William Araiza

Vice Dean and Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-7955 |  Email
Areas of Expertise

Administrative Law
Constitutional Law

B.A., Columbia University
M.S., Georgetown University
J.D., Yale Law School

Professor William D. Araiza on Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage


On Friday, June 26, the Supreme Court announced its long-awaited decision on same-sex marriage. In Obergefell v. Hodges, a five-justice majority held that both the Due Process and the Equal Protection clauses protected the rights of same-sex couples to wed. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the opinion, has long been the Court’s swing vote on gay rights issues.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Brooklyn judge balances security concerns, press freedom in al-Qaeda terrorism trial


Professor William Araiza weighs in on the delicate matter of a Brooklyn judge who had to balance national security concerns with freedom of the press.

Professor Bill Araiza Discusses Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act on BK Live

Professor Bill Araiza, a renowned constitutional law scholar whose most recent work focuses on the Equal Protection Clause, appeared on public affairs television program BK Live to discuss the contemporary significance of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act on their 50th anniversary.

Professor William Araiza Elected to American Law Institute

Professor William Araiza was recently elected to the prestigious American Law Institute (ALI), an independent U.S. organization that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. He joins several other BLS faculty members who have earned this distinct professional honor, bestowed upon an elite group of lawyers, judges, and law professors worldwide.

Professors Nelson Tebbe and Bill Araiza Take to the Stage

After the curtain call at a mid-January performance of the Public Theater’s Arguendo, a dramatic and humorous theatrical verbatim reading of the oral argument court transcript of the 1991 U.S. Supreme Court case of Barnes v. Glen Theatre, Inc., Brooklyn Law School Professors Nelson Tebbe and Bill Araiza took to the stage for an audience “talkback.”

Professor Bill Araiza on the “Class of One” Concept in Thomson Reuters

In an article on Thomson Reuters, Professor Bill Araiza explores the complications relating to the concept of a “class of one.” The concept was determined to be constitutional in 2000 when the Supreme Court ruled that unequal treatment of an individual, or a “class of one,” was a violation of his or her equal protection rights.

Professor William Araiza Discusses Douglas Case in Jurist Op-Ed

In an op-ed for the Jurist, Professor William Araiza explores how larger ideological legal issues can sometimes be hidden in seemingly minor technical disputes. In particular, he discusses Douglas v. Independent Living Center of Southern California, a recent Supreme Court case that dealt with the implementation of Medicaid.

Professor Bill Araiza on the Legality of Hipster Discrimination

The Brooklyn Paper took a humorous look at several examples of apparent "hipster discrimination" that have occurred this year. They range from Vinnie's Pizzeria turning away applicants who need nights and weekends off for band practice and gallery openings to Metro blaming the loss of money allocated by the Census on Williamsburg residents. Professor Bill Araiza commented that there is little legal recourse that can be done. "It's really, really hard to prove that someone has been discriminated against due to association with a particular 'scene,'" he said.

Professor William Araiza on the First Amendment in the Roberts Court

Professor William Araiza’s article, Citizens United, Stevens and Humanitarian Law Project: First Amendment Rules and Standards in Three Acts, was mentioned on the blog Legal Theory. The recommended piece discusses the way three First Amendment cases were handled in the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Roberts.