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Meredith J. Harbach
Professor of Law
Courses Taught Family Law Children & The Law Civil Procedure Regulating Reproduction Seminar
Profile

Meredith Johnson Harbach is Professor of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law, where she teaches courses in Family Law, Children & the Law, Reproductive Justice, and Civil Procedure. Her recent scholarship has analyzed and critiqued the state’s relationship to families and children through the lens of America’s childcare law and policy. She also writes on reproductive justice and state politics. Her 2016 article, Nudging Parents, was winner of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Call for Papers Award. Professor Harbach is Chair of the AALS Section on Children & the Law. She supervises the Family Law Concentration Program at Richmond Law, and recently completed a three-year, gubernatorial appointment to the Virginia Council on Women, where she served as Chair of the Women’s Healthcare Initiative. During the 2017-18 Academic Year, Professor Harbach was a Visiting Scholar with the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative at Emory Law School.

Presentations
Presenter, "Parens Patriae and Vulnerability Theory," Annual Meeting, Law & Society Association (June 2019)
Presenter, "Childcare and the New Parens Patriae," Annual Conference, Family Law Scholars & Teachers (May 2019)
Presenter, "The New Parens Patriae," Richmond Law's "What I'm Working On" Series, University of RIchmond School of Law (March 2019)
Presenter, "Parens Patriae and Paternalism," A Workshop on the Clash of Values: Paternalism versus Liberalism, Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative (January 2019)
Memberships
Chair, AALS Section on Children and the Law (2018 - 2018)
Chair-Elect, AALS Section on Children and the Law (2017 - 2017)
Member, Virginia Council on Women (2014 - 2017)
Secretary, AALS Section on Children and the Law (2016 - 2016)
Bar Admissions
Texas
Professional Experience
Professor of Law (2016 - present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Associate Professor of Law (2013 - 2016)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Assistant Professor of Law (2009 - 2013)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Assistant Director, Lawyering Program (2007 - 2009)
New York University School of Law, New York, NY
Acting Assistant Professor (2005 - 2009)
New York University School of Law, New York, NY
Litigation Associate (2002 - 2005)
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka LLP, Houston, TX
Law Clerk to the Hon. Nancy F. Atlas (1997 - 1999)
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston, TX
Publications
Journal Articles

Childcare, Vulnerability, and the New Parens Patriae, 37 Yale Law and Policy Review 459 (2019).

Nudging Parents, 19 The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice 73 (2016).

Sexualization, Sex Discrimination, and Public School Dress Codes, 50 University of Richmond Law Review 1039 (2016).

Childcare Market Failure, 2015 Utah Law Review 659 (2015).

How (Not) to Talk about Abortion, 47 University of Richmond Law Review 425 (2012).

Outsourcing Childcare, 24 Yale Journal of Law and Feminism 254 (2012).

Tribute to Professor Carroll: "He Was So Kind & Generous", In Memoriam: Professor John F. Carroll, IV 46 University of Richmond Law Review 963 (2012).

Is the Family a Federal Question, 66 Washington and Lee Law Review 131 (2009).

Book Chapters

Young v. United Parcel Service, in Feminist Judgments: Reproductive Justice Rewritten (Cambridge University Press) (Kimberly Mutcherson, ed.) (2020).

Feminist Legal Theory, in The Oxford Handbook of Children's Rights Law (Oxford Univ. Press) (2019).

Book Reviews

Forward-Looking Family Law, 51 Tulsa Law Review 419 (2016).

Education
J.D., Columbia University School of Law 1997
B.A., The University of Texas 1993
Contact Information
Room 250, Law School
(804) 287 6688
(804) 289 8992 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Family Law
Children and the Law
Civil Procedure
Legal Regulation of Reproduction/Abortion/Reproductive Technologies