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Mary Ann Glendon

Mary Ann Glendon

Mary Ann Glendon is the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University Law School, where she teaches in the fields of comparative law, constitutional law, and legal theory. In 1988, she won the Scribes Book Award given by the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects for her comparative study, ABORTION AND DIVORCE IN WESTERN LAW, and her work was featured in Bill Moyers's "World of Ideas" series. In 1994, Pope John Paul II appointed her to the newly created Pontifical Academy of Social Science and to the Pontifical Council for the Laity. In 1995, she headed the 22-member delegation of the Holy See to the Fourth U.N. Women's Conference in Beijing. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Academy of Comparative Law, and a past president of the UNESCO-sponsored International Association of Legal Science. She served as a member of the U.S. President's Council on Bioethics from 2001 to 2005.

She has written nine books spanning a variety of disciplines, including RIGHTS TALK and THE TRANSFORMATION OF FAMILY LAW (winner of the Order of the Coif Triennial Book Award). In 2003 she won the Bradley Prize for outstanding achievement in promoting liberal democracy, democratic capitalism, and the vigorous defense of American institutions, and in 2005 was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Bush.

THE FORUM AND THE TOWER: How Scholars and Politicians Have Imagined the World, from Plato to Eleanor Roosevelt (Oxford University Press, 2011)

A NATION UNDER LAWYERS: How the Crisis in the Legal Profession Is Transforming American Society (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994)

A WORLD MADE NEW: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Random House, 2001)