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Expert on Laws Concerning the LGBTQ Community

Carlos A. Ball is Distinguished Professor of Law and Judge Frederick Lacey Scholar at the School of Law—Newark where he teaches courses in property, the First Amendment, and sexual orientation and the law.

A prolific writer, Ball’s latest book, Same-Sex Marriage and Children: A Tale of History, Social Science, and Law, was published by the Oxford University Press in June 2014. He also is the author of The Right to be Parents: LGBT Families and the Transformation of Parenthood (NYU Press, 2012); From the Closet to the Courtroom: Five LGBT Rights Cases That Have Changed Our Nation (Beacon, 2010); and The Morality of Gay Rights: An Exploration in Political Philosophy (Routledge, 2003). Moreover, he is a co-editor of Cases and Materials on Sexual Orientation and the Law (West, 5th edition, 2014).

Ball is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposia. In the last few years, he has presented papers at the annual meetings

of the Association of American Law Schools, the Law and Society Association, the American Philosophical Association, and the American Political Science Association. During that time, he also has presented his scholarship at various law schools throughout the United States.

Ball’s writings have appeared in the Cornell Law Review, the Columbia Journal of Gender & the Law, the Georgetown Law Journal, the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, the Minnesota Law Review, the North Carolina Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, and the William & Mary Law Review.

Ball received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Tufts University, his juris doctor from Columbia Law School, and his master of laws degree from Cambridge University. He clerked for Chief Justice Paul Liacos of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and worked as a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society in New York City in the early 1990s. He joined Rutgers School of Law—Newark in 2008 after teaching at the University of Illinois College of Law for eight years and Penn State School of Law for five.

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