Doron Dorfman   

Doron Dorfman, Associate Professor

Associate Professor

  • Degrees:

  • J.S.D., J.S.M., Stanford Law School
  • LL.M., LL.B., B.A., University of Haifa
  • Contact:

  • [email protected]
  • Tel:  973-642-8804
  • SSRN Site link
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Courses:

  • Torts, Health Care Access and Finance, Disability Law, Employment Discrimination Law


Professor Dorfman’s research and teaching focuses on disability law, health law, torts, property, insurance law, employment discrimination law, law and psychology, and family law. His interdisciplinary research combines doctrinal analysis with a variety of empirical methods to explore the legal treatment of disempowered communities, how stigma informs legal decision-making, and public suspicion against abuse of health care law and disability rights. Professor Dorfman’s work has won multiple writing awards, was cited by federal courts and the Israeli Supreme Court, and was featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. In 2021, he was invited to testify before Congress on the relationship between vaccine requirements and anti-discrimination law.

Professor Dorfman’s research was published or is forthcoming in leading law reviews such as the Cornell Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Boston College Law Review, and the online supplement of Stanford Law Review. He also published in top peer review journals including the Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law, JAMA Health Forum, and the Journal Law & the Biosciences. Professor Dorfman is a frequent contributor to the Bill of Health Blog at Harvard Law’s Petrie-Flom Center, an editor for the Equality Section of Jotwell, the chair-elect of the AALS Section on Disability Law, the co-organizer of the Disability Legal Studies CRN in the Law & Society Association, and an affiliated researcher with the aChord Center: Social Psychology for Social Change at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Prior to Seton Hall Law School, Professor Dorfman taught at Syracuse University College of Law. He earned a B.A. in communication (2009), an LL.B. (J.D. equivalent, 2009) and an LL.M. (2010), all from the University of Haifa. He later earned a J.S.M. (2014) and J.S.D. (2019) from Stanford Law School. Before arriving at Stanford, he was a litigator in private practice in Israel and was actively involved in NGOs such as Kav La’Oved-Worker’s Hotline, where he gave legal advice to disadvantaged workers and asylum seekers.

Twitter: @DorfmanDoron

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

LAW REVIEW ARTICLES

Penalizing Prevention, 108 Cornell. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2023)

Disability as Metaphor in American Law, 170 U. Pa. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022)

The PrEP Penalty, 63 B.C. L. Rev. 813 (2022)

Suspicious Species, 2021 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1363 (2021)

[Un]Usual Suspects: Deservingness, Scarcity, and Disability Rights, 10 UC Irvine L. Rev. 557 (2020)

Reweighing Medical Civil Rights, 72 Stan. L. Rev. Online 176 (2020) (with Rabia Belt)

The Professionalization of Urban Accessibility, 47 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1213 (2020) (with Mariela Yabo)

Disability Identity in Conflict: Performativity in the U.S. Social Security Benefits System, 38 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 47 (2015)

The Inaccessible Road to Motherhood – The Tragic Consequence of Not Having Reproductive Policies for Israelis with Disabilities, 30 Colum. J. Gender & L. 49 (2015)

BOOK CHAPTERS

An Experimental Jurisprudence Approach to Health Law & Disability Law, in Cambridge Handbook of Experimental Jurisprudence, Cambridge University Press (Kevin Tobia, ed) (forthcoming 2023)

Commentary on Olmstead v. L.C ex rel. Zimring, in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Health Law Opinions, Cambridge University Press (Seema Mohapatra & Lindsey F. Wiley, eds.) (forthcoming 2023)

The Universal View of Disability and Its Danger to the Civil Rights Model, in Boundaries of Disability: Critical Perspectives, Routledge (Licia Carlson & Matthew Murray, eds.) (2021)

Disability, Law, and the Humanities: The Rise of Disability Legal Studies, in Oxford Handbook of L. & Human, Oxford University Press (Simon Stern, Maksymilian Del Mar, & Bernadette Meyler, eds.) (2019) (with Rabia Belt)

OTHER JOURNAL ARTICLES

Bans on Mask Requirements versus Disability Accommodations – A New COVID-19 Conundrum, JAMA Health Forum (2021) (with Mical Raz)

Pandemic “Disability Cons,", 49 J. L. Med. & Ethics 401 (2021)

The Treatment of Disability Under Crisis Standards of Care: An Empirical and Normative Analysis of Change Over Time During COVID-19, 46 J. Health Pol. Pol’y & L. 831 (2021) (with Ari Ne’eman, Michael Ashley Stein & Zackary D. Berger)

Can the COVID-19 Interstate Travel Restrictions Help Lift the FDA’s Blood Ban?, 7 J.L. & Biosciences 1 (2020)

Disability Rights as a Necessary Framework for Crisis Standards of Care and the Future of Health Care, 50  Hastings Cent. Rep. 28 (2020) (with others)

Mask Exemptions During the COVID-19 Pandemic – A New Frontier for Clinicians, JAMA Health Forum (2020) (with Mical Raz)

Fear of the Disability Con: Perceptions of Fraud and Special Rights Discourse, 53 Law & Soc’y Rev. 1051 (2019)

Re-Claiming Disability: Identity, Procedural Justice and the Disability Determination Process, 42 Law & Soc. Inquiry 195 (2017)

Surrogate Parenthood: Between Genetics and Intent, 3 J.L. & Biosciences 404 (2016)

The Blind Justice Paradox: Judges with Visual Impairments and the Disability Metaphor, 5 Cambridge Int’l L.J 272 (2016)

BOOK REVIEWS

Review of Politics of Empowerment: Disability Rights and the Cycle of American Policy Reform By David Pettinicchio, 54 Law & Soc’y Rev. 530 (2020)

COMMENTARIES

A Conversation About Law & Political Economy and Disability, Part 1&2, LPE Blog (2022) (with Rabia Belt, Jasmine Harris, Jamelia Morgan & Karen Tani)

NFIB v. OSHA and Its Contradiction with the GOP’s Disability Employment Agenda, Harvard Law’s Petrie-Flom Center: Bill of Health (March 14, 2022)

Challenges Faced by Employees with Disabilities Amid the Return to In-Person Work, Harvard Law’s Petrie-Flom Center: Bill of Health (August 4, 2021)

Students with Disabilities Could Sue Their Schools to Require Masks, The Washington Post (August 19, 2021) (with Mical Raz)

The Paradoxical Legal Treatment of Preventive Medicine, Harvard Law’s Petrie-Flom Center: Bill of Health (November 2, 2021)

Being Anti-Mask Doesn’t Make You Disabled, Newsday (May 21, 2020)

COVID-19 May Help Lift FDA Policy On Gay Blood Donors, Law360 (April 3, 2020)

How an Unexpected Collaboration Led Utah to Amend Its Discriminatory Triage Plan, The Hill (August 28, 2020)

Thirty Years Later, Still Fighting Over the ADA, The Regulatory Review: A Publication of the Penn Program on Regulation (2020) (with Thomas F. Burke)

Subminimum Employment for People with Disabilities, Real Clear Policy (November 1, 2018) (with Rabia Belt)

Inaccessible Motherhood: The Normative Void Regarding Reproductive Policies for Persons with Disabilities, Versa: Opinions of the Israeli Supreme Court, A Project of Cardozo Law (June 16, 2016)

The Reincarnation of HIV Stigma, The Stanford Daily (Feb. 3, 2016)