Jed Rubenfeld

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Jed Rubenfeld
Born1959 (age 59–60)
EducationJuilliard School
Princeton University (BA)
Harvard University (JD)
SpouseAmy Chua

Jed Rubenfeld (born 1959) is an American lawyer and novelist. He is the Robert R. Slaughter Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He is an expert on constitutional law, privacy, and the First Amendment. He joined the Yale Law School faculty in 1990 and was appointed to a full professorship in 1994. Rubenfeld has also taught as a visiting professor at both the Stanford Law School and the Duke University School of Law.[1] He is also the author of two novels.

Rubenfeld is currently under investigation by Yale, along with his wife Professor Amy Chua, for allegedly "grooming" potential female clerks for Judge Brett Kavanaugh.[2][3] Rubenfeld himself is also under investigation by Yale Law School for allegations of harassment and inappropriate conduct, particularly towards female students, with the investigation being conducted by Title IX investigator Jenn Davis.[4]

Early life[edit]

Rubenfeld was born and raised in Washington D.C. His father was a psychotherapist and his mother was an art critic.[5] He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in philosophy in 1980 and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School with a J.D. in 1986.[1][5]

He also studied theater in the Drama Division of the Juilliard School between 1980 and 1982. Rubenfeld clerked for Judge Joseph T. Sneed on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1986–1987.[1]

After his clerkship, he worked as an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York.[1]


Personal life[edit]

Rubenfeld is Jewish.[11] He resides in New Haven, Connecticut and is married to Yale Law School professor Amy Chua, author of the books World on Fire and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Rubenfeld and Chua co-wrote The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America.[12]

Rubenfeld and Chua have two daughters, [13] the oldest of whom told the New Yorker in 2014, "my dad totally thrives on confrontation."[14]

In 2018, Yale investigated Rubenfeld for telling female law students interested in working for Judge Brett Kavanaugh that their physical appearance and femininity played a role in whether they were hired by Kavanaugh, and advising them on how to dress and act. Yale has called the allegations "of enormous concern," and promised a thorough investigation. Rubenfeld and Chua deny all allegations.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Digital Collections" (PDF). Petra Christian University Library. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 22, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Kirchgaessner, Stephanie; Mystal, Elie (September 20, 2018). "'No accident' Brett Kavanaugh's female law clerks 'looked like models', Yale professor told students". The Guardian. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Edelman, Adam; Hunt, Kasie (September 20, 2018). "Yale Law dean: Reports that professor groomed female clerks for Kavanaugh 'of enormous concern'". NBC News. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  4. ^ Mystal, Elie. "Details On The Allegations Against, And Yale Law School Investigation Into, Professor Jed Rubenfeld". Above the Law. Above the Law. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  5. ^ a b Szalai, Jennifer (January 29, 2014). "Confessions of a Tiger Couple". The New York Times. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  6. ^ "The Death Instinct – Jed Rubenfeld". Retrieved 2012-05-09.
  7. ^ "Jed Rubenfeld – The Death Instinct « Crime and Publishing". Retrieved 2012-05-09.
  8. ^ Meadows, Susannah (February 2, 2011). "Brimming With Clues That Are Hard to Link". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Stern, Seth (February 23, 2011). "Book review: 'The Death Instinct' by Jed Rubenfeld". The Washington Post.
  10. ^ Rubenfeld, Jed (2010). The Death Instinct. ISBN 978-0755343997.
  11. ^ I Am Amazed by Amy Chua – Chris Abraham Archived 2011-01-17 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Cochrane, Kira (7 February 2014). "The truth about the Tiger Mother's family". the Guardian.
  13. ^ Chua, Amy (January 8, 2011). "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior". Wall Street Journal.
  14. ^ Marantz, Andrew, "Ink: The Tiger Cub Speaks," The New Yorker, Feb. 10, 2014, p.20, 22.

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