Professor Marie-Amélie George, legal historian and former litigator and prosecutor, joins Wake Forest Law

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Marie Amélie George

Marie-Amélie George will join Wake Forest School of Law in July 2018 as an assistant professor of law.

After earning her JD from Columbia Law School in 2007, George worked as a prosecutor at the Miami State Attorney’s Office and later as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. She returned to academia for law fellowships at Columbia and Harvard universities as she pursued her Ph.D. in history at Yale University.

Her dissertation on the transformation of gay and lesbian rights in the United States continues the work she did earning a master’s degree from the University of Oxford. At Oxford, her thesis, for which she received distinction, traced the origins of sex reassignment surgeries to Germany’s gay rights movement of the 20th century and its efforts to decriminalize consensual sodomy. George earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, graduating magna cum laude with a major in comparative studies of the Middle East and Europe.

“We are excited to welcome Marie-Amélie to Wake Forest School of Law,” says Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77). “I am confident we have once again identified someone who will add to our understanding of the important issues of the day as she prepares students for a life in the law.”

George’s research explores how the legal history of LGBT rights informs current legal debates and normative questions, examining family law, criminal law, employment anti-discrimination protections and constitutional jurisprudence. She also analyzes the comparative benefits of different legal forums for securing rights, from administrative bureaucracy and legislation at the state and local levels to litigation in federal courts.

George has published articles in the Wisconsin Law Review, Alabama Law Review, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Law and History Review, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, and the National Black Law Journal. She has received numerous grants and fellowships, including the Mellon /ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, William Nelson Cromwell Foundation Research Fellowship, and Cornell University’s Phil Zwickler Memorial Research Grant.