Distinguished Professor of Law and Judge Frederick Lacey Scholar
Carlos A. Ball
Rutgers Law School
491
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
973-353-3008

 

Professor Carlos A. Ball is a national expert on LGBT rights and is the author of many books and articles on the subject. Before joining Rutgers in 2008, he worked as a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society in New York City, and taught at the University of Illinois College of Law and Penn State School of Law.

  • Biography
  • Publications
  • Courses Taught
  • Expertise
Biography

Professor Ball is a nationally recognized expert on LGBTQ rights law and constitutional law. He is the author or editor of nine books. His current book project, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2021, is Principles Matter: The Constitution, Progressive Politics, and the Trump Era. His recent books include The Queering of Corporate America (Beacon Press, 2019) and The First Amendment and LGBT Equality: A Contentious History (Harvard University Press, 2017).

Professor Ball began teaching at Rutgers Law School in 2008, after teaching at the University of Illinois College of Law and the Penn State Law School for a combined thirteen years. He teaches classes on Constitutional Law; the First Amendment; and Sexuality, Gender Identity and the Law. Students at Rutgers Law School (Newark) selected him as Teacher of the Year in 2011 and 2018. He received a B.A. from Tufts University, a J.D. from Columbia Law School, and an LL.M. from Cambridge University. After law school, he clerked on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and then worked as a criminal defense attorney for the Legal Aid Society in New York City.

Publications

Professor Ball is currently writing a book titled Principles Matter: The Constitution, Progressive Politics, and the Trump Era (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2021). He has recently written The Queering of Corporate America (Beacon Press, 2019) and The First Amendment and LGBT Equality: A Contentious History (Harvard University Press, 2017). He has also edited a volume of essays on the future of the LGBTQ rights movement titled After Marriage Equality: The Future of LGBT Rights (NYU Press, 2016).

His other books are Same-Sex Marriage and Children: A Tale of History, Social Science, and Law (Oxford University Press, 2014); 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). He is also a co-editor of Cases and Materials on Sexuality, Gender Identity, and the Law (West, 6th edition, 2017).

His writings have also appeared in the Cornell Law Review, 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 and Mary Law Review, among others.

Courses Taught
  • CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (1)
  • FIRST AMENDMENT
  • PROPERTY
  • SEXUALITY&GEND IDNTY
  • Sexuality, Gender Identity & the Law
  • WOMENS RTS LAW REPOR
Expertise
  • Constitutional Law
  • Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
  • First Amendment