February 25, 2019
RU–C Women's History Month logo

Three faculty members and two students from Rutgers Law will be recognized for advancing gender equality at the Rutgers University–Camden Gender Studies Department's Remarkable 31 reception. The event acknowledges members of the Rutgers–Camden community who advance gender equality in all its forms through scholarship, campus action, community and professional service, teaching, and creative works.

The Remarkable 31 reception will kick off Women’s History Month at Rutgers University–Camden on March 1 during the free period in the Scarlet Lounge. Event Details.

Learn more about the honorees

Abigail Cook RLAW'20

In the Fall of 2019, Abigail Cook executed a grant from the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association to put on two salary negotiation workshops for women. These workshops aimed to reduce the gender wage gap by teaching women practical skills in accessing their value and articulating that in employment settings. Cook also paired with the Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance to organize a workshop to empower students to write comments on the proposed regulations to Title IX that take away protections for survivors of sexual assault.

In April, Cook will be organizing, for the second year in a row, a Sexual Harassment Installment in the law school, aiming to educate students on the realities of sexual harassment in the legal field and empowering them to stand up against it. Throughout law school she has participated in the domestic violence project, speaking with individuals who are attempting to get a final restraining orders. Academically, Cook has been working on a paper for publication regarding the gender wage gap and the effect of salary history bans. She is very excited to have accepted a position with the ACLU for the summer of 2019 and hopes to work on sex discrimination when she graduates.

Courtney Crosby RLAW'20

Prior to law school, Courtney Crosby graduated cum laude from Rutgers, New Brunswick with a degree in political science and a minor in women and gender studies. Presently, Crosby serves as the Secretary for the Women’s Law Caucus as well as the President of the Family Law Society. As an active member of the Women’s Law Caucus, she has worked to help plan and promote women focused leadership events on campus. In 2018, Crosby coordinated Mr. Law School, a school-wide male pageant at Rutgers Law, to benefit the I Dare to Care program. I Dare to Care is an after-school program focused on empowering young girls in Camden. The 2018 pageant raised more than double the amount of proceeds than the previous year.

As president of the Family Law Society, Crosby has planned numerous fundraisers to benefit the Camden County Women’s Center including hygiene drives, monetary donation collections, and a raffle basket collection to benefit their annual event, Dice and Dessert. As a student director for the Domestic Violence Pro Bono Project, she assists survivors of domestic violence seeking to obtain final restraining orders in the Camden County Hall of Justice.

Sally Goldfarb, Professor of Law

Sally F. Goldfarb is a Professor at Rutgers Law School. In recognition of her expertise on legal remedies for violence against women, Professor Goldfarb has advised the United Nations, was invited to the White House, and received a 20/20 Vision Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Before joining the Rutgers faculty, Professor Goldfarb was a senior staff attorney at the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, where she helped draft the federal Violence Against Women Act and founded and chaired the national coalition that spurred its passage.

Professor Goldfarb’s teaching and scholarship focus on family law, sex discrimination, and torts. She is a frequent participant in academic symposia and is the author of many articles and book chapters. Several of her publications have been excerpted in casebooks that are used at law schools throughout the country. She has served on many boards and commissions, including the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Courts and the Board of Advisers for the American Law Institute's Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution. Professor Goldfarb has received four teaching awards at Rutgers.

Stacy Hawkins, Professor of Law

Professor Stacy Hawkins is an award-winning teacher and scholar. She teaches courses in Constitutional law, employment law and an original seminar on diversity and the law. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of law and diversity and can be found in journals published by the University of Michigan Law School, Fordham Law School, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the University of Maryland School of Law, and Columbia Law School, among others. She is a recognized expert on employment law and diversity and has been interviewed or quoted in various news outlets, including the Washington Post, Bloomberg News, Courier-Post, Law 360, and Philadelphia Magazine.

Sarah Ricks, Distinguished Clinical Professor of Law

Since 2009, Sarah has served as a Mayoral appointee on Philadelphia's anti-discrimination agency, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. As a Commissioner, Sarah adjudicates claims of discrimination based, e.g., on sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. For 7 years, she served as a Board Member of the Women’s Law Project, a Pennsylvania non-profit devoted to advancing the rights of women. Sarah is a Board Member of Mothers in Charge, an anti-violence non-profit founded by mothers of murder victims in Philadelphia. As an elected member of the American Law Institute, she has worked on model campus sexual assault rules.

As a student at Yale Law School, Sarah co-founded the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. Later, she published Reflections on the Twentieth Anniversary of Founding the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, 20 Yale J. L. & Feminism 248 (2009). Her article Some Strategies to Teach Reluctant Talkers to Talk About Law, 54 Journal of Legal Education 570 (Dec. 2004), focuses on ways female law students can learn to find their voices. Sarah regularly mentors female students by strategizing career paths and training them to network. She has twice received the Women’s Law Caucus Faculty Appreciation Award.

Rutgers Law Media Contacts:
Mike Sepanic (Camden); Elizabeth Moore (Newark)

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