Emily Stolzenberg

Associate Professor of Law and Reuschlein Emerging Scholar


Emily Stolzenberg is an associate professor of law and Villanova Law's inaugural Reuschlein Emerging Scholar. Her research focuses on conflicts between obligation and autonomy in the fields of family law and property. Stolzenberg’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Boston College Law ReviewBrigham Young University Law ReviewMaryland Law Review, and North Carolina Law Review. For her paper Nonconsensual Family Obligations, 48 BYU L. Rev. 625 (2022) [SSRN]. Stolzenberg received the 2023 Haub Law Emerging Scholar Award in Women, Gender and Law.

She graduated from Yale Law School, having previously earned a master’s in political theory from the University of Oxford. After law school, she worked for the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, VA, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Stolzenberg then practiced family law at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP in Washington, DC. Before coming to Villanova, Stolzenberg was an associate in law at Columbia Law School and a visiting assistant professor of law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. She is a member of the New York and Washington, DC bars.



  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
  • Associate in Law and Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School
  • Associate, Family Law Practice, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Robert D. Sack, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Legal Fellow, JustChildren Program and Elder Law Initiative, Legal Aid Justice Center (Charlottesville, VA)

Office: Rm 247, John F. Scarpa Hall
Phone: 610-519-7061
Fax: 610-519-6837




Courses and Seminars

  • Advanced Topics in Family Law Seminar
  • Family Law
  • Land Use Planning
  • Property



  • Yale Law School, JD
  • University of Oxford, M. Phil. (Political Theory)
  • Princeton University, AB (German; Magna Cum Laude)