Research Focus: Gender & Sexuality, Family Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Legal History
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Michael Boucai is an Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo Law School. He teaches Criminal Law and Family Law, as well as courses on gender, sexuality, and reproduction, his main areas of scholarly interest. Drawing on a range of disciplines in addition to law, Boucai’s recent work has focused on LGBT-movement efforts to access and alter the institutions of marriage and parenthood. His latest article, “Is Assisted Procreation an LGBT Right?”, appeared in 2016 in the Wisconsin Law Review. Prior publications shed light on the radical roots and potentialities of the claim to same-sex marriage. "Glorious Precedents: When Gay Marriage Was Radical" examined three same-sex marriage cases brought in the years immediately after the Stonewall riots of 1969. The piece appeared in The Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities and was awarded the 2016 Michael Cunningham Prize, one of three Dukeminier Awards bestowed annually in recognition of the best legal scholarship on sexual orientation and gender identity. “Sexual Liberty and Same-Sex Marriage: An Argument from Bisexuality,” published in the San Diego Law Review, challenged the constitutionality of using marriage law to steer individuals into heterosexual relationships. Boucai's other writings have appeared in the University of Miami Law Review, the National Black Law Journal, the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, and the Journal of Social History.
Professor Boucai is a graduate of Yale (B.A., history), Georgetown (J.D.), and Cambridge (M.Phil, history). He clerked for the Honorable Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Before joining the UB Law faculty, he served as the Sears Law Teaching Fellow at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.