Martha Albertson Fineman (JD, University of Chicago, 1975; BA, Temple University, 1971) is a Robert W. Woodruff Professor at Emory University School of Law. An internationally recognized scholar, Fineman is a leading authority on family law and feminist jurisprudence. Following graduation from University of Chicago Law School in 1975, she clerked for the Hon. Luther M. Swygert of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Fineman began her teaching career at the University of Wisconsin in 1976. In 1990, she moved to Columbia University where she was the Maurice T. Moore Professor of Law. Before moving to Emory, she was on the Cornell Law School faculty where she held the Dorothea Clarke Professorship, the first endowed chair in the nation in feminist jurisprudence.
She is founder and Director of the Feminism and Legal Theory (FLT) Project, which was inaugurated in 1984. Fineman also serves as co-director of Emory’s Race and Difference Initiative and is the director of one of its sub-initiatives, the Vulnerability Studies Project.