Linda C. McClain

Linda C. McClain

Robert Kent Professor of Law

Co-Director, BU Law Program in Reproductive Justice

Affiliated Faculty, Kilachand Honors College and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences

AB, with high honors in Religion, Oberlin College
MA, University of Chicago Divinity School
JD, cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center
LLM, New York University School of Law


Biography

Linda C. McClain is known for her work in family law, gender and law, and feminist legal theory. Her most recent book, Who’s the Bigot? Learning from Conflicts over Marriage and Civil Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2020), argues that, although denouncing and preventing bigotry is a shared political value with a long history, people disagree over who is a bigot and what makes a belief, attitude, or action bigoted. This is evident from the rejoinder that calling out bigotry is intolerant political correctness, even bigotry itself. The book addresses puzzles about bigotry by tracing the rhetoric of bigotry and conscience across a range of debates relating to marriage and antidiscrimination law. In the words of one reviewer, “this is required reading for anyone who wants to understand our polarized society and how we got here.” Professor McClain is the author of several other books (described below) and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. Her scholarship addresses the respective roles of families, other institutions of civil society, and of government in fostering citizens’ capacities for democratic and personal self-government. She has engaged with prominent communitarian, civic republican and feminist critiques of liberal legal and political theory and offered a reconstructive liberal feminist approach to such matters as privacy, family and marriage, reproductive issues and welfare law. Her work also addresses sex equality as a legal and constitutional commitment and public value, the responsibility of government to promote equality, and societal tensions over equality and its relationship to other values.

Professor McClain is a former Laurence S. Rockefeller Fellow at Princeton University’s University Center for Human Values and a former faculty fellow at the Harvard University Center for Ethics and the Professions (now the Safra Center). A member of the American Law Institute, she serves on the Executive Committee for the AALS Sections on Family and Juvenile Law and on Women in Legal Education. She is a member of the Council on Contemporary Families, the American Political Science Association, and the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy. Professor McClain has been a visiting professor of law at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Virginia. Before joining the faculty of Boston University School of Law in fall 2007, Professor McClain was the Rivkin Radler Distinguished Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School, where she was also co-director of the Institute for the Study of Gender, Law, and Policy. Prior to entering the legal academy, she practiced litigation at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She enjoys playing classical piano.

McClain has organized interdisciplinary conferences at BU Law, published as symposia in Boston University Law Review, including: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 at 50: Past, Present, and Future, and Evaluating Claims about ‘the End of Men’: Legal and Other Perspectives. She frequently speaks to the press on issues concerning family law and marriage.

About Professor McClain’s Books

Who's the Bigot?Who’s the Bigot? Learning from Conflicts over Marriage and Civil Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2020) traces the rhetoric of bigotry and conscience in controversies over marriage – interfaith, interracial and same-sex—and civil rights laws– both the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 and modern state laws protecting LGBTQ persons against discrimination. Read an excerpt here. The book shows recurring patterns of arguments in these social, political, and constitutional battles and suggests lessons learned from such study about bigotry’s puzzles. For example:

denouncing and preventing bigotry in all its forms is a shared political value with a long history, but people disagree over who is a bigot and what makes a belief, attitude, or action bigoted. A frequent rejoinder to calling out bigotry is that the charge reflects intolerant political correctness, even bigotry itself. People also disagree over what it means to be “on the wrong side of history” and how present forms of discrimination resemble or differ from past forms.  McClain argues that understandings of bigotry have both a backward- and forward-looking dimension: people make new judgments about forms of “bigotry” based on consensus on past forms and reason from the past to come to new understandings of injustice and justice.

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In the Media

    Book symposia on Who’s the Bigot?

    • Balkinization, June 2020, with commentary by Professors Aziza Ahmed, Dale Carpenter, Imer Flores, Cathleen Kaveny, Randall Kennedy, and Andrew Koppelman, and a response by Professor McClain
    • Boston University Law Review, December 2019, with commentary by Professors John Corvino, Melissa Murray, Sonu Bedi, Douglas NeJaime, James E. Fleming, and Imer Flores, and a response by Professor McClain

    Contemporary Family Law (West Academic, 5th ed. 2019), with Douglas E. Abrams, Naomi R. Cahn, and Catherine J. Ross, is a popular casebook used in family law courses. It engages students with significant changes in the American family and the corresponding evolution of family law and policy. It introduces the myriad issues central to contemporary family law practice and to a lawyer’s ethical and professional responsibilities.

    Ordered Liberty: Rights, Responsibilities, and Virtues (Harvard University Press, 2013), co-authored with James E. Fleming, develops and defends a civic and constitutional liberalism that takes responsibilities and virtues—as well as rights—seriously. It offers a conception of “ordered liberty” that appreciates the value of diversity in our morally pluralistic constitutional democracy and answers various charges that the US constitutional system, in recent years, exalts individual rights over responsibilities, virtues, and the common good. The book uses the battle over same-sex marriage as a primary illustration and argues that a conception of “ordered liberty” supports marriage equality. Other examples include clashes between First Amendment freedoms (of association and religion) and antidiscrimination law, the education of children, and reproductive freedom. In a December 2013 New Books in Public Policy podcast and a March 2013 Concurring Opinions online symposium, Fleming and McClain discussed Ordered Liberty and how its framework addresses various criticisms of liberalism and liberal rights.

    McClain’s first book, The Place of Families: Fostering Capacity, Equality, and Responsibility(Harvard University Press, 2006) offers a liberal and feminist perspective on the relationship between family life and the polity and on a number of contested issues of family law and policy, including governmental promotion of marriage, the denial of marriage to same-sex couples, welfare policy, and constitutional rights to reproductive freedom. The Place of Families has been described as “the most careful and comprehensive defense to date of the progressive liberal feminist position on the civic role of families” and “a ‘must read’ for anyone interested in the future of American families and family law.”

    Professor McClain’s interdisciplinary volume, What Is Parenthood?: Contemporary Debates about the Family (NYU Press, 2013), written with Daniel Cere, examines the extraordinary changes in patterns of family life—and family law—that have dramatically altered the boundaries of parenthood and opened up numerous questions about debates. How should society define, regulate, and support parenthood? The book brings legal scholars into conversation with scholars from anthropology, globalization and immigration studies, medicine, psychology, religious ethics, and sociology to consider several questions about parenthood, including questions about institutions, rights, attachment, gender equality and difference, and transnational parenting. Reviewers describe the book as “a much needed model for how to bring civility and reason into the culture wars” and “an invaluable resource for anyone who wishes to think critically about modern parenthood and what the government can and should do to improve families.”

    Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship (Cambridge University Press, 2009; paperback, 2012), co-edited with Joanna Grossman, examines the problem of the continuing gap between formal commitments to gender equality and the equal citizenship of women and men and the persistence of gender inequality, and it develops strategies for closing that gap. The book has been called “essential reading for those concerned with gender equality and citizenship across myriad disciplines” and “an outstanding collection” that “both illuminates and complicates a range of gender justice problems in intimate and public arenas within and across national boundaries.”

    Publications

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    • Linda C. McClain, Aziza Ahmed & Naomi M. Mann, The Routledge Companion to Gender and Covid-19 (2024)
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    • Brief for Amici Curiae Legal Scholars Supporting Respondent
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    • Linda C. McClain, Do Public Accommodations Laws Compel “What Shall Be Orthodox”?: The Role of Barnette in 303 Creative LLC v. Eleni 68 Saint Louis University Law Journal (2024)
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    • Aziza Ahmed, Nicole Huberfeld & Linda C. McClain, INTRODUCTION: Securing Reproductive Justice After Dobbs 51 Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (2023)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Care Work, Gender Equality, and Abortion: Lessons from Comparative Feminist Constitutionalism JOTWELL (2023) (book review)
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    • Linda C. McClain, “Do Not Ever Refer to My Lord Jesus Christ with Pronouns”: Considering Controversies over Religiously Motivated Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity First View Journal of Law and Religion (2023)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Title IX and the Challenges of Educating for Equality 103 Boston University Law Review Online (2023)
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    • Linda C. McClain & Douglas NeJamie, The ALI Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution: Addressing Inequality Through Functional Regulation, in The ALI at 100: Essays on Its Centennial (Andrew S. Gold & Robert W. Gordon,2023)
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    • Linda C. McClain & Allison Anna Tait, Household Intimacy and Being Unmarried: Family Pluralism in the Novels of Anthony Trollope 72 Washington University Journal of Law & Policy (2023)
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    • Linda C. McClain & James E. Fleming, Ordered Liberty after Dobbs 35 Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2023)
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    • Linda C. McClain & James E. Fleming, Toward a Liberal Common Good Constitutionalism for Polarized Times 46 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (2023)
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    • James E. Fleming & Linda C. McClain, Constitutional Liberalism through Thick and Thin: Reflections on Frank Michelman's Constitutional Essentials Philosophy & Social Criticism (2023)
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    • Linda C. McClain & Brittany K. Hacker, Liberal Feminist Jurisprudence: Foundational, Enduring, Adaptive, in The Oxford Handbook of Feminism and Law in the United States (Deborah L. Brake, Martha Chamallas, and Verna L. Williams,2022)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Obergefell, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Fulton, and Public-Private Partnerships: Unleashing v. Harnessing 'Armies of Compassion' 2.0? 60 Family Court Review (2021)
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    • Linda C. McClain & James E. Fleming, Civic Education in Circumstances of Constitutional Rot and Strong Polarization Rot 101 Boston University Law Review (2021)
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    • Linda C. McClain & Naomi Cahn, Gendered Complications of Covid-19: Towards a Feminist Recovery Plan 22 Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law (2021)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Bigotry, Civility, and Reinvigorating Civic Education: Government's Formative Task Amidst Polarization, in The Impact of the Law: On Character Formation, Ethical Education, and the Communication of Values in Late Modern Pluralistic Societies (Michael Welker and John Witte,2021)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Palmore v. Sidoti: The Troubling Effects of "Private Biases", in Painting Constitutional Law: Xavier Cortada’s Images of Constitutional Rights (2021)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Experimental Meets Intersectional: Visionary Black Feminist Pragmatism and Practicing Constitutional Democracy 69 Drake Law Review (2021)
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    • Linda C. McClain, What Becomes a Legendary Constitutional Campaign Most? Marking the Nineteenth Amendment at One Hundred 100 Boston University Law Review (2020)
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    • Linda C. McClain, A “Woman’s Best Right”—To a Husband or the Ballot?: Political and Household Governance in Anthony Trollope’s Palliser Novels 100 Boston University Law Review (2020)
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    • Brief of Amici Curiae Legal Scholars in Support of Equality in Support of Respondents, Fulton v. City of Philadelpha
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    • Linda C. McClain, Who's the Bigot?: Learning from Conflicts over Marriage and Civil Rights Law (2020)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Response to Commentaries on Who’s the Bigot? 99 Boston University Law Review (2019)
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    • Linda C. McClain, '‘Male Chauvinism’ Is Under Attack from All Sides at Present': Roberts v. United States Jaycees, Sex Discrimination, and the First Amendment 87 Fordham Law Review (2019)
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    • Douglas E. Abrams, Naomi R. Cahn, Catherine J. Ross & Linda C. McClain, Contemporary Family Law, 5th ed. (2019)
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    • Linda C. McClain, The Rhetoric of Bigotry and Conscience in Battles Over "Religious Liberty v. LGBT Rights", in Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights, and the Prospects for Common Ground (William N. Eskridge Jr and Robin Fretwell Wilson,2018)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Prejudice, Constitutional Moral Progress, and Being "On the Right Side of History": Reflections on Loving v. Virginia at Fifty 86 Fordham Law Review (2018)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Formative Projects, Formative Influences: Of Martha Albertson Fineman and Feminist, Liberal, and Vulnerable Subjects 67 Emory Law Journal (2018)
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    • Linda C. McClain, POV: SCOTUS Should Not Permit “Boycott of Same-Sex Marriage” BU Today (2017)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Will Focusing on Men's Moral Calculus Make Abortion Less "about" Gender? (2017)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Reading DeBoer and Obergefell through the "Moral Readings Versus Originalisms" Debate: From Constitutional "Empty Cupboards" to Evolving Understandings 31 Constitutional Commentary (2016)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Conscience Protection and Discrimination in the Republican Party Platform and Mississippi's H.B. 1523, Religious Freedom Institute Cornerstone (2016)
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    • James E. Fleming, Linda C. McClain, Stephen Macedo & Sotirios A. Barber, Gay Rights and the Constitution (2016)
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    • Linda C. McClain, The Family, the State, and American Political Development as a Big Tent: Asking Basic Questions about Basic Institutions 48 Polity (2016)
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    • Linda C. McClain, FROM OUTLAW TO OUTCAST TO IN-LAW? CONTESTING THE PERILS OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY, 96 Boston University Law Review (2016)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Civil Marriage for Same-Sex Couples, "Moral Disapproval," and Tensions between Religious Liberty and Equality, in Religious Freedom and Gay Rights: Emerging Conflicts in the United States and Europe (Timothy Shah, Thomas Farr, & Jack Friedman,2016)
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    • Linda C. McClain, The Intersection of Civil and Religious Family Law in the U.S. Constitutional Order: A Mild Legal Pluralism, in Religion, Secularism, and Constitutional Democracy (Jean L. Cohen and Cécile Laborde,2015)
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    • Linda C. McClain & James E. Fleming, Dworkin's Perfectionism, in No. 15-45 Boston University School of Law, Public Law Research Paper (2015)
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    • Linda C. McClain, The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 'Legislating Morality': On Conscience, Prejudice, and Whether 'Stateways' Can Change 'Folkways' 95 Boston University Law Review (2015)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Corporate Conscience and the Contraceptive Mandate: A Dworkinian Reading No. 14-17 Boston University School of Law, Public Law Research Paper Series (2015)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Is There a Way Forward in the 'War over the Family'? 93 Texas Law Review (2015) (book review)
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    • Linda C. McClain, The Family and Medical Leave Act, Work/Family Policy, and Family Values in the Clinton and Obama Administrations: A Story of Progress and Unfinished Business, in Woman Up 2: A Transatlantic Gender Dialogue (Maari Pölm & Judit Tánczos,2015)
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    • Douglas E. Abrams, Naomi R. Cahn, Catherine J. Ross, David D. Meyer & Linda C. McClain, Contemporary Family Law, 4th ed. (2015)
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    • James E. Fleming & Linda C. McClain, Liberty, in No. 14-62 Boston University School of Law, Public Law Research Paper (2014)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Can Religion Without God Lead to Religious Liberty Without Conflict? 94 Boston University Law Review (2014)
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    • Linda C. McClain & James E. Fleming, Ordered Gun Liberty: Rights with Responsibilities and Regulation 94 Boston University Law Review (2014)
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    • James E. Fleming & Linda C. McClain, The Myth of Strict Scrutiny for Fundamental Rights 12 Dartmouth Law Journal (2014)
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    • Ken I. Kersch & Linda C. McClain, Preface 49 Tulsa Law Review (2014)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Common and Uncommon Families in the American Constitutional Order 67 Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc (2014) (book review)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Against Agnosticism: Why the Liberal State Isn't Just One (Authority) Among the Many 93 Boston University Law Review (2013)
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    • James E. Fleming & Linda C. McClain, Ordered Liberty: Response to Michael Dorf 93 Boston University Law Review (2013)
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    • Linda C. McClain, The Other Marriage Equality Problem 93 Boston University Law Review (2013)
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    • Linda C. McClain, From Romer v. Evans to United States v. Windsor: Law as a Vehicle for Moral Disapproval in Amendment 2 and the Defense of Marriage Act 20 Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy (2013)
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    • Linda C. McClain, A Diversity Approach to Parenthood in Family Life and Family Law, in What is Parenthood?: Contemporary Debates about the Family (Linda C. McClain & Daniel Cere,2013)
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    • James E. Fleming & Linda C. McClain, Ordered Liberty: Response to Michael Dorf 93 Boston University Law Review (2013)
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    • James E. Fleming & Linda C. McClain, Ordered Liberty: Rights, Responsibilities, and Virtues (2013)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Federal Family Policy and Family Values From Clinton to Obama, 1992-2012 and Beyond 2013 Michigan State Law Review (2013)
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    • Linda C. McClain & Daniel Cere, What Is Parenthood?: Contemporary Debates about the Family Introduction, in What Is Parenthood?: Contemporary Debates about the Family (Linda C. McClain and Daniel Cere,2013)
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    • Linda C. McClain & Margaret F. Brining, Revisiting Mary Ann Glendon: Abortion, Divorce, Dependency, and Rights Talk in Western Law, in Les Solidarités Entre Générations/Solidarity Between Generations (Hugues Fulchiron,2013)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Marriage Pluralism, Family Law Jurisdiction, and Sex Equality in the United States, in Gender, Religion, and Family Law : Theorizing Conflicts Between Women's Rights and Cultural Traditions (Lisa Fishbayn Joffe & Sylvia Neil,2012)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Nature, Culture, and Social Engineering: Reflections on Evolution and Equality, in NOMOS: Evolution and Morality (James E. Fleming and Sanford Levinson,2012)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Constitutional and Religious Redemption: Assessing Jack Balkin's Call for a 'Constitutional Project’ 92 Boston University Law Review (2012)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Involuntary Servitude, Public Accommodations Laws, and the Legacy of Heart of Atlanta Hotel, Inc. v. United States 71 University of Maryland Law Review (2011)
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    • Linda C. McClain & James E. Fleming, Respecting Freedom and Cultivating Virtues in Justifying Constitutional Rights 91 Boston University Law Review (2011)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Involuntary Servitude, Public Accommodations Laws, and the Legacy of Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States 71 University of Maryland Law Review (2011)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Religious and Political Virtues and Values in Congruence or Conflict?: On Smith, Bob Jones University, and Christian Legal Society 32 Cardozo Law Review (2011)
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    • Linda C. McClain, What's So Hard About Sex Equality?: Nature, Culture, and Social Engineering, in Transcending the Boundaries of Law: Generations of Feminism and Legal Theory (2010)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Marriage Pluralism in the United States: On Civil and Religious Jurisdiction and the Demands of Equal Citizenship, in No. 10-14 Boston University School of Law, Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper Series (2010)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Justice and Elegance for Hedgehogs - In Life, Law, and Literature 90 Boston University Law Review (2010)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Supreme Court Justices, Empathy, and Social Change: A Comment on Lani Guinier's Demosprudence Through Dissent 89 Boston University Law Review (2009)
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    • Linda C. McClain & Joanna L. Grossman, Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women's Equal Citizenship (2009)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Family Life, the Politics of the Family, and Social Transformation 17 The Good Society (2008)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Unleashing or Harnessing 'Armies of Compassion'?: Reflections on the Faith-Based Initiative 39 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal (2008)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Red Versus Blue (and Purple) States in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate: From Values Polarization to Common Ground? 77 University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review (2008)
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    • Linda C. McClain, The Role of the 'Natural Family' in Religious Opposition to Human Rights Instruments, in Family Law: Balancing Interests and Pursuing Priorities (2007)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Love, Marriage, and the Baby Carriage: Revisiting the Channelling Function of Family Law 28 Cardozo Law Review (2007)
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    • Linda C. McClain, The 'Male Problematic' and the Problems of Family Law: A Response to Don Browning's 'Critical Familism' 56 Emory Law Journal (2007)
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    • Linda C. McClain, What Place for Marriage (E)quality in Marriage Promotion? Marriage Proposals: Questioning A Legal Status (2006)
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    • Linda C. McClain, The Evolution - or End - of Marriage?: Reflections on the Impasse over Same-Sex Marriage 44 Family Court Review (2006)
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    • Linda C. McClain, 'God's Created Order', Gender Complementarity, and the Federal Marriage Amendment 20 BYU Journal of Public Law (2006)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Some ABCs of Feminist Sex Education (in Light of the Sexuality Critique of Legal Feminism) 15 Columbia Journal of Gender & Law (2006)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Family Constitutions and the (New) Constitution of the Family 75 Fordham Law Review (2006)
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    • Linda C. McClain, The Place of Families: Fostering Capacity, Equality, and Responsibility (2006)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Deterring 'Irresponsible' Reproduction Through Welfare Reform, in Feminism Confronts Homo Economicus: Gender, Law, and Society (2005)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Privacies: Philosophical Evaluations 3 Perspectives on Politics (2005)
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    • Linda C. McClain, The Domain of Civic Virtue in a Good Society: Families, Schools, and Sex Equality 69 Fordham Law Review (2005)
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    • Linda C. McClain & James E. Fleming, Constitutionalism, Judicial Review, and Progressive Change 84 Texas Law Review (2005)
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    • Linda C. McClain, 'Bend it Like Beckham' and 'Real Women Have Curves': Constructing Identity in Multicultural Coming-of-Age Stories 54 DePaul Law Review (2005)
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    • Linda C. McClain, The Domain of Civic Virtue in a Good Society: Families, Schools, and Sex Equality, in Varieties of Feminist Liberalism (2004)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Negotiating Gender and (Free and Equal) Citizenship: The Place of Associations 72 Fordham Law Review (2004)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Intimate Affiliation and Democracy: Beyond Marriage? 32 Hofstra Law Review (2003)
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    • Linda C. McClain, The Place of Marriage in Democracy's Formative Project 11 The Good Society (2002) (book review)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Citizenship Begins at Home: The New Social Contract and Working Families, in Progressive Politics in the Global Age (Henry Tam,2001)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Care as a Public Value: Linking Responsibility, Resources, and Republicanism 76 Chicago-Kent Law Review (2001)
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    • Linda C. McClain & James E. Fleming, Foreword: Legal and Constitutional Implications of the Calls to Revive Civil Society, 75 Chicago-Kent Law Review (2000)
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    • Linda C. McClain & James E. Fleming, Some Questions for Civil Society-Revivalists 75 Chicago-Kent Law Review (2000)
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    • Linda C. McClain & James E. Fleming, Forword: Legal and Constitutional Implications of the Calls to Revive Civil Society 75 Chicago-Kent Law Review (2000)
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    • Linda C. McClain, The Liberal Future of Relational Feminism: Robin West's Caring for Justice 24 Law & Social Inquiry (1999)
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    • James E. Fleming & Linda C. McClain, The Right to Privacy in Sandel's Procedural Republic, in Debating Democracy's Discontent: Essays on American Politics, Law, and Public Philosophy (Anita L. Allen & Milton C. Regan,1999)
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    • James E. Fleming & Linda C. McClain, The Right to Privacy in Sandel's Procedural Republic, in The Right to Privacy in Sandel's Procedural Republic (Anita L. Allen & Milton C. Regan,1999)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Reconstructive Tasks for a Liberal Feminist Conception of Privacy 40 William & Mary Law Review (1999)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Toward a Formative Project of Securing Freedom and Equality 85 Cornell Law Review (1999)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Deliberative Democracy, Overlapping Consensus, and Same-Sex Marriage 66 Fordham Law Review (1998)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Toleration, Autonomy, and Governmental Promotion of Good Lives: Beyond 'Empty' Toleration to Toleration as Respect 59 Ohio State Law Journal (1998)
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    • James E. Fleming & Linda C. McClain, In Search of a Substantive Republic 76 Texas Law Review (1997) (book review)
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    • Linda C. McClain, 'Irresponsible' Reproduction 47 Hastings Law Journal (1996)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Inviolability and Privacy: The Castle, The Sanctuary, and The Body 7 Yale Journal of Law & The Humanities (1995)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Rights and Irresponsibility 43 Duke Law Journal (1994)
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    • Linda C. McClain, Equality, Oppression, and Abortion: Women Who Oppose Abortion Rights in the Name of Feminism, in Feminist Nightmares: Women at Odds (1994)
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    • Linda C. McClain, 'Atomistic Man' Revisited: Liberalism, Connection, and Feminist Jurisprudence 65 Southern California Law Review (1992)
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    • Linda C. McClain, The Poverty of Privacy? 3 Columbia Journal of Gender & Law (1992)
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    In the Media

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    • Cambridge University Press November 20, 2023

      Securing Reproductive Justice After Dobbs: Introduction to JLME Symposium

      Linda C. McClain, Nicole Huberfeld, and Aziza Ahmed are featured.
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    • The Conversation November 9, 2023

      Abortion Rights Victories Show This Issue Is Unlikely to Fade in 2024 Elections − 3 Things to Know

      Nicole Huberfeld and Linda McClain coauthor an article.
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    • The Conversation

      Abortion rights victories show this issue is unlikely to fade in 2024 elections − 3 things to know

      Nicole Huberfeld and Linda C. McClain pen an opinion.
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    • Trollope Society October 10, 2023

      Professor Linda McClain Introduces Chapters 53–66 of Phineas Redux

      Linda McClain is featured.
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    • Bostonia August 29, 2023

      Should Massachusetts Abolish Religious Exemptions for School Vaccinations?

      Linda C. McClain is quoted.
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    • Spectrum News NY 1 August 9, 2023

      Ohio Vote Shows Enduring Power of Abortion Rights at Ballot Box

      Linda McClain is interviewed.
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    • MassLive July 21, 2023

      Worcester to See Draft Ordinance on Crisis Pregnancy Centers despite City Manager’s Concerns

      Linda McClain is quoted.
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    • BU Today July 5, 2023

      Gay Rights, Federal Elections, and the Rest of the Supreme Court’s Historic Term

      Robert Tsai and Linda McClain are quoted.
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    • Axios June 30, 2023

      Advocates Fear More Setbacks for LGBTQ Rights

      Linda McClain is quoted.
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    • Axios

      Supreme Court Rules Businesses Can Refuse Service to LGBTQ+ Customers

      Linda McClain is quoted.
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    • BU Today June 23, 2023

      One Year after Roe v. Wade Was Overturned, What’s the State of Abortion Care in the United States?

      Nicole Huberfeld and Linda McClain are interviewed.
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    • The Conversation June 12, 2023

      In the Year since the Supreme Court Overturned Roe v. Wade and Ruled States Should Decide the Legality of Abortion, Voters at the State Level Have Been Doing Just That: 4 Essential Reads

      Linda McClain and Nicole Huberfeld are interviewed.
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    • The Conversation

      In the Year since the Supreme Court Overturned Roe v. Wade and Ruled States Should Decide the Legality of Abortion, Voters at the State Level Have Been Doing Just That

      Linda McClain and Nicole Huberfeld's work is cited.
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    • Legal Theory Blog June 2, 2023

      McClain on Ordered Liberty and Dobbs

      Linda McClain & James Fleming's paper is reviewed.
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    • BU Today April 26, 2023

      Age, Inflation, Abortion, Culture Wars, and More: Issues That Will Define President Biden’s Reelection Campaign

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