Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Nadine Baum Distinguished Professor of Law
BA, 1986, University of Virginia; JD, 1989, Northwestern University
Professor Beiner believes that the practice of law is a creative endeavor and seeks to model this for her students through her approach to both teaching and scholarship. She teaches most of her courses using a modified Socratic method, whereby students are questioned about class materials and encouraged to think deeply about the implications of the law on the larger society. In addition, in smaller classes, Professor Beiner uses a more collaborative and interactive approach that is more akin to a class discussion. She teaches Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Federal Jurisdiction, Employment Discrimination, Gender and the Law, and a Seminar on Sexual Harassment Law. A scholar in the tradition of the Law and Society movement, Professor Beiner researches and teaches using knowledge from other disciplines to inform and develop legal rules. Professor Beinerâ€™s research interests dovetail well with the courses she teaches and thereby inform her teaching. She writes in the areas of anti-discrimination law, the interaction between civil procedure and civil rights law, women in the legal profession, and federal judicial appointments. She has won the Faculty Excellence Awards in both teaching and scholarship.
Professor Beiner joined the faculty in 1994 from private practice as an associate with the San Francisco law firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. Her main practice area was general civil litigation, with an emphasis on employment discrimination, antitrust and environmental litigation. She also clerked for the Honorable John F. Grady, United States District judge for the Northern District of Illinois, located in Chicago. A graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, Professor Beiner was named to the Order of the Coif and was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology. She has visited on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Professor Beiner is the mother of three children.
Professor Beiner’s publications include:
- Some Thoughts on the State of Women Lawyers and Why Title VII has not Worked for Them, 44 Indiana L. Rev. â€“ (2011).
- White Male Heterosexist Norms in the Confirmation Process, â€“ Womenâ€™s Rights L. Rep â€“ (forthcoming 2011).
- Shift Happens: The Supreme Court of the United Statesâ€™ Shifting Anti-Discrimination Rhetoric, â€“ U. Tol. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2011).
- Not All Lawyers are Equal: Difficulties that Plague Women and Women of Color, 53 Syracuse L. Rev. 317 (2008).
- Comforting Insights into What Should Be Obvious (but may not necessarily be so), Review of Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women by Christine B. Whelan, 19 Yale J. L. & Feminism 533 (2008).
- Insights into the Woes of a Profession, Review of How Lawyers Lose Their Way: A Profession Fails Its Creative Minds by Jean Stefancic & Richard Delgado, 20 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 101 (2007).
- Diversity on the Bench and the Quest for Justice for All, 33 Ohio N. L. Rev. 481 (2007).
- Sexy Dressing Revisited: Does Target Dress Play a Part in Sexual Harassment Cases?, 14 Duke J. L. & Gender Polâ€™y 125 (2007).
- When an Individual Finds Herself to be the Victim of Sex Discrimination, in Sex Discrimination In the Workplace 19 (Faye J. Crosby, Margaret S. Stockdale & S. Ann Ropp, eds. 2007)(co-authored with Maureen Oâ€™Connor).
- Take What You Can, Give Nothing Back: Judicial Estoppel, Employment Discrimination, Bankruptcy, and Piracy in the Courts, 60 Miami L. Rev. 1 (2005) (co-authored with Robert Chapman).
- Female Judging, 36 U. Toledo L. Rev. 821 (2005).
- How the Contentious Nature of Federal Judicial Appointments Affects Diversity on the Bench, 39 U. Rich. L. Rev. 849 (2005).
- Gender Myths v. Working Realities: Using Social Science to Reformulate Sexual Harassment Law (NYU Press 2005).
- The Elusive (But Worthwhile) Quest for a Diverse Bench in the New Millennium, 36 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 597 (2003).
- Let the Jury Decide: The Gap Between What Judges and Reasonable People Believe is Sexually Harassing, 75 S. Cal. L. Rev. 791 (2002).
- Using Evidence of Womenâ€™s Stories in Sexual Harassment Cases, 24 UALR L. Rev. 117 (2001).
- Introduction: The Impact of Science on Legal Decisions: What Can Social Science Tell the Courts and Lawyers?, 24 UALR L. Rev. 3 (2001).
- Sex, Science and Social Knowledge: The Implications of Social Science Research on Imputing Liability to Employers for Sexual Harassment, 7 Wm. & Mary J. Women L. 273 (2001).
- The Misuse of Summary Judgment in Hostile Environment Cases, 34 Wake Forest L. Rev. 71 (1999).
- What Diversity on the Bench Could Mean for Justice, 6 Mich. J. Gen. & L. 113 (1999).
- Feminist Legal Arguments and Sears: A Case Study, in Arguments in a Time of Change: Definitions, frameworks, and Critiques (James F. Klumpp, ed., 1998).
- An Overview of the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993, 50 Ark. L. Rev. 165 (1997).
- Religious Harassment in the Workplace, 19 UALR L.J. 577 (1997)(with John M. A. DiPippa).
- Do Reindeer Games Count as â€śTerms, Conditions, or Privileges of Employmentâ€ť under Title VII? 37 B.C.L. Rev. 643 (1996).
- Comment, Due Process For All? Due Process, The Eighth Amendment and Nazi War Criminals, 80 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 293 (1989).