CLIFFORD ROSKY portrait
  • Professor, College Of Law

Education

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

Biography

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, sexuality and law, and mindfulness and law.

Rosky's recent scholarship includes "Anti-Gay Curriculum Laws," 117 Columbia Law Review 1461 (2017); "Scrutinizing Immutability," 53 Journal of Sex Research 363 (2016) (with Lisa Diamond); "Same-Sex Marriage and Children's Right to Be Queer," 22 GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies 531 (2016); "Still Not Equal: A Report from the Red States," in After Marriage Equality: The Future of LGBT Rights (NYU 2016).

Rosky is a two-time recipient of the Dukeminier Award, which recognizes the best legal scholarship on sexual orientation and gender identity published each year.  In addition, he has received multiple awards for both his teaching and pro bono service.  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.

Rosky has provided legal commentary on issues related to sexuality and gender to numerous press outlets, including the N.Y. TimesWashington PostL.A. TimesAssociated PressThe EconomistNewsweek, and National Public Radio.

In recent years, Rosky has served as the primary author and advocate for SB 296 (2015), SB 196 (2017), R277-613 (2018), SB 103 (2019), R156-61 (2020), five statewide laws that protect LGBT people from conversion therapy, hate crimes, and discrimination in employment, housing, and education.  In addition, Rosky has served as an expert witness in Equality Utah v. Utah State Board of Education, and as counsel of record in Equality Arizona v. Hoffman and Gender and Sexuality Alliance v. Spearman, the country's first lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of statewide anti-gay curriculum laws.

In 2019, Rosky began teaching a new course called Mindful Lawyering, which examines the relationship between the practice of meditation and the practice of law.  Rosky has been practicing meditation for 18 years, and has spent more than 30 days on silent retreat.  He is a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, the Board of Directors of the Mindfulness in Law Society, the Executive Committee of the Balance Section of the American Association of Law Schools, and the Utah State Bar Lawyer and Judge Well-Being Committee.  He has been trained as a mindfulness facilitator at UCLA's Mindfulness Awareness Research Center in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and is certified as a professional mindfulness teacher by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association.