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

Assistant Professor of Law
School of Law

Room 226 School of Law
Phone: 412.396.1416


L.L.M., Legal Education, Temple University, 2010
J.D., University of Arizona, 2000

Rona Kaufman Kitchen is an assistant professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law. Professor Kitchen focuses her scholarship on the intersection of law and motherhood. She has published articles in the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society and the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal.  Her forthcoming article will be published in the Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal. Professor Kitchen teaches courses in employment, family, and business law.

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

Professor Kitchen earned her J.D. from the University of Arizona. She also also holds an LL.M. (legal education) from Temple University and a B.A. (political science) from the University of Pittsburgh.



Professor Kitchen's scholarly interest is focused on how various areas of law impact primary caretakers, specifically mothers, and how law can enable them to successfully combine their 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, succesfully and simultaneously.


Please visit Professor Kitchen's SSRN Page and SelectedWorks Profile to access a selection of her publications.

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

  • Corporations
  • Labor Law
  • Work-Life Law


'An Exploration and Critique of Legal Motherhood: Law, Experience, and Science,' Duquesne University School of Law, CLE Program, Sept. 28, 2013.

'Off-Balance: An Assessment of Obama's Implementation of his Work-Family Agenda,' The University of Akron School of Law, Feb. 13, 2012.

'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.

'The Value of Mothering,' Duquesne University School of Law, CLE Program, Nov. 15, 2011.

'Obama's Agenda for Work and Family,' Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Nov. 14, 2011.

'Women in the Workforce,' Global Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jul. 22, 2011.

'Public Sector Labor Law,' Coro Fellows, Coro Pittsburgh, Apr. 1, 2011.

Guest Lecturer, The Family and Medical Leave Act, Temple University School of Law, Oct. 19, 2010.

'Job-Protected Leave in the United States and Abroad,' Temple University Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Women's Second Annual Campus-Wide Conference, Achieving Equity: Women, The Workplace, And The Law, Temple University, Oct. 20, 2010.

'International Parental Leave Laws,' The Philadelphia Coalition of Labor Union Women Membership Meeting and Annual Benefit, Workers and Caregivers: How a Changing Workforce is Negotiating Maternity/Paternity Benefits, Workers United, Jan. 25, 2010.

Moderator, Temple University Women's Law Caucus, Mother Lawyer Panel, Temple University School of Law, Mar. 3, 2010.

'The Mommy Trap: FMLA and the Dependent Mother,' Update for Feminist Law Professors, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, February 2, 2008.