Sarah H. Ramsey

SARAH H. RAMSEYLaura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence 2006-2009
Professor of Law Emerita

Professor Sarah Ramsey began teaching at Syracuse University College of Law in 1983 and became an emerita professor in 2011. She was an Associate Dean from 1993-1997 and was a visiting professor at Stanford Law School in 1990-91. In 2002 she was named a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence. In 2005 she was named a Board of Advisors Professor. She is the co-author of the popular casebook Children and the Law: Doctrine, Policy and Practice (4th Edition 2010) and of Children and the Law in a Nutshell (4th edition 2011). She has written numerous articles on legal and policy issues relating to children, families and stepfamilies that have appeared in both law and social science journals and has presented her work at many national and international conferences. She taught courses on children and the law, family law, and advanced family law. She is a member of the American Law Institute and the Children and Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association. She was Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Family and Juvenile Law section in 2003. She received the Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare in 2007 and became an American Bar Association Fellow in 2008. Professor Ramsey was the Director of the Family Law and Social Policy Center and the co-director of the Syracuse Medical-Legal Partnership, a cooperative program with the College of Law and the University Pediatric and Adolescent Center of University Hospital of SUNY Update Medical University. When her retirement was announced, colleagues in the Association of American Law Schools praised her “extraordinary support and contributions to family law scholars and the AALS Family Law Section, including a term as Chair of the Section and service on the Executive Committee. The Family Law and Social Policy Center she directs at Syracuse University College of Law has been a leader in developing the interdisciplinary study of family law and developing a holistic model of practice, and these values animate her scholarship as well. Professor Ramsey’s insightful scholarship directs us towards legal theory, doctrine and practices that would best benefit children and families.”


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