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Leah Hill

Fordham Law Professor Leah Hill

Clinical Associate Professor of Law

Telephone: 212-636-6934
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Office: Room 9-101 (150 West 62nd Street, Ninth Floor)

Research and Teaching Areas

Family; Social Science and Law; Poverty


Leah A. Hill is clinical professor at Fordham Law. Professor Hill teaches in the area of family law and clinical education with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to family law problems. She has lectured and consulted extensively in the United States and abroad and has frequently served as a commentator in the news media on a variety of family law issues. She has also served on countless local and national committees and boards, including, but not limited to, the City of New York Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary, the Advisory Board for the Violent Crimes Against Women on Campuses, Technical Assistance Program and the National Child Custody and Visitation Focus Group.

Upon graduating from law school Professor Hill was awarded a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship. She later served as a staff attorney with Legal Services for New York and the Legal Aid Society’s Civil Division. Prior to joining the Fordham Law faculty in 1996, Professor Hill was an acting assistant professor at New York University School of Law.

  • Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, Advisory Board Member since 2003
  • Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary, Member 2004-2006
  • Fordham's Interdisciplinary Center for Families, Steering Committee Member since 1997
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Association of American Law Schools, Clinical Legal Education Section

Selected Publications

  • Do You See What I See? Reflections on How Bias Infiltrates the New York City Family Court — the Case of the Court Ordered Investigation, 40 Colum. J.L. & Soc. Probs. 527, Summer 2007
  • The Racial Geography of the Child Welfare System: Community Impact and Response, Edited with Dorothy Roberts, Erik Pitchal and Katherine Kraus 2007
  • Professional Mandate for the Use of "Strategic Collaborations" by Lawyers and Social Workers In Child Maltreatment/ Intimate Partner Violence, with Virgina Strand, Ann Moynihan and Mary Ann Forgey
  • Social Work in the Era of Devolution: Toward a Just Practice, Fordham University Press, New York 2001 (book chapter)
  • Women, Children and Domestic Violence: Current Tensions and Emerging Issues, When Are Battered Women Negligent Mothers? Fordham Urban Law Journal, Winter 2000 (Symposium Issue, Published Remarks)


Professor Hill obtained her BA in sociology from Brooklyn College in 1982 and her JD from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark in 1985, where she was a staff member of the Women’s Rights Law Reporter.

  • City University of New York (Brooklyn) BA, 1982
  • Rutgers University, (Newark), JD, 1985
  • Law Students Civil Rights Research Council Grant, Summer 1983
  • Women's Rights Law Reporter, Staff Member 1983-85
  • Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship 1985-86