February 6, 2007 17:32 Age: 7 yrs

Professor Julie Seaman Wins Writing Prize for Article on Law and Biology

Julie Seaman

The first Society for Evolutionary Analysis in Law (SEAL) Junior Faculty Writing Prize has been awarded to Professor Julie Seaman, for her article, "Form and (Dys)Function in Sexual Harassment Law: Biology, Culture, and the Spandrels of Title VII." In the article, Seaman transposes the idea of architectural spandrels famously used as a metaphor in biology into a new metaphor used to examine the architecture of anti-discrimination law. The article explains sexual harassment law in a nuanced and sophisticated fashion through the use of evolutionary biology.

Entries were judged based on originality, thoroughness of research, accuracy, creativity, and clarity of thought and expression by a panel made up of professors in the disciplines of both law and biology. Seaman is the first recipient of the SEAL Junior Faculty Writing Prize, which commemorates the many contributions of Margaret Gruter (1919-2003), founder of the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research and longtime SEAL member.

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