Zanita E. Fenton

Professor of Law

J.D. 1993, Harvard Law School
A.B., Princeton University

Phone: (305)284-4275
Office: G374

Professor Fenton teaches courses in Family Law, Torts, Race and the Law, Constitutional Law, and seminars on Critical Race Feminism and Women and the Law Stories.

Professor Fenton's research interests cover issues of structural inequality and forms of subordination, including those of race, gender and class. She explores these issues in the greater context of violence and the attainment of justice. She regularly writes and speaks in these areas and related topics. She has served as an advocate for survivors of domestic abuse and continues to consult regarding these matters.

Professor Fenton received an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School where she served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard BlackLetter Journal. She practiced briefly in the New York firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton before she clerked for the Honorable Edward R. Korman, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.


On Becoming a Critical Race Scholar, Critical Race Theory in the Academy (Vernon Lee Farmer & Evelyn Shepherd W. Farmer eds.) 325 (2020).

Judgment: Escola v. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Fresno, 150 P.2d 436 (Cal. 1944), in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Tort Opinions (Martha Chamallas & Lucinda M. Finley, eds.) 63 (2020).

Being Exceptional , 75 Studies in Law, Politics, and Society 79 (2018).

Disarming State Action: Discharging State Responsibility, 52 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 47 (2017).

Disability Does Not Discriminate , Toward a Theory of Multiple Identity Through Coalition in DisCrit: Disability Studies and Critical Race Theory in Education 203 (2016).

Disabling Racial Repetition, Righting Educational Wrongs: Disability Studies in Law and Education 174 (2013).

Disabling Racial Repetition, 31 Law & Ineq. 77 (2012).

State-Enabled Violence: The Story of "Town of Castle Rock v. Gonzales", Women and the Law Stories 379 (2011).

Faith in Justice: Fiduciaries, Malpractice & Sexual Abuse by Clergy, 8 Mich. J. Gender & L. 45 (2001).

Mirrored Silence: Reflections on Judicial Complicity in Private Violence, 78 Or. L. Rev. 995 (1999).

Domestic Violence in Black and White: Racialized Gender Stereotypes in Gender Violence, 8 Colum. J. Gender & L. 1 (1998).

In a World Not Their Own: The Adoption of Black Children, 10 Harv. Blackletter J. 39 (1993).

 Media Appearances

Quoted in John Lantigua, 50 Years Later, Washington March Could Again Influence Fight Over Voting Rights — And More — Civil Rights Advocates Say August 22 2013 Palm Beach Post

Newspaper: Op Ed.: Donna Coker, Zanita E. Fenton And Merle H. Weiner, “International child abductions: There’s more to the story” June 9 2013 Miami Herald

Quoted in: Rene Stutzman, Oviedo Woman Uses Rape Defense in Murder Case, Orlando Sentinel August 22 2010

Quoted in: Isaiah Thompson, Love is No Contract May 15 2008 Miami New York Times

Profiled in: Meredith Danton, Fenton Keeps her Cool in the Quest for Equality 2007 The University of Miami Magazine (Vol. 14., No. 2, Spring 2007) at 48.

Profiled in: Robert C. Jones, Jr., Taking a Stand, Veritas April 2007 (Vol. 49, no. 7, April 2007)

Expert Discussant for: The Santita Jackson Show March 2007 WVON 1690 AM Chicago (March 14, 2007) topic: differences between divorce and annulment

Profiled in: 2006 President’s Report 2006 University of Miami at 6

Quoted in: Amy Sherman, Cleared Caregiver Suing 'Nanny Cam' Manufacturer June 15 2006 The Miami Herald

Quoted in: Denise G. Callahan, Grandparent Visitation Compromise Still Pending: clear & Convincing Standard at Issue, June 28 2004 18 (No. 33) Mich. L.W. 1

Phone: (305)284-4275
Office: G374
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Phone: (305) 284-2476
Office: G387

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