Iselin Gambert

Portrait of Iselin Magdalene Gambert
Title:
Professor of Legal Research and Writing; Associate Director of the Fundamentals of Lawyering Program
Address:
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
Email:
[email protected]

Iselin Gambert joined the GW Law faculty in 2009 to direct the law school Writing Center and teach in the first year legal writing program. She continues to do both roles and is currently Associate Director of the Fundamentals of Lawyering Program, GW’s innovative 6-credit program that replaced the former Legal Research and Writing Program. Professor Gambert also serves as an advisor in GW's Inns of Court Program, and will teach a course in Feminist Legal Theory in the 2019-20 academic year.

Professor Gambert is an active member of the national and international legal writing and lawyering skills communities. In 2016, she was elected to a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving legal communication, building the discipline of legal writing, and improving the status of legal writing faculty across the country. From 2013-17 she served as the co-editor-in-chief of The Second Draft: The Magazine of the Legal Writing Institute. She also served on the Site Committee for the 2014 and 2016 LWI Biennial Conference.

Professor Gambert is an internationally recognized scholar whose work spans multiple fields including legal writing and writing center pedagogy, feminist legal theory, animal law, critical animal studies, critical race theory, and food law and policy. Her goal with her current scholarship is to ask timely questions about the ways in which political, legal, and cultural forces impact our daily lives and our relationship with food and other animals. She spent the 2017-18 academic year as a visiting researcher at the Lund University Critical Animal Studies Network in Lund, Sweden, where she co-taught an interdisciplinary course called Critical Animal Studies - Animals in Society, Culture and the Media. She has written a number of op-eds and scholarly articles on the subject of milk, one of the most ubiquitous and heavily regulated substances on the planet—and perhaps one of the most contested. Her 2019 Brooklyn Law Review article Got Mylk? The Disruptive Possibilities of Plant Milk was identified as a “Notable & Quotable” in the Wall Street Journal. She was also selected to be part of the U.S. Feminist Judgments Project, for which she wrote a commentary on Frontiero v. Richardson, which was published in the 2016 book Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court by Cambridge University Press.

Professor Gambert’s non-academic writing has received national attention as well: she is a 2019 recipient of an Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellowship in the category of Personal Essay.

In 2014, Professor Gambert was awarded an Endeavour Executive Fellowship and spent three months as a Visiting Scholar at Melbourne Law School (MLS), the top-ranked law school in Australia. While at MLS, she collaborated with faculty at three area law schools on best practices for implementing wellness and professional development training in legal education. She also conducted workshops for Australian law faculty and legal professionals on best practices in legal writing, training, and strategies for providing effective written feedback on legal writing assignments. 

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Gambert clerked for Judge Ronna Lee Beck at the D.C. Superior Court, Civil Division, and worked as an attorney and legal writer for a local public interest advocacy organization. She graduated with honors from GW Law, where she was a two-year writing fellow in the Legal Research and Writing Program, the executive notes editor of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, and an editor and publication committee member of the GW Law Student Bar Association Student Legal Writing Review. She was a clinical fellow in the International Human Rights Clinic and received the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Graduate Award upon graduation. She is barred in New York State and the District of Columbia.

Professor Gambert graduated magna cum laude from Pomona College with a degree in cultural anthropology. Before law school, she was the Program Director of WomensLaw.org, a national nonprofit organization providing state-specific legal information to domestic violence survivors. She later served as a member the organization’s Board of Directors and was the faculty advisor for the GW Law chapter of the WomensLaw.org Email Hotline. 

Curriculum Vitae     Publications

Education

BA, Pomona College; JD, George Washington University

In the News

"The Troubling Link Between Milk and Racism"

December 06, 2018
Iselin M. Gambert is quoted by HuffPost about her paper arguing that milk has long been used as a symbol for and tool of white supremacy.

"Notable & Quotable: Got Mylk?"

September 07, 2018
Iselin M. Gambert writes in The Wall Street Journal about her forthcoming paper regarding the use of the word "milk."

"How the Alt-Right Uses Milk to Promote White Supremacy"

April 26, 2018

Iselin M. Gambert co-writes in The Conversation about the rhetorical strategies of the "alt-right."