Martha Albertson Fineman, JD

Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law



Photo of Martha Albertson  FinemanMartha Albertson Fineman is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law at Emory University.  An internationally recognized law and society scholar, Fineman is a leading authority on family law and feminist jurisprudence. Following graduation from University of Chicago Law School, Fineman clerked for the Hon. Luther M. Swygert of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and then taught at the University of Wisconsin Law School and the Columbia University Law School.  She joined Cornell Law School in 1999 to become the first endowed Chair in the nation in Feminist Jurisprudence. Her scholarly interest is in the legal regulation of intimacy. Fineman is founder and director of the Feminism and Legal Theory Project, which was inaugurated in 1984.

Fineman's publications include: Storytelling and the Law: Narrative, Ethics and Legal Change (2007); The Autonomy Myth: A Theory of Dependency, (2004); The Neutered Mother, the Sexual Family and other Twentieth Century Tragedies, (1995)and The Vulnerable Subject: Anchoring Equality in the Human Condition (forthcoming). She has received awards for her writing and teaching and has served on several government study commissions. She teaches family law, feminist jurisprudence, law and sexuality, and seminars on reproductive issues and select topics in feminist legal theory and vulnerability.