Kaiponanea T. Matsumura

Associate Professor of Law

Kaipo Matsumura joined the ASU law faculty in 2014 after spending three years teaching at Stanford Law School as a Thomas C. Grey Fellow. He previously practiced antitrust, patent, and appellate law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Before entering private practice, Professor Matsumura served as a law clerk to the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Professor Matsumura is licensed to practice in California and several federal courts. 

Professor Matsumura graduated from UCLA School of Law, where he served as Chief Articles Editor of the UCLA Law Review, earned the Jerry Pacht Memorial Constitutional Law Award, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He received a degree in English and Communication Studies from Northwestern University, where he won the Harriet Gilliam Memorial Prize for the best English thesis and the Edwin L. Shuman award for the best senior English major.

Professor Matsumura’s research focuses on the intersection of private ordering and intimacy. His recent work in the area has studied the limitations that courts have placed on the ability of parties to order their personal affairs and how those limitations should affect contracting practices more broadly.

Selected Works

A Right Not to Marry, 84 Fordham L. Rev. 1509 (2016).

Binding Future Selves, 75 La. L. Rev. 71 (2014).

Public Policing of Intimate Agreements, 25 Yale J. L. & Feminism 159 (2013).



Assistant: KC Gardiner-Johnson

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