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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 and the Bradley Prize, Professor Barnett has been a visiting professor at Penn, Northwestern and Harvard Law School. 

Professor Barnett's publications includes twelve books, more than one hundred articles and reviews, as well as numerous op-eds. His works include Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (2nd ed. 2013),  The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law  (2nd ed. 2014), and his latest book, Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People (2016). His other books include The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Contracts (2010), Contracts: Cases and Doctrine (6th ed. 2016), and Constitutional Law: Cases in Context (3rd ed. forthcoming 2018). 

In 2004, he argued the medical marijuana case of Gonzalez v. Raich before 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. He's appeared in numerous documentaries, including PBS's Constitution USA with Peter Sagal; and portrayed a prosecutor in the 2010 science-fiction feature film, InAlienable.  


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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Brad Snyder 
Senior Scholar 

Professor Snyder teaches constitutional law, constitutional history, and sports law. He is the author of The House of Truth: A Washington Political Salon and the Foundations of American Liberalism (Oxford University Press, 2017). He has published law review articles in the Vanderbilt Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Law &History Review, UC-Davis Law Review, and Boston College Law Review. Prior to teaching at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Professor Snyder worked as an associate at Williams &Connolly LLP and wrote two critically acclaimed books about baseball including A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood's Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports(Viking/Penguin, 2006). A graduate of Duke University and Yale Law School, he clerked for the Hon. Dorothy W. Nelson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

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John Baker
Visiting Professor

Dr. John Baker is a Visiting Professor at Georgetown Law School and at Peking University School of Transnational Law. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Oriel College, the University of Oxford (2012-2014). He is Professor Emeritus of Law, and previously the Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law, at Louisiana State University Law School. He was an adjunct Fellow at the Heritage Foundation (Spring, 2008) and a Distinguished Scholar at the Catholic University of America Law School (2011-12). He has also taught at Tulane Law School, George Mason Law School, Pepperdine Law School, New York Law School, Hong Kong University, and the University of Dallas, School of Management He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Lyon III (France) (1999-2011) and at the Universidad de los Andes, Chile, where he was a Fulbright Specialist in 2012. He has lectured at universities and research institutes in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, Croatia, Peru, Slovenia, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Philippines, where he was a Fulbright Fellow (2006). Dr. Baker received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Michigan Law School and his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Dallas. He also earned a Ph.D. in Political Thought from the University of London. 

 Baker has taught over a dozen different subjects, mostly in the area of public law. His main areas of interest are Constitutional Law (particularly federalism and separation of powers), Criminal Law, Anti-Terrorism Law, International Law, Health Care Law, Mediation, and Comparative Law. In addition to law review articles and book chapters, Dr. Baker's academic publications include: 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). He has also published on,, in The Washington Times, and a number of times in The Wall St. Journal.  

He argues in federal court, including two oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court. For years, he taught courses for the Federalist Society on separation of powers with the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. In September, 2016, he taught a Supreme Court seminar in China with Justice Samuel Alito. 

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 as a consultant to USAID, USIA (now part of the State Department), the Justice Department, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Separation of Powers, and the Office of Planning in the White House. He served on an ABA Task Force which issued the report, The Federalization of Crime (1998) and later as a consultant to the "Bi-Partisan Task Force on the Over-federalization of Crime" (2012-2014) created by the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime. 

Dr. Baker was a co-founder of the first iteration (1995) of Stratfor Inc., a global intelligence agency. He co-authored its first book: The Intelligence Edge (with Friedman, Friedman and Chapman;Crown Books/Random House 1997). 


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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 with Oxford University Press.

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Shon Hopwood
Faculty Scholar

Shon Hopwood received a J.D. as a Gates Public Service Law Scholar from the University of Washington School of Law. He served as a law clerk for Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Shon's unusual legal journey began prior to him attending law school and included the U.S. Supreme Court granting two petitions for certiorari he prepared. His articles have been published in the, Seattle Times, and Huffington Post;and he provided written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of federal sentencing reform. Shon's legal scholarship has been published in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties, Fordham, and Washington Law Reviews, as well as the Georgetown Law Journal's Annual Review of Criminal Procedure.

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Fran Djoukeng
Program Manager

Fran Djoukeng is the Program Manager for the Center and a law student at Georgetown Law. She is a Law Fellow and a staff member of the Georgetown Law Journal. Fran received her B.A. from Brigham Young University in communications with an emphasis in broadcast journalism. 

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