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Dismantling Hierarchies: Occupational Segregation of Legal Writing Faculty in Law Schools: Separate and Unequal

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Abstract: Legal writing professors are segregated in many ways - both large and small - from their doctrinal colleagues at their law schools. Writing faculty receive separate, and in many cases, unequal, treatment in law schools; a situation that enforces a clear hierarchy in which writing faculty find themselves at the bottom experiencing classification, segregation, and subordination. This article reviews some of the ways that law schools have accorded legal writing faculty separate and unequal treatment and explores the contribution this treatment makes to perpetuate their segregated status and place in the academic hierarchy. To do this, the article describes physical segregation of offices, branding with inferior academic titles, denial of faculty franchise, circumscribed academic freedom, separate and unequal pay scales, and other indicia of second-class status. This article concludes that writing faculty have been segregated because of their lower status, that the many manners of segregation perpetuate their low status, and that the obvious hierarchy among teaching faculty taints the academic environment. By ending the separate treatment, law schools can dismantle the hierarchy and move toward an integrated faculty free from unequal treatment and classification. Appendix A includes a self-test to measure the level of occupational segregation of writing faculty at your law school.

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