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Emily Stolzenberg

Assistant Professor of Law


Emily Stolzenberg is an Assistant Professor of Law at Villanova University. Her research focuses on conflicts between obligation and autonomy in the fields of family law and property. Stolzenberg’s work has appeared in the Boston College Law Review and is forthcoming in the Maryland Law Review. Her current project, “Nonconsensual Family Obligations,” critiques the outsize role of consent in family law and proposes additional bases for justifying family obligations.

Stolzenberg 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. Stolzenberg is a member of the New York and Washington, DC, bars.


Practice Experience

  • 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)


Assistant Professor Emily Stolzenberg

Office: Rm 233, Law School Building
Phone: 610-519-7061
Fax: 610-519-6837






Courses and Seminars

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



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