Duquesne University School of Law

Rona Kaufman, J.D., L.L.M.

Associate Professor

Office: Hanley Hall 226

Phone Number: 412.396.1416

E-Mail Address: kitchenr@duq.edu

Education: L.L.M., Legal Education, Temple University, 2010
J.D., University of Arizona, 2000

Rona Kaufman is an associate professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law who teaches courses in employment, family, and business law and focuses her scholarship on the intersection of law and motherhood. She has published articles in the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society, the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, and the Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal

Prior to joining Duquesne Law's faculty, Kaufman completed the Abraham L. Freedman Fellowship at Temple University Beasley School of Law. While at Temple, she taught legal research and writing courses as well as an upper-level family/employment law course.  Kaufman practiced law in Houston, Texas before embarking on her academic career. She is a member of the Texas State Bar. She practiced commercial litigation and family law in Houston with Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright). She also practiced employment law as an associate in the Houston office of Baker Hostetler.

Kaufman earned her LL.M. (legal education) from Temple University, a J.D. from the University of Arizona, and a B.A. (political science) from the University of Pittsburgh.

Her scholarly interest is focused on how various areas of law impact primary caretakers, specifically mothers, and how law can enable them to successfully combine their caretaking responsibilities with paid employment. She argues for the adoption of laws and policies that will enable mothers and other primary caretakers to combine paid market work with mothering, successfully and simultaneously. 

Kaufman serves as advisor to Duquesne Law's Jewish Law Student Association, Women's Law Association, and Labor and Employment Law Society. 

She was honored by Chabad House on Campus in 2016 during the organization's 28th anniversary at the University of Pittsburgh. 

  • Contracts
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Family Law

Eradicating the Mothering Effect: Women as Workers and Mothers, Successfully and Simultaneously, 26 Wisc. J. L Gender & Soc. 167 (2011) [SSRN, SelectedWorks]

Off-Balance: Obama and the Work-Family Agenda, 16 Emp. Rts. & Emp. Pol'y J. 211 (2012).

Happy Mother's Day, May 8, 2011, available at http://asulawjournal.lawnews-asu.org/?p=271

Please visit Professor Kitchen's SSRN Page and SelectedWorks Profile to access a selection of her publications.

 

Chabad House on Campus, Alumni Awardee, 2016

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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Friday, April 28, 2017

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Friday, March 24, 2017

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

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Articles

Constrained Choice: Mothers, The State, and Domestic Violence

Rona Kaufman, Constrained Choice: Mothers, The State, and Domestic Violence, 24 Temp. Pol. C.R.L. Rev. 4 (2015).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=2626028
Holistic Pregnancy: Rejecting the Theory of the Adversarial Mother

Rona Kaufman, Holistic Pregnancy: Rejecting the Theory of the Adversarial Mother, 26 Hastings Women's L.J. 2 (2015).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=2601355
Missing the Mark: How FMLA's Bonding Leave Fails Mothers

Rona Kaufman, Missing the Mark: How FMLA's Bonding Leave Fails Mothers, Hofstra Lab. Emp. L.J. (2014).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=2516394
Off-Balance: Obama and the Work-Family Agenda

Rona Kitchen, Off-Balance: Obama and the Work-Family Agenda16 Emp. Rts. & Emp. Pol'y J. 211 (2012).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=2412566
Happy Mother's Day

Rona Kitchen, Happy Mother's Day, May 8, 2011.

http://arizonastatelawjournal.org/the-value-of-mothering/
Eradicating the Mothering Effect: Women as Workers and Mothers, Successfully and Simultaneously

Rona Kitchen, Eradicating the Mothering Effect: Women as Workers and Mothers, Successfully and Simultaneously26 Wisc. J. L Gender & Soc. 167 (2011).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=2120614

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Presentations

Partner Violence in the Workplace.

Kitchen, R. K. (2017). Partner Violence in the Workplace.   Allegheny County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program, April 28, 2017, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Holistic Pregnancy: Rejecting the Theory of the Adversarial Mother.

Kitchen, R. K. (2015, March). Holistic Pregnancy: Rejecting the Theory of the Adversarial Mother.   The Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia Feminist Law Teachers Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mixed Messages and Missing Mothers: A Critique of State Responses to Violence Against Women

Kitchen, R. K. (2014, November). Mixed Messages and Missing Mothers: A Critique of State Responses to Violence Against Women.   Violence Against Women Act 20th Anniversary Celebration: Fulfilling the Promise of Safety & Justice, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

How Do We Define a Family Today in Civil and Jewish Law?

Kitchen, R., (2014, May 2). How Do We Define a Family Today in Civil and Jewish Law? Congregation Adat Shalom. Pittsburgh, PA.

Mixed Messages & Missing Mothers: Critiquing the Judicial Response to Mandatory Arrest Laws Post-VAWA

Kitchen, R. K. (2014, March). Mixed Messages & Missing Mothers: Critiquing the Judicial Response to Mandatory Arrest Laws Post-VAWA.   The Violence Against Women Act and its Impact on the U.S. Supreme Court and International Law: A Story of Vindication, Loss, and a New Human Rights Paradigm, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Reengineering FMLA's Bonding Leave Provision to Achieve Congressional Goals and Fulfill Human Needs

Kitchen, R. K. (2013, November). Reengineering FMLA's Bonding Leave Provision to Achieve Congressional Goals and Fulfill Human Needs. Forging a Path: Dissecting Controversial Health Legislation in the Workplace, Uniontown, New York.

An Exploration and Critique of Legal Motherhood: Law, Experience, and Science

Rona Kaufman Kitchen, An Exploration and Critique of Legal Motherhood: Law, Experience, and Science, presentation at Duquesne University School of Law, CLE Program (Sept. 28, 2013).

Reconstructing Motherhood: Legal Implications from Scientific Findings

Kitchen, R. (2013, April). Reconstructing Motherhood: Legal Implications from Scientific Findings. Three School Colloquium. University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Off-Balance: An Assessment of Obama's Implementation of his Work-Family Agenda

Rona Kaufman Kitchen, Off-Balance: An Assessment of Obama's Implementation of his Work-Family Agenda, presentation at The University of Akron School of Law (Feb. 13, 2012).

A Critique of Obama's Agenda for Work and Family

Rona Kaufman Kitchen, A Critique of Obama's Agenda for Work and Family, Update for Feminist Law Professors, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University (Jan. 28, 2012).

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