Shani M. King is a Professor of Law and Director of the law school’s Center on Children and Families. He received a B.A. from Brown University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an MSt. in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University. Following law school, he was a Harvard Fellow with EDUCA, a not-for-profit organization in the Dominican Republic that was conducting an analysis of a major educational reform effort. Afterward, Professor King practiced securities litigation and white-collar criminal defense at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason & Silberberg in New York City. Just prior to joining the faculty at the College of Law, Professor King practiced at Legal Services for Children, Inc. in San Francisco, California, where he litigated cases under the United Nations Convention Against Torture and represented children in immigration, dependency, guardianship, and school discipline proceedings.
Professor King has been active in local, regional and national child welfare and juvenile reform, serving on the board of the Youth Law Center and the Florida Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Children, and on the advisory board of Florida Children’s First. Professor King is an active writer and scholar in the area of children’s rights and family law, with a particular interest in the role of child’s counsel in various contexts, and more generally in the rights of children and families - especially those from traditionally underserved populations - and the public responsibility to protect those rights. Professor King's publications appear in leading journals, including the North Carolina Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, the Harvard Journal on Legislation, the Harvard Human Rights Journal, the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, the Michigan Journal of International Law, the Family Law Quarterly, the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, and the Clearinghouse Review Journal of Poverty Law and Policy.
Professor King's wide ranging scholarship has been recognized and cited by leading scholars in the filed, has been cited and relied upon by federal courts, and is also frequently relied upon by not-for-profit organizations and practitioners in the field.
Professor King's scholarship can be found on:
M. St., University of Oxford; J.D., Harvard Law School; B.A., Brown University
Teaching and Scholarship
- International human rights, children’s rights and family law; the role of children’s counsel in various contexts; family autonomy in traditionally underserved populations; immigration law and legal ethics.
- University of Florida: Joined College of Law in 2007 as Assistant Professor; Promoted to Associate Professor in 2010; Tenured and promoted to Professor of Law in 2013.
- Prior Academic Experience: University of California Boalt Hall School of Law, Guest Lecturer, School Discipline Clinic, (March 2006), University of San Francisco School of Law, Guest Lecturer, Child Advocacy Clinic (April 2006).
- Prior Professional Experience: Legal Services for Children, Inc. (San Francisco, Calif.) (2004-2007); Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason & Silberberg (New York, N.Y.) (2003-2004), Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (New York, NY (2000-2003)
California, New York, U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.