Public Law Workshop

The Public Law Workshop is a year-long faculty and student seminar at which leading scholars from across the country are invited to present works in progress.  The topics of the presentations range broadly, but are generally in the areas of administrative law, constitutional law, federal courts, and law and politics.  Faculty from outside the Law School are welcome.


Spring 2014


Friday, February 28, 2014
Cristina Rodriguez, Yale Law School
11:30 am, Case Lounge
Federalism and National Consensus

Friday, March 14, 2014
Erin Ryan, Lewis & Clark Law School
11:30 am, Case Lounge
The Spending Power and Environmental Law After Sebelius

Friday, April 4, 2014
David Schleicher, George Mason School of Law
11:30 am, Case Lounge
The Seventeenth Amendment and Federalism in an Age of National Political Parties

Friday, April 11, 2014
Rick Hills, NYU Law School
11:30 am, Case Lounge
Coalition-Building and Constitutional Law: The Case of 19th Century American Federalism

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Alison LaCroix, University of Chicago law School
12:10 pm, JGH 546
The Shadow Powers of Article I









 Summer 2012

8/22:  Arizona v. United States

12:00 pm, Case Lounge

David Pozen


8/15:  Miller v. Alabama

12:00 pm, Case Lounge

Buffie Scott


8/8:  Fisher v. University of Texas

12:00 pm, Case Lounge

Olati Johnson and Susan Sturm


7/26:  US v. Home Concrete & Supply

12:00 pm, Case Lounge

Tom Merrill


7/17:  Kiobel Selections, Online Kiobel Symposium (SCOTUSblog), Kiobel Made Simple (SCOTUSblog), Online Kiobel Symposium - Sarah Cleveland (SCOTUSblog)

12:00 pm, Case Lounge

Anthea Roberts and Sarah Cleveland


7/10:  Health Care

12:00 pm, Case Lounge

Gillian Metzger


6/27:  Marriage Cases

12:00 pm, Case Lounge

Ariela Dubler and Jamal Greene



12:00 pm, Case Lounge

Sarah Cleveland


6/13:  Perry v. Perez

12:00 pm, Case Lounge

Nate Persily


6/5: Mayo Collaborative v. Prometheus Labs

Prof. Edgar's essay:  In Flook

12:00 pm, Case Lounge

Harold Edgar and Henry Monaghan


5/30: Zivitovsky v. Clinton

12:00 pm, Case Lounge

Trevor Morrison and Sarah Cleveland


Spring 2012


Daniel Meltzer, Harvard Law School
Friday, February 3, 2012
11:30 a.m Case Lounge

Executive Defense of Congressional Acts




Summer 2011

8/30:  Arizona Christian School Tuition Org v. Winn

12:00 Case Lounge

Henry Monaghan


8/23: McIntyre Machinery, Ltd. v. Nicastro

12:00 pm, Case Lounge

Alexi Lahav & Olati Johnson


8/16: Sorrell v. IMS Health, Inc.

12:00 pm, Case Lounge


7/26: Walmart v. Dukes

Additional reading: BNA Primer on Walmart

Olati Johnson & Suzanne Goldberg

12:00 pm, Case Lounge


7/19: The 2010 Census and Redistricting Process

Nate Persily

12:00 pm, Case Lounge


7/12: Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett

Richard Briffault

12:00 pm, Case Lounge


6/28: Brown v. Plata

Brett Dignam

12:00 pm, Case Lounge


6/21: DOMA and President's Duty to Defend Constitutionality of Statutes

Tom Merrill

12:00 pm, Case Lounge


6/14: NATO & US Military Campaigns in Libya & Pakistan

Ashley Deeks & Matthew Waxman
12:00 pm, Case Lounge


6/7 --- Snyder v Phelps
Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
12:00 p.m Case Lounge



Fall 2010


9/17 ---James Forman, Georgetown University Law Center
Friday, September 17, 2010
11:30 a.m Case Lounge
Race, Class, and Incarceration in a Majority­-Black City

10/1 ---Adam Samaha, University of Chicago
Friday, October 1, 2010
11:30 a.m Case Lounge
Regulation for the Sake of Appearance

10/15 --Allison LaCroix, University of Chicago Law School
Friday, October 15, 2010
11:30 a.m Case Lounge
Federalists and Federal Jurisdiction

10/22 --Kal Rastauila, UCLA Law School
Friday, October 22, 2010
11:30 a.m Case Lounge
Knockoffs and Fashion Victims
The Piracy Paradox, Introduction

11/5 ---Melissa Murray, U.C. Berkeley Law School
Friday, November 5, 2010
11:30 a.m Case Lounge

11/19 --Michael Dorf, Cornell Law School
Friday, November 19, 2010
11:30 a.m Case Lounge
Same-Sex Marriage, Second-Class Citizenship, and Law's Social Meanings

12/10 --Bernadette Meyler, Cornell Law School
Friday, December 10, 2010
11:30 a.m Case Lounge
Cover Letter
Meyler Book Proposal
Forgetting Oblivion






1/22 Richard Primus, University of Michigan Law School
Friday, January 22, 2010

11:30 a.m Case Lounge
The Future of Disparate Impact

2/12 Robert Lieberman, Columbia SIPA
Friday, February 12, 2010
11:30 a.m. Case Lounge
Private Power and American Bureaucracy

2/19 Jeffrey Lax, Columbia Department of Political Science
Friday, February 19, 2010
11:30 a.m. Case Lounge
Separate Constituencies in Senatorial Representation, Lax

3/5 Rachel Barkow, NYU Law School
Friday, March 5, 2010
11:30 a.m. Case Lounge
Federalism and Criminal Law: Lessons From The States

3/12 Ed Rubin, Vanderbilt Law School
Friday, March 12, 2010
11:30 a.m. Case Lounge
A Substantive Theory of Constitutional Interpretation

3/26 Dan Ho, Stanford Law School (held jointly with the Legal Theory Workshop)
Friday, March 26, 2010
11:30 a.m. Case Lounge
Did A Switch in Time Save Nine?

4/9 Oona Hathaway, Yale Law School
Friday, April 9, 2010
11:30 a.m. Case Lounge
Limited War and the Constitution

4/16 Lee Epstein, Northwestern University Law School
Friday, April 16, 2010
11:30 a.m. Case Lounge
Why (And When) Judges Dissent: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis








Public Law Lunch Series- Summer 2009

The schedule for the Public Law Lunch Series appears below. They will take place on Tuesdays at noon in Case Lounge.

Summer 2009 Schedule:


Tuesday June 9, 2009
12:00 p.m Case Lounge
Jeff Fagan on current debates concerning life without parole.

Tuesday June 16, 2009
12:00 p.m Case Lounge
Richard Briffault on the Supreme Court's campaign finance cases.
Caperton v. Massey

Tuesday June 23, 2009
12:00 p.m Case Lounge
Suzanne Goldberg on the Iowa same-sex marriage case and related developments.
Same-sex marriage readings

Tuesday June 30, 2009
12:00 p.m Case Lounge
Jack Coffee and Harvey Goldschmid on the financial crisis and related reforms.
Financial Regulatory Reform: A New Foundation: Rebuilding Financial Supervision and Regulation
White House Press Office



Tuesday July 7, 2009
12:00 p.m Case Lounge
Nate Persily, Heather Gerken, and Rick Pildes on the Supreme Court's Decision on the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act.
Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Holder, Attorney General

Tuesday July 14, 2009
12:00 p.m Case Lounge
Gillian Metzger on the Court's recent preemption cases.
Cover Note- Please read first
Wyeth v. Levine
Cuomo v. Clearing House
Altria Group v. Good

Tuesday July 21, 2009
12:00 p.m Case Lounge
Steve Shapiro on the Court's recent strip search case.
Redding Opinion
Redding Brief
School Brief
SG Brief

Tuesday July 28, 2009
12:00 p.m Case Lounge
Olati Johnson on the Ricci v. De Stefano case.
Ricci v. De Stefano
Trial By Firefighters, Guinier & Sturm



Tuesday, August 11, 2009
12:00 p.m
JGH 940
Henry Monaghan on Ashcroft v. Iqbal
Pleadings and Motions
Ashcroft v. Iqbal

Tuesday August 18, 2009- Cancelled
12:00 p.m Case Lounge
Peter Strauss on the Court's recent statutory decisions.




Papers for the Workshop (2008- 2009):

Monday, April 13th, 2009
4:10-6:00 Case Lounge
Prof. Daryl Levinson, Harvard Law School
"Law for States: International Law, Constitutional Law, Public Law"

Thursday March 26th, 2009
4:10-6:00 Case Lounge
Prof. Claudine Gay, Harvard University, Dept. of Political Science
"Moving Up Moving Out"

 Thursday February 19th, 2009
4:10-6:00 Case Lounge
Prof. Elizabeth Garrett, University of Southern California
"Direct Democracy and Public"


 Thursday February 5th, 2009
4:10-6:00 Case Lounge
Prof. David Strauss, University of Chicago Law School
"Do It But Don't Tell Me"

 Thursday, November 6th, 2008
4:10-6:00 Case Lounge
Prof. Reva Siegel, Yale Law School
"Dead or Alive- Originalism as Popular Constitutionalism in Heller"

Thursday, October 23, 2008
4:10-6:00 Case Lounge
Prof. Matthew Stephenson, Harvard University Law School

"Political Accountability Under Alternative Institutional Regimes"

Thursday October 9th, 2008
4:10-6:00 Case Lounge
Prof. Jacob E. Gerson, University of Chicago

"The Unbundled Executive"

Thursday, September 25th, 2008
4:10-6:00 Case Lounge
Prof. Mitchell Berman, University of Texas at Austin
"Originalism is Bunk"

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

4:10-6:00 Case Lounge
Prof. Caleb Nelson, University of Virginia School of Law
" Judicial Review Of Legislative Purpose"

Thursday, December 4th, 2008
4:10-6:00 Case Lounge
Prof. Judith Resnik, Yale Law School

 Thursday November 13th, 2008
4:10-6:00 Case Lounge
Prof. Goodwin Liu, UC Berkeley
"Rethinking Constitutional Welfare Rights"