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3 Child & Fam. L.J. 1 (2015)

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  BOOK REVIEW: CASTING OFF THE CANON:
              FAMILY LAW REIMAGINED,


     JILL ELAINE   HASDAY   (Harvard  University Press, 2014)

                         Laurie S. Kohn*


                         INTRODUCTION
     The contours of marriage and family have shifted dramatically in
the past several decades. Recent family law scholarship has analyzed
how  the  law will accommodate   the  changing forms  of marriage,
parenthood, and family.1 To consider how the family law canon will
react to such societal changes affecting marriage and the family, one
must have a distinct vision of the canon in the first place. Jill Hasday'S2
new book, entitled Family Law Reimagined, offers a clear-eyed vision of
what family law is, what it is not, and where it might be headed. Hasday
considers family law's canon-the set of principles by which we have
come  to characterize family law-and   then debunks  the canon  by
methodically setting forth each notion and illustrating its inaccuracies or
limitations. In doing so, Hasday urges the reader to clear the noise of the
canon  and  to see  the law  in  all its messy inconsistencies and
shortcomings.
     The central mission of this book-debunking the traditional family
law narrative-is an  enormously valuable one. As  Hasday  explains,

  Associate Professor of Clinical Law, George Washington University Law
School. I want to thank Jill Hasday for writing this important and thought-
provoking book, as well as the organizers of the 2015 Law and Society
Conference in Minneapolis, who gave me the opportunity to comment on the
book. I am also grateful for the able research assistance of Krystal McKay and
Olaumoke  Obayanju.
     See, e.g., JUNE CARBONE & NAOMI CAHN, MARRIAGE MARKETS:  How
INEQUALITY Is REMAKING THE AMERICAN  FAMILY  (Oxford University Press
2014); CLARE HUNTINGTON, FAILURE TO FLOURISH: How LAW  UNDERMINES
FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS (Oxford University Press 2014); HERBIE DIFONZO &
RUTH STERN, INTIMATE ASSOCIATIONS: THE LAW AND CULTURE OF AMERICAN
FAMILIES (The University of Michigan Press 2013).
   2 Distinguished McKnight University Professor University of Minnesota;
Centennial Professor in Law.


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