Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Faculty Profile

J. Kelly Strader

J. Kelly Strader

Professor of Law

B.A., high honors, Government and History, 1978, College of William and Mary; M.I.A., International Affairs (Economics), 1980, Columbia University; J.D., 1983, University of Virginia; Member, New York State Bar

Courses    Publications

Phone: (213) 738-6753
Office: BW405

J. Kelly Strader has an extensive litigation background. Early in his career, he was associated with the law firm of Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, et al., in New York City where he focused on white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation in areas including securities fraud, RICO, tax fraud, contracts, employer-employee relations, corporations, and Bill of Rights and fourteenth amendment issues. He particularly enjoys "the personal and tactical aspects of criminal defense." He has produced numerous publications in fields including criminal law; white collar crime; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, and HIV/AIDS.

"[I am] inspired by the rich diversity of the students...the incredible range of backgrounds that they bring to the classroom - their professional experience, life experience, human experience."

Professor Strader began teaching law as an adjunct professor at Yeshiva University School of Law. In 1991, he was appointed to the faculty at Southwestern where he finds himself "inspired by the rich diversity of the students...the incredible range of backgrounds that they bring to the classroom - their professional experience, life experience, human experience." He has served as faculty advisor to the law school's Trial Advocacy Honors Program and OUTLaw, the LGBT law students association. In 2004, he was named the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law, and in 2005, he was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Professor Stader has spoken at conferences on issues concerning criminal law and white collar crime. He is the author of a white collar crime survey and reference text and co-author of a white collar crime textbook, both of which are widely used at law schools around the country.

Professor Strader's efforts on behalf of the community and a variety of organizations have been focused on criminal law and gay rights issues. He has chaired the Law School Admission Council's (LSAC) Subcommittee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Issues, is chair-elect of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Committee, and has been a featured speaker on LGBT rights issues at LSAC, AALS, and National Lesbian & Gay Law Association/American Bar Association-sponsored conferences. Professor Strader is an active member of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Los Angeles, and has written and lectured about legal issues relating to HIV/AIDS. He has also assisted the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund in litigation related to gay rights.


Books and Chapters

WHITE COLLAR CRIME: CASES, MATERIALS AND PROBLEMS 2nd ed. (with S. Jordan; LexisNexis, 2009 & Supp. 2011, 2013)

WHITE COLLAR CRIME: CASES, MATERIALS AND PROBLEMS, 2nd ed. (Teacher's Manual) (with S. Jordan; LexisNexis, 2009)

WHITE COLLAR CRIME: STATUTES, RULES, AND SENTENCING GUIDELINES, 2nd ed. (with S. Jordan; Lexis Nexis, 2009 and Supps. 2010-2013)

UNDERSTANDING WHITE COLLAR CRIME, 2nd ed. (LexisNexis, 2006 & Supps. 2007-2011)

WHITE COLLAR CRIME: CASES, MATERIALS, AND PROBLEMS (with S. Jordon; LexisNexis, 1st ed. 2005 & Supps. 2006-2008)

UNDERSTANDING WHITE COLLAR CRIME (LexisNexis 2002 & Supp. 2003-2005)

Civil and Criminal Forfeitures in WHITE COLLAR CRIME: BUSINESS AND REGULATORY OFFENSES (O. Obermaier and R. Morvillo, eds.; with D. Parker; Law Journal Press, 2013 & Supps. 2001-2010)


Examining the Exercise of Prosecutorial Discretion in White Collar Crime (Essay), 11 OHIO STATE JOURNAL OF CRIMINAL LAW (forthcoming 2014)

Introduction, 42 SOUTHWESTERN LAW REVIEW 761 (Symposium Issue, Fall 2013)

Queer (In)Justice: Mapping New Gay (Scholarly) Agendas, 102 JOURNAL OF CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY 171 (with G. Shay; 2012)

Skilling Reconsidered: The Legislative-Judicial Dynamic, Honest Services Fraud, and the Ill-Conceived 'Clean-Up Government Act,' 39 FORDHAM URBAN LAW JOURNAL 309 (2011)

Lawrence's Criminal Law, 16 BERKELEY JOURNAL OF CRIMINAL LAW 41 (Spring 2011)

Resurrecting Lawrence v. Texas as a Basis for Challenging Criminal Prosecutions, CRIMINAL JUSTICE (Summer 2010)

An Assessment of the Law School Climate for GLBT Students, 58 JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION 214 (lead author; 2008)

White Collar Crime and Punishment – Reflections on Michael, Martha, and Milberg Weiss, 15 GEORGE MASON LAW REVIEW 45 (2007)

The Judicial Politics of White Collar Crime, 50 HASTINGS LAW JOURNAL 1199 (1999)

Results from a Survey: Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Students' Attitudes About Law School, 2 JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION 157 (with J. Austin, P. Cain, A. Mack and J. Vaselek; 1998)

Taking the Wind Out of the Government's Sails? Forfeitures and Just Compensation, 23 PEPPERDINE LAW REVIEW 449 (1996)

Criminalization as a Policy Response to a Public Health Crisis, 27 THE JOHN MARSHALL LAW REVIEW 435 (1994)

Criminalization of an Epidemic: HIV-AIDS and Criminal Exposure Laws, 46 ARKANSAS LAW REVIEW 921 (with M. Bobinski, M. Closen, D. Hermann, J. Hernandez and G. Schultz; Winter 1994)

Constitutional Challenges to the Criminalization of Same-Sex Sexual Activities: State Interest in HIV-AIDS Issues, 70 DENVER UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 337 (1993)

Criminal Restraints and Civil Seizures: United States v. Private Property, 1990 ABA/AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION JOURNAL 170 (with D. Parke; 1990)

The Locke v. Johns-Manville Corp. Date-of-the-Injury Accrual Rule, 68 VIRGINIA LAW REVIEW 615 (1982)

Preserving Causes of Action in Latent Disease Cases: The Locke v. Johns-Manville Corp. Date-of-the-Injury Accrual Rule, 68 VIRGINIA LAW REVIEW 615 (1982)



Selected Achievements

Board member of the Association of American Law School's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Committee (2008-present; chair-elect, 2010)

Member, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgenderal Issues Subcommittee, Law School Admission Council, (1999-2007; Past Chair)