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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

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

Selected Career Highlights

  • 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

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). [Symposium]

Service Activities

Board of Directors, Disability Rights Bar Association, 2015 - present

Member, Diversity Task Force, Disability Rights Bar Association, 2015 – present