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Susanne Goldberg

  • Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor for Law
  • Full-time faculty

J.D., Harvard University, 1990
A. B., Brown University, 1985

Fields of study
  • Constitutional law, regulation and public order
  • Family, gender and sexuality
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Social justice and human rights
areas of expertise

Sexuality and Gender Law
Civil litigation
Civil rights
Advocacy and Social Change
Equality theory

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Founding director of Columbia Law School's pioneering Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic, Suzanne Goldberg, has led the clinic since joining the faculty in 2006. She is also co-director of the Law School's Center for Gender and Sexuality.

An award-winning teacher who received the Law School's Willis LM Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching and was named Public Interest Professor of the Year, Goldberg has served as Columbia University's first executive vice president of university life since 2015. She works to expand and strengthen the university's commitment to respect, inclusion, and ethical leadership among students, faculty, and administrations.

Goldberg began her career as an attorney at Lambda Legal, the country's first and largest legal organization focused on full equality for LGBTQ + people. While at Lambda, she worked on immigration, employment discrimination, and family law matters, as well as two cases that became a cornerstone of gay rights victories in the US Supreme Court: Laurentius v. Texas , the landmark decision that undermined the Texas sodomy law, and Römer v. Evans who overturned an anti-gay Colorado constitutional amendment. She has continued this advocacy as a professor at Columbia and has filed briefs on almost all marriage equality cases in the United States.

From 2000 to 2006, Goldberg worked at Rutgers University School of Law, where she directed the Women's Rights Litigation Clinic. Goldberg also served as a clerk to Judge Marie Garibaldi of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Goldberg is a frequent commentator and analyst for the news media on the MeToo movement, sexual and gender law, and discrimination law and litigation. Your comment was featured on ABC News 20/20 , CNN and other television channels, as well as on radio and news agencies around the world.

Professor Goldberg is currently on leave from the federal government.


  • ' Harassment, Workplace Culture, and the Power and Limits of Law ,' American University Law Review, 2020
  • Freedom of Expression on Campus: Mitigating the Costs of Contentious Speakers, Harvard JLPP Symposium, 2018
  • Coverage of restrictions for campus speakers, Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, 2018
  • Is there really a sex bureaucracy? , 7 California Law Review Online 107 (2016)
  • Considerations too Upper skin and the ongoing value of the family recognition framework, 84 UMKC Law Review 707, 2016
  • Upper skin at the Intersection of Civil Rights and Social Movements, California Law Review, Volume 6, 2015
  • Risky Arguments in Social Justice Litigation: The Case of Gender Discrimination and Marriage Equality, Columbia Law Review Volume 114, 2014
  • A conversation with Edie Windsor, Columbia Journal of Gender and the Law 29.1, 2015
  • Multidimensional Advocacy Application: Marriage Equality and Reproductive Rights, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law 29.1, 2015
  • The Employment Non-Discrimination Act: Scope, History and Perspectives, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace: A Practical Guide (co-authored with students), 2014
  • Article III Double-Dipping: Proposition 8 Sponsors, BLAG, and Government Interest, 161 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 164, 2013
  • Discrimination by Comparison, 120 Yale Law Journal 728, 2011
  • Family Law Scholarship in Court: Functional Parenting and the Case of Debra H. v. Janice R. , (co-authored with students) Columbia Journal of Gender & Law, 2011
  • Open Service and Our Allies: A Report on the Inclusion of Openly Gay and Lesbian Servicemembers in the U.S. Allies’ Armed Forces, 17 William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law 547, 2011
  • Sticky Intuition and the Future of Sexual Orientation Discrimination, 57 UCLA Law Review 1375, 2010
  • Marriage as a Monopoly: On the Deficiencies of History, Tradition, and Incrementalism Rationales for the Marriage / Civil Union Distinction, 41 Connecticut Law Review 1397, (Symposium Edition), 2009
  • Marriage, Civil Partnership, and the Future Separated But Alike, Half-Century Essays, Columbia Law School Faculty, 2008
  • Family Law Cases as Legal Reform Disputes: Unrecognized Parents and the History of Alison D. v Virginia M. , 17 Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, 2008
  • Equality Opportunity: Marriage Litigation and Iowa’s Equal Protection Law, 12 Journal of Gender, Race & Justice 107, (gemeinsam mit Studenten verfasst), 200

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