Margo  Kaplan

Margo Kaplan

Associate Professor

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Law Office: E419
V: (856) 225-6959

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Margo Kaplan is an Associate Professor at Rutgers Law School, where she teaches courses on criminal law, health law and policy, and sex crimes.  Her research explores legal limitations on intimate decisions, particularly the use of criminal law in areas of sex and health. Professor Kaplan’s publications have examined topics such as sex-positive law, HIV-exposure criminalization, sexual assault, and pedophilia. She holds a joint appointment with the Department of Public Policy and Administration.

Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Professor Kaplan was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Brooklyn Law School. Before that, she served as Director of Planning and Research for the Center for HIV Law and Policy, as well as a Staff Attorney Fellow for the American Civil Liberties Union. She clerked for Judge Julio Fuentes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Judge John G. Koeltl of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law and also received a Master in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Commentary on Michael. M. v. Superior Court in Feminist Jurisprudence Project (forthcoming 2016).  

Taking Pedophilia Seriously, 72 Washington & Lee L Rev. 75 (2015).  

Sex-Positive Law, 87 N.Y.U. L.Rev. 89 (2014)  

Rethinking HIV-Exposure Crimes, 87 Ind. L.J. 1517 (2012)  

Criminalizing Sexual Behavior in the Context of HIV: Consequences, Evidence, and Leadership, 6 Global Pub. Health S357 (2011) (with Aziza Ahmed, Alison Symington, and Eszter Kismodi)  

“A Special Class of Persons”: Pregnant Women’s Right to Refuse Medical Treatment After Gonzales v. Carhart, 13 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 145 (2010)

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