Clifford J. Rosky, J.D.

Legal Writing Coach

Clifford J. Rosky is an experienced lawyer, teacher, writing coach, and author. He is a Professor of Law at the University of Utah, where he teaches courses on constitutional law, criminal law, and family law. He has developed and conducted judicial training programs on sexual orientation and law, and offered numerous CLE programs at federal and state bar events. In 2011, he received the Early Career Faculty Award for combined excellence in scholarship, teaching and service by a junior faculty member.

Cliff received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities and the Irving S. Ribicoff Postgraduate Research Fellow. Rosky received his B.A. from Amherst College with honors in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought.

After graduating from law school, Cliff served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert D. Sack on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He then practiced at the law firms of Covington & Burling and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he focused on criminal, appellate, and pro bono matters. While at Akin Gump, he was recognized as the San Francisco Pro Bono Associate of the Year for his representation of Korean sex trafficking victims.

Cliff’s scholarship has been published in the Arizona Law Review, the Cardozo Law Review, and the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. Two of his articles have received UCLA’s prestigious Dukeminier Award, which recognizes the best articles published each year on sexual orientation and gender identity law, and a third article was recently featured on Jotwell, a peer-edited online journal that serves to identify and celebrate the best new legal scholarship in any field.

This year, Cliff was recognized with an unusual honor: he presided over the trial of Harry Potter and Severus Snape, who were charged with obstruction of justice and the murder of Albus Dumbledore by the Ministry of Magic.

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