Regina Austin L'73
William A. Schnader Professor of Law
Regina Austin pursues her interest in the overlapping burdens of race, gender, and class oppression in traditional legal scholarship, as well as in her work on documentary films.
Regina Austin pursues her interest in the overlapping burdens of race, gender, and class oppression in traditional legal scholarship, as well as in her work on documentary films. She is the director of the Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law, which holds an annual Visual Legal Advocacy Roundtable for public interest lawyers, hosts screenings of law-genre documentary films throughout the year, and maintains a national repository of dozens of clemency videos as a resource for attorneys representing capital defendants.
In addition to making extensive use of documentaries in her traditional courses, Austin teaches a visual legal advocacy seminar in which the students make videos on behalf of actual public interest clients and causes that premiere at the annual Rough Cut Video Festival.
- Documentary Film Studies
- Insurance Law
- Law and Social Stratification
- Race Relations
Articles and Book Chapters
Women’s Unequal Citizenship at the Border: Lessons from Three Nonfiction Films about the Women of Juarez, in GENDER EQUALITY: DIMENSIONS OF WOMEN’S EQUAL CITIZENSHIP (Linda McClain & Joanna L. Grossman, eds., 2009).
Sapphire Bound!, in THE REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS READER: LAW, MEDICINE, AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF MOTHERHOOD (New York University Press: 2008).
Kwanzaa and the Commodification of Black Culture, BLACK RENAISSANCE/RENAISSANCE NOIRE (2004).
Race Statistics, Disparate Impact Analysis and the Economic Disenfranchisement of Minority Ex-Offenders, 4 RACE & SOC'Y 177 (2001).
“Not Just for the Fun of It”: Governmental Restraints on Black Leisure, Social Inequality, and the Privatization of Public Space, 71 S. CAL. L. REV. 667 (1998).
More publications can be found here.
“This Too Takes a Village”: The Importance of Social Resources to Sustained Black Home Ownership as Illustrated in Three Documentary Films (forthcoming)
Race and Law-Genre Amateur Documentaries: Lessons Learned When the Subaltern Shoots
Documenting Injustice: Katrina, Class, and Visual Legal Advocacy
“Black People’s Money”: A Speculative Essay on the Interaction of Law, Economics, and Culture in the Context of Race, Gender, and Class
- Law & Cultural Studies
- Minority Feminism
- Law-Genre Documentary Film Studies (Criticism and Production)
Penn Law - William A. Schnader Professor (1996- ); Professor (1990-96); Associate Professor (1983-90); Assistant Professor (1977-83)
Law Clerk to the Hon. Edmund B. Spaeth, Superior Court of Pennsylvania (1973-74)
Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis - Associate (1974-77)
Visiting Professor - Columbia, Brooklyn, Stanford, Harvard, Fordham
- Torts I
- Cultural Conflict and the Intentional Torts
- Visual Legal Advocacy
- Documentaries & the Law