Elizabeth Schneider

  • Rose L. Hoffer Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School

Elizabeth Schneider is Rose L. Hoffer Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School.  She is a national and international expert in the fields of federal civil litigation, procedure, gender law, and domestic violence. She is the author of the prize-winning book, Battered Women and Feminist Lawmaking (Yale University Press, 2000), and co-author of several other books in this area. She has also written numerous articles and book chapters on civil rights, civil procedure, women's rights, and domestic violence. She is a frequent commentator for print and broadcast media.  

She has lectured around the world and participated in trainings of lawyers and judges on gender in countries such as China, Vietnam, and South Africa. She was a consultant for the Secretary-General's Report on All Forms of Violence Against Women, which was submitted to the General Assembly of the United Nations in Fall 2006. Professor Schneider has also been a Visiting Professor at Harvard and Columbia Law Schools.

or Schneider is the Director of the Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship Program at Brooklyn Law School, which she founded and has led for more than twenty-five years. She joined the Brooklyn Law School faculty in 1983, after clerking for the late United States District Judge Constance Baker Motley, serving as Staff Attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Staff Attorney with the Rutgers Law School-Newark Constitutional Litigation Clinic. She received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College, a M.Sc. in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow.