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Jordan Blair Woods

Jordan Blair Woods

Assistant Professor of Law

School of Law


Phone: 479-575-2223

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Professor Woods teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, family law, law & sexuality, constitutional law, and legal ethics. His current scholarship uses methods in law and criminology to explore the policing and criminalization of LGBT people and racial and ethnic minorities, as well as the systemic barriers that LGBT youth face in the family and juvenile justice systems. Woods serves as a faculty advisor to the law school’s chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Before joining the University of Arkansas, Professor Woods was the Richard Taylor Law Fellow at the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy. While working for the Williams Institute, Professor Woods authored model legislation and served as an expert witness before California legislators in support of the first state law banning the “gay and trans panic” defenses. He also taught constitutional law, advanced criminal law, and law & sexuality at UCLA School of Law.

Professor Woods received his A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University, and J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif and served as a Senior Editor of the UCLA Law Review. After law school, Professor Woods was awarded a Gates Scholarship to attend the University of Cambridge, where he received his Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Criminology. He clerked for the Honorable Jennifer Walker Elrod on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Criminal Law & Procedure

Family Law

Constitutional Law

Legal Ethics

Gender & Sexuality 


Juvenile Justice

Child Welfare

Professional Responsibility - (Fall 2017)

Law & Sexuality - (Fall 2017)

Criminal Procedure I: Investigations - (Spring 2018)

Family Law (Domestic Relations) - (Spring 2018)

Professor Woods graduated with an A.B. from Harvard University in 2006. He earned his J.D. (graduating Order of the Coif) from UCLA School of Law in 2009. Professor Woods also holds an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar.

Law Reviews

"Policing, Danger Narratives, and Routine Traffic Stops," 117 Michigan Law Review (forthcoming 2019).

"Religious Exemptions and LGBTQ Child Welfare," 103 Minnesota Law Review (forthcoming 2019).

“Unaccompanied Youth and Private-Public Order Failures,” 103 Iowa Law Review (forthcoming 2018).

“LGBT Identity and Crime,” 105 California Law Review 667-734 (2017).

“Decriminalization, Police Authority, and Routine Traffic Stops,” 62 UCLA Law Review 672-759 (2015).

– Solicited abridged version in 42 SEARCH AND SEIZURE LAW REPORT 119 (West 2015).

“Systemic Racial Bias and RICO’s Application to Criminal Street Gangs,” 17 Michigan Journal of Race & Law 303-53 (2012).

“A Decade After Drug Decriminalization: What Can the United States Learn from the Portuguese Model?,” 15 University of the District of Columbia Law Review 1-31 (2011) (invited symposium issue).

“Gay-Straight Alliances and Sanctioning Pretextual Discrimination Under the Equal Access Act,” 34 N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change 373 423 (2010).

“Don’t Tap, Don’t Stare, and Keep Your Hands to Yourself! Critiquing the Legality of Gay Sting Operations,” 12 Journal of Gender, Race & Justice 545 78 (2009).

“Addressing Youth Bias Crime,” 56 UCLA Law Review 1899-1934 (2009) (student comment).

“Morse v. Frederick’s New Perspective on Schools’ Basic Educational Missions and the Implications for Gay-Straight Alliance First Amendment Jurisprudence,” 18 Columbia Journal of Gender & Law 282-312 (2008).

“Ensuring a Right of Access to the Courts for Bias Crime Victims: A Section 5 Defense of the Matthew Shepard Act,” 12 Chapman Law Review 389-431 (2008).

“Taking the ‘Hate’ Out of Hate Crimes: Applying Unfair Advantage Theory to Justify the Enhanced Punishment of Opportunistic Bias Crimes,” 56 UCLA Law Review 489 541 (2008) (student comment).

Peer-Reviewed Journals and Book Chapters

“LGBTQ in the Courtroom: Unique Issues Linked to Sexuality and Sexual Identities,” in Criminal Juries in the 21st Century: Psychological Science and the Law (Oxford Univ. Press., C. Najdowski & M. Stevenson eds., forthcoming 2017).

“The Birth of Modern Criminology and Gendered Constructions of Homosexual Criminal Identity,” 62 Journal of Homosexuality 131-66 (2015).

“Hate Crime in the United States,” in The Routledge International Handbook on Hate Crime 153-62 (N. Hall et al. eds., 2014).

“Anti-transgender Hate Crime,” in The Routledge International Handbook on Hate Crime 278-88 (N. Hall et al. eds., 2014) (first author, with J. Herman) (copy available on request).

“Queer Contestations and the Future of a ‘Queer’ Criminology,” 22 Critical Criminology 5-19 (2014).

“Queering Criminology: Overview of the State of the Field,” in Handbook of LGBT Communities, Crime, and Justice 15-44 (D. Peterson and V. Panfil eds., 2014).

“Latina Transgender Women’s Interactions with Law Enforcement in Los Angeles County,” 7 Policing (Univ. of Oxford) 379-91 (2013) (first author, with F.H. Galvan, M. Bazargan, J.L. Herman, & Y. Chen).

“Policing Hatred: A Case Study of an English Police Force,” 9 Journal of Hate Studies 127-48 (2010)


“Model Legislation for Eliminating the Gay and Trans Panic Defenses,” THE WILLIAMS INSTITUTE (2016) (first author, with Brad Sears and Christy Mallory).