Elizabeth Emens

Elizabeth F. Emens

  • Thomas M. Macioce Professor of Law

J.D., Yale University, 2002
Ph.D., King’s College, Cambridge, 2002
B.A., Yale University, 1994

Areas of Specialty

Disability Law
Employment Discrimination Law
Legal Theory
Contract Law
Law and Sexuality

Elizabeth Emens writes and teaches on disability law, family law, anti-discrimination law, contracts law, and law and sexuality. 

A Columbia Law faculty member since 2005, Emens’ scholarly work has appeared in publications including Hastings Center Report, Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Nomos, Narrative, The Disability Studies Reader, and Keywords for Disability Studies. Emens is the author of The Art of Life Admin: How to Do Less, Do It Better, and Live More (2019), which explores how unseen and unpaid work is a universal problem but a particular burden for disadvantaged and disabled people. She is also co-editor, with Professor Michael Ashley Stein, of Disability and Equality Law (2013). In 2019, Emens delivered the Clifford Chance Thought Leadership Lecture on Diversity

In addition to her scholarly work, Emens directs the Columbia Law School Mindfulness Program, which offers weekly secular meditation sessions for the Law School community. She also teaches a practicum on lawyer leadership as part of the Law School’s Davis Polk Leadership Initiative

Emens was a 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 2nd Circuit, from 2002 to 2003.


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