- Clinical Professor of Law
Josh Gupta-Kagan’s teaching and scholarship focus on legal issues affecting children and families, especially child neglect and abuse and juvenile justice law. He joined the Columbia Law School faculty as a clinical professor of law on July 1, 2022, and is the director and founder of the Family Defense Clinic, which represents parents and other caregivers facing allegations of child neglect or abuse.
In his research and writing, Gupta-Kagan addresses issues including the gaps and biases in child neglect and abuse law, the school-to-prison pipeline, and juvenile delinquency and child neglect and abuse case procedures. His articles have been published in the Stanford Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Fordham Law Review, and Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, among other publications.
After graduating from law school, Gupta-Kagan clerked for Judge Marsha S. Berzon on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He then worked for six years at the Children’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., representing children and family members in D.C. Family Court and successfully led efforts for legislative reforms.
Before joining the Law School, Gupta-Kagan was a professor of law at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he directed the Juvenile Justice Clinic. He was previously a staff attorney and lecturer in law in the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, where he co-taught the Civil Justice Clinic.