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Bio: Professor Jamie R. Abrams

Jamie R. Abrams teaches Torts, Family Law, Legislation, and Women and the Law and is the Associate Dean for Intellectual Life at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.  Her research focuses on reproductive and birthing decision-making, gendered violence, legal protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence, and legal education pedagogy. Her most recent publication, The Legal Fracking of Immigrant Families, is forthcoming in the Harvard Law & Policy Review in 2019 and was selected as one of the AALS New Voices in Immigration Law conference papers.  Other recent works include The Polarization of Reproductive and Parental Decision-Making published in the Florida State Law Review, The #MeToo Movement: A Feminist Invitation to Critique the Crisis Framing of Sexual Assault Responses published in the University of Richmond Law Review (2018), and Experiential Learning in the Era of Donald Trump published in the Duquesne Law Review (2017).  


Professor Abrams was awarded the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law's Teacher of the Year Award in 2016 and the University of Louisville's Presidential Multicultural Teaching Award in 2014 for her demonstrated commitment to teaching, research, and service that integrate diverse perspectives.  She was also awarded the Mussey-Gillett Shining Star Award from the District of Columbia's Women's Bar Association for her work co-authoring reports on the status of women and women of color in the legal profession as part of the WBA's nationally recognized Initiative on Advancement and Retention of Women.


In 2014, she co-founded the Brandeis Human Rights Advocacy Program, which works actively with other nonprofits and stakeholders in the community to advance the human rights of immigrants, refugees and noncitizens. She co-directed the program from 2014-2017. During her time with the program, it published a community resource guide, a comprehensive community needs assessment, and separate reports on educational access, language access, and media rhetoric studying how these topics impact the Kentucky immigrant/noncitizen/refugee immigrant community.  This work received an Honorable Mention from the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Awards. 


She received her LL.M from Columbia University and her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law, receiving the highest academic honors from both institutions. She received her B.A. from Indiana University–Bloomington.