Constitutional law, reproductive rights expert selected as President Inouye

Melissa Murray

A leading expert in family law, constitutional law and reproductive rights and justice, Melissa Murray has been chosen as Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals to University of Hawaii in Manoa for Fall 2022. Murray will headline a presentation titled “Unpacking the Court: What Does a Conservative Supermajority Mean for the Court and America?” October 19 at noon HST via Zoom.

The event is open to the public. Register online.

“Melissa Murray is a pioneer transforming both legal and public discourse about the structures and systems that shape our intimate lives. Her groundbreaking work at the intersection of gender, race and law shows how legal institutions can jeopardize – as well as strengthen – our most cherished rights,” said uh Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law Dean Camille Nelsonwho will moderate Murray’s presentation.

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Murray will be in residence at uh Mānoa from March 20-24, 2023. During this time, she will participate in faculty workshops, class visits, and other forums for students and community leaders. The chair is housed in the uh Manoa Department of American Studies in the College of Arts, Languages ​​and Letters and the uh faculty of Law. The role was created to bring important public figures to Hawaii foster public debate on democratic ideals and civic engagement.

Learn more about Murray

Murray is the Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law and faculty director of the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network at New York University (NYU) Law School. Her award-winning research focuses on the legal regulation of intimate life and encompasses topics such as the regulation of sex and sexuality, marriage and its alternatives, the marriage equality debate, legal recognition of caregiving , reproductive rights and justice. She is author of Reproductive Rights and Justice Casesthe first casebook covering the area of ​​reproductive rights and justice.

Before joining the NYU faculty, Murray was the Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where she taught for 12 years and served as Faculty Director of the Berkeley Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice and Acting Dean from the faculty of law.

Murray is the co-host of Rigorous review, a popular podcast about the United States Supreme Court and the legal culture surrounding it. Along with co-hosts Leah Litman and Kate Shaw, Murray is set to record an episode of Rigorous review in Hawaii in spring 2023. She has written for popular publications such as New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek and The nationand has offered commentary for numerous media outlets, including NPR, CNN, ABC, MSNBC and PBS.

Past presidents of Inouye include Angela Davis, Ai-jen Poo, Helen Zia, David Cole and others. Created in 2005 by the uh Board of Regents, Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Professorship in Democratic Ideals Brings Important Public Figures to Hawaii foster public debate on democratic ideals and civic engagement. The program honors U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye and his wife, Maggie, for their lifetime of public service.