Elizabeth Emens

Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law

Elizabeth Emens

Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law

Elizabeth Emens is an Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Her principal areas of publishing and teaching include disability law, family law, anti-discrimination law, contracts law, and law and sexuality.

Emens was the Bigelow Fellow and lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School from 2003 to 2005. She clerked for Judge Robert D. Sack, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, from 2002 to 2003.  

She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and American Bar Association.

Elizabeth Emens earned her J.D. from Yale University; her Ph.D. from King's College, Cambridge, where she was a Marshall Scholar; and her B.A. from Yale University.

  • J.D., Yale University, 2002
  • Ph.D., King’s College, Cambridge, 2002
  • B.A., Yale University, 1994
Areas of Expertise
  • Disability law 
  • Employment discrimination law
  • Legal theory
  • Contract law
  • Law and sexuality
  • “Compulsory Sexuality,” 66 Stanford Law Review, 2014
  • “Disabling Attitudes: U.S. Disability Law and the ADA Amendments Act,” (a symposium contribution) 60 American Journal of Comparative Law 205, 2012
  • “Regulatory Fictions: On Marriage and Countermarriage,” 99 California Law Review, 2011
  • “What's Left in Her Wake: In Honor of Adrienne Asch,” (a brief response to the life and work of Adrienne Asch) Hastings Center Report, at 19, March to April 2014
  • “A Simple Hyphen Will Do,” nytimes.com, July 3, 2011
  • “Inside Out,” (a response to Russell Robinson's Masculinity as Prison), 2, California Law Review Circuit 95, 2011
  • “Intimate Discrimination,” 122 Harvard Law Review 1307, 2009
  • “Integrating Accommodation,” 156 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 839, 2008
  • “Changing Name Changing: Framing Rules and the Future of Marital Names,” 74 University of Chicago Law Review. 761, 2007
  • “Shape Stops Story,” 15 Narrative 124, (a symposium contribution), January 2007
  • “The Sympathetic Discriminator: Mental Illness, Hedonic Costs, and the ADA,” 93 Georgetown Law Journal 399, 2006
  • “Aggravating Youth: Roper v. Simmons and Age Discrimination,” Supreme Court Economic Review 51, 2005
  • “Monogamy's Law: Compulsory Monogamy and Polyamorous Existence,” 29 New York University Review Law & Social Change 277, 2004
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C. Legal Theory Workshop
Disability Law
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