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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. 895 (2019).

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).

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).


Disabling Employment Class Actions, in A Critical Guide to Civil Procedure, (Brooke Coleman, Suzette Malveaux, Portia Pedro, Elizabeth Porter eds., forthcoming 2020). [invited]

The Privacy Problem in Disability Antidiscrimination Law in Disability, Health, Law, and Bioethics(I. Glenn Cohen, Carmel Shachar, Anita Silvers, Michael Ashley Stein eds., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020). [invited]

Rewriting Buck v. Bell in Feminist Judgments Project: Reproductive Justice Rewritten (Kimberly Mutcherson, ed., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2019). [invited]

Mental Capacity at a Crossroad: Mental Disability and Family Law, 57 Family Court Rev. 14 (2019) [peer-reviewed].


Disability Rights in Contemporary Immigration Debates, ImmigrationProf Blog, Guest Blogger (Aug. 20, 2019).

Ipse Dixit Podcast: “The Aesthetics of Disability,” July 31, 2019 (with Prof. Brian L. Frye).

How Parents of Dyslexic Kids Took to Their Statehouses and Won, TIME Magazine (print and online editions) (July 22, 2019) [interviewed and quoted (including pull out quote)].

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).


Taking Disability Public [law review article]

Disability and National Security [law review article] 

Diversity Rules [law review article]

Research Handbook on Human Rights and Disability Law, co-edited with Professor Robert D. Dinerstein [forthcoming book, Elgar Publishing]



Service Activities

  •  [Board of Governors, Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) [Elected] (2019-present)]
  •  Secretary, AALS Section on Evidence [Elected] (2019-present)
  •  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)
  •  Legal Advocacy Subcommittee Member, The Arc [Appointed] (2019-present)
  •  Advisory Committee, National Disability Rights Network Progress Report to National Council on Disability and U.S. Congress  re: Enforcement of Federal Disability Rights Laws [Appointed] (2018-present)
  •  Board of Directors, Disability Rights Bar Association [Appointed] (2015-present)
  •  Chair, Student Law Student Outreach Committee, Disability Rights Bar Association (2017-present)
  •  Steering Committee, National Federation for the Blind, Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium [Appointed] (2016-2019); [Reappointed] (2019-present)
  •  Diversity Task Force, Disability Rights Bar Association (2015-2017)
  •  City of Davis Joint Unified School District, Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Special Education (2016-present)