Clare Huntington

Clare Huntington ’96 is a nationally recognized expert in family law and poverty law. Her wide-ranging scholarship explores the institutions and empirical foundations of the legal system’s approach to relationships. Her research focuses on early childhood development, aging, and the challenges facing nonmarital families because of the law’s myopic focus on marriage.

Huntington’s research has appeared in the Columbia Law ReviewHarvard Law ReviewMichigan Law ReviewNew York University Law ReviewStanford Law Review, and Yale Law Journal, among other academic journals. She is the author of Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships and a co-editor of Social Parenthood in Comparative Perspective. She serves as associate reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law, Children and the Law

Before entering academia, Huntington was an attorney adviser in the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel and clerked for Justices Harry A. Blackmun and Stephen G. Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Judge Denise L. Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Huntington joined Columbia Law School as professor of law on July 1, 2023. She was previously a visiting scholar in 2008 and Nathaniel Fensterstock Visiting Professor of Law in 2022. Prior to her appointment at Columbia Law, she was the Joseph M. McLaughlin Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. During her tenure there, she was associate dean for strategic initiatives and associate dean for research and was named Teacher of the Year in 2021. She was previously associate professor at the University of Colorado Law School.

Research Interests

Adolescent/Young Adult Developmental Transitions
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Built Environment
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Policy
Early Interventions or Prenatal to Age Three Interventions
Environmental Hazards and Children
Family Leave
Family Policy
Harm Reduction
Health Inequities
Human Capital and Children
Immigrant Children or Children of Immigrants
Income Based Interventions
LBGT Populations
Long Reach of Childhood or Childhood Origins of Adult Health
Nutrition Programs for Children
Parental Separations
Place-Based Interventions
Reproductive Justice
Sex Education
Sexual Violence
Social Determinants
Social Policy
Social Stratification
Social Support
State Child Health Programs
Subsidized Housing and Children
Teen Pregnancy
Parenthood Programs
Toxic Stress
Trauma Informed Care
Unintended Pregnancy
Universal Pre-K Programs
Unmet Need for Contraception


American Community Survey (ACS)
ATUS (American Time Use Survey)
Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study
Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)