Robert Hornstein

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Professor of Law



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Phone Number

(904) 256-1219






Rob Hornstein received his undergraduate degree in 1976 from Washington University, St. Louis and his law degree in 1980 from the University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville.  Rob was named an Outstanding Scholar Graduate and received Highest Honors.  Following graduation, he clerked for Judge William H. Billings on the Missouri Supreme Court in Jefferson City, Missouri.

His legal experience includes both private practice and public interest work as a staff attorney with federally funded poverty law programs in Mississippi, Delaware and Florida.  Professor Hornstein has handled a wide array of poverty law litigation matters in both state and federal court.  His work has included litigating poverty issues before judges and juries.  He is admitted to practice in Missouri, Mississippi, Delaware and Florida.

His current teaching interests are Poverty Law, Civil Procedure and Remedies.  Rob has published articles that have focused principally on poverty related litigation issues.


  • Poverty Law and Litigation
  • Civil Procedure
  • Remedies
  • Federal Practice


  • Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri-- Bachelor of Arts, History, Magna Cum Laude, May, 1980
  • School of Law, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas--Juris Doctor Degree, with Highest Honors

Teaching & Scholarship

His current teaching interests are:

  • Poverty Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Remedies

Professor Hornstein has published articles that have focused principally on poverty related litigation issues.

Professional Activities

Professor Hornstein is a member of the Florida, Mississippi, Missouri and Delaware State Bars.



Professor Hornstein is currently working on a Disability Law text in collaboration with three co-authors.  The text will be published by Carolina Academic Press.

Law Review Articles

  • Robert Hornstein, Teaching Law Students to Comfort the Troubled and Trouble the Comfortable:  An Essay on the Place of Poverty Law in the Law School Curriculum, 35 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 1057 (2009)
  • Robert Hornstein and Daniel Atkins, Piercing the Corporate Veil:  A Different Delaware Beyond the Boardrooms, 41 Cleve. St. L. Rev. 297 (1993)
  • Robert Hornstein, Mean Things in This Land:  Defending Third Party Criminal Activity Public Housing Evictions, 23 So. U. L. Rev. 257 (1996)
  • Robert Hornstein, Of Paupers and Princes:  Discrimination Against Public Housing Tenants Under 11 U.S.C. ยง 525(a), 46 How. L.J. 307 (2003)
  • Robert Hornstein, Daniel Atkins and Treena Kaye, The Politics of Equal Justice, 11 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol'y & L. 1089 (2003)
  • Robert Hornstein, The Fiction of Freedom of Contract--Nursing Home Admission Contract Arbitration Agreements:  A Primer on Preserving the Right of Access to Court Under Florida Law, 16 St. Thomas L. Rev. 319 (2003)
  • Robert Hornstein, Educational Rights and Wrongs:  Defending Florida Public School Students in Expulsion Proceedings, 27 N. C. Cent. L. J. 1 (2004)

Other Publications

  • Robert Hornstein, Treena Kaye and Daniel Atkins, One Strike for the Poor and How Many for the Rest of Us?  March 18, 2002 Legal Times (Commentary on U. S. Supreme Court Case, Rucker v. Davis)
  • Robert Hornstein and Daniel Atkins, A Different Delaware Beyond the Boardrooms:  Poverty Amidst Plenty in 1992, Against the Current (Sept/Oct 1992)