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News Posted on July 22, 2020

Professor Joslin elected to the American Law Institute

Professor Courtney Joslin has been elected to the American Law Institute. Widely considered the nation’s most prestigious non-governmental legal-reform organization, the institute oversees projects that often form the basis of laws and become standards cited in judges’ opinions, lawyers’ briefs, and scholarly articles.

“I am deeply honored to have been elected.” Joslin said. “I look forward to participating in the institute’s important law reform work.”

A King Hall faculty member since 2007, Joslin is an expert in the areas of family and relationship recognition, with a particular focus on same-sex and unmarried couples.

“Professor Joslin has been at the forefront of the reform of family laws,” UC School of Law Dean Kevin R. Johnson said. “Indeed, she is one of the leading family law scholar/advocates of her generation, and is richly deserving of ALI membership.”

Joslin’s scholarship has appeared, or is forthcoming in, the Boston University Law Review, California Law Review, Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review, Harvard Law Review Forum, Iowa Law Review, Southern California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Yale Law Journal Forum and other leading law reviews and journals. She is a co-author (with William N. Eskridge Jr. and Nan D. Hunter) of the textbook Sexuality, Gender, and the Law. She also co-authored (with Shannon P. Minter and Catherine Sakimura) the leading treatise Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Family Law.

In 2019, Joslin won her second Dukeminier Award from UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, for her article “Discrimination In and Out of Marriage” (Boston University Law Review, 2018). She received her first for the 2010 article “Protecting Children (?): Marriage, Gender, and Assisted Reproduction Technology” (Southern California Law Review). The Dukeminier Awards recognize the year’s best law-review articles on sexual-orientation and gender-identity issues.

Joslin served as the Reporter for the Uniform Parentage Act (2017). First promulgated in 1973, the Parentage Act sets forth a legal framework for determining parent-child relationships. The UPA (2017) includes a number of important updates, including changes to ensure that the act protects all children, regardless of the parent’s sex, sexual orientation, or marital status. So far, the UPA (2017) has been enacted in four states —California, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

Joslin holds a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was an executive editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

UC Davis Law now counts 19 faculty members and emeriti in the ALI, which caps total membership at 3,000. The others are Dean Kevin R. Johnson, Senior Associate Dean Afra Afsharipour, Professors Ashutosh BhagwatGabriel “Jack” ChinWilliam  DodgeElizabeth Joh,  Thomas Joo, Lisa Pruitt, and Leticia Saucedo, and Professors Emeriti Alan BrownsteinCarol BruchJoel Dobris, Daniel Fessler, Angela HarrisRobert Hillman, John  OakleyEdward Rabin and Daniel Simmons.