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Jasmine E. Harris

Acting Professor of Law


J.D. Yale Law School 2005

A.B., magna cum laude Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Dartmouth College 1999


Jasmine E. Harris graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Latin American & Caribbean Studies from Dartmouth College, where she was a recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Mellon Mays Fellowship.  She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a Senior Editor for Yale Law & Policy Review and a recipient of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association’s Merit Scholarship, as well as the Lloyd N. Cutler Scholarship for Public Service.

Prior to joining the faculty at UC Davis, she was a fellow at American University Washington College of Law where she taught courses in Civil Procedure, Feminist Jurisprudence, co-taught a seminar on lawyering skills and values, and supervised student fieldwork in conjunction with the Disability Rights Law Clinic. 

Professor Harris clerked for the late Harold Baer, Jr., United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.  She has significant experience in complex civil litigation.  She practiced complex commercial litigation, securities, and government investigations as a Senior Associate with WilmerHale (formerly Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering LLP). Professor Harris also worked as a staff attorney at Advancement Project, a national civil rights organization, where she assisted grassroots advocacy campaigns around racial justice in education and juvenile matters. 

Professor Harris’s research lies at the intersection of civil rights, civil procedure, and social psychology. She is particularly concerned with the ways in which rules and procedures can change social norms, and, currently, explores these questions in the disability context. 

Professor Harris teaches courses in Disability Rights Law and Evidence.

Subject Areas

Evidence, Disability Rights Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Education Law, Mental Health Law, Law And Society

Selected Career Highlights

  • 2016 Recipient of Saint Louis University/American Society for Law Medicine and Ethics Health Scholars Award
  • Fellow, American University Washington College of Law, 2012-2015
  • Staff Attorney, Advancement Project, 2010-2012
  • Senior Associate, WilmerHale, 2008-2010
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Harold Baer, Jr., Southern District of New York, 2007-2008
  • Associate, WilmerHale, 2006-2007
  • Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association Merit Scholarship, 2003

Selected Publications

The Aesthetics of Disability, 119 Colum. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming, 2019).

Publicity as Disability Antidiscrimination Law, in Beyond Disadvantage: Disability, Law, and Bioethics, I. Glenn Cohn, Carmel Shachar, Anita Silvers, and Michael Ashley Stein, eds., (Harvard Law School Conference Paper, forthcoming 2019).

Commentary: Rewriting Buck v. Bell in Feminist Judgments Project: Reproductive Justice RewrittenKimberly Mutcherson, ed. (forthcoming 2019, Cambridge University Press).

Mental Capacity at a Crossroad: Disability and Family Law, ___ FAM. CT. REV. ___ (forthcoming, 2019) (peer-reviewed).

Sexual Consent and Disability, 93 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 480 (2018).

The Role of Support in Sexual Decision-Making for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 77 OHIO ST. L.J. FURTHERMORE 83 (2016).

Op-Ed: The Right to Vote for People with Mental Disabilities, Tribune News Wire, appeared in several domestic news sources in Arizona (Arizona Daily Star) and Minnesota (Winona Daily News) and internationally in Israeli news publication (Hamodia) (Oct. 29, 2016).

Processing Disability, 64 AM. U. L. REV 457 (2015).

Cultural Collisions and the Limits of the Affordable Care Act, 22 AM. U. J. GENDER SOC. POL’Y & L. 387 (2014). 

Service Activities

Chair, AALS Section on Law & Mental Disability [Elected] (2018-2019)

Chair-Elect, AALS Section on Law & Mental Disability [Elected] (2017-2018)

Executive Committee, AALS Section on Law & Mental Disability [Appointed] (2016-present)

Executive Committee, AALS Section on Evidence [Appointed] (2016-present)

Board of Directors, Disability Rights Bar Association [Appointed] (2015-present)

Chair, Student Law Student Outreach Committee, Disability Rights Bar Association (2017-present)

Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium Steering Committee [Appointed] (2016-present)

Diversity Task Force, Disability Rights Bar Association (2015-2017)