The Novel Law Professor

Professor Ruthann Robson

To launch the Writer's Forum, the Writing Center invited CUNY Professor of Law Ruthann Robson to share some observations about the central place that writing occupies in her life and work. As lawyer, author of groundbreaking works of lesbian legal theory (Lesbian Out Law: Survival Under the Rule of Law and Sappho Goes to Law School), and writer of acclaimed novels (Another Mother, A/K/A) and short fiction (Cecile, Eye of a Hurricane), Ruthann Robson writes for multiple audiences, in varying genres. Describing how her legal and literary writing inform one another, she explained in "The Novel Law Professor," a recent essay in the Clarion, newspaper of the Professional Staff Congress at CUNY, that she writes fiction and legal scholarship with the same motivation, believing in the "power of language to foment progressive change." For readers of her work, the precision, clarity, and vividness of its language attest to its power.

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