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, mindfulness and law, and sexuality, gender, and law.  His 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 has received multiple awards for his teaching and pro bono service, and he is a two-time recipient of the Dukeminier Award, which recognizes the best legal scholarship on sexuality and gender published each year.  In 2015, he received the Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign, the country's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBTQ people. He has provided legal commentary on LGBTQ rights to many press outlets, including the N.Y. TimesWashington PostL.A. TimesAssociated Press, Agence France-PressThe EconomistNational Public Radio, Newsweek and Time.

In recent years, Rosky has helped draft and advocate for SB 296 (2015), SB 196 (2017), R277-613 (2018), SB 103 (2019), R156-61 (2020), five Utah laws that protect LGBT people from discrimination in education, employment, and housing, as well as bullying, conversion therapy, and hate crimes.  In addition, he has served as an expert witness and counsel of record in the country's first lawsuits successfully challenging the constitutionality of statewide anti-LGBTQ curriculum laws in Arizona, South Carolina, and Utah.  He currently serves on the expert panel revising "Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting LGBTQ Youth," a report issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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 20 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 certified as a professional mindfulness teacher by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association and trained as a mindfulness facilitator at UCLA's Mindfulness Awareness Research Center in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.