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J Herbie DiFonzo

Professor of Law, Hofstra University

J. Herbie DiFonzo practiced law for twenty years before becoming a full-time law professor. He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, then practiced criminal defense, civil litigation, and family law. He’s taught at Hofstra since 1995. His most recent book, co-authored with Ruth C. Stern, is INTIMATE ASSOCIATIONS: THE LAW AND CULTURE OF AMERICAN FAMILIES, and he earlier wrote BEYOND THE FAULT LINE: THE LEGAL AND POPULAR CULTURE OF DIVORCE IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICA. He teaches family law, civil procedure, and alternatives to litigation, and writes on a variety of topics, from contemporary family culture to medical marijuana to the issues in forensic evidence (the CSI Effect). In 2014, he delivered the Hofstra University Distinguished Faculty Lecture, "Dilemmas of Shared Parenting in the 21st Century: How Law and Culture Shape Child Custody." He and Ruth C. Stern are also the authors of "The End of the Red Queen's Race: Medical Marijuana in the New Century," 27 Quinnipiac Law Review 673 (2009).


  • –present
    Professor of Law, Hofstra University


University Distinguished Faculty Lecturer (2014); Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award (2006); University Distinguished Faculty Lecturer (2005); Peter E. Herman Prize for Literary Excellence (2004)