Distinguished Professor of Law and Judge Frederick Lacey Scholar
Carlos A. Ball
Newark Campus
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102


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
  • Expertise

Professor Ball received his B.A. summa cum laude from Tufts University, his J.D. from Columbia Law School, and his LL.M. from Cambridge University. He clerked for Chief Justice Paul Liacos of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and worked as a criminal defense attorney for the Legal Aid Society in New York City. He joined the law school in 2008 after teaching at the University of Illinois College of Law and the Penn State School of Law. Professor Ball is a leading expert on LGBT rights issues, having published several books and more than two dozen articles on the subject. He teaches classes on the First Amendment; Sexuality/Gender Identity and the Law; and Property. 


Professor Ball's most recent book is The First Amendment and LGBT Equality: A Contentious History (Harvard University Press, 2017). He also recently edited a volume of essays on the future of the LGBT rights movement called 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 Idenity, 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.

  • Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
  • First Amendment