Joseph S. Jackson

Senior Legal Skills Professor

Mailing Address:
Box #117625 Gainesville FL 32611

(352) 273-0875


Equal Protection  • Gay Rights  • LGBT Issues  • Sexual Orientation  • 



A.B., Princeton University
J.D., University of Florida

Teaching and Scholarship

Legal Research & Writing, Appellate Advocacy,
Equal Protection / Constitutional Law

Career Highlights

  • U.F. faculty since 1995. Fellow in Mental Health Law, University of Virginia Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy (1997-98); Principal staff writer, Center for Civic Education, California (1992-95); Private practice, Florida and Arizona (1982-92).

Professional Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar (Vice-Chair, Public Interest Law Section Committee on Homelessness), Order of the Coif


Legal Writing - LAW 5792
  • First half of a two-part course, both required for graduation. Includes emphasis on written legal analysis and preparation of predictive legal memoranda.
Appellate Advocacy - LAW 5793
  • As a continuation of LAW 5792, a factual situation is presented to the student by means of a hypothetical appellate record. The record is the basis for the preparation of an appellate brief and oral arguments.


Book Chapters

  • “Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)” in The Encyclopedia of Family Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2015)


  • “The Parentless Child’s Right to a Permanent Family” (with Lauren Fasig), 46 Wake Forest L. Rev. 1 (2011) [ SSRN]


  • Amicus Briefs: Pareto v. Ruvin (forthcoming) (Fla. 3d DCA). In re Adoption of D.P.P. (Fla. 5th DCA 2014). D.M.T. v T.M.H., No. SC12-261 (pending in the Supreme Court of Florida) [involving parental rights of same-sex couple] Fla. Dept. of Children & Families v. In re Adoption of X.X.G. & N.R.G., 45 So. 3d 79 (Fla. 3d DCA 2012) [involving ban on gay adoption]
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