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Albertina Antognini


Assistant Professor of Law

250 Law Building

(859) 218-3520


Albertina Antognini joined the faculty in 2014. Prior to joining UK, Professor Antognini was a Thomas C. Grey Fellow at Stanford Law School.

Professor Antognini received her B.A., with distinction, in Comparative Literature from Stanford University, where she was awarded a Robert M. Golden Medal for her thesis on Phenomenology and Italian literature. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School. After graduating, Professor Antognini was awarded a Frederick Sheldon Fellowship to research immigration and family law in Paris, where she was in residence at the École Normale Supérieure. She then worked as a volunteer attorney at the Immigrants’ Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York. In 2010, she clerked for the Honorable Rosemary S. Pooler of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Professor Antognini’s research explores how discrete areas of the law interact to regulate the American family. Her most recent piece addressing how the law treats unmarried couples was selected for the 2016 Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum. She currently teaches Family Law, Trusts and Estates, Property, and a seminar titled “The Regulation of the Modern Family.”


  • B.A. with Departmental Honors and Distinction, Stanford University (2004)
  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School (2008)


  • Family Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Property
  • Immigration Law

Scholarly Articles

Scholarship is available for download at Albertina Antognini's SelectedWorks page

  • The Law of Nonmarriage, 58 B.C. L. Rev. 1 (2017).
  • Family Unity Revisited: Divorce, Separation, and Death in Immigration Law, 66 S.C. L. Rev. 1 (2014). 
  • From Citizenship to Custody: Unwed Fathers Abroad and at Home, 36 Harv. J.L. & Gender 405 (2013).

Selected Presentations

  • Law of Nonmarriage, Faculty Exchange Program, Georgia State University College of Law (Georgia, October 2016).
  • Defining Nonmarriage, Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum, Yale Law School (New Haven, June 2016).  
  • Unbundling and Decoupling Marital Rights, Law and Society Association, Legal Feminist Theory Collaborative Research Network (New Orleans, June 2016). 
  • Defining Nonmarriage, Family Law Scholars and Teachers Conference (New Orleans, June 2016).
  • When Cohabitation Ends, Association of American Law Schools Workshop on Shifting Foundations: Family Law’s Response to Changing Families (Orlando, June 2015).

June 13, 2017

On Wednesday, May 17, the University of Kentucky College of Law held its sixth annual Developing Ideas Conference. Untenured and recently tenured faculty from across the nation were able to gather and share their developing ideas for scholarship in an informal, supportive, and engaging environment – just before diving into summer research.

Richard C. Ausness, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Everett H. Metcalf, Jr. Professor of Law at UK Law, spearheaded the 2017 conference.

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May 27, 2016

University of Kentucky College of Law Assistant Professor Albertina Antognini has been selected to participate in the 17th Annual Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum, to be held at Yale Law School on June 28-29, 2016. She will present her paper titled, “Defining Nonmarriage.”

Prof. Antognini’s paper analyzes how the law treats couples who engage in sexual, affective, and economic relationships outside of marriage by looking at how courts distribute property when the individuals separate.

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