This course will examine society’s notions of motherhood and how various laws affect becoming and being a mother. Specific topics include laws that affect reproduction, pregnancy, leave from work following childbirth, parenting decisions, when to legally punish mothers and lastly navigating motherhood and professional identity as a lawyer. Some of the questions that will run through this course include:
Given the importance of caring for children, how should the law construct expectations of parenthood?
- How does the law shape our notions of the responsibility of motherhood?
- Is there common ground among political opponents on issues related to law and motherhood?
- What laws should be implemented to better support mothers in the United States?