Scholars

Margaret F. Brinig
Margaret F. Brinig is the Fritz Duda Family Chair in Law at the University of Notre Dame. She specializes in family law, contracts, and dispute resolution, and is known internationally for her work on the law and economics of the family. She has written or coauthored a number of books and more than 80 articles, including From Contract to Covenant: Beyond the Law and Economics of the Family, The Economics of Family Law, and Family, Law, and Community: Supporting the Covenant. Professor Brinig is a member of the American Law Institute, an executive board member of the International Society for Family Law, and has been an officer in the Socioeconomics and Family Law Sections of the American Association of Law Schools. She holds graduate degrees in both law and economics.

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J. Herbie DiFonzo is a professor of law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. He is the author of Intimate Associations: The Law and Culture of American Families (with Ruth C. Stern) and Beneath the Fault Line: The Popular and Legal Culture of Divorce in Twentieth-Century America. After practicing law for 20 years, he has devoted himself to teaching and research, specializing in family law and culture.

Michael Grossburg
Michael Grossberg is a historian specializing in American legal history, history of children and the family, and the history of American social policy. He has a joint appointment in the Department of History and the School of Law at Indiana University. His research focuses on the relationship between law and social change, particularly the intersection of law and the family. He is the author of Governing the Hearth: Law and the Family in Nineteenth-Century America, and recently co-edited Re-Inventing Childhood in the Post World War II World. He has also been involved in several family policy research projects, such as an initiative to create guidelines for genetic testing in child custody cases. He edited the American Historical Review from 1995 to 2005 and has published several articles on scholarly editing.

Alison L. Lefkovitz
Alison L. Lefkovitz is an Assistant Professor of History in the Federated Department of History at  Rutgers University-Newark and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her research interests include legal history and the history of gender and sexuality. She teaches a variety of U.S. history courses and runs the BA program in Law, Technology and Culture.  She is currently completing revisions to her book manuscript, The Politics of Marriage in the Era of Women’s Liberation. In it, she explores how legal and political agents worked the category of gender out of marriage, and how a host of lawmakers, judges, activists, and ordinary Americans subsequently struggled to redefine family and marriage without gender. She is also the author of “Men in the House: Race, Welfare, and the Regulation of Men’s Sexuality in the United States, 1961-1972,” published in the Journal of the History of Sexuality in 2011.

Mary Ann Mason
Mary Ann Mason is professor and co-director of the Center for Economics and Family Security at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Mason’s scholarship spans children and family law, policy, and history, including two major works on child custody: From Father’s Property to Children’s Rights: A History of Child Custody in America and The Custody Wars: Why Children Are Losing the Legal Battles and What We Can Do About It. She co-edited All Our Families: New Policies for A New Century and An American Childhood. Mason is a national expert on child custody issues and family law and policy, frequently addressing national and international media, conferences, and workshops on children and family issues.

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Peter Salem is the Executive Director of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, an interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflicts. He taught mediation at Marquette University Law School for ten years and is co-editor of Divorce Mediation: Models, Techniques and Applications. He has provided training and technical assistance to family court service agencies throughout the United States and is author of numerous articles and videos on mediation, domestic violence, and divorce. He received the John M. Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award presented by the Association for Conflict Resolution in 2008 and received a William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellows award in 2009. He holds an MA in Communication and Mediation Management from Emerson College in Boston and a BA in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal.

Andrew Schepard
Andrew Schepard is the Max Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Professor Schepard is the editor of the Family Court Review, the author of Children, Courts and Custody: Interdisciplinary Models for Divorcing Families, as well as many law review articles in family law and alternative dispute resolution. Professor Schepard writes the “Law and Children” column for the New York Law Journal. He was also the Reporter for the Model Standards of Practice for Family and Divorce Mediation approved by the American Bar Association, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Association for Conflict Resolution and the Reporter for the American Bar Association’s Leadership Summit on Unified Family Courts. He is currently the Chair of the Family Law Education Reform Project co-sponsored by Hofstra Law School and the Association of Family and Conciliation Court.