence.  Her publications are available at http://ssrn.com/author=862554.   


She was awarded the 2014 University of Louisville Presidential Multicultural Teaching Award for her demonstrated commitment to teaching, research, and service that integrate diverse perspectives https://www.law.louisville.edu/node/14712.  She also received the 2011 Innovations in Teaching Award from the American University Washington College of Law for her work spearheading an integrated curriculum skills simulation for 1Ls.  She was also awarded the Mussey-Gillett Shining Star Award from the District of Columbia’s Women’s Bar Association (“WBA”) for her work co-authoring reports on the status of women and women of color in the legal profession as part of the WBA’s nationally-recognized Initiative on Advancement and Retention of Women (available at http://www.wbadc.org). 


Professor Abrams previously taught at Hofstra University School of Law and American University Washington College of Law.  Before entering law teaching, she worked as a Litigation Associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP where she specialized in complex civil litigation matters.  She began her career at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. specializing in white collar criminal defense and environmental law.


She received her LL.M from Columbia University and her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law, receiving the highest academic honors from both institutions.  She received her B.A. from Indiana University – Bloomington.

Courses Taught

Torts I & II

Family Law


Women and the Law 


Book Chapters


Historical Commentary on Rostker v. Goldberg, in Feminist Judgments (K. Stanchi, L. Berger, and B. Crawford eds., forthcoming 2016)


Migrating and Mutating Masculinities in Institutional Law Reforms, in Exploring Masculinities:  Feminist Legal Theory Reflections, 145 (M. Fineman & M. Thomson eds., 2013).


Select Law Review and Journal Publication


The Illusion of Autonomy in Women's Medical Decision-Making, 42 Florida State L. Rev.  __ (2015).


Debunking the Myth of Universal Male Integration, 49 Michigan J. of Law Reform __ (2015).


Reframing the Socratic Method, 64 J. of Legal Education __ (2015).

Distorted and Diminished Tort Claims for Women, 34 Cardozo L. Rev. 1955 (2013).

Enforcing Masculinities at the Borders, 13 Nevada L. J. 101 (2013).


From Barbarity to Regularity:  A Comparative Case Study of “Unnecesarean” Malpractice Claims, 63 S.C. L. Rev. 191 (2011).   


Examining Entrenched Masculinities Within the Republican Government Tradition, 114 W. Va. L. Rev. 165 (2011).


The Dual Purposes of the U Visa Thwarted in a Legislative Duel, 19 St. Louis Univ. Pub. L. Rev. 373 (2010). 


A Synergistic Pedagogical Approach to First-Year Teaching, 48 Duq. L. Rev. 423 (2010).


The Collateral Consequences of Masculinizing Violence, 16 William & Mary J. Women & L. 703 (2010). 


Other Professional Publications

White Papers: 

·  Creating Pathways to Success for All, Chair of Reporter’s Committee for the WBA Initiative on the Advancement and Retention of Women of Color (May 2008).

·  Creating Pathways to Success, Reporter’s Committee for the WBA Initiative on the Advancement and Retention of Women (2006), available at http://www.wbadc.org.


Encyclopedias:  Contributor to Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health, Entry on U Visa (Springer Science+Business Media 2012).


Legal News: 

·  Modern Challenges for Military Families Require New Legal Solutions, Louisville Bar Association Bar Briefs (July 2013).

·  The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2009 “Benefits” Women and Families, WBA Raising the Bar (Spring 2009).


The Illusion of Autonomy in Women’s Medical Decision-Making,  Law and Society Annual Conference:  Law and Inequalities:  Global and Local, Panel on Feminist Perspectives on Health Care, June 2014 (Minneapolis, MN).


The Illusion of Autonomy in Women’s Medical Decision-Making, Midwest Political Science Association, April 3-5, 2014 (Chicago, IL). 


The Socratic Method Revisited, LegalEd:  Igniting Law Teaching, March 2014 (Washington College of Law; DC). 


Enforcing Masculinities at the Borders,  Lavender Law Junior Scholars Forum, August 22-24, 2013 (San Francisco, CA).


The Larger than Life Issue of Birthing Bias, Law and Society Annual Conference:  Power, Privilege, and the Pursuit of Justice:  Legal Challenges in Precarious Times, May 31, 2013 (Boston, MA).


Enforcing Masculinities at the Borders, Midwest Political Science Association Conference, April 12, 2013 (Chicago, IL).


Masculinities at War: What ‘Invisible Wounds’ Reveal About Gendered Vulnerability and Violence, Sixth Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference:  Applied Feminism and Families, March 8, 2013 (University of Baltimore School of Law; Baltimore, MD).


How Putative Plaintiffs Create Problematized Patients, London Women’s Leadership Symposium, December 8-9, 2012 (Oxford-Cambridge Club; London, England).

Integrated Inequality, Society of American Law Teachers Conference on Teaching Social Justice, Expanding Access to Justice:  The Role of Legal Education and the Legal Profession, October 5, 2012 (University of Maryland School of Law; Baltimore, MD).


Putative Potential Plaintiffs: Fetal Personhood in Obstetric Malpractice Cases, Emerging Family Law Scholars, May 29, 2012 (Fordham University School of Law; New York, NY).


Distorted and Diminished Tort Remedies for Birthing Women, University of Kentucky Faculty Workshop, February 6, 2013 (Lexington, KY).

Enlisting the Nineteenth Amendment as a Modern Weapon for Political Equality, Multidimensional Masculinities Colloquium, February 17-18, 2011 (UNLV Boyd School of Law; Las Vegas, NV). 


From ‘Barbarity’ to Regularity:  A Case Study on the Unnecessarean Epidemic, Northeast Regional Junior Faculty Workshop, February 5, 2011 (Albany Law School; Albany, NY).  


The Collateral Consequences of Masculinizing Violence, Feminism, Law and Masculinity Feminist Legal Theory Workshop, September 11-12, 2009 (Emory University School of Law; Atlanta, Georgia). 

University and Community Service

Board Member, Kentucky Equal Justice Center (2013 - Present)

Advisor to Women's Law Caucus, Journal of Animal and Environmental Law, and PALS (Parents Attending Law School) 

Planning Committee Member, Delphi Center Celebration of Teaching Excellence (2015)