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Charles F. Abernathy

Professor of Law

A.B., J.D., LL.M., Harvard

Areas of Expertise:

Civil Procedure and Trial Practice, Civil Rights and Discrimination, Constitutional Law

Professor Abernathy works in the fields of civil rights and comparative law. He is the author of Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation (West Publishing, 2012), the first edition...

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Professor Abernathy works in the fields of civil rights and comparative law. He is the author of Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation (West Publishing, 2012), the first edition of which was the first modern casebook on federal civil rights statutes. He authored or co-authored Supreme Court briefs in major civil rights cases while serving at the Southern Poverty Law Center, including the brief for Sharon Frontiero in Frontiero v. Richardson.In comparative law Professor Abernathy focuses on the philosophical and practical issues related to conceptualization of the legal process in common law and civil law countries. He specializes in teaching American law to students from foreign legal backgrounds and is the author of Law in the United States (Thomson/West Publishing, 2006), and Law as an Item of Trade, in A Revolution in the International Rule of Law: Essays in Honor of Don Wallace Jr. (Borzu Sabahi ed., Juris Publishing, 2014). Professor Abernathy was the Fulbright Professor of Law in Egypt in 1983-84, served as director of Georgetown University Law Center's summer programs abroad (in Florence, Italy, and Heidelberg, Germany) from 1987-2000, and often lectures at law schools abroad (Italy, Switzerland, Argentina, and Germany).

Recent Scholarship

Books

  • Charles F. Abernathy, Law in the United States (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic 2016).   
  • Charles F. Abernathy, Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West 5th ed. 2012).    [BOOK]
  • Charles F. Abernathy, Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation: Cases and Materials (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West 4th ed. 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Charles F. Abernathy, Law in the United States (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West 2006).    [BOOK]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Charles F. Abernathy, Law as an Item of Trade: The American LL.M., in A Revolution in the International Rule of Law: Essays in Honor of Don Wallace, Jr. 25-34 (Borzu Sabahi, Nicholas J. Birch, Ian A. Laird & José Antonio Rivas eds., New York: Juris 2014).    [BOOK]
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Books

  • Charles F. Abernathy, Law in the United States (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic 2016).   
  • Charles F. Abernathy, Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West 5th ed. 2012).    [BOOK]
  • Charles F. Abernathy, Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation: Cases and Materials (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West 4th ed. 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Charles F. Abernathy, Law in the United States (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Charles F. Abernathy, Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation: Cases and Materials (St. Paul, Minn.: West Group 3d ed. 2000).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Charles F. Abernathy, Legal Realism and the Failure of the "Effects" Test for Discrimination, 94 Geo. L.J. 267-319 (2006).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Charles F. Abernathy, Advocacy Scholarship and Affirmative Action, 86 Geo. L.J. 377-404 (1997) (reviewing Paul Craig Roberts & Lawrence M. Stratton, The New Color Line: How Quotas and Privilege Destroy Democracy (1995) and Charles R. Lawrence III & Mari J. Matsuda, We Won't Go Back, Making the Case for Affirmative Action (1997)).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Charles F. Abernathy, Foreword: Federalism and Anti-Federalism as Civil Rights Tools, 39 How. L.J. 615-632 (1996).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Charles F. Abernathy, When Civil Rights Go Wrong: Agenda and Process in Civil Rights Reform, 2 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 177-208 (1993).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Charles F. Abernathy, Section 1983 and Constitutional Torts, 77 Geo. L.J. 1441-1491 (1989).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Charles F. Abernathy, Less than the Sum of Its Parts, 73 Geo. L.J. 1499-1505 (1985) (reviewing Laurence H. Tribe, Constitutional Choices (1985)).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Charles F. Abernathy, Title VI and the Constitution: A Regulatory Model for Defining "Discrimination", 70 Geo. L.J. 1-49 (1981).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law]
  • Charles F. Abernathy, 65 Geo. L.J. 181-189 (1976) (reviewing Lino Graglia, Disaster by Decree: The Supreme Court Decisions on Race and the Schools (1976)).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law]
  • Charles F. Abernathy, 65 Geo. L.J. 181-189 (1976) (reviewing Lino Graglia, Disaster by Decree: The Supreme Court Decisions on Race and the Schools (1976)).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law]
  • Charles F. Abernathy, Sovereign Immunity in a Constitutional Government: The Federal Employment Discrimination Cases, 10 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 322-368 (1975).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Charles F. Abernathy, Law as an Item of Trade: The American LL.M., in A Revolution in the International Rule of Law: Essays in Honor of Don Wallace, Jr. 25-34 (Borzu Sabahi, Nicholas J. Birch, Ian A. Laird & José Antonio Rivas eds., New York: Juris 2014).    [BOOK]
  • Charles F. Abernathy, If a Constitution, What Happens Afterwards?: The Importance of Legal and Social Culture, in A New Constitution For Taiwan 341-363 (Taiwan Advocates eds., Tamsui, Taipei: Taiwan Advocates 2005).   
  • Charles F. Abernathy, Defining "Privacy": The Power of Culture in a Digital Age, in Privacy: Altri Voci (Ugo Pagallo ed., 2005).   

Congressional Testimony

  • To Establish a Commission to Study the Federal Courts: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 97th Cong., May 12, 1982 (Statement of Charles F. Abernathy) (CIS-No.: 82-S521-70).   
  • Municipal Liability Under 42 U.S.C. 1983: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 97th Cong., May 6, 1981 (Statement of Charles F. Abernathy) (CIS-No.: 82-S521-8).   
  • Busing of Schoolchildren: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 95th Cong., June 16, 1977 (Statement of Charles F. Abernathy) (CIS-No.: 77-S521-54).   
  • Implementation of Treaties for the Transfer of Offenders to or from Foreign Countries: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 95th Cong., Oct. 6, 1977 (Statement of Charles F. Abernathy) (CIS-No.: 78-H521-2).   

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • Charles F. Abernathy, 16 Urb. Law. 344-349 (1984) (reviewing Section 1983: Sword and Shield (Robert H. Freilich & Richard G. Carlisle eds. 1983).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law]
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In the News

"University Students Meet with D.C. Leaders," coverage on Observer-Reporter.com, November 6, 2013, featuring Professor Charles F. Abernathy and his Civil Procedure class at Georgetown University Law Center.

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"University Students Meet with D.C. Leaders," coverage on Observer-Reporter.com, November 6, 2013, featuring Professor Charles F. Abernathy and his Civil Procedure class at Georgetown University Law Center.

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