Luke A. Boso
Luke Boso is a Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School where he teaches Constitutional Law I, Constitutional Law II, and Criminal Law. Professor Boso began his legal career by clerking for a state court judge in West Virginia, followed by a year in private practice during which he litigated issues of police brutality and misconduct in Southern California. Professor Boso then began his career in legal academia as a Law Teaching Fellow from 2011-13 with the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. The Williams Institute is a think tank devoted to advancing LGBTQ+ rights through law and policy. From 2013-14, Boso was an Associate Professor at Savannah Law School, where he taught constitutional and property law courses. From 2014-23, Professor Boso held appointments at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he primarily taught constitutional and criminal law courses in both the day and evening programs; he also taught Family Law, Remedies, and an Education Law seminar. Professor Boso also served as a Visiting Professor at the UC College of the Law, San Francisco, teaching Constitutional Law II in the fall semesters of 2019-21.
Professor Boso approaches teaching, scholarship, and service with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. While at USF, Professor Boso regularly served on the ADEI Committee and was Co-Chair in 2022-23. In 2021-22, he served as a trained coach for facilitating conversations on racial pedagogy for both colleagues and students. In 2022, Professor Boso co-created and facilitated sessions for new student orientation: Respectful and Inclusive Dialogue in the Law School Classroom. In 2021, Professor Boso received the John Adler Distinguished Professor Award, selected by the USF Law Graduating class for teaching excellence.
- LLM, UC Los Angeles
- JD, West Virginia University
- BA, West Virginia University
Awards & Distinctions
- Dukeminier Award and M.V. Lee Badgett Prize. Selected by the Williams Institute at UCLASchool of Law as one of the year’s best legal articles on sexual orientation and gender identity. Won for Anti-LGBT Free Speech and Group Subordination, 63 ARIZ. L. REV. 341(2021).
- John Adler Distinguished Professor Award, USF School of Law (2021).
- Boso was selected as one of three winners of the 2014 Dukeminier Awards for his piece, Urban Bias, Rural Sexual Minorities, and the Courts, 60 UCLA L. REV. 562 (2013). The awards recognize each year's best sexual orientation and gender identity law review articles.
Law Review and Journal Articles
- "Religious Liberty, Discriminatory Intent, and the Status Quo Constitution," Utah Law Review, (forthcoming 2023).
- “Anti-LGBT Free Speech and Group Subordination,” 63 Arizona Law Review 341 (2021).
- “Rural Resentment and LGBTQ Equality,” 71 Florida Law Review 919 (2019).
- “Dignity, Inequality, and Stereotypes,” 92 Washington Law Review 1119 (2017).
- “Acting Gay, Acting Straight: Sexual Orientation Stereotyping,” 83 Tennessee Law Review 575 (2016).
- “Real Men,” 37 University of Hawai'i Law Review 107 (2015).
- “Policing Masculinity in Small-Town America,” 23 Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review 345 (2014).
- “Urban Bias, Rural Sexual Minorities, and the Courts,” 60 UCLA Law Review 562 (2013). SSRN
- “Disrupting Sexual Categories of Intimate Preference,” 21 Hastings Women's Law Journal 59 (2010).
- “A (Trans)Gender-Inclusive Equal Protection Analysis of Public Female Toplessness,” 18 Tulane Journal of Law & Sexuality 143 (2009).
- “The Unjust Exclusion of Gay Sperm Donors: Litigation Strategies to End Discrimination In the Gene Pool,” 110 West Virginia Law Review 843 (2008).