Legal Skills Professor
Associate Director, Center on Children and Families
Steinberg teaches legal writing, appellate advocacy, and juvenile law. She also serves as an associate director for the Center on Children and Families, is an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, and is a member of the Faculty Senate.
Prior to joining the law faculty, Steinberg served as a felony prosecutor handling crimes involving child abuse and neglect, 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 also has much experience in child welfare. She has previously worked as a Senior Attorney for Children’s Legal Services, and continues to represent children in dependency proceedings. She is an active provider on Florida’s Children with Certain Special Needs Attorney Registry, and is often court appointed to represent children in complicated child abuse and neglect matters.
Steinberg is a sought after presenter on the topics of delinquency and child welfare. She provides litigation training to senior attorneys for the Department of Children and Families. Steinberg guest lectures every semester in various classrooms across campus and beyond. She enjoys working with her upper level students to prepare the next generation of lawyers to tackle the complex problems facing children in our society.
Steinberg researches in the area of children’s rights. Her most recent work, focused at the intersection of a parent’s right to share online and a child’s privacy interest, was selected through a blind Call for Papers for presentation at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools. She continues to research in this area and expects to publish her findings later this year.
Steinberg is a regular contributor to The Washington Post and The Huffington 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 2016) [SSRN]
Selected Additional Publications
- 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
- The New York Times – (March, 2016) Don’t Post About Me On Social Media, Children Say [Link]