Levin College of Law

Joseph S. Jackson

Emeritus Senior Legal Skills Professor


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


Joseph Jackson is Emeritus Senior Legal Skills Professor at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law where he has been on the faculty since 1995. His expertise lies in the fields of gay rights, freedom of expression, and equal protection. Prior to joining UF, Professor Jackson worked in private practice in both Arizona and Florida, and was a mental health law fellow at the University of Virginia Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy.

Professor Jackson has published articles on gay rights and equal protection in the UCLA Law Review and The Encyclopedia of Family Studies, and an article on children’s rights in the Wake Forest Law Review. His recent article on the origins of the gay rights clause of the South African Constitution was published in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.

Professor Jackson earned his A.B. degree from Princeton University and his J.D. degree from the University of Florida.


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

Teaching and Scholarship

Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Equal Protection / Constitutional Law


  • Legal Writing
  • Legal Writing II – Persuasive Writing


Book Chapters

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


  • “Roots of Revolution: The African National Congress and Gay Liberation in South Africa,” 44 Brooklyn J. Int’l L. 613 (2019)
  • “The Parentless Child’s Right to a Permanent Family” (with Lauren Fasig), 46 Wake Forest L. Rev. 1 (2011) [SSRN]
  • “Persons of Equal Worth: Romer v. Evans and the Politics of Equal Protection,” 45 UCLA L. Rev. 453 (1997)

Miscellaneous – Amicus Briefs

  • State v. Pareto, No. 3D14- 1816 (Fla. 3d DCA 2015).
  • In re Adoption of D.P.P., 158 So. 3d 633 (Fla. 5th DCA 2014).
  • D.M.T. v T.M.H., 129 So. 3d 320 (Fla. 2013).  [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]