Libby S. AdlerProfessor of Law
University of Michigan, AB 1989
Northeastern University, JD 1994
Harvard University, LLM 1998
Mail: 416 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-7513
Fax: (617) 373-5056
Professor Adler teaches Constitutional Law, Sexuality, Gender and the Law, Family Law, Administrative Law and Trusts and Estates. She has written extensively on sexuality, gender, family and children, including foster care, and draws heavily from queer and critical theory. She is a co-editor of the casebook Mary Joe Frug’s Women and the Law (4th ed.). She also has written about contemporary legal issues arising out of Nazism.
In 2006, Professor Adler was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, where she taught Women and the Law, and in 2000, she was a visiting professor at the University of Frankfurt, where she taught a course on contemporary legal fallout from the Nazi labor program. She received the Northeastern University Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007-2008.
Prior to joining the permanent faculty, Professor Adler served Northeastern as a visiting professor in 1999-2000 and as a part-time lecturer in 1998-1999, while also a visiting researcher and graduate fellow at Harvard Law School. In the 1990s, she practiced as a policy attorney for the Massachusetts child support enforcement agency, drafting legislation and regulations.
Fields of Expertise
- Sexuality and Gender Identity
- Administrative Law
- Constitutional Law
- Family Law
Mary Joe Frug’s Women and the Law, 4th edition, ed. with Crooms, Greenberg, Minow and Roberts (Foundation Press, 2008) .
- “Huckabee, the Holocaust, and the Politics of Fear,” WGBH News (August 10, 2015).
- “Sex as a team sport: a reaction to Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men,” 93 Boston University Law Review Annex 1 (2013).
- “Of Cheerios and Sequined Heels: Response to Darren Rosenblum’s Unsex Mothering: Toward a Culture of New Parenting,” Unsex Mothering online colloquium, Harvard Journal of Law and Gender (2012).
- “Just the Facts: The Perils of Expert Testimony and Findings of Fact in Gay Rights Litigation,” 7 Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left 1 (2011).
- “Gay Rights and Lefts: Rights Critique and Distributive Analysis for Real Law Reform,” 46 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 1 (amicus) (2011).
- “T: Appending Transgender Equal Rights to Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Equal Rights,” 19 Columbia Journal of Gender and Law 595 (2010).
- “The Gay Agenda,” 16 Michigan Journal of Gender & Law 147 (2009).
- “The Dignity of Sex,” 17 UCLA Women's Law Journal 1 (2008).
- “The Future of Sodomy,” 32 Fordham Urban Law Journal 197 (2005).
- "Rage and Critique: One Jewish Girl’s Story,” 1 Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left 1 (2005).
- Book Review, “Civil Unions and Civic Wars: Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller, The Limits to Union: Same-Sex Marriage and the Politics of Civil Rights, 2004,” 11 Gay & Lesbian Quarterly 4 (2005).
- “California’s Holocaust Victim Insurance Relief Act and American Preemption Doctrine,” 4 German Law Journal 1193 (2003).
- “An Essay on the Production of Youth Prostitution,” 55 Maine Law Review 191 (2003).
- “The Forgetfulness of Noblesse: A Critique of the Foundation to Compensate Slave and Forced Laborers of the Third Reich,” 39 Harvard Journal on Legislation 1 (2002) (with Zumbansen) (also in NS-Zwangsarbeit: Erinnerung und Verantwortung/NS-Forced Labor: Remembrance and Responsibility 333, ed. Zumbansen, 2002).
- “The Meanings of Permanence: A Critical Analysis of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997,” 38 Harvard Journal on Legislation 1 (2001).
- “A Short Essay on the Baring of Breasts,” 23 Harvard Women’s Law Journal 219 (2000).
- “Federalism and Family,” 8 Columbia Journal Gender & Law 197 (1999).
- “Teaching Sexuality and Gender as Distributional Issues,” in Vulnerable Populations and Transformative Law Teaching: A Critical Reader, eds, Aldana, Raquel, et al. (Carolina Press, 2011).
- “Prostitution, Child,” in The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion, ed. R. Shweder (University of Chicago Press, 2009).
- 3Qs: What's Next for Gay Rights in America? news@Northeastern (February 19, 2014).