Solangel Maldonado is Columbia Law School’s James S. Carpentier Visiting Professor of Law for the Spring 2017 semester. She previously served as a scholar-in-residence at the Law School’s Center for the Study of Law and Culture. While at the Center, Maldonado studied how the law shapes our desires and selection of intimate partners. She also explored the economic, social, and political implications of these choices.
Maldonado serves as the Joseph M. Lynch Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law. She has also taught at the University of Illinois College of Law and at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Her scholarly and teaching interests include family law, feminist legal theory, race and the law, and international and comparative family law. Over the last decade, Maldonado’s scholarship has focused on the intersection of race and family law and the law’s influence on social norms of post-separation parenthood. Her work has explored how child custody and child support laws push fathers, especially African-American and low-income fathers, away from their children. She has also studied the role of inter-parental conflict in children’s and parents’ well-being after separation and how the law exacerbates this conflict. She is one of the reporters of the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law, Children and the Law (in progress) and co-editor of the third edition of Family Law in the World Community (Carolina Academic Press, 2015) (with D. Marianne Blair, Merle H. Weiner, and Barbara Stark).
Prior to joining the Seton Hall faculty, Maldonado was a litigation associate at Kaye Scholer and at Sidley Austin. She also clerked for then District Court Judge Joseph A. Greenaway Jr., now on the United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. Maldonado received her B.A. from Columbia College and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and managing editor of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.