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Elizabeth Schneider

Rose L. Hoffer Professor of Law
(718) 780-7988
B.A., Bryn Mawr College
M.Sc., The London School of Economics and Political Science
J.D., New York University School of Law
Areas of Expertise
Civil Procedure
Civil Rights
Domestic Violence
Women's Rights


Elizabeth Schneider is a national expert in the fields of federal civil litigation, procedure, gender, law and domestic violence and is a frequent commentator for print and broadcast media. She is the author of the prize-winning book, Battered Women and Feminist Lawmaking (Yale University Press, 2000) and co-author of several other books in this area. She has also written numerous articles and book chapters on civil rights, civil procedure, women's rights, and domestic violence.
She has lectured around the world and participated in trainings of lawyers and judges in countries such as China, Vietnam and South Africa. She was a consultant for the Secretary-General's Report on All Forms of Violence Against Women which was submitted to the General Assembly of the United Nations in Fall 2006. Professor Schneider has also been a Visiting Professor at Harvard and Columbia Law Schools.
She is a member of the American Law Institute and Chair of the Judicial-Academic Network of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ). She has been honored by numerous organizations such as the National Organization of Women-NYC and the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She has been active in legal education, serving as a member of the AALS Executive Committee and on the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers.
Professor Schneider was the founder and director of the Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship Program. She joined the faculty in 1983, after serving as a Staff Attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights and a Staff Attorney with the Rutgers Law School-Newark Constitutional Litigation Clinic. She also clerked for the late United States District Judge Constance Baker Motley of the Southern District of New York. She earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow.