College of Law

Michael Higdon

Professor of Law and Director of Legal Writing

Phone: 865-974-2393

Office: Room 378


Areas of Expertise

Constitutional Law, Family Law, Gender & Sexuality Law, Legal Writing & Rhetoric
Higdon, Michael


BA, 1995, Erskine College

MA, 1997, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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


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

His scholarship in these areas has been published in several journals, including the Duke Law Journal, the Iowa Law Review, the Alabama Law Review, the University of Illinois Law Review, the Georgia Law Review, the U.C. Davis Law Review, and the Indiana Law Journal.

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, Professor Higdon 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, and the Carden Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship.

Recent Publications

Constitutional Parenthood, Iowa Law Review (forthcoming, 2018)

Polygamous Marriage, Monogamous Divorce, Duke Law Journal (forthcoming, 2017)

State Misdemeanant, Federal Felon: Adolescent Sexual Offenders and the INA, 2017 University of Illinois Law Review 963.

Marginalized Fathers and Demonized Mothers: A Feminist Look at the Reproductive Freedom of Unmarried Men, 66 Alabama Law Review 507 (2015).

Fatherhood by Conscription: Nonconsensual Insemination and the Duty of Child Support, 46 Georgia Law Review 407 (2012).

To Lynch a Child: Bullying and Gender Non-Conformity in our Nation’s Schools, 86 Indiana Law Journal 827 (2011).