Luke Boso

2011 Richard Taylor Teaching Fellow
B.A. West Virginia University, 2004
J.D. West Virgina University, 2008
LL.M. UCLA School of Law, 2009
Luke Boso is a fellow with the Charles R. Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy. His research and writing focuses on the relationship between law and personal identity. Specifically, he is currently examining the legal interplay with LGBT identities in rural and small town environments, and the ways in which implicit urban biases render invisible the problems facing rural same-sex attracted people. Boso will teach two law school courses:  Introduction to Law and Sexuality in the spring of 2012, and the Sexual Orientation Law Scholarship seminar in the fall of 2012. 

Boso earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from West Virginia University, where he was awarded the Virginia Butts Stearn Scholarship for outstanding work in English. He went on to earn his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he was awarded the Patrick Duffy Koontz Scholarship and was selected to be a Research Editor of the West Virginia Law Review. Boso then received a scholarship to pursue an LL.M. degree at the UCLA School of Law, where he specialized in Social Justice and was an Articles Editor on the UCLA Women’s Law Journal. His publications include “Disrupting Sexual Categories of Intimate Preference,” published in 21 Hastings Women’s Law Journal 59 (2010), “A (Trans)Gender-Inclusive Equal Protection Analysis of Public Female Toplessness,” published in 18 Tulane Journal of Law & Sexuality 143 (2009), which also won first place in the National LGBT Bar Foundation's Michael Greenberg Student Writing Contest, and his student Note, “The Unjust Exclusion of Gay Sperm Donors: Litigation Strategies to End Discrimination in the Gene Pool” published in 110 West Virginia Law Review 843 (2008). Boso has served as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Irene M. Keeley of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District Court of West Virginia, as well as Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Phillip D. Gaujot of the Circuit Court of Monongalia County, West Virginia. He also worked briefly at a boutique civil rights firm in Los Angeles litigating issues of police misconduct and brutality.