Judith Resnik ’75 will receive National Association of Women Lawyers' highest honor

Judith Resnik ’75 will receive the Arabella Babb Mansfield Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) at the organization’s 2013 meeting and awards luncheon on July 25.

Resnik is the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where she teaches about federalism, procedure, courts, equality, and citizenship. Resnik’s books, which span the subjects of migration, citizenship, and gender, include Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms (2011).

The Mansfield award, NAWL’s highest honor, is given “in recognition of professional achievement, positive influence, and valuable contribution to women in the law and in society.” Past recipients include U.S. Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor, as well as Judith Kaye ’62, who served as Chief Judge of New York from 1993 to 2008.

In 1995 Resnik received the Teaching Award from the Alumni Association of NYU Law. As a student at the Law School, Resnik received the prestigious Hays Fellowship, which is awarded to 3Ls committed to civil liberties. “Of all the fellows we have had, Judith is without exception the most outstanding scholar that the Hays Program has produced,” said Norman Dorsen, Frederick I. and Grace A. Stokes Professor of Law and co-director of the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program, in a June 2011 Alumna of the Month profile of Resnik. “She pressed more than the other fellows about the underlying reason for a position—no matter if it was for, neutral, or against civil liberties.”

Before joining Yale Law in 1997, Resnik spent 17 years on the faculty at University of Southern California Law School, clerked for Judge Charles E. Stewart of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and taught for a year as a visiting professor at NYU Law.

Posted on May 14, 2013