Emerita Professor of Law and Distinguished University Scholar


aura Rothstein joined the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville as Professor of Law and Dean in 2000 (serving as dean until 2005).

During her 46 years in legal education, she has written 20 books and dozens of book chapters, articles, and other works on disability discrimination, covering a broad range of issues, with an emphasis on disability discrimination in higher education. In addition to her work in disability law, she has worked to promote racial and gender diversity within legal education and the legal profession.

She has served in numerous leadership roles within legal education.

Professor Rothstein’s work to promote diversity and raise awareness on issues of disability, gender, and race have been recognized. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute. She uses her scholarship as an “advocate through education” and hopes to influence policy and practice by increasing awareness and understanding of disability rights issues.

She is currently promoting high school pipeline programs between law schools and high schools to ensure that those from underrepresented backgrounds become members of the legal profession.

She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kansas and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.