Anthony Michael Kreis

Professor Anthony Michael Kreis
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
565 W. Adams St., Room 857
Chicago, IL 60661


  • Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Professor Kreis joined the Chicago-Kent faculty in 2016 from the University of Georgia, where he recently completed a Ph.D. in political science and public administration. While working toward his Ph.D., he was an instructor at the University of Georgia (2014–16), a visiting lecturer at Georgia State University (2013–16), and a visiting scholar-in-residence at Emory University School of Law (2013). During his time at the University of Georgia, he earned four prestigious teaching awards. In 2016, Professor Kreis was recognized as one of the up-and-coming academics in family law by the University of Illinois College of Law's Family Law and Policy Program, which named him a Harry Krause Emerging Scholar. He teaches legal writing at Chicago-Kent.

Professor Kreis' research focuses on the law's treatment of vulnerable persons, especially with respect to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. His research lies primarily in the areas of family law, employment discrimination, and religious liberty. His other scholarly interests include legislation/regulation, torts, civil rights, legal history, legal ethics, and judicial institutions.

Professor Kreis has published articles in several law reviews, including the Hastings Law Journal, Illinois Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Texas Law Review Online, and Yale Law Journal Online. He has also contributed to many articles in popular media, such as the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Tumes, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, Politico, Slate, SCOTUSBlog, and Election Law Blog.

Active in law reform efforts, Professor Kreis has served as a consultant on cases and legislation related to same-sex marriage in several states and has testified numerous times before the Georgia General Assembly about issues related to marriage equality, civil rights, employment discrimination, LGBT rights, and the Georgia Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Professor Kreis has also partnered with state chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal to study pressing legal challenges facing the LGBT community. From 2012 to 2014, he was political co-chair for the Atlanta Steering Committee of the Human Rights Campaign, an organization that advocates for LGBT civil rights. With the Human Rights Campaign, Professor Kreis helped to assess federal judiciary nominees' qualifications and to strategize efforts concerning judicial nominees before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In addition to his Ph.D., Professor Kreis earned a law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he mentored new students as a Frederic Kirgis Fellow and was named a Local Government Attorneys of Virginia Scholar. Professor Kreis graduated with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor's degree in political science.

In 2017, Professor Kreis authored the Illinois state law banning gay and transgender panic defenses in murder trials, the second law of its kind in the United States.

Selected Publications


A Capital of Trust: Law, Courts, and How America Learned to Love Same-Sex Marriage (manuscript under review).


Amputating Rights-Making, 69 Hastings Law Journal (forthcoming).

Stages of Constitutional Grief: Democratic Constitutionalism and the Marriage Revolution, 20 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 871 (2018).

Against Gay Potemkin Villages: Title VII and Sexual Orientation Discrimination, 96 Texas Law Review Online 1 (2017).

Marriage Demosprudence, 2016 Illinois Law Review 1679 (top 10 SSRN download in Family and Children's Law for 2015).

Marriage Equality in State and Nation, 22 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 747 (2014).

Unhinging Same-Sex Marriage from the Constitutional Canon: The Search for a Principled Doctrinal Framework, 63 Emory Law Journal Online 2001 (2013).

Lawrence Meets Libel: Squaring Constitutional Norms with Sexual-Orientation Defamation, 122 Yale Law Journal Online 125 (2012).

Book Chapters

Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Reproductive Justice (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

Family Law and Civil Rights Movements: Examining Race and Sexual Orientation, in The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law (Cambridge University Press 2018).

Comparative Judicial Efficiency: Examining Case Disposition in Five Countries' Courts of Last Resort, in Comparative Law and Economics (T. Eisenberg & G. Ramello eds., Edward Elgar Publishing 2016) (with R. Christensen & J. Szmer).

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