Doron Dorfman is an Associate Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law. His interdisciplinary research focuses on disability law and health law using doctrinal analysis and social science methodology. Dr. Dorfman’s scholarship explores how stigma informs the legal treatment of disempowered communities through a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods, including experiments, surveys, interviews, and observations. He teaches Torts, Health Law, Employment Discrimination, and Disability Law.
Dr. Dorfman’s scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in law reviews such as the Boston College Law Review, Illinois Law Review, UC Irvine Law Review, and the online companion to the Stanford Law Review, as well as in leading peer review journals as the Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law, and the Journal of Law & Biosciences. His work has been cited by federal courts and the Israeli Supreme Court and has been featured on national media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, and USA Today.
He has received multiple writing awards, including the national Burton-Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award, the Steven M. Block Civil Liberties Award, and the Colin B. Picker Prize. During his doctoral studies, Dorfman received the Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship, awarded to students whose research accomplishments, teaching, and service demonstrated potential for becoming academic leaders.
Dr. Dorfman earned a B.A. in communication (2009), an LL.B. (J.D. equivalent, 2009) and an LL.M. (2010), all from the University of Haifa. He later earned a J.S.M. (2014) and J.S.D. (2019) from Stanford Law School. Before arriving at Stanford, he was a litigator at top law firms in Israel for four years while being actively involved in NGOs such as Kav La’Oved-Worker’s Hotline, where he gave legal advice to disadvantaged workers and asylum seekers.