Meet the Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Erez Aloni

Assistant Professor of Law

S.J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
LL.M., University of Pennsylvania Law School, with distinction
LL.B., College of Management School of Law (Israel), magna cum laude

Contact Information

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Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 227
Fax. 714.444.0855
Building Two, Room 227

Areas of Expertise

Contracts, Family Law, Sexuality and the Law

Professor Erez Aloni joined the faculty in 2013. His main research and teaching interests lie in the legal regulations surrounding the lives of the family, in particular those of complex family forms and nonmarital partnerships. His previous work examined the political and legal processes that induce changes in the laws governing non-nuclear families, as well as access barriers to advanced assisted reproductive technologies. His current projects focus on a “menu-of-options” for legal recognition of relationships; legal policies that affect the lives of nonrecognized family units; and promoting redistribution of resources as a goal of family law. Aloni uses diverse methodologies, including comparative perspectives, critical theory, demography, and social science.

Before coming to Whittier Law School, Aloni held the Center for Reproductive Rights Fellowship at Columbia Law School, where he pursued both grassroots work at the Center for Reproductive Rights—a global reproductive rights organization—and an academic research agenda at Columbia Law School. Prior to the fellowship, Aloni completed his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he also taught a seminar on Sexuality and the Law. Aloni’s graduate studies focused on challenges to family law in the twenty-first century.

Professor Aloni received his LL.B., magna cum laude, from the College of Management School of Law in Israel, where he participated in a legal clinic providing legal assistance for mentally ill patients and served as a teaching assistant in constitutional law. Following law school, Aloni worked at one of Israel’s leading law firms, M. Firon and Co., in the field of constitutional litigation.

Pluralizing the "Sharing" Economy, 91 Wash. L. Rev. 1397 (2016)

The Puzzle of Family Law Pluralism, 39 Harv. J.L. & Gender (2016)

Deprivative Recognition 61 UCLA L. Rev. 1276 (2014)

Registering Relationships 87 TUL. L. REV. 573 (2013)

  • Reprinted 26 Minnesota Fam. L. J. 121 (2013)

Cloning and the LGBTI Family – Cautious Optimism 35 N.Y.U. REV. L. & SOC. CHANGE 1 (2011)

Incrementalism, Civil Unions and the Possibility of Predicting Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage 18 DUKE J. GENDER L. & POL’Y 105 (2010)

Other Publications

Commentary on Obergefell v. Hodges, in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (K. Stanchi, L. Berger, and B. Crawford eds., Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Marriage Equality: One Step on the Path Toward Family Justice, OC Lawyer, August 2015 (with Judith Daar).

Selected Media

Married people tend to be wealthier – so why give them tax breaks? The Guardian, 11.9.2015

Republicans want ‘stronger’ marriages but are fighting equality within them, The Guardian (US edition), 1.22.2015

Three genetic parents — for one healthy baby, LA Times, 3.21.14

An Incomplete Revolution in Illinois, OpED News, 11.12.2013

Relationships Recognition Madness, The Huffington Post, June 12, 2013

The Future of Our Relationships, The Huffington Post, September 20, 2012

Reclaiming the Entire House after Lawrence v. Texas, Reproductive Rights Prof Blog, February 8, 2010

Access and Excess in the P2P Economy: A Comparative Approach, keynote address at Sharing Economy Symposium, William S. Richardson School of Law at University of Hawaii—Manoa (Feb. 2017)

The Marital Wealth Gap

  • Radzyner Law School, IDC Herzliya (May 2017) (anticipated)
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, faculty colloquium (November 2016)
  • SoCal Junior Faculty Workshop, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law (Oct. 2016)
  • Wills, Trusts and Estates Meets Gender, Race and Class, Oklahoma City University School of Law (September 2016)
  • Family Law Scholars and Teachers Conference (June 2016)
  • Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans (June 2016)

Presenter, Pluralistic Theory through the Lens of the Sharing Economy, SoCal Junior Faculty Workshop, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law (Oct. 2015).

The Puzzle of Family Law Pluralism

  • Harvard Law School (March 2016)
  • Family Law Scholars and Teachers Conference (June 2015).
  • Association of American Law Schools Workshop on Shifting Foundations: Family Law’s Response to Changing Families (June 2015).
  • 10th International Conference on Contracts, William S. Boyd School of Law (February 2015)
  • Southern California Junior Faculty Workshop (September 2014)
  • Whittier Law School (September 2014)
  • Emerging Family Law Scholars and Teachers Conference (May 2014)

Presenter, ART for Non-Traditional Families
The Anatomy of Assisted Reproduction: The Journey to Modern Family Formation, Whittier Law School (April 2015).

Deprivative Recognition

  • Associates’ & Fellows’ Workshop, Columbia Law School (May 2013)
  • Emerging Family Law Scholars and Teachers Conference (June 2013)
  • Whittier Law School (Sept. 2013)
  • Regulation of Family, Sex, and Gender Workshop, Chicago Law School (Jan. 2014)
  • Williams Institute, UCLA Law School (Feb. 2014)
  • Pace Law School, Faculty Colloquium (March 2014)
  • Nontraditional Marriages: Transgressive and Transformative Workshop, Wisconsin Law School (March 2014)
  • Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis (May 2014)
  • 2014 AALS Workshop on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues, D.C. (June 2014)

Families and Technology: Reproductive Technology in the Legal and Bioethical Context
Panelist, Women’s Rights Law Reporter, Rutgers University School of Law – Newark (April 2013)

The Other Israel Film Festival
Discussant, The Invisible Man – Directed by Yariv Mozer (November 2012)

The Invisible Couple
Associates’ & Fellows’ Workshop, Columbia Law School (August 2012)

Registering Relationships

  • Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Hawaii (June 2012)
  • The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law – Colloquia, Columbia Law School (March 2012)
  • The Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities Annual Meeting, Texas Wesleyan School of Law (March 2012)
  • New York Area Family Law Scholars Workshop, Cardozo Law School (February 2012)
  • Associates’ & Fellows’ Workshop, Columbia Law School (November 2011)

Is a Post-Marriage America a Post-Sexuality America?
Future-NO-Future: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Future of Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Pennsylvania (September 2010)

LGBT Rights in Israel
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations & the Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania (April 2010)

Reclaiming the Entire House after Lawrence v. Texas
From Page to Practice: Broadening the Lens for Sexual & Reproductive Rights, New York University School of Law (February 2010)