Peter A Allard School of Law

17th Annual Marlee Kline Lecture w/ Dean Donna Young

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Professor Donna Young, Dean of Law, Ryerson University


Say Her Name: Law and Activism at the Intersection of Race and Gender

In 1989 Professor Kline published her article “Race, Racism and Feminist Legal Theory” in the Harvard Women’s Law Journal. With that article, she helped to open up discussion of the ways in which the voices of Black women and our understandings and experiences of inequality were marginalized within feminist legal theorizing. Her stated goal was to “examine interaction and interconnection among the elements of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and other differentiating characteristics in women's lives.” We now have a term for Professor Kline’s scholarly focus coined at around the same time that her article was published - intersectionality. Professor Kline was a pioneer in championing a more inclusive and nuanced analysis of the law and its impact on all women’s lives. In her remarks, Dean Young will reflect on the impact and promises of an intersectional approach to law and social activism. 


About the speaker

Donna E. Young is the inaugural dean of the Faculty of Law at Ryerson University. Prior to joining Ryerson, she was the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at the Albany Law School and a joint faculty member at the University at Albany's Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department. Dean Young's research focuses on law and inequality, race and gender discrimination, and academic freedom and university governance. She has taught courses in Criminal Law, Employment Law, Federal Civil Procedure, Gender and Work, and Race, Rape Culture, and Law. 

About the lecture 

The Marlee Kline Social Justice Lecture honours the memory of Marlee Gayle Kline. This lectureship not only recognizes Marlee's rich contribution to the law school community but also reflects her belief in the central role social justice concerns must play in legal education and law. Professor Kline died in 2001 after a lengthy and determined struggle with leukemia. Her work on feminist legal theory, critical race theory, child welfare law and policy, law's continued colonialism, and the restructuring of the social welfare state is internationally acclaimed. A list of past Marlee Kline Social Justice Lectures is available.


Please fill out the form below to register. You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting information. This lecture qualifies for 1 hour of CPD credit. 


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