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Kaiponanea Matsumura

Associate Professor of Law
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520
Biography

Kaipo Matsumura’s primary research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of family law and contract law. His research focuses on how the law accommodates, shapes, and sometimes ignores individual preferences in its regulation of intimate relationships and the family. His recent work has focused on the recognition of nonmarital relationships and on the informational functions performed by marriage law. He has also written extensively about the enforceability of agreements between people in intimate relationships. His scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in the William & Mary Law ReviewUCLA Law ReviewNorth Carolina Law ReviewU.C. Davis Law Review, and Fordham Law Review, among others.

Professor Matsumura teaches Contracts, Civil Procedure, Family Law, and a seminar on Assisted Reproductive Technologies. In 2017, and again in 2019, the graduating class selected him as the recipient of ASU Law's Outstanding Teaching Award.

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.

Education
  • J.D. University of California-Los Angeles
  • B.S. English and Communication Studies (magna cum laude), Northwestern University

 

Publications

ARTICLES & ESSAYS

The Integrity of Marriage, 61 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2019)

Transcending Time and Place: LGBT Identity in Hernandez-Montiel v. I.N.S., 66 UCLA L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2019)

Consent to Intimate Regulation, 96 N.C. L. Rev. 1013 (2018)

Choosing Marriage, 50 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1999 (2017)

A Right Not to Marry, 84 Fordham L. Rev. 1509 (2016)

Binding Future Selves, 75 La. L. Rev. 71 (2014)

Public Policing of Intimate Agreements, 25 Yale J.L. & Feminism 159 (2013)

REVIEWS AND COMMENTARY

Purchasing Race; Or, The Pursuit of White Sperm and Eggs, Jotwell.com, Apr. 11, 2019 (available at https://family.jotwell.com/purchasing-race-or-the-pursuit-of-white-sperm...)

Family Law’s Democratic Foundations, Jotwell.com, May 25, 2018 (available at https://family.jotwell.com/family-laws-democratic-foundations/

Book Review, Henry T. Greely, The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction, 57 Jurimetrics 433 (2017) (invited)

Reproducing Queer Kinship, Jotwell.com, Sept. 26, 2017 (available at https://family.jotwell.com/reproducing-queer-kinship/)

Shades of Discrimination Brought to Light, Jotwell.com, April 26, 2016 (available at http://family.jotwell.com/shades-of-discrimination-brought-to-light/)

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 515Contracts
LAW 612Family Law
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 612Family Law
LAW 791Seminar
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 515Contracts
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 612Family Law
LAW 791Seminar
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 518Civil Procedure
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 518Civil Procedure
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 612Family Law
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 518Civil Procedure
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 791Seminar
Honors / Awards
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Sandra Day O/Connor College of Law (ASU) - 2017
  • Thomas C. Grey Fellow, Stanford Law School (2011-2014)
  • Judge Jerry A. Pacht Constitutional Law Award
  • Edwin L. Shuman Senior Award in Literature
  • Harriet Gilliam Memorial Prize  
Service

University Service

  • Faculty Colloquium Committee (2014-15) 
  • Clerkship Advisor (2015-16) 
  • Clerkship Committee (2016-17, 2017-18)
  • Appointments (2016-17, 2017-18)

Memberships and Other Service:

  • Jotwell: Family Law, Contributing Editor, 2016-present
  • Family Law Scholars & Teachers Conference, Co-chair, 2017; Planning Committee 2018
  • Referee Activity for Yale Law Journal and NYU Law Review. 
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel, San Francisco, CA Board of Directors, 2010-2011
  • Member, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, San Francisco, CA