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

Associate Professor of Law

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 at Duquesne University School of Law, where she teaches contracts, employment discrimination, and family law courses. Her scholarship focuses on intersections of law and motherhood, and her articles on these topics have been published in the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society, the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, the Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal and other publications.

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

In her research, Kaufman focuses on how various areas of law impact primary caretakers, specifically mothers, and how law can enable them to successfully combine 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. 

The Wexner Foundation recently awarded Kaufman a two-year Wexner Heritage fellowship in recognition of her role as an emerging Jewish leader in Pittsburgh.  Her community roles include serving on the boards of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh and Community Day School (CDS). She is also a member of the Diller Advisory Board and president of the CDS Parent Association.  Chabad House on Campus honored Kaufman in 2016 during the organization's 28th anniversary at the University of Pittsburgh. 

In addition to teaching at Duquesne Law, Kaufman serves as advisor to the law school’s Jewish Law Student Association, Women's Law Association, and Labor and Employment Law Society.

Her educational background includes an LL.M. in legal education from Temple University, a J.D. from the University of Arizona, and a B.A. in political science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Contracts (Fall 2018/Spring 2019/Fall 2019/Spring 2020)

Employment Discrimination (Spring 2019/Spring 2020)

Family Law (Fall 2018/Fall 2019)

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.

 

Wexner Foundation Fellowship, 2018

Chabad House on Campus, Alumni Awardee, 2016

Thursday, July 26, 2018

KDKA-TV interviewed Professor Rona Kaufman for a story about the Westmoreland County district att Read More »

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Several Duquesne Law students are participating in a study abroad program in China this summer. B Read More »

Monday, May 7, 2018

Duquesne Law's Student Bar Association (SBA) recently focused its philanthropic efforts on Childr Read More »

Saturday, April 28, 2018

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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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

#MeToo: Law, (Mis)Conceptions, Backlash, and Norms

Rona Kaufman, #MeToo: Law, (Mis)Conceptions, Backlash, and Norms, CLE at Duquesne University School of Law (April 28, 2018).

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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