Marie-Amélie George’s scholarship focuses on the legal history of LGBT rights. She seeks to identify not only how and why laws have changed, but also the ways in which history can inform current legal debates and provide insight into contemporary normative questions.
She examines the comparative benefits of different legal forums, focusing as much on administrative bureaucracy and legislation at the state and local levels as on litigation in federal courts. Her work concentrates on how the LGBT rights movement has reshaped professional, social, and legal norms, which not only reveals diffuse sources of legislative and jurisprudential change, but also uncovers mechanisms through which advocates have, and can continue to, transform the law.
George has worked as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, practicing commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense. She also served as an assistant state attorney in Miami, prosecuting felony and misdemeanor cases.
George is a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University, where she has served as a Legal History Forum Fellow.
She attended Columbia Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law and a Kent Scholar. She received a master’s degree from the University of Oxford, writing her dissertation on the origins of sex reassignment surgery and its connection to the gay rights movement.