Professor Arkles teaches Legal Research and Writing. His research interests include the intersection of gender, race and disability in criminal law and punishment; the role of lawyers in social movements; and the development of lawyering skills from a social justice perspective.

Professor Arkles joined Northeastern after three years as an acting assistant professor at NYU School of Law, where he taught a mandatory first-year lawyering class on legal research and writing, client counseling, negotiation, mediation and oral advocacy. For the six years prior to his appointment at NYU, he practiced at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project as a staff attorney and director of Prisoner Justice Initiatives. There, he provided legal services to low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex or gender nonconforming. He also engaged in impact litigation, public education and policy work to advance justice for these communities. While his work at SRLP spanned issues of public benefits, name changes, identity documents, immigration, discrimination and shelter access, his focus was on conditions of confinement for imprisoned people. Professor Arkles was also a founding member of the Lorena Borjas Community Fund, an organization that provides bail and bond support to criminalized LGBT immigrants.

Fields of Expertise

  • Disability and the Law
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Prison Law
  • Social Justice
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Gender and the Law

Selected Works

Selected Articles

  • "On (Not) Queering Legal Writing," The Writing Instructor (2015)
  • "Regulating Prison Sexual Violence," 7 Northeastern Law Journal 71 (2015)
  • "Prison Rape Elimination Act Litigation and the Perpetuation of Sexual Harm," New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, Vol. 17, No. 4 (2014)
  • "Gun Control, Mental Illness, and Black Trans and Lesbian Survival," Southwestern Law Review, Vol. 42, No. 4 (2013)
  • "Comment, Marriage and Mass Incarceration," 37 NYU Law Review 13 (2013)
  • "Correcting Race and Gender: Prison Regulation of Social Hierarchy through Dress," 87 NYU Law Review 859 (2012)
  • "Safety and Solidarity Across Gender Lines: Rethinking the Segregation of Transgender People in Detention," 18 Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review 515 (2009); reprinted in 9 The Dukeminier Award 343 (2010) and 2 Sexuality and Law 439 (Ruthann Robson, ed. 2011)
  • "The Role of Lawyers in Trans Liberation: Building a Transformative Movement for Social Change," 8 Seattle Journal for Social Justice 579 (2010) (co-authored with Pooja Gehi & Elana Redfield).
  • "Medicaid Policy & Gender-Confirming Healthcare for Trans People: An Interview with Advocates,"  8 Seattle Journal for Social Justice 497 (2010) (co-authored with Dean Spade, Phil Duran, Pooja Gehi, Huy Nguyen).
  • "Hate Crime Law and Policy," in LGBT America Encyclopedia (ed. John Hawley (2008)
  • "Unraveling Injustice: Race and Class Impact of Medicaid Exclusions of Transition-Related Health Care for Transgender People," Sexuality Research and Social Policy: Journal of National Sexuality Research Council (December 2007) (co-authored with Pooja Gehi)
  • "The Scarf," in Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality (ed. Sarah Husain, 2006)


  • Untitled, Socially Just Generalist Practice: Putting Theory into Action (Karen Morgaine and Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, ed. forthcoming 2014) (co-authored with Anya Mukarji-Connolly and Owen Daniel-McCarter)
  • "Dreaming, Telling, Occupying and Destroying: Interest Convergence between Militarism and Social Justice in the DREAM Act and Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Incorporation and Excess: Politics in and against Neoliberalism (Soniya Munshi and Craig Willse, ed. forthcoming 2014) (co-authored with Pooja Gehi)
  • "Legal and Ethical Issues in Working with TGNC Clients," in Affirmative Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients (Lore M. Dickey & Anneliese Singh, ed., forthcoming 2016) (co-authored with Linda Campbell)