Curriculum Vitae

  • Professor, College Of Law



  • J.D., Law, Yale Law School
  • B.A., Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Amherst College

Honors & Awards

  • Peter W. Billings Excellence in Teaching Award. S.J. Quinney College of Law, 04/2016
  • Outstanding Faculty Award. Student Bar Association, 03/2016
  • HRC Equality Award. Human Rights Campaign, 06/2015
  • Dukeminier Award. Williams Institute, 01/2012
  • Early Career Teaching Award. S.J. Quinney College of Law, 01/2011
  • Dukeminier Award. Williams Institute, 01/2010
  • Irving S. Ribicoff Fellowship. Yale Law School, 01/2001


Clifford Rosky is Professor of Law at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he teaches courses on constitutional law, criminal law, and sexuality, gender and law. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and Amherst College.

Before joining the faculty, Professor Rosky served as a Research Fellow for the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law & Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law. While at the Williams Institute, he submitted an amicus brief in the successful same-sex marriage appeal to the California Supreme Court, developed teaching materials for a casebook on sexual orientation and law, and co-authored over 30 demographic reports on lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations in the United States.

Professor Rosky is a two-time recipient of the Dukeminier Award, which recognizes the best legal scholarship on sexual orientation and gender identity published in the previous year. His research has been published in the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, Arizona Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, and the Journal of Sex Research.

Professor Rosky has provided legal commentary on issues related to sexuality, gender, and same-sex marriage to numerous press outlets, including The Economist, the Associated Press, L.A. Times, N.Y. Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and Al Jazeera.  He is one of the primary authors of SB 296, the Utah law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment and housing.  His current research on anti-gay curriculum laws provided the foundation for Equality Utah v. Utah State Board of Education, the country's first statewide challenge to anti-gay curriculum policies. 

Rosky has served as Equality Utah's Board Chair, and he currently serves on Equality Utah's Advisory Council.  In addition, he has served on the Utah Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and the Utah Labor Commission's Employment Discrimination Advisory Council.  In 2015, Rosky received an Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign, the country's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBT people.


  • Utah Labor Commission, Employment Discrimination Advisory Council , Member, 09/01/2015 - present
  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Utah Advisory Committee , Member, 05/2014 - 05/2016
  • American Association of Law Schools, Organizing Committee , Mid-Year Meeting on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, 01/2013 - 12/2013
  • Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities , Organizing Committee, 01/2012 - 01/2015
  • Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities , Programs Committee, 01/2009 - 01/2011
  • Law and Society Association , Programs Committee, 01/2009 - 01/2010
  • Equality Utah, Advisory Council , Member, 01/2016 - present
  • Equality Utah, Board of Directors , Chair, 01/2013 - 04/2015
  • Equality Utah, Board of Directors , Member, 08/2009 - 08/2015