Curriculum Vitae

  • Professor, College Of Law



  • J.S.D., Law, Columbia University
  • LL.M., Law, Columbia University
  • J.D., Law, University of Maryland
  • B.A., Political Science, The George Washington University

Honors & Awards

  • University of Utah Sexuality and Gender Studies Research Award. 01/2008
  • Visiting Scholar, Feminism & Legal Theory Project, Emory Law School. 11/2007
  • University of Utah Faculty Fellowship. 09/2007
  • Herman N. Finkelstein Research Fellow, Columbia Law School. 09/1997
  • Order of the Coif. 05/01/1993


Professor Laura T. Kessler is a nationally known expert in two areas: work and family conflict and the legal regulation of non-nuclear families.  She is particularly interested in how the law perpetuates gender-based economic inequality. Kessler's scholarship is widely-cited and well-known as providing rigorous, comprehensive, theoretically informed, interdisciplinary analyses of cutting edge issues involving discrimination, families, and work.  Some examples include Feminism for Everyone (Seattle 2011), Transgressive Caregiving (Florida State 2005), and The Attachment Gap: Employment Discrimination Laws, Women’s Cultural Caregiving, and the Limits of Economic and Liberal Legal Theory (Michigan J.L. Reform 2001). Prior to joining the College of Law, Professor Kessler clerked for the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, litigated class-action civil rights cases for the ACLU of Maryland, and served as a teaching fellow at Columbia Law School.


  • Association of American Law Schools (AALS), Member, 08/2001 - present
  • Law and Society Association (LSA), Member, 08/2001 - present
  • Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), Member, 08/2001 - present
  • Feminism and Legal Theory Project, Emory Law School (FLTP), Affiliated Scholar, 08/1997 - present
  • Class Crits Working Group, Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, Buffalo Law School (CC), Affiliated Scholar, 08/2007 - present

In the Media

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • United States of America

Areas of Expertise

Family Law

Employment Discrimination

Feminist Jurisprudence

Law and Social Sciences

Women and Legal Education