Director Randy Barnett

Randy E. Barnett

Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts, and is Director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he tried many felony cases as a prosecutor in the Cook County States’ Attorney’s Office in Chicago. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies, Professor Barnett has been a visiting professor at Penn, Northwestern and Harvard Law School.

Professor Barnett’s publications include twelve books, more than one hundred articles and reviews, as well as numerous op-eds. His most recent book is Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People (HarperCollins 2016). His other books include:

In 2004, he argued the medical marijuana case ofGonzalez v. Raichbefore the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2012, he was one of the lawyers representing the National Federation of Independent Business in its constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act.  Recently, he appeared on PBS’s Constitution USA with Peter Sagal; and he portrayed a prosecutor in the 2010 science-fiction feature film, InAlienable.

Professor Lawrence Solum

Lawrence B. Solum
Senior Scholar

Lawrence B. Solum, John Carroll Research Professor of Law, is an internationally recognized legal theorist, who works in constitutional theory, procedure, and the philosophy of law. Professor Solum received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and received his B.A. with highest departmental honors in philosophy from the University of California at Los Angeles. Professor Solum is the Editor of Legal Theory Blog, an influential weblog that focuses on developments in contemporary normative and positive legal theory. 

Professor Solum contributes to debates in legal theory, including constitutional theory and interpretation, and the intersection of law and political philosophy. His most recent book (with Robert W. Bennett) is Constitutional Originalism: A Debate (Cornell, 2011). He has authored scholarly articles in numerous journals including the American Journal of Jurisprudence, Cornell Law Review, Emory Law Journal, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Harvard Law Review, the North Carolina Law Review, Nomos, the Notre Dame Law Review, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Southern California Law Review, Texas Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, and the Virginia Law Review.

Professor Laura K. Donohue

Laura K. Donohue
Senior Scholar

Laura K. Donohue is a Professor of Law at Georgetown Law, Director of Georgetown's Center on National Security and the Law, and Co-Director of the Center on Privacy and Technology. Professor Donohue writes on Constitution Law, American and British legal history, and national security and counterterrorist law in the United State and United Kingdom.  She is the author of The Cost of Counterterrorism: Power, Politics, and Liberty (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Counterterrorist Law and Emergency Law in the United Kingdom 1922-2000 (Irish Academic Press, 2007), and the forthcoming The Future of Foreign Intelligence (Oxford University Press, 2015), focusing on the Fourth Amendment and surveillance in a digital world. Professor Donohue obtained her AB in Philosophy (with Honors) from Dartmouth College, her MA in Peace Studies (with Distinction) from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, her JD (with Distinction) from Stanford Law School, and her PhD in History from the University of Cambridge, England. 

Professor John Mikhail

John Mikhail
Senior Scholar

John Mikhail is Professor of Law and Philosophy (by courtesy) at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law, criminal law, legal history, and torts, as well as courses in cognitive science, moral philosophy, and legal theory. Professor Mikhail received his B.A. from Amherst College, his Ph.D. from Cornell University, and his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he served as Senior Articles Editor of the Stanford Law Review. He is a recognized expert in moral and legal theory and is the author of Elements of Moral Cognition: Rawls' Linguistic Analogy and the Cognitive Science of Moral and Legal Judgment. Currently, his constitutional scholarship is focused on the Necessary and Proper Clause and Tenth Amendment.

Professor Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz

Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz
Senior Scholar

Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz teaches constitutional law and federal jurisdiction at Georgetown Law, and he writes articles for the Harvard Law Review and the Stanford Law Review.

He is currently developing a new theory of constitutional interpretation and judicial review. The first installment, entitled The Subjects of the Constitution, was published in the Stanford Law Review in May of 2010, and it is already the single most downloaded article about constitutional interpretation, judicial review, and/or federal courts in the history of SSRN. The second installment, The Objects of the Constitution, was just published in May of 2011, also in the Stanford Law Review. And the comprehensive version is forthcoming as a book by Oxford University Press.

Rosenkranz has served and advised the federal government in a variety of capacities. He often testifies before Congress as a constitutional expert—most recently before the Senate Judiciary Committee, regarding the nomination of Justice Sotomayor. He has also filed briefs and presented oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court.

John Baker

John Baker
Visiting Professor

Professor Baker teaches the “Originalism and the Federalist Papers” at Georgetown in our summer program with the Fund for American Studies. He was the Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law at Louisiana State University Law Center before becoming an emeritus professor. Since 1999, Professor Baker has been an Invited Professor at the University of Lyon III (France). He was a Fulbright scholar in the Philippines (2006). He regularly argues in federal court, including having had oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court. He has taught a number of short-courses on separation of powers with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. 

Following law school, he served as a law clerk in federal district court and as an assistant district attorney in New Orleans before joining LSU in 1975. While a professor, he has been a consultant to the Justice Department, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Separation of Powers, the Office of Planning in the White House, USIA (now part of the State Department) and USAID. He served on an ABA Task Force that issued the report, The Federalization of Crime (1998). His writing includes the following books: The Intelligence Edge (with Friedman, Friedman and Chapman; Crown Books/Random House 1997); Hall’s Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (with Benson, Force and George; 5th ed. Michie, 1993); An Introduction to the Law of the United States (ed. with Levasseur; University Press of America, 1992), as well as articles both on the over-federalization of criminal law and the "war on terrorism."

Professor Yvonne Tew

Yvonne Tew
Faculty Scholar

Yvonne Tew joined the faculty at the Georgetown University Law Center as an Associate Professor in 2015. She teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law and comparative constitutional law, with a focus on constitutional interpretation and adjudication in comparative contexts. Before joining the faculty at Georgetown, she taught at Columbia Law School as an Associate-in-Law and Lecturer in Law, and was a Hauser Global Research Fellow at the New York University School of Law. She completed her Ph.D. in comparative constitutional law at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Her dissertation was awarded the Distinction in Research Prize in the Arts and Humanities by St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, in 2012. While at the University of Cambridge, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge Student Law Review (the flagship student-run law review). 

Professor Tew received her first law degree from the University of Cambridge graduating with Double First Class Honors. She then graduated from Harvard Law School with a Master of Laws (LL.M.) after winning the Cambridge-Harvard Law Link scholarship awarded to the top two final-year law graduates from the University of Cambridge admitted to Harvard Law School. She has worked as an attaché at the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the United Nations in New York and is a member of the New York state bar. She has taught at the University of Cambridge and Columbia Law School. Her scholarship has been published in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, the Cambridge Law Journal, and several Commonwealth law journals. Her book on constitutional adjudication in Southeast Asia is forthcoming in 2016 with Oxford University Press.


Françoise N. Djoukeng
Program Manager

Françoise Djoukeng is the Program Manager for the Center and a law student in Georgetown Law's evening program. Françoise received her B.A. from Brigham Young University in communications with an emphasis in broadcast journalism. She is fluent in French and Dutch and conversational in Portuguese.