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kerryabrams@virginia.edu
(434) 924-7361
Room WB388

ASSISTANT
Delores Clatterbuck

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Kerry Abrams

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Professor of Law

J.D., Stanford Law School, 1998
B.A., Swarthmore College, 1993

Kerry Abrams is the Albert Clark Tate, Jr. Research Professor of Law. Abrams joined the University of Virginia faculty in 2005 and was promoted to full professor in 2010. Her primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of citizenship law, immigration law, constitutional law, legal history and family law. Abrams has written numerous articles on the intersection of immigration law and family law, the history of immigration law, and the marriage equality movement.

Abrams is a graduate of Swarthmore College, where she earned a B.A. in English literature with highest honors. She attended Stanford Law School, where she was president of the Moot Court Board. After law school, she clerked for Judge Stanwood R. Duval Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and practiced law for several years in the litigation department of the New York City law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP. From 2002-05, she was acting assistant professor of lawyering at New York University School of Law.


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"Regulating Genetics"
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"Immigration's Family Values" (with Kent Piacenti), 100
Va. L. Rev. 629 (2014).
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"(Mis)Recognizing Polygamy" in Janet Bennion & Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, eds., Polygamy: The New Marriage Rights Frontier (forthcoming, Colorado University Press).

"Plenary Power Preemption," 99 Va. L. Rev. 601 (2013).
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"Citizen Spouse," 101 Cal. L. Rev. 407 (2013).
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"What Makes the Family Special?" 80
Chi. L. Rev. 7 (2013).
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"Family History, Inside and Out," 111
Mich. L. Rev. 1001 (2013).
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"The End of Annulment," 16
J. of Gender Race & Just . 681 (2013).
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Brief of Amici Curiae Edward D. Stein, Joanna L. Grossman, Kerry Abrams, Holning Lau, Katharine S. Silbaugh, et al in Support of Respondents,
Hollingsworth v. Perry (2013).
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Reconsidering Work and Family with "The Marriage Equation" (January 2013).
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"Marriage Fraud," 100
Cal. L. Rev. 1 (2012).
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“Brief Amici Curiae of Professors of History, Political Science, and Law in Support of Petitioner,
Flores-Villar v. United States” (with others), 91 B.U. L. Rev. 1497 (2011).
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“Peaceful Penetration: Proxy Marriage, Same-Sex Marriage, and Recognition,” 2011
Mich. St. L. Rev. 139 (symposium issue).
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"The Hidden Dimension of Nineteenth-Century Immigration Law," 62
Vand. L. Rev. 1353 (2009).
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"Marriage as a Message: Same-Sex Couples and the Rhetoric of Accidental Procreation
," (with Peter Brooks), 21 Yale J. L. & Human. 1 (2009).
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"Becoming a Citizen: Marriage, Immigration, and Assimilation," in Linda McClain & Joanna Grossman, eds.,
Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

"Immigration Law and the Regulation of Marriage," 91
Minn. L. Rev. 1625 (2007). Reprinted in 12 Bender's Immigration Bulletin 1421 (2007).
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"Mae Ngai's Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2004)," 25 L. & Hist. Rev. 428 (2007) (book review).
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"Immigration Status and the Best Interests of the Child Standard," 14
Va. J. Soc. Pol'y & L. 87, (2006) (symposium issue).
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“Polygamy, Prostitution, and the Federalization of Immigration Law,” 105 Colum. L. Rev. 641 (2005).
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