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Maxine Eichner is the Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She writes on issues at the intersection of law and political theory, focusing particularly on families, social welfare law and policy, gender, and the relationship among the family, the workplace, and market forces. Professor Eichner is also the author of The Supportive State: Families, Government, and America’s Political Ideals (Oxford, 2010), an editor of Family Law: Cases, Text, Problems (eds. Ellman et. al., Lexis, 2014), a lead author of the families chapter of the International Panel on Social Progress, and has written many law review articles. She is a member of the American Law Institute and an advisor of The Restatement of the Law: Children and the Law project.


Prof. Eichner attended Yale College and Yale Law School, where she was an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal. She then held a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship though Georgetown Law School, clerked for Judge Louis Oberdorfer in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and then clerked for Judge Betty Fletcher in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She subsequently practiced civil rights and employment discrimination law for several before entering graduate school in the political science department at UNC, eventually earning a Ph.D. in political theory while on the law school’s faculty.

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