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Ann Laquer Estin

Ann Estin
Associate Dean for Faculty and Aliber Family Chair in Law

She is an active member of the International Society of Family Law, and has served as an expert observer at the Hague Conference on Private International Law in connection with several of the Hague Children’s Conventions. She also serves as Director of the London Law Consortium study abroad program.

Before joining the University of Iowa faculty in 1999, Professor Estin taught for 10 years at University of Colorado School of Law. She was also a law clerk for Judge Zita L. Weinshienk of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and practiced law at Bender & Treece, a litigation firm in Denver. Professor Estin also teaches Contracts and Federal Indian Law, and serves as a pro bono consultant on professional responsibility issues for the Native American Rights Fund.

Practice & Teaching: 

Professor Estin teaches and writes primarily in the area of family law and international family law.


She is a member of the bar in Colorado and Iowa.


Her recent writing includes the International Family Law Deskbook (2012), a reader on The Multi-Cultural Family (2008) and Global Issues in Family Law (with Barbara Stark) (2007).


AB, Dartmouth College, 1979; JD, University of Pennsylvania, 1983

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