Jamie R. Abrams

Assistant Professor of Law

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Jamie R. Abrams teaches Torts, Domestic Relations, Legislation, and Women and the Law.  Her scholarly interests include integrating masculinities theory in feminist law reforms such as military integration and domestic violence; examining the tort complexities governing standards of care in childbirth; gendered conceptualizations of citizenship; and legal education pedagogy.  She has a forthcoming book chapter on Migrating and Mutating Masculinities in Institutional Law Reforms in Masculinities and Law (Ashgate Press, Martha A. Fineman & Michael Thomson eds., forthcoming 2014).  She has also published articles with the Cardozo Law Review, Nevada Law Journal, South Carolina Law Review, West Virginia Law Review, and other scholarly journals (publications available at http://ssrn.com/author=862554).  She was awarded 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 

Torts II

Domestic Relations


Women and the Law 


Book Chapters


Migrating and Mutating Masculinities in Institutional Law Reforms, in Masculinities and Law (Ashgate Press, Martha A. Fineman & Michael Thomson eds. 2014). 


Select Law Review and Journal Publication


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).


Back to the Future: Using Historical Client Research to Train Family Law Practitioners, Emerging Family Law Scholars and Teachers, June 5, 2013 (Brooklyn Law School; New York, NY) (Teaching Plenary).

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).

·      Law and Society Conference, June 7, 2012 (Honolulu, Hawaii).

·      New York Family Law Scholars, July 28, 2011 (Cardozo Law School; New York, NY).

·      Midwest Family Law Consortium, June 16-17, 2011 (Michigan State University Law School; East Lansing, MI). 


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).  


Migrating and Mutating Masculinities in Institutional Law Reforms, Junior Faculty Workshop, November 14, 2011 (Hofstra Law School; Hempstead, NY).    


Advancement of Women in Federal Government, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Workgroup, April 28, 2010 (EEOC; Washington, DC) (Co-Presenter). 


Integrating Skills and Substance in the First-Year, Engendering Hope in the Legal Writing Classroom:  Pedagogy, Curriculum, and Attitude, December 5, 2009 (Duquesne University School of Law; Pittsburgh, PA). 


The Collateral Consequences of Masculinizing Violence

·      Work-in-Progress Panel, LatCrit XIV Conference, Outsiders Inside:  Critical Outsider Theory and Praxis in the Policymaking of the New American Regime, October 3, 2009 (American University Washington College of Law; Washington, DC). 

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


Stories Without Endings: The Stories of Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence Seeking U Visa Relief, Chapter Two:  Once Upon a Legal Story, July 22-24, 2009 (Lewis & Clark Law School; Portland, Oregon). 


Shattering the Glass Wall Separating Skills and Substance, Roundtable on Teaching Gender Inequality in Law School, Law and Society Annual Conference on Law, Power, and Inequality in the 21st Century, May 28-31, 2009 (Denver, CO).


Building Coalitions to Extend and Strengthen the Bridge:  The Relevance of Professional Development Diversity Initiatives to Legal Writing Instruction, Writing and Legal Writing Teachers, Instructors, and Professors of Color and/or Progressive Orientation Conference, May 16-17, 2008 (Howard University School of Law; Washington, DC).


Understanding U Visa Regulations and Creating Best Practices for Trafficking and Other Immigrant Relief, Workshop on the New U Visa Regulations, February 21, 2008 (American University Washington College of Law; Washington, DC) (Moderator).


University and Community Service

Board Member, Kentucky Equal Justice Center