Scott Skinner-Thompson

Associate Professor of Law
Affiliate Faculty, LGBTQ Studies Program

401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Road
Wolf Law Building Room 418
Boulder, CO  80309
Office: 418
Phone: (303) 735-5294
E-mail: scott.skinnerthompson@colorado.edu

Curriculum Vitae:  View (PDF format)

Bio:
Scott's research and teaching interests are in constitutional law, civil rights, and privacy law, with a particular focus on LGBTQ and HIV issues. His scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in the Michigan Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, UC Davis Law Review, and Columbia Law Review Online, and he is the editor and contributing author of AIDS and the Law (Wolters Kluwer, 5th ed., 2015), one of the leading resources in the field. His shorter work has appeared in Slate, Salon, The New Republic, Muftah, and elsewhere.

Prior to joining Colorado Law School in 2017, he was an Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at New York University School of Law. In 2014, he was selected as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association and while in practice Scott served as co-counsel with the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Transgender Law Center, and the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund.

Scott clerked on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge Dolores Sloviter and for Judge Robert Chatigny of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Scott graduated from Duke Law School, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, in 2008, receiving both a J.D. and LL.M in International & Comparative Law. He received his B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Whitman College in 2005.

Forthcoming

Privacy's Double Standards, 93 Washington Law Review (forthcoming).

Articles

The First Queer Right, 116 Michigan Law Review 881 (2018) (review essay).
Performative Privacy, 50 U.C. Davis Law Review 1673 (2017).
Marriage, Abortion, and Coming Out, 116 Columbia Law Review Online 126 (2016) (with Sylvia Law & Hugh Baran).
Outing Privacy, 110 Northwestern University Law Review 159 (2015).
Title IX's Protections for Transgender Student Athletes, 28 Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society (2013) (with Ilona Turner).

Online Essays

The Person Is Political, SLATE, Oct. 23, 2018.
Federal Courts are Standing Up for the Sanctity of Transgender Lives, SLATE, June 21, 2018.
Masterpiece Cakeshop is Not a License to Discriminate, SLATE, June 4, 2018.
How Trump May Inadvertently Advance Transgender Rights, SLATE, Nov. 30, 2017.
Rules for Digital Radicals, JOTWELL, Nov. 14, 2017, (reviewing ZEYNEP TUFEKCI, TWITTER AND TEAR GAS: THE POWER AND FRAGILITY OF NETWORKED PROTEST (2017).
Trump's Anti-Trans Animus, Unmasked, TAKE CARE, Nov. 6, 2017.
Animus, Not Readiness: Trump & Mattis Move Full Speed Ahead on Unconstitutional Trans Military Ban, JUST SECURITY, Sept. 1, 2017.
Appeals Court: Discrimination Against Trans Students is Likely Illegal, SLATE, May 30, 2017.
Why Trans People Have a Constitutional Right to Change their Birth Certificates, SLATE, April 27, 2017.
The Right to the Public Square: Hoodies, Head Veils, & Bathrooms, MUFTAH, March 23, 2017.
The Supreme Court Should Decide the Gavin Grimm Case Now, SLATE, Feb. 27, 2017.
Trump Isn't the Sole Decider of Trans Students' Rights, SLATE, Feb. 17, 2017.
North Carolina's Catch-22, SLATE, May 16, 2016.
Bathroom Bills and the Battle Over Privacy, SLATE, May 10, 2016.
How Nixon and Rehnquist Paved the Way for Transgender Rights, SLATE, April 1, 2016.
North Carolina Just Lost Some of Its Charm, SALON, March 25, 2016 (critiquing North Carolina's anti-LGBT legislation as violating constitutional privacy protections).
Clinton's Mistake on Reagan Is an Opportunity for Action on HIV/AIDS, SLATE, March 18, 2016 (with Carolyn McAllaster).
Anti-Transgender Bathroom Bills are Unconstitutional, SLATE, Feb. 11, 2016.
The Department of Education's Common-Sense Approach to Transgender Inclusion, SLATE, Nov. 4, 2015.
How Obergefell Could Help Transgender Rights, SLATE, June 26, 2015.
Bad Blood: The FDA's Donation Rule Change for Gay and Bisexual Men is Sending the Wrong Message on HIV, THE NEW REPUBLIC, May 19, 2015.
The FDA Should Follow Europe's Lead and Create Blood Donor Policies Based on Evidence, SLATE, April 30, 2015.
The "Straight" Faces of Same-Sex Marriage, SLATE, April 24, 2015.
For LGBT Rights, the To-Do List is Still Long, SEATTLE TIMES, June 26, 2013.

Selected Press, Media & Publicity

Abortion Rights are on the Line at the Supreme Court. What Does that Mean for Colorado? | Colorado Independent | Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Transgender Woman Says CVS Pharmacist Refused to Fill Hormone Prescription | New York Times | Saturday, July 21, 2018
What's Next for Civil Rights After the Supreme Court's Masterpiece Ruling? | KGNU Community Radio | Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Colorado Baker to Go Before US Supreme Court | 9News | Friday, December 1, 2017
Trump Administration Faces Lawsuit Over Transgender Ban | BLOOMBERG RADIO | Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Trump Administration Changes on Transgender Bathroom Issue | WWL FIRST NEWS | Thursday, February 23, 2017
Judge Blocks Transgender Bathroom Policy | BLOOMBERG RADIO | Monday, August 22, 2016
North Carolina Discrimination Law Violates US Constitution, Experts Warn | THE GUARDIAN | Friday, March 25, 2016
Ellen Pao Faces an Uphill Battle if She Appeals Her Anti-Discrimination Case | FUSION | Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Courses:

Spring 2019 Constitutional Law LAWS 6005-803
Spring 2019 Constitutional Law LAWS 6005-904
Fall 2018 Disability Rights LAWS 6555-801
Fall 2018 Civil Rights LAWS 7025-801
Spring 2018 Constitutional Law LAWS 6005-803
Fall 2017 Civil Rights LAWS 7025-801