Amy Coney Barrett and the Legacy of Transracial Adoption

January 5, 2022
Hosted by Carliss Chatman

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Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett is a lawyer, scholar, and mother of 7--including 2 adopted Black children. Transracial adoption falls within a painful legacy for African-Americans--a legacy of paternalism that dates back to slavery. Within that framework is also the belittling of Black women and the dismissal of Black motherhood, and the legacy of intervention in Black maternal-fetal decision making. This week my guests, Professor Eleanor Brown of Penn State Law and Kimberly Mutcherson, Co-Dean and Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School in Camden, will explain this painful legacy, and why Justice Barrett's comments have caused so many Black people harm.

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Carliss Chatman

Carliss Chatman

Carliss Chatman is an Associate Professor specializing in corporate and commercial law. Her eleven years of legal practice before entering the academy lends a common sense approach to her teaching and scholarship. She specializes in bringing practical experience to all of her classes, making complex legal concepts within reach for students of all backgrounds. Through service on the Advisory Board of Compliance.ai, she has worked on the cutting edge of legal regulatory technology, helping to train the machine learning platform to anticipate the research needs of those in the compliance and regulatory legal space. Her experience in leadership of non-profit boards and over two decades of social activism has allowed Professor Chatman to develop expertise on matters involving race, women's rights, and educational access. Her scholarship, teaching and service have been celebrated and awarded by her faculty and peers. She is the 2021 Recipient of Derrick A. Bell, Jr. Award, presented by the Association of American Law Schools Section on Minority Groups, the 2020 Recipient Jessine A. Monaghan Fellowship, an award for experiential education, given in recognition of contributions to the transactional component of the Law School’s experiential program and the 2020 Recipient Lewis Prize for Excellence in Legal Scholarship.

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