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Solangel Maldonado

Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law

  • Degrees:

  • J.D., Columbia Law School | B.A., Columbia College
  • Contact:

  • [email protected]
  • Tel:  973-642-8830
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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Courses:

  • Torts; Estates and Trusts; Family Law; Children, Family & the State; International Human Rights & the Family; Gender & the Law; Race, Ethnicity, & the Law

Professor Maldonado’s research and teaching interests include family law, feminist legal theory, race and the law, and international and comparative family law. Over the past decade, her scholarship has focused on the intersection of race and family law and the law’s influence on social norms of post-separation parenthood. She is currently working on a book for NYU Press that examines how the law shapes romantic preferences and how these preferences perpetuate racial hierarchy and economic and social inequality.

Professor Maldonado is one of the reporters of the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law, Children and the Law (in progress) and a co-editor of Family Law in the World Community (Carolina Academic Press, 3rd ed. 2015) (with D. Marianne Blair, Merle H. Weiner, and Barbara Stark). She also serves on the editorial board of the Family Court Review.

Prior to joining the Seton Hall faculty, Professor Maldonado was a litigation associate with Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, LLP and with Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood in New York. She also clerked for then District Court Judge Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., now on the United States Court of Appeals. She received her B.A. from Columbia College and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. In 2015-2016, she was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia Law School.



MALDEF's Champion, in Law Professor and Accidental Historian: The Scholarship of Michael Olivas (Ediberto Roman ed.) (2017)

The Story of the Holyfield Twins: Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians v. Holyfield, in Family Law Stories 113 (Carol Sanger ed.) (2007)


Reproducing Gender and Race Inequality in the Blawgosphere, ___ Harv. J. Gender & L. ___ (forthcoming 2017) (with Jane C. Murphy)

Bias in the Family: Race and Culture in Custody Disputes, 55 Fam. Ct. Rev. 213 (2017) (peer-reviewed)

Romantic Discrimination and Children, 92 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 105 (2017) (invited symposium)

Sharing a House But Not a Household: Extended Families and Exclusionary Zoning Forty Years After Moore, 85 Fordham L. Rev. 2641 (2017) (invited symposium)

Shared Parenting and Never Married Families, 52 Fam. Ct. Rev. 632 (2014)

Facilitating Forgiveness and Reconciliation in “Good Enough” Marriages, 13 Pepperdine Dispute Resolution L.J. 105 (2013)

Illegitimate Harm: Law, Stigma, and Discrimination Against Nonmarital Children, 63 Florida L. Rev. 345 (2011)

Taking Account of Children’s Emotions: Anger and Forgiveness in “Renegotiated Families”, 16 Va. J. Soc. Pol’y & L. 443 (2009) (Symposium)

Cultivating Forgiveness: Reducing Hostility and Conflict after Divorce, 43 Wake Forest L. Rev. 441 (2008)

Permanency v. Permanent Ties: The Case for Post Adoption Contact, 37 Capital L. Rev. 321 (2008) (

Race, Culture, and Adoption: Lessons From Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians v. Holyfield, 17 Colum. J. Gender & L. 1 (2008) (

Deadbeat or Deadbroke: Redefining Child Support For Poor Fathers, 39 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 991 (2006)

Discouraging Racial Preferences in Adoptions, 39 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1415 (2006) (abridged version reprinted in Family Law: Balancing Interests and Pursuing Priorities 260 (Lynn D. Wardle & Camille S. Williams eds., 2007))

Recidivism and Paternal Engagement, 40 Fam. L.Q. 191 (2006)

Beyond Economic Fatherhood: Encouraging Divorced Fathers to Parent, 153 U. Pa. L. Rev. 921 (2005)

When Father (or Mother) Doesn’t Know Best: Quasi-Parents and Parental Deference After Troxel v. Granville, 88 Iowa L. Rev. 865 (2003)


Family Law in the World Community, (Carolina Academic Press, 3rd ed. 2015) (with D. Marianne Blair, Merle H. Weiner, and Barbara Stark)