Legal Skills Professor
Associate Director, Center on Children and Families
Appellate Advocacy • Child Abuse and Neglect • Child Welfare • Children's Privacy • Children's Rights • Digital Citizenship • Family Law • Juvenile Justice • Legal Writing • Sharenting • Social Media •
Steinberg teaches legal writing, appellate advocacy, and juvenile law. She also serves as an associate director for the Center on Children and Families.
Steinberg’s research explores sharenting and social media advocacy. She focuses on the intersection of a parent’s right to share online and a child’s interest in privacy. Steinberg is a leading international scholar on this issue, and has been interviewed by numerous publications including NPR, CNN, CBS, The Atlantic, and The New York Times (links below). Her research was selected through a blind call for papers for presentation at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools. Steinberg also collaborates on children’s privacy issues with Dr. Baharah Keith, a physician at the University of Florida College of Medicine. The pair presented their research and recommendations at the 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Conference. The pair continues to present their work to a variety of audiences.
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 in dependency proceedings and is a provider on Florida’s Children with Certain Special Needs Attorney Registry.
Steinberg is 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- This course explores the origins and continuing evolution of the juvenile justice system to address the question, "What do you do when the kid is a criminal and the criminal is a kid?"
- 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 (forthcoming 2017) [SSRN]
- #Advocacy: Social Media’s Power to Transform Law, Kentucky Law Journal (forthcoming 2017)
- Parental Sharing on the Internet: Child Privacy in the Age of Social Media and the Pediatrician’s Role, JAMA Pediatrics (May 2017) [Link]
Selected Additional Publications
- The Washington Post – (May, 2017) Growing Up Under the Watchful Eyes of His Mother’s Newsfeed [Link]
- The Washington Post – (January, 2017) It’s Time to Think About How Your Family Records and Stores Memories [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]
- The Washington Post – (March, 2016) Parent Partnerships: A Better Way to Co-Parent [Link]
- The Huffington Post – (September, 2015) Standing Up for All Children in Public Schools [Link]
- The Washington Post – (August, 2015) Parenting in the Facebook Age [Link]
- The New York Times – (March, 2016) Don’t Post About Me On Social Media, Children Say [Link]
- Slate – (September, 2016) How Do We Prevent Parents From Posting Embarrassing Pictures? [Link]
- Redbook – (September, 2016) The Darker Side of Posting Your Baby’s Pics on Social Media [Link]
- The Atlantic – (October, 2016) The Perils of ‘Sharenting’ [Link]
- CNN – (October, 2016) The dos and don’ts of posting about your kids online [Link]
- CBS – (October, 2016) Something to consider before posting about your kids online [Link]