Michael Higdon

Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Law

Michael Higdon

Areas of Expertise

Constitutional Law, Family Law, Gender & Sexuality Law, Legal Writing and Rhetoric, Wills, Trusts, and Estates


JD (summa cum laude) 2001, University of Nevada, William S. Boyd School of Law

MA, 1997, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

BA, 1995, Erskine College


Professor Michael J. Higdon joined the UT faculty in August 2009 after spending five years as a faculty member at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Higdon teaches and writes in the areas of Constitutional Law; Sexuality, Gender and the Law; Wills & Trusts; and Family Law.

His scholarship in these areas has been published in several journals, including the Duke Law Journal, the George Washington Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, the Alabama Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, and the Fordham Law Review.

Higdon received the J.D. in 2001 from the University of Nevada, graduating first in his class and receiving the James E. Rogers Award for outstanding academic achievement. While in law school, he served as editor-in-chief of the Nevada Law Journal. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Procter Hug, Jr. of the U.S. Court of the Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Higdon has received the law school’s Harold C. Warner Outstanding Teacher Award, the Carden Award for Outstanding Service to the Institution, the W. Allen Separk Faculty Scholarship Award, the Marilyn V. Yarbrough Faculty Award for Writing Excellence, and the Carden Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship.

He currently serves as the Associate Dean for Faculty Development.

Recent Publications

 (In)Formal Marriage Equality, 89 Fordham Law Review (forthcoming, 2021).

Parens Patriae and the Disinherited Child, 95 Washington Law Review 619 (2020).

While They Waited: Pre-Obergefell Lives and the Law of Nonmarriage, 128 Yale Law Journal Forum 1 (2019)

The Quasi-Parent Conundrum, 90 University of Colorado Law Review 941 (2019)

Biological Citizenship and the Children of Same-Sex Marriage, 87 George Washington Law Review 124 (2019)

Constitutional Parenthood, 103 Iowa Law Review 1483 (2018)

Polygamous Marriage, Monogamous Divorce, 67 Duke Law Journal 79 (2017)