¡Brava! IntLawGrrls contributor Karen E. Bravo named Law Dean at Indiana-Purdue in Indianapolis

Delighted to learn that our colleague and longstanding IntLawGrrls contributor, Karen E. Bravo, has just been named Dean of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

A member of that law school’s faculty since 2004, she is Vice Dean and Professor of Law; past administrative positions have included Associate Dean for International Affairs and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & International Affairs.

Courses she’s taught include Closely Held Business Organizations, International Business Transactions, International Law, International Trade, and a seminar on Illicit International Markets. Her scholarship, meanwhile, includes publications on regional integration, labor liberalization, personhood, and human trafficking. She earned her B.A. degree with honours from the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, her J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law, and her LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law.

Her professional background includes practice at international law firms in New York and Massachusetts and at the American Bar Association Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA/CEELI), as well as Executive Council and other leadership roles at the American Society of International Law.

Karen’s longstanding association with IntLawGrrls includes a series of posts, dedicated to her transnational foremother, the Jamaican icon Nanny of the Windward Maroons. She’s among the ‘Grrls pictured in the group photo above, made at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Society of International Law. Next to her is Northeastern Law Professor Hope Lewis, another scholar of Jamaican ancestry. At IntLawGrrls’ 10th Birthday  conference held in March 2017 at the University of Georgia School of Law, Karen spoke movingly about Hope, who had passed away a couple months earlier. Her “Tribute to Hope Lewis” appears at 46 Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law 135.

Heartfelt congratulations!

Well deserved: Betsy Andersen to receive Prominent Woman in International Law award at ASIL annual meeting

betsyWe’re delighted to read that our friend and mentor, IntLawGrrls contributor Elizabeth “Betsy” Andersen (right), will receive the top award for women in international law during the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington, D.C.

The award for Prominent Woman in International Law will be bestowed during the annual luncheon – 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 1 – of ASIL’s Women in International Law Interest Group, known as WILIG.

Betsy’s exceedingly well-qualified for this award. (Indeed, one of us co-authors, Diane Marie Amann, urged WILIG to recognize Betsy as part of her own 2013 award speech.)

In 2014, Betsy became Director of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative,  following a stellar 8-year stint at ASIL’s Executive Director and Executive Vice President. She’s an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of the Law. At ROLI, Betsy leads the $50 million international development aid project of the ABA; in the mid-2000s, was Executive Director of ROLI’s forerunner, the ABA Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative.

An alumna of Williams College, Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and Yale Law, Betsy was a legal assistant to Judge Georges Abi-Saab of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and a law clerk to Judge Kimba M. Wood, U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York.

Also during the WILIG luncheon, Betsy will take part in a discussion entitled “25 Years Later: A Discussion of ‘Feminist Approaches to International Law,'” moderated by Fordham Law Professor Catherine Powell. (As prep, see IntLawGrrls’ 2012 series, comprising 10 posts on this same topic.)

ASIL-Seal.GIFThe event’s is open to all who purchase the separate WILIG luncheon ticket when they register for ASIL’s annual meeting, to be held March 30 to April 2 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. If you’ve not already done so, register here. If you’ve already registered – as had we when we learned this good news – you can still purchase a WILIG ticket by logging in here, clicking “My Events” and then “adjusting your registration.” If you have trouble making this work, e-mail services@asil.org.

On the Job! Director, ABA Center on Children and the Law, Washington, DC

The American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law is seeking a Director. The Center strives to advance access to justice for children and families, through advocating for law reform and supporting court and legal practice improvement. The Center, established in 1978, is a program of the American Bar Association. As part of the preeminent national association of nearly 400,000 lawyers, judges, legal educators, and law students, the ABA provides the Center a unique platform to accomplish this mission.


The position is responsible for the leadership and management of the Center. This includes leadership in identifying, establishing and implementing Center priorities, fund raising to sustain and grow the Center, supervising staff (14-18), conceptualizing and helping implement new projects, liaising with internal and external collaborators and entities, supporting ABA-wide initiatives and leadership, and speaking and writing on substantive legal matters involving children and the law. The Director is or will become a nationally recognized child law authority, representing both the Association and this specialized field of legal practice, and will possess a vision for, and demonstrated career commitment to, how the legal system interfaces with children and families.


  • Support and strengthen fund raising initiatives, including for including grants, contracts, sponsorship and donations
  • Represent the Center at meetings and conferences, and collaborate with other organizations in the child welfare field, both governmental and non-governmental
  • Make substantive presentations at judicial and legal trainings and programs of allied professionals
  • Work to ensure grant funded activities achieve their goals and objectives and within budget and programmatic guidelines and authorities
  • Keep up to date on substantive law and policy developments related to children
  • Assist in development of law-related policies and best practices, many for consideration by the ABA House of Delegates to become ABA supported policies
  • Advocate, as appropriate, through training, writing, speaking, and providing technical assistance, for these policy reforms and best practices
  • Undertake publishable legal writing, especially on emerging child law-related issues
  • Integrate Center programs and activities within the larger ABA structure and networks
  • Liaise with other ABA departments, both substantive and administrative such as Human Resources, Financial Services, and General Counsel as well as ABA sections, divisions, and committees/commissions
  • Lead strategic planning and visioning for the Center’s future


  • Possession of a JD degree from an accredited law school and admission to the bar in at least one jurisdiction
  • At least ten (10) years’ experience in the field of child law related matters, especially child welfare
  • Experience in resource development and fund raising, program conception and supervision, project budgeting, personnel management , law and policy research and analysis, and legal training
  • Strong communication, public speaking, and organizational skills, ability to exercise independent judgment, and ability to work well with a variety of constituencies
  • Experience in a not-for-profit or volunteer member setting desirable

    All applications must be submitted online. To apply for this position please click here.

    The American Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with the American Bar Association, please call 312-988-5188.