University of Pittsburgh
March 18, 2002

Pitt Law School's Rubash Distinguished Lecture Series to Feature Elizabeth Schneider

Contact:  412-624-4147

March 19, 2002

PITTSBURGH—Elizabeth Schneider, Rose L. Hoffer Professor of Law at Brooklyn School of Law, will give a lecture titled "Domestic Violence as a Social and Legal Problem" at The Norman J. and Alice Chapman Rubash Distinguished Lecture in Law and Social Work, at noon April 4 in the University of Pittsburgh's Teplitz Memorial Courtroom, in Oakland. Pitt's School of Law and School of Social Work are sponsoring the free, public lecture.

Schneider, the leading authority on feminist jurisprudence and domestic violence issues, serves as chair of the Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship Program at Brooklyn School of Law

Named a "Woman of Power and Influence" by the New York City chapter of the National Organization of Women, Schneider has lectured in the United States and abroad, litigated landmark cases on civil rights, and done innovative legal work on gender bias and self-defense in cases of battered women who kill their attackers.

Schneider is the author of "Battered Women and Feminist Lawmaking" (2000), which won the Association of American Publishers Prize for Best Scholarly Book in Law for 2000, and a law school casebook on domestic violence, "Battered Women and the Law" (2001). She has served as a member of the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), chair of the AALS section on Women in Legal Education, member of the AALS committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, and member of the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers.

The Rubash Distinguished Lecture Series was established through gifts from Norman J. Rubash, a 1957 graduate of the School of Law, and his wife, Alice Chapman Rubash, a 1956 graduate of the School of Social Work. They also established the Norman J. Rubash and Alice Chapman Rubash Clinical Legal Education Fund in the School of Law, which funds clinical education in Pitt's Law School. The primary project supported by the fund is the Norman J. and Alice Chapman Rubash Distinguished Visitorship, which brings a distinguished individual in the fields of law and social work to the University, where they teach and deliver a public lecture.

For more information, contact Stella Smetanka at 412/648-5476.