Douglas NeJaime to Join Yale Law Faculty in July 2017


Dean Robert C. Post ’77 has announced the appointment of Douglas NeJaime to the Yale Law School faculty. He will join as a professor of law, effective July 1, 2017.

NeJaime teaches and writes in the areas of family law, law and sexuality, constitutional law, law and social movements, and legal ethics.

“Doug’s profound work on family law, and his provocative and influential studies of LGBT mobilization and cause lawyering, make him an ideal match with Yale Law School,” said Post. “Doug’s administrative experience as the Faculty Director of the widely respected Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy will also contribute enormously to the School. We are in every way thrilled to have Doug as a colleague.”

NeJaime is the co-author of Cases and Materials on Sexuality, Gender Identity, and the Law (with Carlos Ball, Jane Schacter, and William Rubenstein) (6th ed. West 2017). His recent scholarship includes “The Nature of Parenthood,” 126 Yale Law Journal (forthcoming 2017); “Marriage Equality and the New Parenthood,” 129 Harvard Law Review 1185 (2016); “Conscience Wars: Complicity-Based Conscience Claims in Religion and Politics,” 124 Yale Law Journal 2516 (2015), with Reva Siegel; “Before Marriage: The Unexplored History of Nonmarital Recognition and Its Relationship to Marriage,” 102 California Law Review 87 (2014); “Marriage Inequality: Same-Sex Relationships, Religious Exemptions, and the Production of Sexual Orientation Discrimination,” 100 California Law Review 1169 (2012); and “Winning Through Losing,” 96 Iowa Law Review 941 (2011).

NeJaime is currently Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and Faculty Director of the Williams Institute. In the fall of 2016, NeJaime was the Martin R. Flug Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School. This spring, he is a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Before he joined the UCLA faculty, NeJaime was Professor of Law at UC Irvine School of Law and Associate Professor of Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He began his teaching career as the Sears Law Teaching Fellow at the Williams Institute at UCLA.

NeJaime is a two-time recipient of the Dukeminier Award, which recognizes the best sexual orientation legal scholarship published in the previous year.  He is also the 2014 recipient of UCI Law’s Professor of the Year Award and the 2011 recipient of Loyola Law School’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

NeJaime has provided commentary on LGBT issues to numerous press outlets, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and NPR.