Kerry Abrams

Associate Professor of Law
Co-Director, Center for Children, Families, and the Law

J.D., Stanford Law School

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Kerry Abrams joined the faculty in 2005 as an associate professor of law. She teaches family law, immigration law, feminist legal theory, and an interdisciplinary colloquium on marriage in law and culture. She also co-directs the Center for Children, Families, and the Law, a joint project with the U.Va. Department of Psychology. The Center sponsors an annual symposium on a topic involving social science and family law as well as other events throughout the academic year.

Abrams graduated with Highest Honors in the Humanities from Swarthmore College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. As a law student, Abrams served as the co-president of the Marion Rice Kirkwood Moot Court Board and graduated with distinction.

After graduating from Stanford, Abrams clerked in New Orleans for the Hon. Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

She was then an associate at the New York City law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler for several years, where she litigated disability rights, employment discrimination, intellectual property, and international libel cases. From 2002-05, she was an acting assistant professor of lawyering at New York University School of Law.

Abrams' current scholarship focuses on the intersection of immigration and family law, with an emphasis on how immigration law shapes and regulates marriage.

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Charlottesville, VA 22904
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