Theresa Glennon

Professor Emerita of Law

Theresa Glennon is a Professor Emerita of Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law. Her teaching and scholarship focuses on the legal rights of children and families, with particular focus on family law, education, race, and disability. Prior to joining the Temple faculty in 1993, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, where she taught in the Legal Theory and Practice Program. She was a staff attorney at the Education Law Center in Philadelphia from 1985-89. Professor Glennon’s courses at Temple have included Family Law; Torts; Theory, Policy and Practice in Family Law; Child Custody Law, International and Comparative Perspectives on Family Law; and Professional Responsibility.

Her family law publications include a wide range of topics, including laws and policies affecting single mother families, assisted reproductive technologies, child custody and custody relocation disputes, the effort to harmonize family law in Europe, paternity disputes, second parent adoptions, and the rights of mothers with mental illnesses in the child welfare system. Her publications in the area of education law have focused primarily on the issues of race and disability in education.

In the spring of 2005, Professor Glennon was a visiting fellow at the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge, and in 2019, she was a visiting fellow at the College of Law, University College Cork in Ireland. She received her Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and active in the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization. She received her Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Yale College. She clerked for Hon. Maryanne Trump Barry, then on the U.S.D.C., District of New Jersey, immediately following law school.

Professor Glennon is trained as a mediator in divorce and child custody matters and served as a volunteer mediator for the custody mediation project of Good Shepherd Mediation Program. She is a member of the Family Law Sections of the American Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association. She served as Chair of the Family & Juvenile Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools in 2012-2013. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania (active status) and Maryland (inactive status). She served for five years on the Board of Trustees of the Education Law Center, ten years on the Institutional Review Board for Public/Private Ventures, a nonprofit that conducts demonstration projects and research on programs for children, and four years on the Board of Trustees of Community Legal Services.


J.D., Yale Law School
B.A. (summa cum laude), Yale University

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  • Member, Family Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Family Law Section, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member, Family Law Section, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Visiting Fellow, College of Law, University College Cork, 2019
  • Visiting Fellow, Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge, 2005