Katie Eyer, Associate Professor of Law, was named the recipient of two faculty awards from Rutgers University, including the Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence and the Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.
The Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence is bestowed upon the university’s most distinguished recently tenured faculty members. Professor Eyer also is the recipient of a Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence acknowledging her excellence in teaching and scholarly work.
"In addition to Professor Eyer’s excellence and impact as a legal scholar, she is an exceptional teacher. She is, in every way, a true asset to the Rutgers Law community," said Michael T. Cahill, Co-Dean and Professor of Law at Rutgers Law. "This recognition, as she receives tenure, of her multiple outstanding — and ongoing — contributions reflects, and further confirms, her status as a true academic star."
Professor Eyer is an anti-discrimination law scholar, teacher, and litigator. Her scholarship explores the implications of history and social psychology for contemporary debates in anti-discrimination law. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as the Yale Law Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the UC Davis Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, and the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.
Professor Eyer is the recipient of several national, university and local awards for her scholarship, teaching, service, and work as a litigator, including the SALT Junior Faculty Award, the AALS Scholarly Papers Competition, the Dean's Award for Distinguished Service, and the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award (LGBT rights advocacy).
Prior to coming to Rutgers, Professor Eyer was a Research Scholar and Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, where she conducted research in conjunction with the Alice Paul Center for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality and taught Disability Law. Professor Eyer also litigated civil rights cases prior to entering academia full time and secured a number of precedents in the Third Circuit expanding the legal rights of LGBT and disabled employees. From 2005-2007, she was a Skadden Fellow at Equality Advocates Pennsylvania, where she launched their employment rights project, providing direct legal services and engaging in impact litigation on behalf of LGBT employees.
Professor Eyer clerked for the Hon. Guido Calabresi in 2004-2005, and was a plaintiff-side anti-discrimination litigator with the private firm of Salmanson Goldshaw, PC from 2007-2012.
The Faculty Year-end Awards will be presented at Rutgers–New Brunswick in a ceremony on May 3, 2018.