Levin College of Law

Laura Rosenbury

Dean and Levin, Mabie & Levin Professor of Law
Affiliate Professor, Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research

Mailing Address:
Box #117633 Gainesville, FL 32611



Laura A. Rosenbury is the Dean and Levin, Mabie & Levin Professor of Law at University of Florida Levin College of Law.  Since joining UF Law in July 2015, Dean Rosenbury has focused on raising the national and international profile of the law school. Under her leadership, UF Law increased incoming applications by 112%; enrolled two of the most accomplished and diverse classes in UF Law’s 109-year history; and successfully completed two of the largest fundraising years in the past decade, including raising a total of $4.5 million for student scholarships in four months, the largest and fastest match challenge in University of Florida history. Since 2016, UF Law has jumped 24 spots in the U.S. News and World ReportBest Law Schools rankings, and now ranks among the top 25 law schools. Dean Rosenbury also has worked with faculty and alumni to forge international partnerships and extend UF Law’s reach around the globe, including in China, Cuba and Latin America.

Before joining the UF Law community, Dean Rosenbury was a professor of law and vice dean at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.  She also has served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School and University of Chicago Law School. The Dean’s research and teaching focus on the law of private relationships, exploring how law and social norms interact in family law, employment discrimination law and property law. Her work has been published in the Yale Law JournalMichigan Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Cornell Law Review, and in many other journals and books.  Dean Rosenbury was elected to the American Law Institute in 2010 and was named a fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2014. In addition, she has taught courses on negotiation, non-adversarial communication, team building, and leadership for practicing lawyers and other executives.

Before entering academia in 2002, Dean Rosenbury worked as a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City, primarily defending corporations in white-collar criminal cases. Rosenbury also clerked for Judge Carol Bagley Amon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and Judge Dennis Jacobs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Dean Rosenbury received her A.B. summa cum laude in women’s studies from Harvard-Radcliffe College and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she served as a primary editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Outside of work, Dean Rosenbury enjoys gardening and traveling. If at all possible, she also completes the New York Times crossword puzzle every day.


J.D., Harvard Law School
A.B., Harvard-Radcliffe College

Teaching and Scholarship

Children and Law; Employment Discrimination; Family Law; Feminist Legal Theory; Property; Trusts and Estates

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law as dean and professor in 2015
  • Previous Academic Experience: Professor, Washington University School of Law (2002-2015); Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School (2012-2013), University of Illinois College of Law (spring 2010), University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (winter 2010), University of Chicago Law School (winter and spring 2009), Stanford Law School (fall 2008); Adjunct Associate Professor, Fordham University School of Law (2001-2002)
  • Previous Professional Experience: Litigation associate, Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York (2000-2002, 1998-1999); Law clerk, Judge Dennis Jacobs, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, New York (1999-2000); Law clerk, Judge Carol Bagley Amon, U. S. District Court, E.D.N.Y., Brooklyn, New York (1997-1998)
  • Professional Affiliations: Member, New York Bar (as of 1999); Member, American Law Institute (elected December, 2010); Fellow, American Bar Foundation (as of 2014); Member, World Academy of Art and Science (elected May, 2018); Board Member, Guttmacher Institute (2017-present); Member, AALS Membership Review Committee (2014-2016); Site Team Member, ABA/AALS Law School Accreditation Visits (2010-2013, 2017-2018); Board Member, AALS Section on Trusts and Estates (2007-2013); Board Member, Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty, Inc. (2005-2016).



  • Feminist Jurisprudence: Cases and Materials (4th ed. 2011) (co-authored with Cynthia Grant Bowman, Deborah Tuerkheimer & Kimberly A. Yuracko).

Articles, Essays, and Book Chapters

  • Griswold v. Connecticut Redux, Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (Linda Berger, Bridget Crawford & Kathy Stanchi, eds. 2016).
  • A Feminist Perspective on Children and Law: From Objectification to Relational Subjectivities, International Perspectives and Empirical Findings on Child Participation (Benedetta Faedi & Tali Gal, eds. 2015). [SSRN]
  • Children and Law, The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2d ed. 2015). [SSRN]
  • Federal Visions of Private Family Support, 67 Vand. L. Rev. 1835 (2014). [SSRN]
  • Work Wives, 36 Harv. J.L. & Gender 345 (2013). [SSRN]
  • Marital Status and Privilege, 16 J. Gender Race & Justice 769 (2013). [SSRN]
  • Working Relationships, 34 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol’y 117 (2011). [SSRN]
  • Sex In and Out of Intimacy, 59 Emory L.J. 809 (2010) (co-authored with Jennifer Rothman). [SSRN]
  • Friends with Benefits?, 106 Mich. L. Rev. 189 (2007). [SSRN]
  • Between Home and School, 155 U. Pa. L. Rev. 833 (2007). [SSRN]
  • Two Ways to End a Marriage: Divorce or Death, 2005 Utah L. Rev. 1127. [SSRN]