Arthur B. Hanson Professor of Law
Office phone: (757) 221-2685
Office location: Room 243
Full resume: here (.pdf in new window)
Areas of Specialization
Adoption Law; Children and the Law; Constitutional Law--14th Amendment; Constitutional Law--1st Amendment (Religion); Education Law; Family Law; Philosophy of Law; Trusts and Estates Law
Family Law; Youth Law
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements
Joined the faculty in 2000 after teaching law at the Chicago-Kent and University of Wyoming law schools. Practiced law with Sutherland, Asbill, and Brennan; and Coudert Brothers; both in Washington, D.C., and worked in New York State Family Court as Law Guardian and Assigned Counsel. Teaches family law, youth law, trusts and estates, and law and social justice. Selected for the Class of 2010 Professorship and the Plumeri Award.
- Family Law: Theoretical, Comparative, and Social Science Perspectives (Aspen Publishers, 2012)
- Moral Status and Human Life: The Case for Children's Superiority (Cambridge University Press 2011).
- The Relationship Rights of Children (Cambridge U. Press 2006).
- Vouchers Within Reason: A Child-Centered Approach to Education Reform (Cornell U. Press 2002).
- Religious Schools v. Children's Rights (Cornell U. Press 2001) (paperback edition with new preface 2001).
- Symposium Issue, The Parental Choice Fallacy in Education Reform Debates, 87 Notre Dame L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2012).
- Parents' Self-Determination and Children's Custody: A New Analytical Framework for State Structuring of Children's Family Life, ___ Ariz. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2012).
- No Place for Children: Addressing Urban Blight and its Impact on Children Through Child Protection Law, Domestic Relations Law, and "Adult-only" Residential Zoning, ___ Ala. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2011).
- Symposium Issue, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Employment Division v. Smith for Family Law, 32 Cardozo L. Rev. 1781 (2011).
- Parental Entitlement and Corporal Punishment, 73 Law & Contemp. Prob. 189 (2010).
- A Constitutional Birthright: The State, Parentage, and Newborn Persons, 56 U.C.L.A. L. Rev. 755 (2009). SSRN.
- Symposium Issue, First Parents: Reconceptualizing Newborn Adoption, 37 Cap. U. L. Rev. 293 (2009). SSRN.
- The Child Protection Pretense: States' Continued Consignment of Newborn Babies to Unfit Parents, 93 Minn. L. Rev. 407 (2008). SSRN.
- Symposium Issue, A Child-Centered Approach to Parentage Law, 14 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 843 (2006).
- Symposium Issue, The Liberal State's Response to Religious Visions of Education, 44 J. Cath. Legal Stud. 195 (2005).
- Symposium Issue, School Accountability and "High Stakes Testing," 2 Theory & Res. Ed. 211 (2004).
- Symposium Issue, A Taxonomy of Children's Existing Rights in State Decision Making About Their Relationships, 11 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 845 (2003).
- Symposium Issue, School Vouchers: Inviting the Public Into the Religious Square, 42 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 963 (2001).
- Co-author, Informed Consent for Neonatal Circumcision: An Ethical and Legal Conundrum, 17 J. Contemp. Health L. & Pol'y 61 (2000).
- Symposium Issue, Spiritual Treatment Exemptions to Child Medical Neglect Laws: What We Outsiders Should Think, 76 Notre Dame L. Rev. 147 (2000), reprinted in 1 Children and the Law: The State as Child Protector (J. W. Steverson ed., Routledge 2002), part of series, Controversies in Constitutional Law: Collections of Documents and Articles on Major Questions of American Law (P. Finkelman ed.).
- Symposium Issue, Children's Interests in a Family Context -- A Cautionary Note, 39 Santa Clara L. Rev. 1053 (1999).
- Symposium Issue, Setting Standards for Parenting -- By What Right?, 27 Child Psychiatry & Hum. Dev. 165 (1997).
- The Children We Abandon: Religious Exemptions to Child Welfare and Education Law as Denials of Equal Protection to Children of Religious Objectors, 74 N.C. L. Rev. 1321 (1996).
- Parents' Religion and Children's Welfare: Debunking the Doctrine of Parents' Rights, 82 Cal. L. Rev. 1371 (1994), reprinted, in part, in Garrison & Schneider, The Law of Bioethics: Individual Autonomy and Social Regulation (West 2003).
- Children's Education Rights in a Liberal Democracy, in Padagogische Modernisierung: Sakularitat und Sakralitat in der Modernen Padogigik (Hoffmann, Jacottet, & Osterwalder eds., Haupt Bern 2006).
- Children's Rights, in The Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Education (Blackwell Pub. 2003).
- Changing the Conversation About Children's Education, in NOMOS XLIII: Moral and Political Education (NYU Press 2002).
- Book Review, 18 Law & Politics 605 (2008) (reviewing Sarah Elliston, The Best Interests of the Child in Healthcare 2007).
- Essay, Funding Religion in a Post-Zelman World, 5(1) Gov't L. & Pol'y J., Winter/Spring 2003, at 11.
- Book Review, 13 School Field 7 (2002) (reviewing Randall Curren, Aristotle on the Necessity of Public Education (2000)).
- Book Preface, Religious Schools v. Children's Rights (Cornell U. Press 2001).