Mary Anne Case

Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law (Spring 2013)


Areas of Teaching and Research

  • Feminist jurisprudence
  • Constitutional law
  • European legal systems
  • Marriage and regulation of sexuality
  • German contract law
  • First amendment
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1985
  • Ludwig Maximilians University, 1979–1980 and alt. years thereafter
  • Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1979

Mary Anne Case is the Arnold I. Shure Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and director of the Feminist Theory Project at the University of Chicago Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, she studied at the University of Munich, litigated for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City, and was the Class of 1966 Research Professor of Law at the University of Virginia before joining the Chicago faculty. She was a visiting professor of law at NYU in 1996–97 and again in 1999; the Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in the spring of 2005; and the Crane Fellow in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University in 2006–07. The subjects she teaches include feminist jurisprudence, constitutional law, marriage, and the regulation of sexuality. While her diverse research interests include the First Amendment and European legal systems, her scholarship to date has concentrated on the regulation of sex, gender, sexuality and the family, and on the early history of feminism.

Selected Publications
  • “Citizens of the City of God United? The Confused Premises and 
Radical Implications of Hosanna Tabor,” forthcoming 2013 Supreme Court Review
  • “How Federalism Secures the Freedom of the Individual: The Hybrid 
Vigor of States Rights Claims Reinforcing Individual Rights Claims,” 
forthcoming 2012 Supreme Court Review

  • “Enforcing Bargains in an Ongoing Marriage,” 35 Wash. U. J of L. & 
Pub. Policy 225 (2011)
  • “Feminist Fundamentalism as an Individual and Constitutional 
Commitment,” 19 American Journal of Gender, Social Policy, & the Law 549 (2011)
  • “What Feminists Have to Lose in Same-Sex Marriage Litigation,” 57 UCLA 
L. Rev. 1199 (2011)
  • “Why not abolish the 'laws of urinary segregation'?” in Outing the 
Water Closet (2010)
  • “Perfectionism and Fundamentalism in the Application of the German 
Abortion Laws,” in Constituting Equality, Susan Williams, ed., 
Cambridge University Press (2009) 93-106.
  • “Marriage Licenses,” 2004 Lockhart Lecture, 89 Minn. L. Rev. 1758 (2005)
  • “Pets or Meat?"  80 Chi. Kent l. Rev 1129 (2005)
  • “How High the Apple Pie? A Few Troubling Questions about Where, Why, 
and How the Burden of Care for Children Should Be Shifted,” 
76  Chi-Kent  L. Rev. 1753 (2001)
  • “Disaggregating Gender from Sex and Sexual Orientation:  The 
Effeminate Man in the Law and Feminist Jurisprudence,” 105 Yale L. J. 1 (1995)