Judith C. Areen

Professor Emerita

A.B., Cornell; J.D., Yale

Areas of Expertise:

Education Law, Family Law

Judith Areen is the Paul Regis Dean Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. For fifteen years (1989-2004) she served as Executive Vice President...

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Judith Areen is the Paul Regis Dean Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. For fifteen years (1989-2004) she served as Executive Vice President for Law Affairs of Georgetown University and Dean of the Law Center. In 2010, she served as interim dean. A member of the faculty since 1972, Professor Areen's areas of academic expertise include higher education law and family law. Her casebook on Higher Education and the Law was published by Foundation Press in 2009. The sixth edition of her Cases and Materials on Family Law (with Marc Spindelman & Philomila Tsoukala) will be published by Foundation Press in early 2012. She is the author of numerous law review articles including most recently Accreditation Reconsidered, 96 Iowa L. Rev. 1471 (2011); Governing Board Accountability: Competition, Regulation, and Accreditation, J. C. & U. L. (2010); and Government as Educator: A New Understanding of First Amendment Protection of Academic Freedom and Governance, 97 Geo. L. J. 945 (2009). 

A graduate of Cornell University (1966) and the Yale Law School (1969), where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, Professor Areen has worked in the private sector and in government at the local and federal levels. Between 1977 and 1980 she served in the Office of Management and Budget as Director of the Legal Representation Project which analyzed the work of the more than 14,000 lawyers in the Executive Branch and led to Executive Order 12146. She then became General Counsel to President Carter’s Reorganization Project. She served as Special Counsel to the White House Task Force on Regulatory Reform during the same period.

Professor Areen is a member of the American Law Institute, and a director of the Pro Bono Institute. In 2006, she served as president of the Association of American Law Schools, and from 1998-2000 and 2005-2007, as a member of the Executive Committee. She also has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University, a governor of the District of Columbia Bar, and a member of the Council of the Section on Legal Education of the American Bar Association. Professor Areen’s professional contributions have been recognized by the 2005 Janet Reno Torchbearer Award of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and her selection as Dean of the Year in 2003 by Equal Justice Works. 

She lives with her husband, Richard Cooper, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. 



Recent Scholarship

Books

  • Judith C. Areen, Marc Spindelman & Philomila Tsoukala, Family Law: Cases and Materials (New York: Foundation Press/Thomson Reuters 6th ed. 2012 & Supp. 2016).    [BOOK]
  • Judith C. Areen & Peter F. Lake, Higher Education and the Law (St. Paul, Minn.: Foundation Press 2d ed. 2014).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Judith C. Areen, Uncovering the Reformation Roots of American Marriage and Divorce Law, 26 Yale J.L. & Feminism 29-89 (2014).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Judith C. Areen, Accreditation Reconsidered, 96 Iowa L. Rev. 1471-1494 (2011).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Judith C. Areen, Justifying America's Universities, 37 J.C. & U.L. 195-199 (2010) (reviewing Jonathan R. Cole, The Great American University: Its Rise to Preeminence, Its Indispensable National Role, Why It Must Be Protected (2009)).    [W]
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All Scholarship 1973 - Present

Books

  • Judith C. Areen, Marc Spindelman & Philomila Tsoukala, Family Law: Cases and Materials (New York: Foundation Press/Thomson Reuters 6th ed. 2012 & Supp. 2016).    [BOOK]
  • Judith C. Areen & Peter F. Lake, Higher Education and the Law (St. Paul, Minn.: Foundation Press 2d ed. 2014).    [BOOK]
  • Judith C. Areen, Higher Education and the Law: Cases and Materials (New York: Foundation Press 2009).    [BOOK]
  • Judith C. Areen & T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Background Papers for Fair and Independant Courts: A Conference on the State of the Judiciary (Wash., D.C.: American Law Institute/Georgetown University Law Center 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Judith C. Areen & Milton C. Regan, Jr., Family Law: Cases and Materials (New York: Foundation Press 5th ed. 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Judith C. Areen, Patricia A. King & Lawrence O. Gostin, Law, Medicine and Ethics (New York: Foundation Press 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Judith C. Areen, Patricia A. King, Steven Goldberg, Lawrence O. Gostin & Peter D. Jacobson, Law, Science and Medicine (New York: Foundation Press 3d ed. 2005).    [BOOK]
  • Judith C. Areen & Milton C. Regan, Jr., Family Law: Cases and Materials (New York: Foundation Press 4th ed. Supp. 2004).    [BOOK]
  • Judith C. Areen & Harry T. Edwards, Legal Education in the 21st Century: 2000 Panel Discussion at the Judicial Conference, United States Courts for the District of Columbia Circuit, Williamsburg, Virginia, June 15, 2000 (Wash., D.C.: U.S. Courts for the D.C. Circuit 2000).    [BOOK]
  • Judith C. Areen, Patricia A. King, Steven Goldberg, Lawrence O. Gostin & Alexander M. Capron, Law, Science and Medicine (New York: Foundation Press 2d ed. Supp. 2000).   

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Judith C. Areen, Uncovering the Reformation Roots of American Marriage and Divorce Law, 26 Yale J.L. & Feminism 29-89 (2014).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Judith C. Areen, Accreditation Reconsidered, 96 Iowa L. Rev. 1471-1494 (2011).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Judith C. Areen, Justifying America's Universities, 37 J.C. & U.L. 195-199 (2010) (reviewing Jonathan R. Cole, The Great American University: Its Rise to Preeminence, Its Indispensable National Role, Why It Must Be Protected (2009)).    [W]
  • Judith C. Areen, Governing Board Accountability: Competition, Regulation, and Accreditation, 36 J.C. & U.L. 691-729 (2010).    [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Judith C. Areen, Government as Educator: A New Understanding of First Amendment Protection of Academic Freedom and Governance, 97 Geo. L.J. 945-1000 (2009).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Judith C. Areen, In Memoriam: Professor Frank Flegal, 81 Geo. L.J. 1683-1685 (1993).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law]
  • Judith C. Areen, Advance Directives Under State Law and Judicial Decisions, 19 L. Med. & Health Care 91-100 (1991).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law]
  • Judith C. Areen, Bioethics and Law: The Second Stage: Balancing Intelligent Consent and Individual Autonomy. The Marks Memorial Lecture for 1988-89, 31 Ariz. L. Rev. 447-459 (1989).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law]
  • Judith C. Areen, A Scarcity of Organs, 38 J. Legal Educ. 555-565 (1988).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law]
  • Judith C. Areen, Baby M Reconsidered, 76 Geo. L.J. 1741-1758 (1988).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law]
  • Judith C. Areen, Regulating Human Gene Therapy, 88 W. Va. L. Rev. 153-171 (1985).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law]
  • Judith C. Areen, Intervention Between Parent and Child: A Reappraisal of the State's Role in Child Neglect and Abuse Cases, 63 Geo. L.J. 887-937 (1975).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law]
  • Judith C. Areen, The Judiciary and Education Reform: A Reassessment, 61 Geo. L.J. 1009-1024 (1973).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law]

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

  • Brief of the American Society of Law and Medicine, the American Society of Allied Health Professions, Dr. David J. Rothman and Dr. Edmund D. Pellegrino as Amici Curiae Supporting Respondents, Heckler v. Chaney, No. 83-1878 (U.S. Sept. 29, 1984).    [W]

Congressional Testimony

  • Grandparents: The Other Victims of Divorce and Custody Disputes: Hearing Before the H. Select Comm. on Aging, 97th Cong., Dec. 16, 1982 (Statement of Judith C. Areen) (CIS-No.: 83-H141-16).   
  • Child Abuse Prevention: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on the District of Columbia, 93d Cong., Aug 14, 1974 (Statement of Judith C. Areen) (CIS-No.: 75-H301-20).   
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In the News

"Law schools and the public good," an opinion piece co-authored by Professor Emerita Judith Areen in The Virginian Pilot, April 9, 2017.

"Law schools must answer criticism, AALS executive director says," coverage by Indiana Lawyer, October 19, 2016, featuring Professor Judith Areen.

"Judith Areen and Cynthia Love presented with Stetson University awards," coverage in WVNSTV 59, February 24, 2016, featuring Professor Judith Areen.

Student Rights, Judicial Precedent and Why 2016 Could See a Profound Shift in Education Law,” coverage by Progressive Policy Institute, January 6, 2016, quoting Professor Judith Areen.

"Female Deans Taking Charge," National Law Journal, June 22, 2015, quoting Professor Judith Areen.

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All News

"Law schools and the public good," an opinion piece co-authored by Professor Emerita Judith Areen in The Virginian Pilot, April 9, 2017.

"Law schools must answer criticism, AALS executive director says," coverage by Indiana Lawyer, October 19, 2016, featuring Professor Judith Areen.

"Judith Areen and Cynthia Love presented with Stetson University awards," coverage in WVNSTV 59, February 24, 2016, featuring Professor Judith Areen.

Student Rights, Judicial Precedent and Why 2016 Could See a Profound Shift in Education Law,” coverage by Progressive Policy Institute, January 6, 2016, quoting Professor Judith Areen.

"Female Deans Taking Charge," National Law Journal, June 22, 2015, quoting Professor Judith Areen.

"Interim Law School Deans at Akron, Case Face Leadership Challenges in Critical Era," Crain's Cleveland Business, December 10, 2013, quoting Professor Judith Areen

"Your BFF at the Bar Would Like to Have a Few Words with You," a Forbes post featuring Professor Judith Areen about Best Friends at the Bar: The New Balance for Today's Woman Lawyer, a new book authored by Susan Smith Blakely, L'79, July 20, 2102.

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