Kimberly A. Yuracko

Judd and Mary Morris Leighton Professor of Law


Kimberly Yuracko joined the Northwestern Law faculty in 2002 after serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law for the 2001-02 academic year.  She served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Faculty and Research from October 2009 through December 2010.  From January 2011 through December 2011 she served as Interim Dean of the Law School.  Her primary research interests are in antidiscrimination law with a focus on sex discrimination in employment and gender equity in education. She teaches courses in employment law, property, and family law. Her book Perfectionism and Contemporary Feminist Values was published in 2003 by Indiana University Press.  She is also a co-author of the casebook Feminist Jurisprudence: Cases and Materials and is the author of numerous articles.

Areas of Expertise

  • Property Law
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Women and the Law

Selected Publications

  • Cases and Materials on Feminist Jurisprudence: Taking Women Seriously, 3rd edition (West Publishing 2007) (with Cynthia Grant Bowman, Mary E. Becker, and Victoria F. Nourse).
  • Perfectionism and Contemporary Feminist Values (Indiana University Press 2003).
  • Private Nurses and Playboy Bunnies: Explaining Permissible Sex Discrimination in 92 california law review 147-213 (2004).
  • Trait Discrimination as Race Discrimination: An Argument About Assimilation in 74 george washington law review (2006).
  • Trait Discrimination as Sex Discrimination: An Argument Against Neutrality in 83 texas law review 167-235 (2004).

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Joint Appointments


  • BA, Stanford University
  • PhD, Stanford University
  • JD, Stanford University

Prior Appointments

  • Stanford Clinton Sr. and Zylpha Kilbride Clinton Research Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Interim Dean, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Associate, 2001, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, Los Angeles
  • Law Clerk, 1999-2000, Hon. Stanley Marcus, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Law Clerk, 1998-1999, Hon. Gary L. Taylor, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • Lecturer, 1999, University of California Irvine, Department of Political Science

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