UCLA Family Law Scholar Joins Quinney College Faculty

January 30, 2008 — Dean Hiram Chodosh announced today that Clifford J. Rosky, a research fellow at the University of California atLos Angeles, will join the faculty as an associate professor in the fall 2008 semester.

“Cliff’s very impressive research at the Williams Institute and as the first Ribicoff postgraduate fellow at Yale Law School putshim at the forefront on issues of family law, antidiscrimination law, and criminal law,” Chodosh said. “At a time when society is reevaluating and redefining the concept of family, his research, and writing on the significance of gender in family law opinions involving gay, lesbian, and bisexual parents contributes significantly to our discussions and understanding of these critical contemporary issues. We look forward to his contributions as an innovative teacher and scholar.” 

Anthony Kronman, a professor of law and former dean of Yale Law School, added, “Cliff will be a delightful colleague. He is huge fun, a real intellectual stimulus, and a terrific conversational partner and jouster. He will be an excellent classroom teacher. He is well-spoken, listens carefully, and is the kind of teacher students immediately feel they can approach.”

Rosky is a research fellow at UCLA’s Williams Institute, a think tank focused on sexual orientation law and public policy issues. While at the Williams Institute, Rosky submitted an amicus brief in the same-sex marriage cases pending before the California Supreme Court, published an op-ed on same-sex marriage in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, developed teaching materials for a casebook on sexual orientation and law, and co-authored over 30 demographic reports on lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations in the United States. In his scholarly work,Rosky is researching and writing a series of articles that compare the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered parents in more than 300 family law opinions reported between 1952 and 2006. The first of these articles, Like Father, Like Son: The Gender of Homophobia and Heterosexism in Family Law, will be published in the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism in the fall of 2008.

Prior to joining the Williams Institute, Rosky served as a clerk for the Honorable Robert D. Sack on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and he worked an associate at Covington & Burling and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he focused on criminal and pro bono matters. While at Akin Gump, Rosky was profiled in Corporate Board Member magazine and recognized as the San Francisco Pro Bono Associate of the Year for 2006 for his representation of Korean sex trafficking victims in connection with criminal, immigration, and administrative proceedings.

Rosky received his B.A. from Amherst College with honors in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, where his thesis earned the Law & Society Association’s Prize for Best Undergraduate Paper.  He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities and the Irving S. Ribicoff Postgraduate Research Fellow. His postgraduate research on the privatization of prisons, police, and armies was published in the Connecticut Law Review.

Rosky is thrilled to join his new colleagues at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. “I am honored to participate in the College’s rich intellectual environment, which brings together a broad range of expertise and experience from faculty and students,” Rosky said.