Paula Monopoli

Sol & Carlyn Hubert Professor of Law




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  • BA, 1980, Yale University
  • JD, 1983, University of Virginia

Paula Monopoli is the Sol & Carlyn Hubert Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where she founded its Women, Leadership & Equality Program. Professor Monopoli received her BA cum laude, from Yale College, and her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. She teaches in the areas of Property, Trusts & Estates and Gender and the Law. Professor Monopoli has held several visiting appointments, most recently as a visiting scholar at the Møller Institute, Churchill College, University of Cambridge.

Professor Monopoli has published widely on the intersection of gender and constitutional design. She is the author of Constitutional Orphan: Gender Equality and the Nineteenth Amendment (Oxford University Press 2020) and three previous books, American Probate, Law and Leadership and Contemporary Trusts and Estates. Her articles include “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 (Cambridge University Press). Professor Monopoli has presented her research at Oxford University, University College Dublin, Yale Law School, the University of Michigan Law School, the University of Texas Law School, Boston University School of Law, the Wake Forest University School of Law, the University of Virginia School of Law, among many others.

Professor Monopoli is an elected member of the American Law Institute and is an academic fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel. She has received a number of teaching awards, including the University of Maryland, Baltimore Founders Week award, the law school’s Outstanding Professor of the Year award, and Maryland’s Top 25 Women Professors by Professor Monopoli has also been selected as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Daily Record and she received the Baltimore Bar Foundation’s 2020 Fellows Award for exceptional contributions in furthering the understanding of the role of law in our democratic society.


Contemporary Trusts and Estates (4th ed. 2022) (with Susan N. Gary, Jerome Borison, and Naomi R. Cahn). Abstract

Constitutional Orphan: Gender Equality and the Nineteenth Amendment (2020). Abstract

Contemporary Trusts and Estates (3d ed. 2017) (with Susan N. Gary, Jerome Borison & Naomi R. Cahn). Abstract

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

Book Chapters

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).


Situating Dobbs, 14 ConLawNOW 45 (2023). Abstract

Pushing Boundaries, Balkinization, May 3, 2023. Abstract

Gender, Voting Rights, and the Nineteenth Amendment, 20 Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy 91 (2022). Abstract

Feminist Legal History and Legal Pedagogy, 108 Virginia Law Review Online 91 (2022). Abstract

The Constitutional Development of the Nineteenth Amendment in the Decade Following Ratification, 11 ConLawNOW 61 (2020). Abstract

Women, Democracy, and the Nineteenth Amendment, 100 Boston University Law Review 1727 (2020). Abstract

Mother. Orator. Woman Suffrage Leader: The Feminist Legacy of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 66 Journal of Legal Education 979 (2017) (reviewing Tracy A. Thomas, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Feminist Foundations of Family Law (2016)). Abstract

Inheritance Law and the Marital Presumption After Obergefell, 8 Estate Planning & Community Property Law Journal 437 (2016). Abstract

The Market Myth and Pay Disparity in Legal Academia, 52 Idaho Law Review 867 (2016). Abstract

Gender and the Structural Constitution, 76 Maryland Law Review Endnotes 17 (2016). Abstract

Contemporary Trusts and Estates—An Experiential Approach, 58 Saint Louis University Law Journal 727 (2014) (with others). Abstract

Toward Equality: Nonmarital Children and the Probate Code, 45 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 995 (2012). Abstract

Gender and the Crisis in Legal Education: Remaking the Academy in Our Image, 2012 Michigan State Law Review 1745. Abstract

Why So Slow: A Comparative View of Women’s Political Leadership, 24 Maryland Journal of International Law 857 (2009). Abstract

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. Abstract

In a Different Voice: Lessons from Ledbetter, 34 Journal of College & University Law 555 (2008). Abstract

Nonmarital Children and Post-Death Parentage: A Different Path for Inheritance Law?, 48 Santa Clara Law Review 857 (2008). Abstract

Gender and Justice: Parity and the United States Supreme Court, 8 Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law 43 (2007). Abstract

Gender and Constitutional Design, 115 Yale Law Journal 2643 (2006), reprinted in Gender in Constitutional Law (Catharine MacKinnon ed., 2018). Abstract

Foreword: A Symposium Exploring the Role and Impact of Women in a Changing Corporate Environment, 65 Maryland Law Review 301 (2006). Abstract

Foreword: the Global Advancement of Women: Barriers and Best Practices, 6 University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender & Class 276 (2006). Abstract

Drafting Attorneys as Fiduciaries: Fashioning an Optimal Ethical Rule for Conflicts of Interest, 66 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 411 (2005). Abstract

Fiduciary Duty: A New Ethical Paradigm for Lawyer/Fiduciaries, 67 Missouri Law Review 309 (2002). Abstract

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) Abstract

Teaching Lawyers to Be More than Zealous Advocates, 2001 Wisconsin Law Review 1159. Abstract

Legal Ethics & Practical Politics: Musings on the Public Perception of Lawyer Discipline, 10 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 423 (1997). Abstract

“Deadbeat Dads”: Should Support and Inheritance Be Linked?, 49 University of Miami Law Review 257 (1994). Abstract

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). Abstract