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
Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 227
Building Two, Room 227
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. (forthcoming 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)
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)
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).
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
Marriage as a Redistributor of Wealth
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
Presenter, ART for Non-Traditional Families
The Anatomy of Assisted Reproduction: The Journey to Modern Family Formation, Whittier Law School (April 2015).
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)
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)