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Robert E. Rains

Robert Rains

Professor of Law, Emeritus 

(717) 240-5241
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J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Michigan State University

Professor Rains is a member of the International Society of Family Law and regularly appears as counsel or co-counsel for amici curiae before the United States Supreme Court. He focuses his scholarship on family law and law as it relates to persons with disabilities. He recently stepped down after serving 10 years on the Board of Directors of the National Organizations of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives. He has lectured throughout Europe. Professor Rains publishes traditional, verse, and fable forms of literature in legal and academic journals.

"The Legal Status of Same-Sex Married Couples in Pennsylvania after the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in the DOMA Case," 85 PBA Quarterly 1 (Jan. 2014).

“The Unbillable Wages of Sin,” 35 Pa. Family Lawyer, 181 (Dec. 2013).

“The American Bar Association Rejects Collaborative Law Guidelines: A Temporary Setback or a Sign of Things to Come?” (chapter, Le Ragioni degli Altri: Mediazione e Famiglia tra Conflitto e Dialogo (Firenze University Press, Italy (2013)), reprinted in Law of the USA (Ukraine), No. 1, p. 143 (2012).

The Perils and Pitfalls of Marital Agreements in Multiple Legal Systems, 46 ABA Family Law Quarterly 385 (Fall 2012).

“A Minimalist Approach to Same-Sex Divorce: Repecting States that Permit Same-Sex Marriages and States that Refuse to Recognize Them,” 2012 Utah L. Rev393 (2012)

“A Prenup for Prince William and Kate? England Inches Toward 20th Century Law on Antenuptial Agreements; How Shall It Enter the 21st?” 23 Florida J. Int'l L. 447 (2011)

“The Right Place for a Right Hook,” 15 Green Bag 2d 111 (2011)

“Estate Planning for Pennsylvania Families with a Disabled Family Member,” 82 PBA Quarterly (with Shaya Rubenstein, 2011)

“DOMA and the Social Security Act: An Odd Couple Begetting Disfavored Children,” 55 St. Louis U. L. J. 811 (2011)

“Second Thoughts: On the demise of the Atlantic Second,” 33 Pa. Law Weekly 910 (2010)

“Of Cantos & Clerihews,” 13 Green Bag 2d 453 (2010) (book review)

“Marriage in the Time of Internet Ministers: I Now Pronounce You Married, But Who Am I to Do So?” 64 U. Miami L. Rev. 809 (2010), reprinted in revised format in the Journal of Internet Law, vol. 14, No. 4 (2010)

“Hindu Divorce,” J. Comp L., Vol. 4, No. 1 (2009)

“The Family Lawyer’s Guide to Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits and Supplemental Security Income,” 31 Pa. Family Lawyer 23 (2009)

“What the Erie ‘Surrogate Triplets’ Can Teach State Legislatures About the Need to Enact Article 8 of the Uniform Percentage Act (2000),” 56 Clev. St. L. Rev. 1 (2008)

“Three Parents?” 20 Denning L. J. 197 (2008)

“Professional Responsibility and Social Security Representation: The Myth of the State Bar Bar to Compliance with Federal Rules on Production of Adverse Evidence,” 92 Cornell L. Rev. 363 (2007).

True Tales of Trying Times: Legal Fables for Today. (book) Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, UK, 2007), published in the United Kingdom by Wildy, Simmonds and Hill (London) and in the United States by Willow Crossing Press (Carlisle, PA).