Faculty and Administration


J. Herbie DiFonzo
Professor of Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law

Professor DiFonzo’s interests include family law, civil procedure and legal history.

Following law school graduation, he was selected to serve as an Attorney General’s Honors Law Graduate at the U.S. Department of Justice.

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 in the areas of family law, criminal defense, negligence, and professional malpractice. In all, he conducted over 30 jury trials and several dozen appeals.

In 2003, he obtained a Ph.D. in history, writing a dissertation on the law and popular culture of divorce in America in the 20th century.

Professor DiFonzo’s recent articles and essays include:

  • How Marriage Became Optional: Cohabitation, Gender, and the Emerging Functional Norms”;
  • A Vision for Collaborative Practice: The Final Report of the Hofstra Collaborative Law Conference”; and
  • The Crimes of Crime Labs”;

as well as several articles co-authored with Ruth C. Stern:

  • “Breaking the Mold and Picking Up the Pieces: Rights of Parenthood and Parentage in Nontraditional Families”;
  • “The Children of Baby M.”;
  • “The End of the Red Queen’s Race: Medical Marijuana in the New Century”;
  • “The Winding Road from Form to Function: A Brief History of Contemporary Marriage”; and
  • “Devil in a White Coat: The Temptation of Forensic Evidence in the Age of CSI.

Professor DiFonzo and Ms. Stern are currently at work on a new book, Intimate Associations: The Law and Culture of Families in Twenty-First Century America.


Steven Richman, Director of Global Initiatives
Steven.Richman@hofstra.edu | 516-463-0417

Joanne Masci, Senior Support Specialist
Joanne.Masci@hofstra.edu | 516-463-4547


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