For Immediate Release:  Aug 4, 2011
2011, 08, 04

Joanna Grossman Named Featured Columnist for Verdict, a New Legal Commentary Site

Joanna Grossman Named Featured Columnist for Verdict, a New Legal Commentary Site

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hofstra Law Professor Joanna L. Grossman has been named a featured columnist for Verdict, a new legal commentary site launched by Justia, a legal media and technology company that makes legal information freely available online.

Each weekday on Verdict, columnists offer original and thoughtful analysis of breaking news and developments in law and politics. Verdict’s team features 10 columnists who are established experts across a broad range of legal subjects.

“I am very excited to be part of this team of columnists at Justia,” said Grossman. “The analytical skills and legal knowledge among this group is remarkable. We are confident that Verdict will become an essential resource for members of the legal community.”

Grossman is an expert in family law, especially on state regulation of marriage and divorce. Her most recent Verdict columns include “‘Respect’ or ‘Defend’ Marriage? The Senate Considers a Bill to Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (1996)” and “The Last Word: The Supreme Court Rules That Anna Nicole Smith Is Entitled to Nothing From Her Late Husband’s Estate.” 

To view Grossman’s author page, visit For more information about Verdict, visit

About Joanna L. Grossman

Joanna L. Grossman is a professor and the John DeWitt Gregory Research Scholar at Hofstra Law School in Hempstead, New York. She is an expert in family law, especially on state regulation of marriage and divorce. She is the co-author of Inside the Castle: Law and the Family in 20th Century America (Princeton University Press 2011), a comprehensive social history of family law. She has also written extensively about sex discrimination, with particular focus on issues of workplace equality, such as sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination. She is the coeditor of Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship (Cambridge University Press 2009), an interdisciplinary collection that explores the gaps between formal commitments to gender equality and the reality of women’s lives. Grossman has a B.A. in economics from Amherst College. She graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School, where she was elected to Order of the Coif and served as the articles development editor of the Stanford Law Review. Prior to becoming a law professor, she served as a law clerk to Judge William A. Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and worked at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., as recipient of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship. She practiced law from 1996 to 1998 at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Williams & Connolly. She has also taught law at Vanderbilt University Law School, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Tulane University Law School.

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