Zanita E. Fenton

Professor of Law

J.D. 1993, Harvard Law School
A.B., Princeton University

Phone: 305-284-4275
Office: G374

Professor Fenton teaches courses in Family Law, Torts, Race and the Law, Constitutional Law, and seminars on Critical Race Feminism and Women and the Law Stories.

Professor Fenton's research interests cover issues of structural inequality and forms of subordination, including those of race, gender and class. She explores these issues in the greater context of violence and the attainment of justice. She regularly writes and speaks in these areas and related topics. She has served as an advocate for survivors of domestic abuse and continues to consult regarding these matters.

Professor Fenton received an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School where she served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard BlackLetter Journal. She practiced briefly in the New York firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton before she clerked for the Honorable Edward R. Korman, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

 Publications

Disabling Racial Repetition, Righting Educational Wrongs: Disability Studies in Law and Education 174 (2013).

Disabling Racial Repetition, 31 Law & Ineq. 77 (2012).

Town of Castle Rock v. Gonzales: A Tale of State Enabled Violence, Women & the Law Stories (2011).

Faith in Justice: Fiduciaries, Malpractice & Sexual Abuse by Clergy, 8 Mich. J. Gender & L. 45 (2001).

Mirrored Silence: Reflections on Judicial Complicity in Private Violence, 78 Or. L. Rev. 995 (1999).

Domestic Violence in Black and White: Racialized Gender Stereotypes in Gender Violence, 8 Colum. J. Gender & L. 1 (1998).

In a World Not Their Own: The Adoption of Black Children, 10 Harv. Blackletter J. 39 (1993).

 Media Appearances

Quoted in John Lantigua, 50 Years Later, Washington March Could Again Influence Fight Over Voting Rights — And More — Civil Rights Advocates Say August 22 2013

Newspaper: Op Ed.: Donna Coker, Zanita E. Fenton And Merle H. Weiner, “International child abductions: There’s more to the story” June 9 2013

Quoted in: Rene Stutzman, Oviedo Woman Uses Rape Defense in Murder Case, Orlando Sentinel August 22 2010

Quoted in: Isaiah Thompson, Love is No Contract May 15 2008

Profiled in: Meredith Danton, Fenton Keeps her Cool in the Quest for Equality 2007

Profiled in: Robert C. Jones, Jr., Taking a Stand, Veritas April 2007

Expert Discussant for: The Santita Jackson Show March 2007

Profiled in: 2006 President’s Report 2006

Quoted in: Amy Sherman, Cleared Caregiver Suing 'Nanny Cam' Manufacturer June 15 2006

Quoted in: Denise G. Callahan, Grandparent Visitation Compromise Still Pending: clear & Convincing Standard at Issue, June 28 2004

Phone: 305-284-4275
Office: G374
Faculty Assistant

Amador, Clarita

Phone: 305-284-2476
Office: G387

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