Levin College of Law

Stacey Steinberg

Legal Skills Professor
Associate Director, Center on Children and Families

Mailing Address:
Box #117624 Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 273-2796 / For media inquiries please call (352) 273-0651


Steinberg teaches Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, and Introduction to Lawyering. She also serves as an associate director for the Center on Children and Families. Steinberg’s research explores the intersection of a parent’s right to share online and a child’s interest in privacy. Steinberg is a leading scholar on sharenting. She’s presented her children’s privacy/sharenting research to a variety of audiences, including to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association of American Law Schools, and the Florida Affiliate of American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences. Steinberg’s work has been quoted by many news outlets, including CNN, NPR, The Atlantic, CBS News, USA Today, The Washington Post, and Consumer Reports.

Prior to joining the law faculty, Steinberg served as a felony prosecutor handling crimes involving child abuse, child pornography, domestic violence, and rape. She has served as lead counsel in hundreds of contested hearings. As a practitioner, Steinberg routinely provided training to lawyers, police officers, and social workers on matters relating to child abuse, neglect, and trial procedure. Steinberg has also worked as a Senior Attorney for Children’s Legal Services. She continues to represent children as a guardian ad litem and attorney ad litem in dependency and family law proceedings, and is also a provider on Florida’s Children with Certain Special Needs Attorney Registry.

Steinberg a regular contributor to On Parenting from The Washington Post, where she writes about children’s issues and family life matters.


J.D., University of Florida
B.A., University of Florida

Teaching & Scholarship

Legal Writing & Appellate Advocacy
Juvenile Law

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law faculty as an adjunct in 2009 teaching Juvenile Law and full time in 2012 as Legal Skills Professor
  • Professional Experience: State Attorney’s Office, 8th Judicial Circuit (2003-2009), Children’s Legal Services (2009-2012)
  • Professional Affiliations: Guardian ad Litem Program; Consultant to the State Attorney’s Office, 8th Judicial Circuit; Consultant to Children’s Legal Services


Appellate Advocacy - LAW 5793
  • As a continuation of LAW 5792, a factual situation is presented to the student by means of a hypothetical appellate record. The record is the basis for the preparation of an appellate brief and oral arguments.
Introduction to Lawyering and the Legal Profession - LAW 5755
  • This course acquaints students with the defining attributes of the legal profession including a code of ethics and assumption of duties to clients, the justice system, and society. Focuses on the evolving nature of legal services, types of law practices, and demographics of the legal profession and the skills required for law practice.
Legal Writing - LAW 5792
  • First half of a two-part course, both required for graduation. Includes emphasis on written legal analysis and preparation of predictive legal memoranda.



  • Sharenting: Children’s Privacy in the Age of Social Media, Emory Law Journal (2017) [SSRN]
  • #Advocacy: Social Media’s Power to Transform Law, Kentucky Law Journal (2017) [SSRN]
  • Parental Sharing on the Internet: Child Privacy in the Age of Social Media and the Pediatrician’s Role, JAMA Pediatrics (May 2017) [Link]
  • Where Did All the Social Workers Go? The Need to Prepare Families for Adoption, Assist Post-Adoptive Families in Crisis, and End Re-Homing 67 Fla. L. Rev. Forum 280 (2016) [SSRN]

Selected Additional Publications

  • The Washington Post – (September, 2017) Helping Freshmen Succeed: Tips from college advisers [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (July, 2017) Parents’ social media habits are teaching children the wrong lessons [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (May, 2017) Growing Up Under the Watchful Eyes of His Mother’s Newsfeed [Link]
  • London School of Economics – (May, 2017) Sharenting: In Whose Interests? [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (March, 2016) Parent Partnerships: A Better Way to Co-Parent [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (August, 2015) Parenting in the Facebook Age [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (July, 2018) How Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ could protect kids’ online privacy in the U.S.[Link]
  • The Washington Post – (April, 2018) Not deleting Facebook? Here’s how you can protect your kids. [Link] co-authored with Dr. Bahareh Keith
  • The Washington Post– (March, 2018) Stephen Hawking inspired millions, including kids. How to help them cope with the loss. [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (February, 2018) Talking to kids about how the government works. [Link]
  • The Washington Post – (September, 2016) Yes, it’s hard to think about kids with cancer. But please don’t look away. (Here’s how you can help.) [Link]

Selected Media Interviews 

  • USA Today – Facebook asked users if pedophiles should be able to ask kids for ‘sexual pictures’ [Link] March, 2018
  • The Daily Beast – Kids Don’t have Parents Anymore – The Have ‘Sharents’ [Link] Interview/Quote – December, 2017
  • Consumer Reports – How to Protect Your Children’s Privacy in the Era of Online ‘Sharenting’ [Link] Interview/Quote – August, 2017
  • CBS – News4Gainesville – Sharenting: A parent’s right to share and a child’s right to privacy [Link] Interview – February, 2018
  • NPR – Do Parent’s Invade Children’s Privacy When They Post Online?  [Link] Interview/Quote October, 2016
  • The New York Times – Don’t Post About Me on Social Media, Children Say [Llink] Interview/Quote March, 2016
  • CNN – The do’s and don’ts of posting about your kids online[Link] Interview/Quote  -October, 2016
  • The Atlantic – Protecting Kids in the Age of Sharenting [Link] Interview/Quote  – October, 2016
  • CBS – Something to consider before posting about your kids[Link] Interview/Quote – October, 2016
  • Slate – Courts Aren’t the Solution to Parents Sharing on Social Media [Link] Interview/Quote – October, 2016