Faculty Profiles

Adam Romero

Adam P. Romero

Director of Legal Scholarship and Federal Policy & Arnold D. Kassoy Scholar of Law, The Williams Institute
A.B. Cornell University, 2002
J.D. Yale Law School, 2007

Adam Romero teaches Law and Sexuality, an advanced constitutional, anti-discrimination, and family law course. He is the Arnold D. Kassoy Scholar of Law, and the Director of Legal Scholarship and Federal Policy, at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. His research focuses on how the law shapes and responds to human vulnerabilities and to disparities and discrimination in our society. Romero has published in numerous volumes and journals and is the co-editor of LGBTQ Divorce and Relationship Dissolution (with Abbie E. Goldberg) (2019, Oxford University Press) and Feminist and Queer Legal Theory: Intimate Encounters, Uncomfortable Conversations (with Martha Albertson Fineman and Jack E. Jackson) (2009, Ashgate/Routledge).

Romero completed clerkships for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and for the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He received his law degree in 2007 from Yale Law School, where he won the Kelley Prize and was a Coker Fellow, an editor of several law journals, and a student director of the Complex Federal Litigation Clinic. He received his undergraduate degree in 2002 from Cornell University, graduating summa cum laude and winning the Sherman-Bennett Prize.

Prior to joining the Williams Institute, Romero was a senior associate at the law firm WilmerHale, where he was a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation and Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Groups. He successfully represented the plaintiffs in Cooper-Harris v. USA, the first case in the nation to declare unconstitutional laws barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in the veterans-benefits context. Prior to law school, he was a criminal defense investigator for the Bronx Defenders.