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. Her research and teaching focus on family, procedure, constitutional law, antidiscrimination, critical theory, and socio-legal studies. Her interdisciplinary scholarship examines relationships between law, critical theory, and social sciences in relation to the regulation of intimacies, gender, family, and discrimination. 

Suzanne Kim is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Law and the Humanities and member of the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Family and Juvenile Law. She is a 2011 winner of the Association of American Law Schools Women in Legal Education New Voices in Gender Studies Paper Competition. 

Professor Kim has been a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Emory University's interdisciplinary Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, and Cardozo School of Law’s Mainzer Program in Family Law, Policy, and Bioethics and has also taught at Fordham Law School.

Professor Kim has served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Rutgers Law. She is the Founder and Director of the interdisciplinary Rutgers Center for Gender, Sexuality, Law and Policy. Professor Kim was appointed to the Chancellor's Commission on Diversity and Transformation of Rutgers University-Newark. A member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University, Professor Kim also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Rutgers University-Newark P3 Collaboratory for Pedagogy, Professional Development, and Publicly-Engaged Scholarship. 

Professor Kim is an elected fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and on the Board of Advisors of the organization Unchained at Last. She has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns.

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
  • Civil Procedure
  • Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
  • Family Law