Convocation to Install Joanna L. Grossman as the Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law

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Joanna Grossman joined the Hofstra Law faculty in 1999. She served as the associate dean for faculty development from 2004-08 and was named the John DeWitt Gregory Research Scholar for 2010-11. She teaches Family Law; Wills, Trusts & Estates; and a variety of courses relating to gender and law. She has also taught in the law schools at Vanderbilt University, University of North Carolina, Yeshiva University and Tulane University.

Professor Grossman writes extensively about family law, especially state regulation of marriage. She is the co-author, with Lawrence M. Friedman, of Inside the Castle: Law and the Family in 20th Century America (Princeton, 2011), a comprehensive social history of family law in the United States. She also writes about sex discrimination and workplace equality, with a special focus on such issues as sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination. She is the co-editor, with Linda McClain, of Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship (Cambridge University Press, 2009), an interdisciplinary anthology that explores persistent gaps between formal commitments to gender equality and the reality of women’s lives. She has published articles in Stanford Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal and the Yale Journal on Law and Feminism, among others.

Professor Grossman is a regular columnist for Justia’s Verdict and has served on the editorial board of Perspectives, the magazine of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession. She was selected to deliver Hofstra University’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture in 2004 and Hofstra University’s Annual Diversity Lecture in 2010. She was inducted into Long Island’s “40 Under 40” in 2005 and was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2009.

A graduate with distinction from Stanford Law School, Professor Grossman served as the articles development editor of the Stanford Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif. She served as a law clerk to Judge William A. Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit before spending a year as staff counsel at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., as recipient of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship. She practiced law from 1996-1998 at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Williams & Connolly.

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