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Albertina Antognini


Assistant Professor of Law

213 Mandrell Hall

(859) 218-3520


Albertina Antognini’s research focuses on the regulation of nonmarital relationships. Her recent piece, The Law of Nonmarriage, was selected for the 2016 Harvard/Yale/Stanford Junior Faculty Forum.

Professor Antognini teaches Family Law, Trusts and Estates, Property, and a seminar titled “The Regulation of the Modern Family.” She is the faculty advisor for the Latino Law Society and the Women’s Law Caucus. Professor Antognini is also serving on the Board of Directors for AppalReD, the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky.

Prior to joining the UK law faculty, Professor Antognini was a Thomas C. Grey Fellow at Stanford Law School. In 2010, she clerked for the Honorable Rosemary S. Pooler of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Professor Antognini received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School. She received her B.A., with honors and distinction, in Comparative Literature from Stanford University, and was awarded a Robert M. Golden Medal for her thesis on phenomenology and Italian literature. 


  • 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

Books & Book Chapters

  • Rewritten Opinion, Michael H. v. Gerald D., in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Family Law Opinions (edited Collection) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018). 

Scholarly Articles

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

  • Against Nonmarital Exceptionalism, 51 U.C. Davis L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2018). 
  • 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).

Popular Media

Selected Presentations

  • The Marginal Law of Nonmarriage, Family Law Scholars and Teachers Conference (June 2017).
  • The Marginal Law of Nonmarriage, Grey Fellows Forum, Stanford Law School (May 2017).
  • Law of Nonmarriage, Faculty Exchange Program, Georgia State University College of Law (October 2016).
  • Defining Nonmarriage, Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum, Yale Law School (June 2016).  
  • Unbundling and Decoupling Marital Rights, Law and Society Association, Legal Feminist Theory Collaborative Research Network (June 2016). 
  • Defining Nonmarriage, Family Law Scholars and Teachers Conference (June 2016).
  • When Cohabitation Ends, Association of American Law Schools Workshop on Shifting Foundations: Family Law’s Response to Changing Families (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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