Ann Scales

Scales (1952-2012)

B.A, 1974, Wellesley College
J.D., 1978, Harvard University

On June 24, 2012, our friend and colleague Ann Scales died after succumbing to injuries she sustained from an accident at her home.

A symposium honoring Professor Scales’ scholarship was held on March 30, 2013. Videos of the symposium are available here.

Professor Scales was a dedicated teacher and lawyer who spent her career challenging injustice. She was among the founders of the field of feminist legal theory and the author of the 2006 book, Legal Feminism: Activism, Lawyering, and Legal Theory. At Harvard Law School, she founded the Harvard Women’s Law Journal. In addition to her commitment to teaching and writing, Professor Scales represented clients throughout her career, even though she had not accepted payment for representation since 1980. Among her many cases, she argued the case in which the New Mexico Supreme Court became the first high court of any state to hold that abortion funding is required by women’s interest in equality.

Ann Scales joined the faculty at the Sturm College of Law in 2003. She taught Torts, Constitutional Law, and Gender and the Law. Before coming to DU, she taught at the University of New Mexico School of Law for 18 years. During her career, she was a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law, the University of Iowa College of Law, Boston College Law School, and the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law. Her students loved her passion, her stories, and her commitment to teaching them to think differently about the law.

Ann will be deeply missed.

Representative Publications

  • Legal Feminism: Activism, Lawyering, and Legal Theory (New York University Press, 2006).
  • Student Gladiators and Sexual Assault: A New Analysis of Liability for Injuries Inflicted by College Athletes, 15 Mich. J. Gender & Law 205 (2009).
  • Soft on Defense: The Failure to Confront Militarism, 20 Berkeley J. Gender L. & Just. 369 (2005).
  • Law and Feminism: Together in Struggle, 51 U. Kan. L. Rev. 291 (2003).
  • The Jurisprudence of the Military-Industrial Complex, 1 Seattle J. for Soc. Just. 541 (2003) (co-authored with Laura Spitz).
  • Disappearing Medusa: The Fate of Feminist Legal Theory?, 20 Harv. Women’s L.J. 34 (1997).
  • Feminist Legal Method: Not So Scary, 2 UCLA Women’s L.J. 1 (1992).
  • Militarism, Male Dominance, and Law: Feminist Jurisprudence as Oxymoron?, 12 Harv. Women’s L.J. 25 (1989).
  • The Emergence of Feminist Jurisprudence: An Essay, 95 Yale L.J. 1373 (1986).


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