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Susan Low Bloch

Professor of Law

B.A., Smith; M.A., Ph.C., J.D., University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise:

Communications and Technology Law, Constitutional Law, Courts and Judges

Professor Susan Low Bloch joined the Georgetown Law Center faculty in 1982. She teaches Constitutional Law I and II, Federal Courts, Communications Law, and a seminar...

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Professor Susan Low Bloch joined the Georgetown Law Center faculty in 1982. She teaches Constitutional Law I and II, Federal Courts, Communications Law, and a seminar on the Supreme Court. Professor Bloch is the author of numerous articles in the areas of constitutional and administrative law and is the co-author of Inside the Supreme Court: The Institution and Its Procedures, published by West Publishing Company in 2008, and Supreme Court Politics: The Institution and Its Procedures, published by West Publishing Company in 1994. She has given lectures and interviews on a variety of topics, including impeachment, presidential immunity, historical overviews of the Supreme Court, the role of the Constitution in this country and its relevance for emerging democracies. In November 1998, she testified before the House Judiciary Committee as one of 19 constitutional law experts on what is an impeachable offense. She also testified before the Senate on whether the President can be indicted and tried while in office. She has participated in numerous international symposia organized by the Gruter Institute, giving papers on a variety of comparative law issues. Widely quoted in the media, Professor Bloch has appeared on numerous television and radio programs on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, NPR, CBC, and USAID to discuss various topics including the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, impeachment, and the independent counsel statute as well as pertinent constitutional issues of the moment. Previously she was one of the expert panelists on "Inside DC with Fred Graham," a weekly Court TV program that examined the latest developments in the law.  In addition to teaching, Professor Bloch is a member of the American Law Institute, participant on the Twentieth Century Fund Project on the Judiciary, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Locally, she has been a commissioner on the Judicial Nominating Committee for the District of Columbia Courts and has worked with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, serving on the Committee to Write the Oral History of the Circuit and on numerous committees for the D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference. In addition, she has been an editorial advisor to "Justice," the Journal of the Department of Justice. Professor Bloch is also active in the D.C. Bar, serving on the Ethics Committee, the Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee, the Judicial Evaluation Committee, the Steering Committee of D.C. Bar Section for Courts, Lawyers, and the Administration of Justice, the Committee to Celebrate the Bicentennial of the Constitution, and the Administrative Law Section nominating committee. She is also on the Board of the Institute for Public Representation and an advisor to students in the Public Interest Law Scholars Program at Georgetown. Before joining the Law Center, Professor Bloch served as a law clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall and for Judge Spottswood Robinson. She also practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler, and Pickering for about four years. Susan Bloch did her legal training at the University of Michigan Law School, where she graduated summa cum laude. Before that, she received graduate degrees in mathematics and computer science from the University of Michigan and a B.A. with distinction from Smith College. She is married to Richard Bloch and is the proud mother of two children, Rebecca and Michael, both of whom are public defenders.

Recent Scholarship

Books

  • Susan Low Bloch & Vicki C. Jackson, Federalism: A Reference Guide to the United States Constitution (Santa Barbara, Cal.: Praeger 2013).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Susan Low Bloch, United States: Review of Supreme Court's 2011 October Term, 2012 Pub. L. 798-809.    [W]
  • Susan Low Bloch, United States of America--Supreme Court Term 2010 Overview--Major Themes: Free Speech and Hostility to Multi-Litigant Cases--After Period or Personnel Change Court Settles in for Period of Stability, 2011 Pub. L. 835.    [W]
  • Susan Low Bloch, Celebrating Thurgood Marshall: The Prophetic Dissenter, 52 How. L.J. 617-636 (2009).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Susan Low Bloch, Assessing the Impeachment of President Clinton from a Post-9/11 Perspective, in The Clinton Presidency and the Constitutional System 190-220 (Rosanna Perotti ed., College Station, Tex.: Texas A&M University Press 2012).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [BOOK]
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Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Susan Low Bloch, An Update on the Report Card of the Impeachment of President Clinton: The View Post 9/11, in Impeachment (Neil Kinkopf & Michael Gerhardt eds., forthcoming).   

Books

  • Susan Low Bloch & Vicki C. Jackson, Federalism: A Reference Guide to the United States Constitution (Santa Barbara, Cal.: Praeger 2013).    [BOOK]
  • Susan Low Bloch, Vicki C. Jackson & Thomas G. Krattenmaker, Inside the Supreme Court: The Institution and its Procedures (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West 2d ed. 2008).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Susan Low Bloch, United States: Review of Supreme Court's 2011 October Term, 2012 Pub. L. 798-809.    [W]
  • Susan Low Bloch, United States of America--Supreme Court Term 2010 Overview--Major Themes: Free Speech and Hostility to Multi-Litigant Cases--After Period or Personnel Change Court Settles in for Period of Stability, 2011 Pub. L. 835.    [W]
  • Susan Low Bloch, Celebrating Thurgood Marshall: The Prophetic Dissenter, 52 How. L.J. 617-636 (2009).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Susan Low Bloch, Impeachment: Advice and Dissent, 54 Duke L.J. 1661-1664 (2005).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Susan Low Bloch, Looking Ahead: The Future of Affirmative Action, 52 Am. U. L. Rev. 1507-1520 (2003).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Susan Low Bloch & Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Federal Courts of the District of Columbia, 90 Geo. L.J. 549-605 (2002).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Susan Low Bloch, The Marbury Mystery: Why Did William Marbury Sue in the Supreme Court?, 18 Const. Comment. 607-627 (2001).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Susan Low Bloch, A Report Card on the Impeachment: Judging the Institutions that Judged President Clinton, 63 Law & Contemp. Probs. 143-167 (2000).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Susan Low Bloch, Assessing the Impeachment of President Clinton from a Post-9/11 Perspective, in The Clinton Presidency and the Constitutional System 190-220 (Rosanna Perotti ed., College Station, Tex.: Texas A&M University Press 2012).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [BOOK]
  • Susan Low Bloch, Marbury Redux, in Arguing Marbury v. Madison 59-64 (Mark V. Tushnet ed., Stanford, Cal.: Stanford Law and Politics 2005).    [BOOK]
  • Susan Low Bloch & Maeva Marcus, John Marshall's Selective Use of History in Marbury v. Madison, in The Supreme Court in and of the Stream of Power 251-288 (Kermit L. Hall ed., New York: Garland 2000).    [BOOK]

Congressional Testimony

  • Impeachment Or Indictment: Is a Sitting President Subject to Compulsory Criminal Process: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 105th Cong., Sept. 9, 1998 (Statement of Susan Low Bloch) (CIS-No.: 99-S521-44).   
  • Background and History of Impeachment: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 105th Cong., Nov. 9, 1998 (Statement of Susan Low Bloch) (CIS-No.: 98-H521-29).   

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • Susan Low Bloch, The Marbury Mystery, 13 Experience 24-37 (2003).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Susan Low Bloch, Affirmative Action: The Aftermath of the University of Michigan Cases, Fed. Law., Oct. 2003, at 22-29.    [HEIN] [W]
  • Susan Low Bloch, Looking Ahead: The Future of Affirmative Action After Grutter and Gratz, Jurist, Sept. 5, 2003.    [WWW]
  • Susan Low Bloch, Abortion Controversy Continues: Supreme Court Reviews Partial Birth Abortions Statute, The Law.com (Apr. 21, 2000).    [WWW]
  • Susan Low Bloch, The Role of the United States Supreme Court in Our Constitutional System, Konrad Adenauer Inst. Proceedings (2000).   
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In the News

"10 legal experts on why Trump can’t pardon his way out of the Russia investigation," coverage by Vox, August 29, 2017, quoting Professor Susan Bloch.

"Thurgood Marshall's courage and passion celebrated by former law clerks, author," an article by the ABA Journal, August 11, 2017, featuring Professors Susan Bloch and Sheryll Cashin.

"I asked 12 legal experts if the latest Trump-Russia news showed obstruction of justice." coverage in Vox, August 2, 2017, featuring Professor Victoria Nourse and Professor Susan Low Bloch

 "White House Faces New Questions About 2016 Russia Meeting", coverage by WBAL US, August 2, 2017, interveiwing Professor Susan Low Bloch.

"New Clinton investigations may be in works," coverage by The Courier-Tribune (Asheboro, N.C.), July 31, 2017, quoting Professor Susan Low Bloch. For more on this story, see The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) and The Sacramento Bee (Cal.).

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"10 legal experts on why Trump can’t pardon his way out of the Russia investigation," coverage by Vox, August 29, 2017, quoting Professor Susan Bloch.

"Thurgood Marshall's courage and passion celebrated by former law clerks, author," an article by the ABA Journal, August 11, 2017, featuring Professors Susan Bloch and Sheryll Cashin.

"I asked 12 legal experts if the latest Trump-Russia news showed obstruction of justice." coverage in Vox, August 2, 2017, featuring Professor Victoria Nourse and Professor Susan Low Bloch

 "White House Faces New Questions About 2016 Russia Meeting", coverage by WBAL US, August 2, 2017, interveiwing Professor Susan Low Bloch.

"New Clinton investigations may be in works," coverage by The Courier-Tribune (Asheboro, N.C.), July 31, 2017, quoting Professor Susan Low Bloch. For more on this story, see The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) and The Sacramento Bee (Cal.).

"Trump disappointed in attorney general", coverage in the Newburgh Gazette, July 28, 2017, featuring Professor Susan Low Bloch

"Storm clouds gather in Trump’s Russian summer of discontent," an opinion piece by the Charlotte Observer, July 25, 2017, quoting Professor Susan Bloch.

"What Happens if Trump Fires Mueller?" coverage by U.S. News & World Report, July 24, 2017, quoting Professors David Cole and Susan Bloch. 

"Does Trump have 'complete power to pardon' himself?," an interview by ABC News (Australia), July 24, 2017, featuring Professor Susan Bloch.

 "President Trump is considering pardoning himself. I asked 15 experts if that's legal.", coveage in VOX, July 21, 2017, featuring Professor Susan Low Bloch and Professor Julie O'Sullivan.

"'White House Arrest?' Legal Experts Disagree About Prosecuting A President," coverage by NPR, July 18, 2017, quoting Professor Susan Low Bloch.

"All Eyes Are on Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Retirement Plans," coverage in U.S. News & World Report, July 10, 2017, quoting Professor Susan Bloch.

 "Supreme Court to hear Travel ban case", coverage on WBALTV11, June 27, 2017, interveiwing Professor Susan Low Bloch

 "Wisconsin Lawmakers Push Bill that Would Expel Campus Heckers", coverage in NBC News, June 22, 2017, featuring Professor Susan Low Bloch.

 "It only matters if Republicans say it matters", coverage in VIce News, June 7, 2017, quoting Professor Susan Low Bloch and Professor Paul Rothstein

"Jews Applaud Harvard For Revoking Admission Over Anti-Semitic Memes," coverage in Forward, June 7, 2017, quoting Professor Susan Bloch.

"Harvard Revokes Admission of Several Students for Posting ‘Offensive’ Memes," coverage by NBC News, June 5, 2017, quoting Professor Susan Bloch.

"Think Too Much: Free speech in spotlight in Portland," coverage by Corvalis Gazette-Times, June 4, 2017, quoting Professor Susan Bloch.

"Does the First Amendment Protect Alt-Right Parades in Portland?" coverage by NBC News, May 31, 2017, quoting Professor Susan Bloch.

"Yes, Trump is getting pounded- but it doesn't mean impeachment is imminent", coverage in CBCNEWS, Mary 17, 2017, quoting Professor Susan Low Bloch

"Trump admission on Comey firing fuels obstruction of justice debate," coverage by Politico, May 12, 2017, quoting Professor Susan Low Bloch.

Professor Susan Low Bloch appeared in an interview with German TV Network News (tagesschau) on May 8, 2017. The interview will appear in the first report starting from 3:10. 

"Donald Trump to Nominate 10 New Federal Judges," coverage in U.S. News & World Report, May 8, 2017, quoting Professor Susan Low Bloch.

Professor Susan Low Bloch was interviewed by Hearst TV on May 7, 2017 referencing “President Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Back in Court”. The interview was broadcasted on local stations including Pittsburgh Action News 4 on May 8, 2017.

"Now that Gorsuch is confirmed, what’s next?," coverage by Springfield News-Sun, April 7, 2017, quoting Professor Susan Low Bloch.

“The Nuclear Option: Senate Republicans Force Historic Rules Change”, coverage in NBC Nightly News, April 6, 2017, featuring Professor Susan Low Bloch

"Historic Senate showdown over Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch; 'nuclear option' looks likely," coverage on WJLA, April 4, 2017, featuring Professor Susan Bloch.

“Historic Senate showdown over Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch; ‘nuclear option’ looks likely”, coverage by WJLA-ABC7, April 4, 2017, featuring Professor Susan Low Bloch.

Professor Susan Low Bloch was interviewed by the Associated Press Radio on Saturday February 11, 2017, Topic: “Given the Trump administration’s defeat in court, and the president’s intention to possibly write a new executive order that would pass legal muster, what would such an order look like?” This interview was broadcasted by WBBR in New York City. 

"Will Gorsuch Have to Rule on Trump’s Travel Ban?" coverage in the National Journal, February 6, 2017, quoting Professor Susan Low Bloch.

"A Conversation with Susan Low Bloch Comes to the Lyric Theatre 3/21," coverage in Broadway World, January 31, 2017, featuring Professor Susan Law Bloch.

"Kasich vetoes ‘heartbeat bill,’ signs 20-week abortion ban," coverage by WHIO, December 14, 2016, quoting Professor Susan Low Bloch. This story also available through the Dayton Daily News.

"Abortion bans unlikely to receive court support," coverage by the Dayton Daily News, December 12, 2016, quoting Professor Susan Low Bloch. For more on this story, see the CantonRep.

"Kagan Leads Sotomayor on Laughs, But Lags in Dissents," coverage in The National Law Journal, November 1, 2016, featuring Professor Susan Bloch.

"Presidential winner could reshape U.S. Supreme Court with appointments," coverage in The Columbus Dispatch, September 5, 2016, featuring Professor Susan Low Bloch.

"Purple Line Supporters Are Responding to a Court Ruling by Going After the Judge," coverage in The Washingtonian, August 12, 2016, quoting Professor Susan Bloch.

"Supreme Confusion," coverage in The Weekly Standard, July 25, 2016, Featuring Professor Susan Low Bloch.

"8 Wasn't Enough For Lawyers Seeking High Court Clarity," coverage by Law 360, June 27, 2016, quoting Professor Susan Low Bloch.

 "Requesting judge's recusal in Trump case could be risky, experts say," coverage on CNN, June 9, 2016, featured Professor Susan Low Bloch.

"Alista Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos un fallo migratorio clave," coverage by Despertar de Oaxaca (Mex.), May 30, 2016, quoting Professor Susan Low Bloch.

The Supreme Court Is Being Forced To Waste A Year,” coverage in The National Memo, May 23, 2016, quoting Professor Susan Bloch.

"How Former Justice Scalia's Empty Supreme Court Seat Is Impacting Major Decisions," coverage on ABC News, May 20, 2016, featuring Professor Susan Bloch.

"In contraception case, Supreme Court tried something different – and it worked," coverage in The Christian Science Monitor, May 17, 2016, featuring Professor Susan Low Bloch.

"ANALYSIS: Obama has a fight on his hands over Supreme pick," coverage in The Columbus Dispatch, February 21, 2016, featuring Professor Susan Low Bloch.

"Will Obama Be Impeached?," Christian Post, August 5, 2014, quoting Professor Susan Low Bloch.

"PunditFact: Fact-checking The June 29 News Shows," coverage in the Tampa Bay Times, June 29, 2014, quoting Professor Susan Bloch.

"Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones," coverage in Kansas City InfoZine, June 27, 2014, featuring Professor Susan Bloch.

"Supreme Court Doubles Up on Affirmative Action Cases," coverage by Lawyers.com, March 29, 2013, featuring Professor Susan Low Bloch.

"Ted Cruz Is Wrong about the Constitution," an opinion piece in the Washington Post, March 15, 2013, featuring Professor David Cole and Professor Susan Low Bloch

"Lingering Vacancies Burden Justice System; Nominations Lag, Cases Grow," coverage in the Washington Times, March 11, 2013, featuring Professor Susan Low Bloch

"Marriage Equality: Will Shift in Public Opinion Sway the Supreme Court," a story in the February 2013 issue of DC Bar magazine, featuring Professor Susan Low Bloch.

"Supreme Court Accused of Playing Politics," coverage in the Epoch Times, October 4, 2012, featuring Professor Susan Low Bloch.

"As Supreme Court Reconvenes, Civil Rights Issues in the Fore," coverage by CBS News, October 1, 2012, featuring Professor Susan Low Bloch.

"Election's Winner May Shape Supreme Court," coverage in the Boston Globe, October 1, 2012, featuring Professor Susan Low Bloch.

"Supreme Court to Rule Soon on Health Care, Immigration; What Happens Next?," coverage by CBS News, June 11, 2012, featuring Professor Randy Barnett and Professor Susan Low Bloch.

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