Caroline Mala Corbin

Professor of Law

Social Justice/Public Interest Concentration Affiliated Faculty
J.D. 2001, Columbia Law School
B.A. 1991, Harvard University

Phone: 305-284-5443
Office: G373

Caroline Mala Corbin is Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law. She teaches U.S. Constitutional Law I, U.S. Constitutional Law II, First Amendment, the Religion Clauses, the Free Speech Clause, and Feminism and the First Amendment. Her scholarship focuses on the First Amendment’s speech and religion clauses, particularly their intersection with equality issues.

Professor Corbin’s articles have been published in the New York University Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Boston University Law Review, and Emory Law Journal, among others. Her writing has also appeared in the online editions of the Harvard Law Review, California Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Texas Law Review. As well as writing for blogs such as SCOTUSblog, ACSblog, and Jurist, Professor Corbin is a frequent commentator for local and national media on First Amendment questions.

Professor Corbin joined the Miami law faculty in 2008 after completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at Columbia Law School. Before her fellowship, she litigated civil rights cases as a pro bono fellow at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and as an attorney at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. She also clerked for the Hon. M. Blane Michael of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Professor Corbin holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She was a James Kent Scholar while at Columbia Law School, where she also won the Pauline Berman Heller Prize and the James A. Elkins Prize for Constitutional Law.


A Free Speech Tale of Two County Clerk Refusals, Ohio St. L.J. (forthcoming 2017) (symposium).

Justice Scalia, the Establishment Clause, and Christian Privilege, 15 First Amend. L. Rev. 185 (2017) (symposium).

Secularism and U.S. Religion Jurisprudence in Oxford Handbook of Secularism (J. Shook & P. Zuckerman, eds., Oxford University Press) (2017).

Deference to Claims of Substantial Religious Burden, 2016 Ill. L. Rev. Online 10 (2016) (symposium).

Speech or Conduct? The Free Speech Claims of Wedding Vendors, 65 Emory L. J. 241 (2015) (symposium)
*Reprinted in The First Amendment Law Handbook (R. Smolla, ed., West 2016-17).

Intentional Discrimination in Establishment Clause Jurisprudence, 67 Ala. L. Rev. 299 (2015).

Corporate Religious Liberty, 30 Const. Comment. 277 (2015).

Exploiting Mixed Speech, 103 Cal. L. Rev. Circuit 37 (2015).

Emotional Compelled Disclosures, 127 Harv. L. Rev. F. 357 (2014) (symposium).

Abortion Distortions, 71 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1175 (2014) (symposium). 
*Reprinted in Women and the Law (T. Thomas, ed., Thompson Reuters 2015).

Compelled Disclosures, 65 Ala. L. Rev. 1277 (2014).
*Reprinted in The First Amendment Law Handbook (R. Smolla, ed., West 2015-16).

Debate (with Steven D. Smith): The Contraception Mandate and Religious Freedom, 161 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 261 (2013).

The Contraception Mandate, 107 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1469 (2013);
*Reprinted in Women and the Law (Tracy Thomas, ed., Thompson Reuters 2013).

Expanding the Bob Jones Compromise, in Accommodation and Its Legal Limits: Legal Responses to Religious Practices in the United States, (Austin Sarat, ed., Cambridge University Press 2012).

The Irony of Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC, 106 Nw. U. L. Rev. 951 (2012);
*Reprinted in Religion and Equality Law (Nelson Tebbe, ed., Ashgate 2013).

Nonbelievers and Government Religious Speech, 97 Iowa L. Rev. 347 (2012);
*Reprinted in The First Amendment Law Handbook (Rodney Smolla, ed., West 2012-13).

The Continuing Relevance of the Establishment Clause: A Reply to Prof. Richard C. Schragger, 89 Tex. L. Rev. See Also 125 (2011).

Ceremonial Deism and the Reasonable Religious Outsider, 57 UCLA L. Rev. 1545 (2010).

The First Amendment Right Against Compelled Listening, 89 B.U. L. Rev. 939 (2009);
*Reprinted in The First Amendment Law Handbook (Rodney Smolla, ed., West 2009-10).

Mixed Speech: When Speech Is Both Private and Governmental, 83 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 605 (2008);
*Reprinted in The First Amendment Law Handbook (Rodney Smolla, ed., West 2008-09).

Above the Law? The Constitutionality of the Ministerial Exemption from Antidiscrimination Law, 75 Fordham L. Rev. 1965 (2007).

 News / Media

Rep. Frederica Wilson: President Trump ‘On the Brink of Impeachment,” CBS Miami (May 16, 2017).

Neil Gorsuch Is Posed to Swing a Landmark Church-State Case, The New Republic (April 18, 2017).

Neil Gorsuch’s Contempt for Women, U.S. News & World Report (April 3, 2017).

Legality of Legislator-Led Prayer Still Murky, Scholars Say, Bloomberg News (Feb. 23, 2017).

White House Advisor ‘Counseled” After Brand Promotion, WSVN Channel 7 News (Fox) (Feb. 9, 2017).

Trump Taps Conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court, WSVN Channel 7 News (Fox) (Jan. 31, 2017).

Possible Picks for the Supreme Court, News Radio 610 WIOD (Jan. 30, 3017). 

Local Lawmakers File Bills on Abortion, Religion, Guns, and More,  Daily Commercial (Jan. 29, 2017).

In Trump’s Twitter Presidency, Experts See Risks and Rewards, (Jan. 27, 2017).

Miami Tells Restaurant Sax Player to Can It. Owner Says: “Free Speech!” Miami Herald (Jan. 17, 2017).

New International Religious Freedom Act Is a First for Atheists,  Religious News Service (Dec. 21, 2016).

New Law Makes History, Extends Protection to Atheists, The Salt Lake Tribune (Dec. 19, 2016). 

Liberal Law Profs ‘Lay Down a Marker’ on Trump, Daily Business Review (Dec. 14, 2016). 

Experts: School District Has Slim Chance to Overrule Gay-Straight Alliance Ruling, Daily Commercial (Dec. 7, 2016).

Get This Vice Mayor Angry and He Might Sue, Miami Herald (Aug. 26, 2016).

Appeals Court Decision to Hear Gay-Straight Alliance Isn’t A Sign of Reversal, Daily Commercial (Jun. 29, 2016).

Supreme Court Decision Could Affect Florida, (June 27, 2016).

The Federal Government Quietly Expands Transgender Rights, The Atlantic (May 16, 2016).

Transgender Bathroom Battle, Issues, WPBT2 (PBS Affiliate) (May 13, 2016).

ACA Accommodation: Slight Burden or Evil Means? Bloomberg BNA (March 16, 2016).

Religious Freedom Claim in Zubik v. Burwell Should, and Likely Will, Fail, HuffPost Politics (March 15, 2016).

Religious Liberty, Viewpoint, WPBT2 (PBS Affiliate) (Feb. 7, 2016).

Man Seeks Satanic Invocation, Daily Commercial (Oct. 21, 2015).

The Supreme Court and Marriage Equality. VIEWPOINT, WPBT2 (PBS AFFILIATE) (July 5, 2015).

Berkeley’s Warning about Cellphone Radiation May Go Too Far, L.A. TIMES (June 26, 2015).

The Panic Over Churches’ Tax-Exempt Status in a Gay-Married World, RELIGION DISPATCHES (May 10, 2015). 

City May Boycott Indiana over Religious Freedom Law KEY WEST CITIZEN (April 2, 2015). 

Does Florida have a Religious Freedom Restoration Act like Indiana’s? POLITIFACT FLORIDA (March 31, 2015).

Belleair Bluffs Man Could Face Prison, Fines in U.A.E. on Cyber Slander Charges, TAMPA BAY TIMES (March 3, 2015).

Same-Sex Marriage Across the United States, ISSUES, WPBT2 (PBS AFFILIATE) (Feb. 1, 2015).

Is Refusal to Write Anti-Gay Cake Message a Violation of Religious Freedom? RELIGION DISPATCHES (Jan. 23, 2015).

Same-Sex Marriage Means New Benefits for Couples, Fox CHANNEL 7 NEWS, MIAMI/FORT LAUDERDALE (Jan. 6, 2015).

Prosecuting Social Media Threats, ISSUES, WPBT2 (PBS AFFILIATE) (Dec. 5, 2014).

What Tennessee’s New Abortion Amendment Means for America, THE ATLANTIC (Nov. 5, 2014).

Split Florida? Resolution Might Validate USF Name, THE TAMPA TRIBUNE (Oct. 22, 2014).

Evangelical College’s Contraception Law Suit Proves Divisive, AL JAZEERA AMERICA (Oct. 6, 2014).

Same Sex Marriage Coming to Florida? VIEWPOINT, WPBT2 (PBS AFFILIATE) (Sept. 7, 2014).

Hobby Lobby Ruling, VIEWPOINT, WPBT2 (PBS AFFILIATE) (Aug. 3, 2014).

A Few Things You Should Read Before You Make Up Your Mind About Hobby Lobby, PATHEOS.COM (July 13, 2014).

Wheaton College and Religious Exemptions for Nonprofits, The Posner Show, BLOGGINGHEADS.TV (July 8, 2014).

Hobby Lobby and Religious Exemptions for Corporations, The Posner Show, BLOGGINGHEADS.TV (July 1, 2014).

In Florida, Hobby Lobby Ruling Could Have Implications Beyond Birth Control, WFSU-FM NEWS (June 30, 2014).

Pinecrest May Limit Protests in Residential Neighborhoods, THE MIAMI HERALD (June 18, 2014).

Hobby Lobby’s Contraception Hypocrisy, MSNBC.COM (April 3, 2014).

Contraception Mandate Cases, ABC NEWS RADIO (March 25, 2014).

Obamacare, Religion Are Focus of Arguments Today Before Justices, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH (March 25, 2014).

Anti-Shariah Bill Returns to the Capitol, THE TAMPA TRIBUNE (March 24, 2014).

In Contraception Case, Court May Run into Plan B, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (March 24, 2014).

Are You There God, It’s Me, Hobby Lobby, MOTHER JONES (March 21, 2014).

Faith and Health Care to Collide at Supreme Court, MCCLATCHYDC (March 21, 2014).

Religion Is No Excuse for Bigotry Against Women, HUFFINGTONPOST.COM (March 21, 2014).

Three Questions Facing the Supreme Court in Contraception Case, ABCNEWS.COM (March 20, 2014).

Religious Challenge to Health Care Law Hits High Court, USA TODAY (March 20, 2014).

God Meets Profit in Obama Contraception Rule Court Case, BLOOMBERG NEWS (March 20, 2014).

Will Anti-Gay Churches Have Their Tax Exempt Status Revoked?, RELIGION DISPATCHES (Feb. 26, 2014).

Why ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws Could Be a License to Discriminate, (Feb. 24, 2014).

Religious Freedom Used to Chip Away at LGBT Rights, (Feb. 19, 2014).

Wave of New State Bills: Religious Freedom or License to Discriminate?, AL JAZEERA AMERICA (Feb. 7, 2014).

Big Tobacco Confident in Free Speech Suit vs. New York City, REUTERS LEGAL (Feb. 3, 2014).

Abortion Buffer Zones in McCullen v. Coakley, HUFFPOST LIVE (Jan. 24, 2014).

Ethics Commission Finds Probable Cause in Homestead Election Complaint, THE MIAMI HERALD (Oct. 31, 2013).

The New Plot to Take Down Gay Rights, (Sept. 13, 2013).

Immigration after DOMA, 11:00 NEWS, CBS NEWS MIAMI (June 30, 2013).

The Supreme Court's Marriage Equality Decisions, FOCUS ON SOUTH FLORIDA, CBS NEWS MIAMI (June 30, 2013).

Roundtable on Major Supreme Court Rulings, ISSUES, WPBT2 (PBS AFFILIATE) (June 28, 2013).

James L. Rosica, Associated Press, Florida House Passes Bill Against Foreign Laws, THE MIAMI HERALD (April 18, 2013); NAPLES DAILY NEWS (April 18, 2013).

Marriage Equality before the Supreme Court, NBC MIAMI TODAY (March 31, 2013).

Ily Goyanes, Roe v. Wade's 40-Year Anniversary: How Does Florida Rank in Women's Rights?, MIAMI NEW TIMES (Jan. 22, 2013).

Mitra Malek, Does Government Need Prayer? THE PALM BEACH POST (Sept. 15, 2012).

Andrea Torres, Legal Issues Sticky for City Church, THE MIAMI HERALD (May 15, 2012).

Dade Firefighter's Facebook Post on Trayvon Martin Sparks Firestorm, CBS NEWS MIAMI (April 16, 2012).

Abigail Rubenstein, Ex-Catholic Teacher's Bias Suit Ducks Ministerial Exception, LAW360.COM (April 3, 2012).

Anna North, Why the Supreme Court's New Religion Decision Is So Awful, JEZEBEL.COM (Jan. 12, 2012).

Peter Schmidt, Supreme Court Recognizes 'Ministerial Exception' to Employment-Discrimination Laws, THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION (Jan. 11, 2012).

Jacqueline Bell, High Court to Mull Churches' Employment Suit Liability, LAW360.COM (Oct. 4, 2011).

Sandra Svoboda, Courts and Cross: Michigan Case Puts Church v. State Before the U.S. Supreme Court, DETROIT METRO TIMES (July 13, 2011).

Karina Chavarria, Political Signs Are Not Going Anywhere Until After Election Day, THE MIAMI HERALD (Oct. 15, 2010).

Cristina Silva, Ban on Funding Religious Groups May Head to Florida Supreme Court, THE MIAMI HERALD (May 9, 2010).

Tia Mitchell, Councilman's Use of "Jesus" in Prayer Leads to Religious Questions, THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION (April 28, 2010).


Presenter, “Terrorists Are Always Muslim but Never White: Depictions of Terrorists Through a Critical Race Theory & Propaganda Lens,” Fifth Annual Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference, Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut (April 2017).

Participant, Symposium on “Terrorist Incitement on the Internet,” Fordham Law Review, Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York (April 2017).

Public Rights/Private Conscience Project Strategy Session, Columbia Law School, New York, New York (Dec. 2016).

Presenter, Symposium on “The Expanding First Amendment,” Ohio State Law Journal,  Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio (Nov. 2016).

Presenter, “Government Employee Religion,” Faculty Workshop, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Nov. 2016).

Presenter, Symposium on "Justice Scalia and the First Amendment,” First Amendment Law Review, UNC-Chapel Hill, Charlotte, North Carolina (Oct. 2016). 

Presenter, Conference on “The Israeli Supreme Court in Comparative Perspective,” Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, New York (June 2016).

Presenter, “Government Employee Religion,” Seventh Annual Law & Religion Roundtable, McGill University Faculty of Law, Montreal, Quebec (June 2016). 

Presenter, “Government Employee Speech vs. Government Employee Religion,” Fourth Annual Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference, Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut (May 2016).

Presenter, Faculty Colloquium, “Mixed Speech and Specialty License Plates,” University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas (Nov. 2015).

Presenter, Conference on “What’s the Harm? Understanding Reproductive Injustice,” Carr Center for Reproductive Justice, NYU School of Law, New York, NY (Oct. 2015). 

Panelist, “Complicity and the Contraception Mandate,”  Parliament of the World’s Religions, Salt Lake City, Utah (Oct. 2015).

Presenter, “Speech or Conduct?,” Third Annual Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference, Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut (May 2015).

Presenter, “Religious Exemptions to Vaccine Laws,” Secular Coalition for America Lobby Day, Washington, D.C. (April 2015).

Presenter, Conference on “The Impact of the First Amendment on American Business,”  University Of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland (March 2015). 

Presenter, Yale Information Society Project, Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice, Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut (March 2015).

Presenter, William H. Rehnquist Center Symposium on “The Rehnquist Court: Ten Years Later,” University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona (Feb. 2015).

Presenter, Randolph W. Thrower Symposium on “Freedom of Speech in the 21st Century,” Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia (Feb. 2015).

Presenter, Symposium on “a New Jurisprudence for American Self-Government & Democracy,” Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Nov. 2014).

Presenter, “Intentional Discrimination in Establishment and Equal Protection,” Fifth Annual Law and Religion Roundtable, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri (June 2014).

Presenter, “Hobby Lobby and Corporate Religious Liberty,” Debating Law and Religion Series, Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut (April 2014).

Presenter, Conference on “Religious Accommodation in the Age of Civil Rights,” Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 2014).

Panelist, Briefing on the Contraception Mandate Cases, American Constitution Society, Washington, D.C. (March 2014).

Presenter, Seventh Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference, Center on Applied Feminism, University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland (March 2014).

Commentator, Harvard Law Review Symposium on “Freedom of the Press,” Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Feb. 2014).

Presenter, Washington & Lee Law Review Symposium on “Roe at 40: The Controversy Continues,” Washington & Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia (Nov. 2013).

Presenter, Jefferson Symposium on “Compelled Commercial Speech,” University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia (Oct. 2013).

Presenter, Conference on “Speech, Symbols, and Substantial Obstacles: The Doing and ‘Undue’ing of Abortion Law Since Casey,” UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, California (Oct. 2013).

Presenter, Conference on “Religious Institutions in a Democratic Society,” DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois (Sept. 2013).

Presenter, Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference, Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut (May 2013).

Presenter, "Why Tolerate Religion?" Center for Inquiry Symposium, Washington, D.C. (April 2013).

Presenter, "The Contraception Mandate," Law and Religion Colloquium, Brigham Young University Law School, Provo, Utah (April 2013).

Presenter, "Gender Matters: Women, Social Policy and the 2012 Election," sponsored by Women in the Law Program and Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, American University Washington College of Law Washington, D.C. (April 2013).

Presenter, "Secularism on the Edge: The Church and State in the United States, France, and Israel," Program for Jewish Civilization, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (Feb. 2013).

Presenter, "Compelled Speech," Third Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois (Nov. 2012).

Teleforum Debate with Douglas Laycock on Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC, The Federalist Society (Oct. 2012).

Commentator, Freedom of the Church Conference, Institute for Law and Religion, University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, CA (Oct. 2012).

Panelist, "Government Mandates and Conditions on Funding," Third Annual Law and Religion Roundtable, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA (June 2012).

Panelist, "The Ministerial Exception," The Competing Claims of Law & Religion Conference sponsored by the Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics, the Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies, and Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California (Feb. 2012).

Panelist, "Church Autonomy, the Ministerial Exception, and Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC," Hot Topic Panel, AALS Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (Jan. 2012).

Panelist, "Debate on Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC," UC Davis School of Law, Davis, California (Oct. 2011).

Presenter, "Expanding the Bob Jones Compromise," Matters of Faith Symposium, University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Oct. 2011).

Panelist, "Free Exercise in the Wake of Employment Division v. Smith," Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Hilton Head, South Carolina (July 2011).

Presenter, Summer Workshop on Law, Religion & Culture, University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, Colorado (July 2011).

Panelist, "Colloquy on Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC," Second Annual Law and Religion Roundtable, Northwestern University Law School, Chicago, Illinois (June 2011).

Panelist, "Debating the Ministerial Exception: A Preview of the U.S. Supreme Court Argument in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC," University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia (April 2011).

Presenter, "Nonbelievers and Government Religious Speech," Faculty Workshop, Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, Tennessee (December 2010).

Presenter, "Nonbelievers and Government Religious Speech," Case Western Reserve Law Review Symposium on Government Speech, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2010).

Presenter, "Nonbelievers and Government Religious Speech," Constitutional Law & Theory Colloquium, Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York (November 2010).

Presenter, "Revoking the Tax Exempt Status of Religious Organizations that Discriminate," Symposium on the Twentieth Anniversary of Employment Division v. Smith sponsored by the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Cardozo Law Review, and the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy, New York, New York (October 2010).

Moderator, "Ground Zero Mosque," Miami Law Federalist Society and Miami Law Jewish Students Association, University of Miami School of Law, Miami, Florida (September 2010).

Presenter, "Atheists, Crosses, and the Establishment Clause," First Annual Law & Religion Roundtable, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York (June 2010).

Presenter, "Ceremonial Deism and the Reasonable Religious Outsider," Law & Society Association, Chicago, Illinois (May 2010).

Presenter, "Government Speech and a First Amendment Right Against Compelled Listening," BYU Law Review Symposium on Government Speech and the First Amendment, Provo, Utah (March 2010).

Presenter, "Ceremonial Deism and the Reasonable Religious Outsider," University of Illinois College of Law, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (February 2010).

Commentator, "Government Speech in Transition," 17th Ira C. Rothgerber, Jr. Conference, sponsored by the Bryon R. White Center for the Study of American Law at the University of Colorado Law School, The Denver University Law Review, and the Keller Center for the Study of the First Amendment, Denver, Colorado (January 2010).

Panelist, "The First Amendment and Nonbelievers," AALS Law and Religion Section, AALS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana (January 2010).

Presenter, "The First Amendment Right Against Compelled Listening," Law & Society Association, Denver, Colorado (May 2009).

Presenter, "The First Amendment Right Against Compelled Listening," Associates’ and Fellows’ Workshop, Columbia Law School, New York, New York (October 2008).

Presenter, "Mixed Speech: When Speech Is Both Private and Governmental," Law & Society Association, Montreal, Canada (May 2008).

Presenter, "Mixed Speech: When Speech Is Both Private and Governmental," NYU Law ACLU & NYU Law Review, New York University Law School, New York, New York (October 2007).

Phone: 305-284-5443
Office: G373
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Phone: 305-284-2476
Office: G387

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