Professor of Law
Founding Director, Women Leadership & Equality Program
BA, 1980, Yale University
JD, 1983, University of Virginia
Paula A. Monopoli is Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law and the Founding Director of its Women, Leadership & Equality Program. Professor Monopoli received a B.A, cum laude, from Yale College in 1980, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1983. She teaches in the area of Property, Estates & Trusts and Gender & the Law. Professor Monopoli has published widely in the area of ethics, fiduciary duty and has been recognized as an innovative scholar in the fields of gender and inheritance law.
Her publications include "Toward Equality: Nonmarital Children and the Uniform Probate Code" in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, "Gender and Constitutional Design" in the Yale Law Journal, "Marriage, Property and [In]Equality" in the Yale Law Journal Online, "Gender and Justice: Parity and the United States Supreme Court" in The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, and "The Gendered State and Women's Political Leadership" (with McDonagh) in Feminist Constitutionalism. Professor Monopoli is also the author and editor of three books including, American Probate: Protecting the Public, Improving the Process (2003),Contemporary Trusts and Estates: An Experiential Approach (with Borison, Cahn and Gary)(2d ed. 2014) and Law and Leadership: Integrating Leadership Studies into the Law School Curriculum (ed. With McCarty) (2013). Professor Monopoli has presented her research at Yale Law School, the University of Michigan Law School, the University of Wisconsin, Queens University Canada, Queens University Belfast and the George Washington University School of Law, among many others.
Professor Monopoli is an elected member of the American Law Institute and she sits on the ALI’s Consultative Committees for the Restatement Third of Property (Donative Transfers) and the Restatement Third of Trusts. She is an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel. Professor Monopoli is the 2013 University Founders Week Teacher of the Year (University Teaching Award) and she has been named the Outstanding Professor of the Year at the School of Law several times, most recently in May 2013. Professor Monopoli has been a Visiting Professor of Law at the George Washington University School of Law. She was selected as one of Maryland’s Top 25 Women Professors by StateStats.org in 2013, as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women by the Daily Record in 2009 and she has been the recipient of the Daily Record's Leadership in Law Award
Contemporary Trusts and Estates: An Experiential Approach (2d ed. 2014) (with others). [Abstract]
Editor, Law and Leadership: Integrating Leadership Studies into the Law School Curriculum (2013) (with Susan McCarty). [Abstract]
Contemporary Approaches to Trusts and Estates (2011) (with others). [Abstract]
American Probate: Protecting the Public, Improving the Process (Northeastern Univ. Press 2003). [Abstract]
The Gendered State and Women's Political Leadership: Explaining the American Puzzle, in Feminist Constitutionalism 169 (Beverley Baines et al. eds., 2012) (with E. McDonagh).
Habeas Corpus Proceedings, in Child Custody & Visitation Law & Practice (James Gary McLeod ed., 1992).
Preparing Witnesses for Trial in a Will Contest, in Estate Planning & Administration (1990) (with R. Zielinski).
Inheritance Law and the Marital Presumption After Obergefell, 8 Estate Planning & Community Property Law Journal 437 (2016).
Contemporary Trusts and Estates—An Experiential Approach, 58 Saint Louis University Law Journal 727 (2014) (with others). [Full Text]
Toward Equality: Nonmarital Children and the Probate Code, 45 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 995 (2012). [Full Text]
Gender and the Crisis in Legal Education: Remaking the Academy in Our Image, 2012 Michigan State Law Review 1745. [Full Text]
Why So Slow: A Comparative View of Women’s Political Leadership, 24 Maryland Journal of International Law 857 (2009). [Full Text]
Marriage, Property and [In]Equality: Remedying ERISA's Disparate Impact on Spousal Wealth, 119 Yale Law Journal Online 61 (2009), reprinted as Remedying ERISA's Disparate Impact on Spousal Wealth, Journal of Pension Benefits, Spring 2010, at 36. [Full Text]
In a Different Voice: Lessons from Ledbetter, 34 Journal of College & University Law 555 (2008). [Full Text]
Nonmarital Children and Post-Death Parentage: A Different Path for Inheritance Law?, 48 Santa Clara Law Review 857 (2008). [Full Text]
Gender and Justice: Parity and the United States Supreme Court, 8 Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law 43 (2007). [Full Text]
Gender and Constitutional Design, 115 Yale Law Journal 2643 (2006). [Full Text]
Foreword: A Symposium Exploring the Role and Impact of Women in a Changing Corporate Environment, 65 Maryland Law Review 301 (2006). [Full Text]
Foreword: the Global Advancement of Women: Barriers and Best Practices, 6 University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender & Class 276 (2006). [Full Text]
Drafting Attorneys as Fiduciaries: Fashioning an Optimal Ethical Rule for Conflicts of Interest, 66 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 411 (2005). [Full Text]
Fiduciary Duty: A New Ethical Paradigm for Lawyer/Fiduciaries, 67 Missouri Law Review 309 (2002). [Full Text]
Free Speech Rationales after September 11th: The First Amendment in Post-World Trade Center America, 13 Stanford Law & Policy Review 185 (2002) (with M. Scordato), reprinted in The First Amendment Law Handbook 2002-2003 (2003) [Full Text]
Teaching Lawyers to Be More than Zealous Advocates, 2001 Wisconsin Law Review 1159. [Full Text]
Legal Ethics & Practical Politics: Musings on the Public Perception of Lawyer Discipline, 10 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 423 (1997). [Full Text]
“Deadbeat Dads”: Should Support and Inheritance Be Linked?, 49 University of Miami Law Review 257 (1994). [Full Text]
Allocating the Costs of Parental Free Exercise: Striking a New Balance Between Sincere Religious Belief and a Child's Right to Medical Treatment, 18 Pepperdine Law Review 319 (1991). [Full Text]