Professor of Law and Judge Denny Chin Scholar
Suzanne Kim
Rutgers Law School
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Suzanne A. Kim’s scholarship addresses intersections of family, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and culture from legal and socio-legal perspectives. She has been Associate Dean for Faculty Development and has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns. She has taught at Stanford and Fordham Schools of Law and has been a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School.

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Suzanne A. Kim is Professor of Law and Judge Denny Chin Scholar at Rutgers Law School at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey. She recently served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Center on Asian Americans and the Law, the first center of its kind in the United States, at Fordham University School of Law in New York City. She has served as a Visiting Professor at National Taiwan University College of Law, Visiting Scholar at Columbia University School of Law and Emory University School of Law, and as a Visiting Researcher at Lund University in Sweden. She is the Founder and Director of the Center for Gender Justice and the Law at Rutgers University. She has presented her research throughout the United States and in Europe, Canada, and Asia, including as the endowed Ihlenfeld Lecturer at West Virginia University.

Professor Kim is Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section (AALS) Section on Law and Social Sciences and as an executive committee member of the AALS Section on Family and Juvenile Law. Professor Kim was previously appointed to the Chancellor’s Commission on Diversity and Transformation of Rutgers University-Newark and has served as an Executive Committee member of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University and as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Rutgers University-Newark P3 Collaboratory for Pedagogy, Professional Development, and Publicly-Engaged Scholarship. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and was previously appointed by the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court to the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns. She is an elected member of the American Bar Foundation and is a past winner of the Association of American Law Schools Women in Legal Education New Voices in Gender Studies Prize.

Formerly a litigation associate with Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York, Suzanne Kim received the firm’s Pro Bono Service Award. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Denny Chin, then of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and now of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Professor Kim was a lecturer-in-law at Stanford Law School in what is now the Thomas C. Grey Fellowship program. Professor Kim earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. 





Selected Publications

The Law of Nonmarriage: United States and South Africa, __ Washington U. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2022) (with H. Lau).

Transitional Equality in Transnational Context, __Nat'l Taiwan U. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2021).

Transitional Equality in Transnational Context, translated into Mandarin, volume by Nat'l Taiwan Univ. Press & Academia Sinica (forthcoming 2022).

Family Law in a Changing America (Wolters Kluwer 2021) (casebook with NeJaime, Banks, & Grossman).

The Common Place of Equality (monograph in progress).

Commentary on Michael H v. Gerald D, in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Family Law (ed. R. Rebouche) (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Commentary on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, in Reproductive Justice Re-Written (ed. K. Mutcherson) (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Transitional Equality, 53 U. Richmond L. Rev. 1149 (2019).

Intimacy in Bordered Globalization, 15(2) Int’l J. of Law In Context 220 (2019) (book symposium on D. Hacker’s Legalized Families in the Era of Bordered Globalization (Cambridge University Press, 2017 - winner of Law & Soc’y Ass’n Herbert Jacob Book Prize)).

Gender in the Context of Same-Sex Divorce and Relationship Dissolution, 56:3 Fam. Ct. Rev. 384 (2018) (with E. Stein) (2018).

Divorce, Gender Dynamics, and Same-Sex Marriage, in LGBTQ Divorce and Relationship Dissolution: Scientific and Legal Perspectives and Implications for Practice (with Edward Stein) (eds. A. Goldberg & A. Romero) (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Mapping Gender and Social Norms in Same-Sex and Different-Sex Marriage, Symposium: Rutgers Celebrates Beijing+20: Gender Equality on the 20th Anniversary of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995), 338 Women’s Rts. L. Rep. 1 (2017).

Relational Migration, 77 Ohio State L.J. 981 (2016), Paper Colloquium on Anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, with introduction by Justice John Paul Stevens (Ret.) and articles by Susan Frelich Appleton, Jane S. Schacter, and Marc Spindelman).

Social Rites of Marriage, 17 Geo. J. Gender L. 745 (2016) (with Thurman).

In the Matter of Baby M (1988), in Courting Justice: Ten New Jersey Cases that Shook the Nation (ed., Paul Tractenberg, Rutgers University Press, 2013).

The Neutered Parent, 24.1 Yale J.L. & Feminism 1 (2012).

Skeptical Marriage Equality, 34 Harv. J.L. & Gender 37 (2011) (co-winner of AALS Women in Legal Education New Voices in Gender Studies Paper Competition).

“Bridging Marriage Skepticism and Marriage Equality, in Essays On the Cutting Edge: Charting the Future of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Scholarship, 19 Tul. J.L. & Sexuality 174 (2010).

Marital Naming/Naming Marriage: Language and Status in Family Law, 85 Ind. L.J. 893 (2010). 

Reconstructing Family Privacy, 57 Hastings L.J. 557 (2006).

Courses Taught
  • Society (Law &)
  • Civil Procedure
  • Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
  • Family Law