Faculty Biography

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Robert Farrell

Professor of Law

BA, Trinity College; JD, Harvard University

Areas of expertise

  • Equal Protection



Robert Farrell is Professor of Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law. He has been a member of the law faculty since 1984, and has taught Contracts, Property, Administrative Law, Remedies, and Equal Protection. Most recently he served as the Associate Dean and he was the founding director of the law school's summer program at Trinity College in Dublin.

Prior to joining Quinnipiac, Farrell worked as an attorney for the General Counsel’s Office at the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in Washington, D.C. He began his law teaching career as an assistant professor at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia.

Farrell’s principal area of scholarly interest is the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, with a particular focus on the rational basis standard. His work has been widely cited by legal scholars, in court opinions, and in practitioners’ briefs. In 2009, he was selected as an Irish Legal 100 Honoree. He currently serves as a member of the Board of the Sappern Fellows Program, an organization that places and supports law students who offer guidance and assistance to pro se litigants seeking restraining orders and divorce decrees in Connecticut Family Court.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Robert C. Farrell, Equal Protection Rational Basis Cases in the Supreme Court since Romer v. Evans, 14 GEO. J. L. & PUB. POL'Y 441 (2016)

Robert C. Farrell, The Two Versions of Rational-Basis Review and Same-Sex Relationships, 86 WASH. L. REV. 281 (2011)

Robert C. Farrell, Classes, Persons, Equal Protection, and Village of Willowbrook v. Olech , 78 WASH. L. REV. 367 (2003)

Robert C. Farrell, Successful Rational Basis Claims in the Supreme Court from the 1971 Term through Romer v. Evans, 32 IND. L. REV. 357 (1999)

Robert C. Farrell, Legislative Purpose and Equal Protection's Rationality Review, 37 VILL. L. REV. 1 (1992)