Sally F.  Goldfarb

Sally F. Goldfarb

Professor of Law

Contact Information

Law Office: E423
V: (856) 225-6373
F: 856 969 7918

Areas of Expertise

Courses Recently Taught


Professor Goldfarb teaches Family Law, Sex Discrimination, and Torts. She also has taught Professional Responsibility. 

Before joining the Rutgers faculty in 1995, Professor Goldfarb was a senior staff attorney at the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York City. She previously worked as a judicial clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin; as a Georgetown University Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow; and as an assistant attorney general in the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

In 2005 and 2008, Professor Goldfarb was chosen to advise the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women on legal remedies for violence against women. She has participated in numerous academic symposia on the Violence Against Women Act, women's legal rights, same-sex marriage, and the impact of disasters on women and families. Professor Goldfarb has served on a number of boards and commissions, including the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Courts and the Board of Advisers for the American Law Institute's Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution. She has taught at Harvard Law School, New York University School of Law, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Representative Publications

Book Chapters

"A Clash of Cultures: Women, Domestic Violence, and Law in the United States"
Gender at the Limit of Rights, Dorothy Hodgson (editor) (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011)

"Good Practices in the Legal Response to Domestic Violence in the United States"
Family Law: Balancing Interests and Pursuing Priorities, Lynn D. Wardle and Camille S. Williams (editors) (2007)

"Public Rights for 'Private' Wrongs: Sexual Harassment and the Violence Against Women Act"
Directions in Sexual Harassment Law, Catharine MacKinnon and Reva Siegel (editors) (Yale University Press, 2004)

"Alimony, Maintenance and Spousal Support"
Women and the Law, Carol H. Lefcourt (editor) (1989)

"Marital Partnership and the Case for Permanent Alimony"
Alimony: New Strategies for Pursuit and Defense (American Bar Association Section of Family Law, 1988),
reprinted in 27 Journal of Family Law 351


Who Pays for the "Boomerang Generation"?: A Legal Perspective on Financial Support for Young Adults, 37 Harvard Journal of Law & Gender (forthcoming 2013)

"Viewing the Violence Against Women Act Through the Lenses of Feminist Legal Theory" 
31 Women's Rights Law Reporter 198 (2010) (forthcoming 2010)

"Reconceiving Civil Protection Orders for Domestic Violence: Can Law Help End the Abuse Without Ending the Relationship?"
29 Cardozo Law Review 1487 (2008), excerpted in Elizabeth M. Schneider et al., Domestic Violence and the Law (2d ed. Supp. 2008)

"Granting Same-Sex Couples the Full Rights and Benefits of Marriage: Easier Said Than Done"
59 Rutgers Law Review 281 (2007)

"Disasters, Families, and the Law"
28 Women's Rights Law Reporter 35 (2007)

"Applying the Discrimination Model to Violence Against Women: Some Reflections on Theory and Practice"
11 American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law 251 (2003)

"The Supreme Court, the Violence Against Women Act, and the Use and
Abuse of Federalism"
71 Fordham Law Review 57 (2002), excerpted in Elizabeth M. Schneider et al., Domestic Violence and the Law (2d ed. 2008)

"Visitation for Nonparents After Troxel v. Granville: Where Should States Draw the Line?"
32 Rutgers Law Journal 783 (2001)

"No Civilized System of Justice: The Fate of the Violence Against Women Act"
102 West Virginia Law Review 499 (2000) (Edward G. Donley Memorial Lecture), excerpted in Martha R. Mahoney et al., Social Justice: Professionals, Communities, and Law (2003)

"Violence Against Women and the Persistence of Privacy"
61 Ohio State Law Journal 1 (2000), excerpted in Elizabeth M. Schneider et al., Domestic Violence and the Law (2d ed. 2008)

"Family Law, Marriage, and Heterosexuality: Questioning the Assumptions"
7 Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review 285 (1998)

"The Civil Rights Remedy of the Violence Against Women Act: Legislative History, Policy Implications & Litigation Strategy"
4 Journal of Law & Policy 391 (1996)

"Child Support Guidelines: A Model for Fair Allocation of Child Care, Medical, and Educational Expenses"
21 Family Law Quarterly 325 (1987)

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