Judith Resnik

Yale Law School
Lawyer; Educator
Social and Behavioral Sciences


Professor Judith Resnik is the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She is a leading scholar of procedure systems, courts, federalism, federal Indian law, judges and adjudication, large-scale litigation, financing court access, and the relation of these issues to feminist theory. She is a catalyst for a range of reform projects, including the successful Ninth Circuit study of the effects of gender on its courts. Professor Resnik's books include Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms (with Dennis Curtis, Yale University Press, 2011); Federal Courts Stories (co-edited with Vicki C. Jackson, Foundation Press, 2010); and Migrations and Mobilities: Citizenship, Borders, and Gender (co-edited with Seyla Benhabib, NYU, 2009). In 2014, Resnik was the co-editor (with Linda Greenhouse) of the Daedalus volume, The Invention of Courts. Recent book chapters and articles include Accommodations, Discounts, and Displacement: The Variability of Rights as a Norm of Federalism(s) (Jus Politicum, 2017); Bordering by Law: The Migration of Law, Crimes, Sovereignty, and the Mail, in Nomos LVII: Immigration, Emigration, and Migration (2017); Revising Our “Common Intellectual Heritage” (Notre Dame Law Review, 2016); Constructing the “Foreign:” American Law’s Relationship to Non-Domestic Sources, in Courts and Comparative Law (2015); and Diffusing Disputes: The Public in the Private of Arbitration, the Private in Courts, and the Erasure of Rights (Yale Law Journal, 2015). n 1998, Professor Resnik was the recipient of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the Commission on Women of the American Bar Association. In 2001, she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2002, a member of the American Philosophical Society, where she delivered the Henry LaBarre Jayne Lecture in 2005. In 2008, Professor Resnik received the Outstanding Scholar of the Year Award from the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. In 2010, she was named a recipient of the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Prize, awarded to outstanding faculty in higher education in the fields of psychology or law. That year, Professor Resnik also had a cameo role in the Doug Liman film, Fair Game. In 2013, Professor Resnik was given the Arabella Babb Mansfield Award, the highest honor presented by the National Association of Women Lawyers. In 2017, she was honored by former Liman fellows with the establishment of the Resnik-Curtis Fellowship in Public Interest Law.

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