Adam P. Romero, Director of Legal Scholarship and Federal Policy, and Arnold D. Kassoy Scholar of Law
Adam P. Romero is Director of Legal Scholarship and Federal Policy, and Arnold D. Kassoy Scholar of Law, at the Williams Institute. His research focuses on how the law shapes and responds to human vulnerabilities and to disparities and discrimination in our society.
He also is a Lecturer at UCLA School of Law, teaching an advanced constitutional and anti-discrimination course, and directs the Williams Institute’s amici brief and pro bono program. Romero has published in numerous volumes and journals and is the co-editor of two volumes: LGBTQ Divorce and Relationship Dissolution: Psychological and Legal Perspectives and Implications for Practice (2019, Oxford University Press) and Feminist and Queer Legal Theory: Intimate Encounters, Uncomfortable Conversations (2009, Ashgate/Routledge).
Romero completed clerkships for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and for the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He received his law degree in 2007 from Yale Law School, where he won the Kelley Prize and was a Coker Fellow, an editor of several law journals, and a student director of the Complex Federal Litigation Clinic. He received his undergraduate degree in 2002 from Cornell University, graduating summa cum laude and winning the Sherman-Bennett Prize.
Prior to joining the Williams Institute, Romero was a senior associate at the law firm WilmerHale, where he was a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation and Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Groups. He successfully represented the plaintiffs in Cooper-Harris v. USA, the first case in the nation to declare unconstitutional laws barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in the veterans-benefits context. From 2007-2008, Romero was the Peter J. Cooper fellow at the Williams Institute. Prior to law school, he was a criminal defense investigator for the Bronx Defenders.