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Jordan Blair Woods

Jordan Blair Woods

Assistant Professor of Law

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Phone: 479-575-2223

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Jordan Blair Woods is an Assistant Professor of Law at University of Arkansas School of Law.  His primary research and teaching interests include criminal law and procedure, family law, law & sexuality, legal ethics, and constitutional law.  His recent scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Michigan Law Review, California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Iowa Law Review, and Minnesota Law Review

Woods’ 2017 article, “LGBT Identity and Crime,” 105 California Law Review 667 (2017), received the Dukeminier Award, which recognizes the best sexual orientation legal scholarship published in the previous year.  His article “Policing, Danger Narratives, and Routine Traffic Stops,” forthcoming in the Michigan Law Review, was selected for presentation at the 2018 Stanford/Harvard/Yale Junior Faculty Forum.  In 2017, Woods was awarded the New Faculty Commendation for Teaching Commitment from the University of Arkansas.

Prior to joining the law faculty in 2016, Woods served as a fellow at the Williams Institute, a research institute on LGBT law and public policy at UCLA School of Law.  He clerked for the Honorable Jennifer Walker Elrod on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Woods holds an A.B. from Harvard College, J.D. from UCLA School of Law, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar.

Criminal Law & Procedure

Family Law

Constitutional Law

Legal Ethics

Gender & Sexuality 

Policing 

Juvenile Justice

Child Welfare

Professional Responsibility - (Summer 2018)

Criminal Procedure I: Investigations - (Fall 2018)

Family Law (Domestic Relations) - (Spring 2019)

Professor Woods holds an A.B. from Harvard College, J.D. from UCLA School of Law, and 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 1639 (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)

Reports

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