Faculty in the Field

Barbara S. BarronBarbara S. Barron, Professor of Skills, Director of the Trial Techniques Program, Director of Student Advocacy Programs and Faculty Advisor to Moot Court Board
Professor Barron, who has a master’s degree in Russian, has worked as a linguist with the Department of Defense and as a criminal and civil litigator in the private and public sectors. She has integrated her two career paths as a professor of skills domestically and internationally. Besides her work in the United States, where she has taught skills extensively, she has created and implemented innovative linguistically and legally relevant skills courses throughout Eastern Europe and beyond, from Russia to Kazakhstan. She also was one of four American lawyers who introduced U.S. trial skills to hundreds of Japanese defense attorneys in preparation for Japan’s adoption of the mixed jury trial system.


J. Herbie DiFonzoJ. Herbie DiFonzo, Professor of Law
Professor DiFonzo’s interests include family law, civil procedure, juvenile justice and legal history. He had a wide-ranging two decades of law practice before becoming a full-time professor, including stints as a federal prosecutor and as a litigator. Professor DiFonzo teaches courses in family law, civil procedure and alternatives to litigation


Joanna L. GrossmanJoanna L. Grossman, Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law
Professor Grossman teaches Family Law; Wills, Trusts and Estates, and a variety of courses relating to gender and law. She also writes extensively about family law, particularly state regulation of marriage, for the online publication Verdict, and her articles have been frequently published in academic journals. Her most recent book Inside the Castle: Law and the Family in 20th Century America (with Friedman) is a comprehensive social history of family law in the United States.


Theo LiebmannTheo Liebmann, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs
Professor Liebmann has directed the interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic since its inception. In his capacity as attorney-in-charge, he supervises law students and mental health trainees working together to advocate on behalf of youth involved in the immigration and child welfare legal systems. He and his students have represented hundreds of youth in cases involving abuse and neglect, as well as delinquency, custody and guardianship matters.


Andrew SchepardAndrew Schepard, Max Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Children, Families
Professor Schepard is the director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law, an integrated, interdisciplinary program of research, education and public service to improve the treatment of children and families by the legal system. He teaches courses in, and has written many law review articles on, family law and alternative dispute resolution.


Barbara StarkBarbara Stark, Professor of Law
Professor Stark is a renowned expert in family and international law. She has published more than 50 chapters and articles in the California and UCLA law reviews and the Yale, Stanford, Virginia, Vanderbilt and Michigan journals of international law, among others. Since joining the Hofstra Law faculty in 2005, she has published three books on family and international law topics.