Ellman writes about a watershed New York case on marital property distribution, summarizing the legal decisions both at trial and on appeal and discusses the issues that arose with regard to implementation.
The essays for the book are written by leading family law scholars and cover four main areas: marriage, parenting and custody, separation and divorce, and the definition of family. Other essays investigate well-known state and federal cases on such topics as child kidnapping, the intentional infliction of emotional distress, the Indian Child Welfare Act and frozen embryos.
Ellman is a Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar, a Faculty Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology and an Affiliate Professor of Psychology. His current scholarly projects include an empirical investigation into how people make judgments about appropriate legal rules, and a book for Oxford University Press about the difficulties inherent in implementing family policy through family law. He is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Child and Youth Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.