Levin College of Law

Barbara Bennett Woodhouse

Professor Emeritus




J.D., Columbia University
B.S., Regent’s College, University of the State of New York
Diploma Superiore, Universita per Stranieri (Perugia, Italy)

Teaching and Scholarship

Adoption, Child Welfare Law, Children’s Rights, Constitutional Law, Family Law, The Supreme Court and The Family, and Child/Parent and State.

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined faculty in 2001 as David H. Levin Chair in Family Law and Director, Center for Children and Families
  • University of Pennsylvania: Professor of Law (1994 – 2001), Assistant Professor (1988 – 1994), Co-founder and Co-Director of Center for Children’s Policy Practice and Research (1998 – 2001), National Center for Fathers and Families (advisory board), Grievance Commission (1997-2000)
  • Clerkships: U.S. Supreme Court, Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (1984-85); U.S. District Court for Southern District of New York, Hon. Abraham D. Sofaer (1983-84).
  • Organizations: Bar of the Supreme Court of the U.S., American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Association of American Law Schools (Program Chair of Women in Legal Education and Family and Juvenile Law Chair), International Society of Family Law (executive council), American Society for Comparative Law (reporter, Family Law), Journal of Law, Psychology and Public Policy (editor).


  • Cleaning Up Toxic Violence: An EcoGenerist Paradigm, in Nancy E. Dowd et al, Handbook on Children, Culture & Violence (Sage 2006)
  • The Family Supportive Nature of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, in Jonathan Todres et al, The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child: An Analysis of Treaty Provisions and Implications of U.S. Ratification (Transnational Publishers 2006)
  • Waiting for Loving: The Child’s Fundamental Right to Adoption, 34 Capital U. L. Rev. 297-329 (2005)
    Martyrs Media and the Web: Examining a Grassroots Children’s Rights Movement Through the Lens of Social Movement Theory, 5 Whittier J. Child & Fam. Advoc. 121-154 (2005).
  • Ecogenerism: An Environmentalist Approach to Protecting Endangered Children, 12 Va. J. of L. & Soc. Policy 409-447 (2005)
  • Foreword, Beyond Brown: Children, Race, and Education, 16 U.F. J. L. Pub. Pol. 1 (2005)
  • Reframing the Debate About the Socialization of Children: An Environmentalist Paradigm, 2004 Chicago Law Forum 85-165 (2004)
  • Revisioning Rights for Children in Rethinking Childhood 229-243 (Pufall et al, eds. Rutgers Press 2004)