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Deborah Widiss

Faculty bibliography for Professor Widiss


Deborah Widiss

Associate Dean for Research; Professor of Law and Ira C. Batman Faculty Fellow


EXTRA CREDIT: A LEGAL GUIDE FOR NONPROFITS OFFERING IN-SCHOOL AND AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS (with Elizabeth Guggenheimer, Eds.) New York: Lawyers Alliance for New York, 2002.


Time Off Work for Menstruation: A Good Idea?, 98 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW ONLINE 170 (2023). [HeinOnline] [SSRN]

Privatizing Family Leave Policy: Assessing the New Opt-in Insurance Model, 53 SETON HALL LAW REVIEW 1543 (2023). [HeinOnline] [SSRN]

Pregnant Workers Fairness Acts: Advancing a Progressive Policy in Both Red and Blue America, 22 NEVADA LAW JOURNAL 1131 (2023). [HeinOnline] [SSRN]

Proving Discrimination by the Text, 106 MINNESOTA LAW REVIEW 353 (2021). [HeinOnline] [SSRN]

Menstruation Discrimination and the Problem of Shadow Precedents, 41 COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF GENDER AND THE LAW 235 (2021). [HeinOnline] [SSRN]

Chosen Family, Care, and the Workplace, 131 YALE LAW JOURNAL FORUM 215 (2021). [SSRN]

Equalizing Parental Leave, 105 MINNESOTA LAW REVIEW 2175 (2021). [HeinOnline] [SSRN]

The Hidden Gender of Gender-Neutral Paid Parental Leave: Examining Recently-Enacted Laws in the United States and Australia41 COMPARATIVE LABOR LAW & POLICY JOURNAL 723 (2021). [HeinOnline] [SSRN]

Communication Breakdown: How Courts Do - and Don't - Respond to Statutory Overrides, 104 JUDICATURE 50 (Spring 2020). [HeinOnline]

After the Override: An Empirical Analysis of Shadow Precedent (with Brian J. Broughman), 46 JOURNAL OF LEGAL STUDIES 51 (2017). [HeinOnline] [SSRN]

The Interaction of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act After Young v. UPS, 50 U.C. DAVIS LAW REVIEW 1423 (2017). [HeinOnline] [SSRN]

Intimate Liberties and Antidiscrimination Law97 BOSTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 2083 (2017). [HeinOnline] [SSRN]

Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships: New Possibilities for Research on the Role of Marriage Law in Household Labor Allocation, 8 JOURNAL OF FAMILY THEORY & REVIEW 10 (2016). [SSRN]

Griggs at Midlife, 113 MICHIGAN LAW REVIEW 993 (2015). [HeinOnline] [SSRN]

Making Sausage: What, Why and How to Teach about Legislative Process in a Legislation or Leg-Reg Course 65 JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION 96 (2015). [HeinOnline] [SSRN]

A Marriage By Any Other Name: Why Civil Unions Should Receive Federal Recognition (with Andrew Koppelman), 3 INDIANA JOURNAL OF LAW AND SOCIAL EQUALITY (Spring 2015). [HeinOnline] [SSRN]

Non-Marital Families and (or After?) Marriage Equality 42 FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 547 (2015). [HeinOnline] [SSRN]

Still Kickin' After All These Years: Sutton and Toyota as Shadow Precedents, 63 DRAKE LAW REVIEW 919 (2015). [HeinOnline] [SSRN]

Identifying Congressional Overrides Should Not Be This Hard, 92 TEXAS LAW REVIEW SEE ALSO 145 (2014). [SSRN] [HeinOnline]

Leveling Up After DOMA, 89 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 43 (2014). [SSRN] [HeinOnline]

Gilbert Redux: The Interaction of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Amended Americans with Disabilities Act, 46 UC DAVIS LAW REVIEW 961 (2013). [HeinOnline] [SSRN] Reprinted in WOMEN AND THE LAW: 2013 ed. (Tracy A. Thomas, Ed.). New York: Thomson/Reuters, 2013.

Changing the Marriage Equation, 89 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 721 (2012). [SSRN] [HeinOnline]

Divergent Interests: Union Representation of Individual Employment Discrimination Claims, 87 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 421 (2012). [SSRN] [HeinOnline]

Reconfiguring Sex, Gender, and the Law of Marriage, 50 FAMILY COURT REVIEW 205 (2012). [HeinOnline]

Undermining Congressional Overrides: The Hydra Problem in Statutory Interpretation, 90 TEXAS LAW REVIEW 859 (2012). [SSRN] [HeinOnline]

The Argument for Same-Sex Marriage (with Nelson Tebbe and Shannon Gilreath), 159 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA LAW REVIEW PENNumbra 21 (2010). [HeinOnline]

Equal Access and the Right to Marry (with Nelson Tebbe), 158 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA LAW REVIEW 1375 (2010). [SSRN] [HeinOnline]

Shadow Precedents and the Separation of Powers: Statutory Interpretation of Congressional Overrides, 84 NOTRE DAME LAW REVIEW 511 (2009). [SSRN] [HeinOnline] Shortened version reprinted in 13 EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS AND EMPLOYEE POLICY JOURNAL 361 (2009).

Domestic Violence and the Workplace: The Explosion of State Legislation and the Need for a Comprehensive Strategy, 35 FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 669 (2008). [SSRN] [HeinOnline] Excerpt reprinted in DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE LAW: THEORY AND PRACTICE (Elizabeth M. Schneider, et. al., Eds.). New York: Foundation Press, 2013.

Advocating for the Employment Rights of Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault( with Robin R. Runge), 7 ABA COMMISSION ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE QUARTERLY E-NEWSLETTER (Spring 2007).

Exposing Sex Stereotypes in Recent Same-Sex Marriage Jurisprudence (with Elizabeth N. Rosenblatt & Douglas NeJaime), 30 HARVARD JOURNAL OF LAW & GENDER 461 (2007). [SSRN] [HeinOnline] Reprinted in 7 DUKEMINIER AWARDS: BEST SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY LAW REVIEW ARTICLES OF 2007 1 (2008).

Using Federal and State Laws to Promote Secure Housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence (with Emily J. Martin), 6 ABA COMMISSION ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE QUARTERLY E-NEWSLETTER (Winter 2007).

Employment Protection for Domestic Violence Victims (with Wendy R. Weiser), CLEARINGHOUSE REVIEW JOURNAL OF POVERTY LAW AND POLICY 3 (May-June, 2004). [HeinOnline]

Note, Re-Viewing History: The Use of the Past as Negative Precedent in United States v. Virginia, 108 YALE LAW JOURNAL 237 (1998). [HeinOnline]

Case Note, Uneasy Labeling: Discon, Inc. v. Nynex Corp., 107 YALE LAW JOURNAL 1529 (1998). [HeinOnline]

Book Chapters

Pregnancy and Work - 50 Years of Legal Theory, Litigation, and Legislation in THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF FEMINISM AND LAW IN THE UNITED STATES (Deborah Brake, et al., eds.). Oxford University Press, 2021. [SSRN]

Work and Caregiving During COVID-19 and Pregnant Employees and New Parents, in WORK LAW UNDER COVID-19 (Jeffrey Hirsch and Sachin Pandya, eds.) (2021).

Pregnancy Discrimination: Young v. United Parcel Services, Inc., in FEMINIST JUDGMENTS: REWRITTEN EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION OPINIONS (A.C McGinley and N. B. Porter, Eds.). New York: Cambridge University Press, 2020. [SSRN]

Addressing the Workplace Effects of Intimate Partner Violence in VIOLENCE AND ABUSE IN AND AROUND ORGANISATIONS (R. J. Burke and C.L. Cooper, Eds.). New York: Routledge, 2018. [SSRN]

Civil Rights / Discriminationin ENCYCLOPEDIA OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE (Claire Renzetti and Jeffrey Edleson, Eds.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2008.

Representing Domestic Violence Victims in the Workplace (with Wendy R. Weiser), in LAWYER’S MANUAL ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: REPRESENTING THE VICTIM (Jill Laurie Goodman & Dorchen A. Leidholdt, Eds.). New York: Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, First Department , 2005 (4th ed.), 2007 (5th ed.).

Editorials & Commentaries

Single Moms Left Behind by Parental Leave Laws, INDY MIDTOWN MAGAZINE (May 15, 2020).

Practical Tips for Interpreting Statutory Overrides71 ADVOCATE 18 (Summer 2015). [HeinOnline]

Marriage Policy Encourages One Spouse to Stay Home and the Other to Work: How Will this Affect Same-Sex Couples as they Gain More and More Legal Rights?THE ATLANTIC (June 2013).

Blog Posts

The Conversation

Parental Leave Laws Are Failing Single Parents(Jan. 14, 2020).

Huffington Post Blog

How Walmart's "Support" for Pregnant Employees Falls Short (Apr. 21, 2014).

Hidden Costs of Federal Marriage Benefits to Same-Sex Couples (Sept. 5, 2013).

Why Marriage Isn't an Equal Partnership (interview by Vicki Larson) (Apr. 9, 2012).