Adjunct Professor Arlene Kostant is a State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist with a private practice specializing in mediation and family law in San Francisco. She grew up in the suburbs of New York City and detoured as an elementary school teacher in France prior to becoming an attorney. She received her B.A. from New York University in 1970, her M.A. in Foreign and Comparative Literature from the University of Rochester in 1972, and her J.D. with honors from Golden Gate University in 1977. Professor Kostant is a member of the San Francisco Bar Association's Family Law Section and was its chair in 1997. She is also a member of the San Francisco Collaborative Law Group and the Alliance of Collaborative Professionals of the East Bay. The Daily Journal recently named her one of California's most sought-after family law mediators.
Professor Kostant began teaching at Hastings in 1992. She is also on the adjunct faculty teaching Negotiation at Boalt Hall.