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Orly Rachmilovitz
USC Gould School of Law

Orly Rachmilovitz

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: November 30, 2021




Orly Rachmilovitz (pronouns: she/her/her) is a lecturer in law at the USC Gould School of Law. Her areas of expertise encompass health law (emphases on mental health and sexual/ reproductive health), family law, law and sexuality. She currently teaches courses in health law and disability law. Additionally, she works as a consultant to American and international clients, providing expert opinions and research on precedential constitutional and human rights cases in areas such as age of consent laws, family law and refugee law. She also works with clients to produce court documents, translations and social media or blog content.

Before working as a legal consultant, Rachmilovitz was the first Israeli scholar to clerk for the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the country’s highest court. While at the Constitutional Court, she worked on matters involving South Africa's recognition of wrongful birth claims, intersectional employment discrimination, incarceration and hospitalization of children with mental disabilities, and South Africa's duty to investigate crimes against humanity. Additionally, Rachmilovitz, along with a small committee of clerks, revised and updated the South African Judiciary's policy on sexual harassment. Notably, she was the inaugural recipient of the Orrick International Law Fellowship, which funded her appointment.

Her appointment to the Court followed a position as a visiting assistant professor at the Boston University School of Law, where she taught courses on health law and sexuality and the law. Her research sits at the intersection of civil and human rights, family law and health law. Her scholarship has appeared in publications such as the Minnesota Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, and William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law, and has been adopted by Federal legislation and state Supreme Court opinions. Before joining BU she was a visiting fellow at the UCLA Williams Institute, a mental health law fellow at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, and a law fellow at the Learning Rights Law Center in Los Angeles. In Israel, she clerked for Judge Eilata Ziskind of the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court. She is admitted to the Israeli Bar Association (inactive).

Rachmilovitz earned her SJD from the University of Virginia School of Law, her LLM with honors from UCLA School of Law, her LLB from the University of Haifa Faculty of Law in Israel and her BA in psychology from the University of Haifa.

Rachmilovitz is highly committed to promoting social justice through teaching and scholarship that examines how the law implicates socially disadvantaged groups. She is incredibly excited to be part of the USC Gould Law community and spend the next few months engaging with students on an ever-changing area of the law that is at the forefront of many legal, economic and social issues.    

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The New York Times
January 28, 2023
Re: Jody David Armour

Professor Jody Armour was interviewed by the New York Times about the recent policy brutality incident that led to the death of Tyre Nichols. “It’s not just a Black and white issue, but a Black and blue one. And when you put on that blue uniform, it often becomes the primary identity that drowns out any other identities that might compete with it," Armour said.

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

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Scott Altman
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"Why Parents' Interests Matter." Ethics 133 (forthcoming 2023): 271.

Jonathan Barnett
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"The China Innovation Challenge." Center for Strategic & International Studies interview, Washington, D.C.