Kaipo Matsumura is an associate professor of law. His research focuses on how the law generates, shapes, and accommodates individual preferences in the realm of intimate relationships and the family. His recent work has focused on the regulation of nonmarital relationships, and on the informational functions performed by marriage law. Professor Matsumura teaches Contracts, Civil Procedure, Family Law, and a seminar on Assisted Reproductive Technologies. In 2017, he was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award by vote of the graduating class.
Professor Matsumura joined the ASU law faculty in 2014 after spending three years teaching at Stanford Law School as a Thomas C. Grey Fellow. He previously practiced with the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Before entering private practice, Professor Matsumura served as a law clerk to the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Matsumura is licensed to practice in California and several federal courts.
Professor Matsumura graduated from UCLA School of Law, where he served as Chief Articles Editor of UCLA Law Review, earned the Jerry Pacht Memorial Constitutional Law Award, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Before law school, Professor Matsumura spent four years teaching high school English in Santa Monica, California.