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Meredith Johnson 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
Moderator, "Contemporary Legal and Political Change: A Child-Centered Perspective," Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, San Diego (Jan. 2018).
Presenter, "Access to Justice Across the Curriculum: Civil Procedure," Innovations in Teaching Access to Justice Across the Law School Curriculum, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, San Diego (Jan. 2018).
Presenter, "The New Parens Patriae," Emory University School of Law, Atlanta (Dec. 2017).
Presenter, "Current Issues on Accessing Contraceptives," If/When/How Movie Night, University of Richmond School of Law (Nov. 2017).
Moderator, "Running for Political office in Virginia," Richmond Women's Law (Oct. 2017).
Presenter, "Sexualization, Sex Discrimination, and Public School Dress Codes," Henrico County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Guardian ad Litem Training (Sept. 2017).

Presenter, "Nudging Parents," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting (Aug. 2016).

Panelist, “Wither Redistribution? Feminism, Neoliberalism, Work, and Family,” Law & Society Conference (June 2016).

Presenter, "Nudging Parents," Willamette Faculty Workshop and the Junior Faculty Workshop, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (Spring 2016).

Presenter, “Childcare and the New Parens Patriae," Works-in-Progress Series, SEALS Annual Meeting, Amelia Island (Aug. 2016).

Presenter, "The New Parens Patriae," Family Law Scholars & Teachers Conference, Loyola Law School, New Orleans (June 2016).

Presenter, “Childcare and the New Parens Patriae," Workshop on Children, Vulnerability and Resilience, Emory Law School (Dec. 2015).

Panelist, "School Discipline," University of Richmond Law Review Allen Chair Symposium (Oct. 2015).

Panelist, "The Role of Gender in Legal Education," Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Florida (2015).

Paper, "Childcare Market Failures," Corporate Rights versus Children's Interests Workshop, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, organized by Martha Fineman's Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative & Feminism and Legal Theory Project (Oct. 2012).

"Lawyering Theory in the Doctrinal Family Law Classroom," The Future of Family Law Education Conference, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN (June 2009).

"Outsourcing the Family," Incubator Session, Emerging Family Law Scholars & Teacher Conference 2009, University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, CO (May 2009).

Commentator, Works-In-Progress Workshop, Emerging Family Law Scholars & Teacher Conference 2009, University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, CO (May 2009).

Commentator, Works-In-Progress Workshop, Emerging Family Law Scholars & Teachers Conference 2008, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York, NY (June 2008).

Memberships
AALS Section on Children and the Law - Chair (2018), Chair-Elect (2017), Secretary (2016)
Virginia Council on Women (2014-2017)
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, N.Y.
Acting Assistant Professor (2005-2009)
New York University School of Law, New York, N.Y.
Litigation Associate (2002-2005)
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P., Houston, Texas
Litigation Associate (1999-2002)
Mayor, Day, Caldwell & Keeton, L.L.P., Houston, Texas
Law Clerk (1997-1999)
Hon. Nancy F. Atlas, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston, Texas
Publications
Articles

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

Nudging Parents, 19 J. Gender Race & Just. 73 (2016); Winner, 2015-2016 Southeastern Association of Law Schools Call for Papers Award.

Forward-Looking Family Law, 51 Tulsa L. Rev. 419 (2016) (reviewing June Carbone & Naomi Cahn, Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family (2014), and Clare Huntington, Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships (2014)).

Childcare Market Failure, 2015 Utah L. Rev. 659 (2015).

Outsourcing Childcare, 24 Yale J.L. & Feminism 254 (2012). 

Is the Family a Federal Question?, 66 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 131 (2009).

Chapters

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

Young v. United Parcel Service, in Reproductive Justice Rewritten (Cambridge Univ. Press, forthcoming 2018).

Essays

He Was So Kind & Generous, 46 U. Rich. L. Rev. 963 (2012). 

How (Not) to Talk about Abortion, 47 U. Rich. L. Rev. 425 (2012).

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, and Reproductive Technologies