Associate Professor of Law
B.A., Carnegie-Mellon University
J.D., Duquesne University School of Law
Areas of Expertise
- Family Law
- Forensic Science
- Parental Rights
Vanessa Browne-Barbour joined the faculty at South Texas College of Law Houston in August 2011. Professor Browne-Barbour teaches Torts I, Torts II, Family Law and International Family Law. Her scholarly interests include, among other areas, tort law, family law, and law and technology. Prior to law teaching, Prof. Browne-Barbour was a litigation associate at Reed Smith in Pittsburgh, PA. She also served as a law clerk with the Pennsylvania Superior Court. She is admitted to the bars of the United States Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania.
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“Why Can’t We Be ‘Friends’?” Ethical Concerns In The Use Of Social Media, 57 S. Tex. L. Rev. 551 (2016).
Losing Their License to Libel: Revisiting Section 230 Immunity, 30 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 1505 (2015).
“Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe”: A Comparative Perspective on Establishment and Disestablishment of Paternity, 48 Akron L. Rev. 263 (2015).
A Fork In The Road: The Intersection Of Virtual Law Practice And Social Media, 52 Washburn L.J. 267 (2013).
Welcome to Dean Guter, 44 Duquesne L.Rev. 209 (2006).
Compulsory Attendance And Parental Rights: There Are Limits, 2 F. on Pub. Pol’y 360 (2006).
Bartering For Babies: Are Preconception Agreements In The Best Interests Of Children? 26 Whittier L. Rev. 429 (2004).
Lawyer And Law Firm Web Pages As Advertising: Proposed Guidelines, 28 Rutgers Computer & Tech. L.J. 275 (2002) reprinted in 52 Defense L.J. 513 (2003).
Pennsylvania Family Law Cases and Materials (Lake Mary, FL: Vandelplas Publishing, forthcoming). (with Nicholas Cafardi)
Forensic Science and the Family, in Forensic Science And Law: Investigative Applications In Criminal, Civil And Family Justice. (Boca Raton: CRC/Taylor & Francis, 2006). (with Margaret K. Krasik)
PRESENTATIONS & PROCEEDINGS
Presenter, “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe”: A Comparative Perspective on Establishment and Disestablishment of Paternity, Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop, June 2013.
Panel Member, Jury Trial Management for the 21st Century, Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts Judicial Education Program, April 2010, May 2010.
Panel Member, Race, Class and Gender in the United States Justice System, Duquesne University Center for the Study of Catholic Social Thought and the Duquesne University School of Law, November 2009.
Presenter, Plugging the Leaky Pipeline: Stopping Attrition, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Commission on Women in the Profession, March 2009.
Diversity in Higher Education: Law Schools Can Do More, 18TH Annual Minority Attorney Conference (Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Bar Association & Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2006).
Presenter, Compulsory Attendance And Parental Rights: There Are Limits, Education Law and Public Policy Forum, Oxford Roundtable, Oxford University, England, July 2005.
Presenter, Fundamentals of Family Law, CLE, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2004.
Presenter, Fundamentals of Family Law, Wecht Forensic Sciences Certificate Program, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, and 2002.
Panel Member and Presenter, Lawyer And Law Firm Web Pages As Advertising: Proposed Guidelines, Duquesne University School of Law Alumni CLE (2000).
Panel Member and Presenter, Thomas W. Henderson Lectures in Legal Ethics, Bordering on Madness: Thinking Like a Lawyer Without Losing Your Mind, Duquesne University School of Law (2000).
Panel Member, Color of Justice, National Association of Women Judges and the Women’s Bar Association, March 2007, March 2006, March 2005, April 2004.
Presenter, Pennsylvania Law on Divorce and Cohabitation, National Organization for Women, Pittsburgh, PA, Squirrel Hill Chapter (2002).