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Heidi Li Feldman


Co-Director, Joint Degree in Law and Philosophy, Professor of Law

A.B., Brown; J.D., Ph.D., University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise:

Jurisprudence and Philosophy, Torts

In both her scholarship and her teaching, Professor Feldman integrates law and philosophy. Her areas of specialty include tort law, legal theory, legal ethics, ethics,...

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In both her scholarship and her teaching, Professor Feldman integrates law and philosophy. Her areas of specialty include tort law, legal theory, legal ethics, ethics, political philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of science and philosophy of mind. As of 1999, Professor Feldman's major scholarly project is a book examining the reasonable person as represented in tort law. This interdisciplinary project, tentatively entitled Care, Character, and American Tort Law, explains and justifies the role of the reasonable person construct in American tort law. In 1998, she contributed a selection related to this project to the anthology Law and Science, published by Oxford University Press. Other recent and forthcoming publications include "Apparently, Substantial, Oddly Hollow: The Enigmatic Practice of Justice," a review of William Simon's recent book in the Michigan Law Review and a foreword to a Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics symposium issue. Professor Feldman teaches torts, advanced torts, and seminars in legal history and legal ethics. She has been a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan Law School, a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, and a visiting associate professor at the Law Center. Currently, Professor Feldman is a member of the executive committee for the Association of American Law Schools Torts Section. She is a Member of the Coif and was Articles Editor of the Michigan Law Review.

Recent Scholarship

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Heidi Li Feldman, Cardozo Not Holmes, Fallibilism Not Skepticism, Pragmatism Not Legal Realism, (working paper).    [SSRN]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Heidi Li Feldman, Toward an Ethics of Being Lobbied: Affirmative Obligations To Listen, 12 Geo. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 493-504 (2014).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Heidi Li Feldman, The Distinctiveness of Appellate Adjudication, 5 Wash. U. Jur. Rev. 61-105 (2012).    [HEIN] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Heidi Li Feldman, Appellate Adjudication as Conceptual Engineering, in Pragmatism, Law, and Language 76-97 (Graham Hubbs & Douglas Lind eds., New York: Routledge 2014).    [BOOK]
  • Heidi Li Feldman, What’s Right About the “Medical Model” in Human Subjects Research Regulation, in Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future 299-311 (I. Glenn Cohen & Holly Fernandez Lynch eds., Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press 2014).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [BOOK]
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All Scholarship 2000 - Present

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Heidi Li Feldman, Cardozo Not Holmes, Fallibilism Not Skepticism, Pragmatism Not Legal Realism, (working paper).    [SSRN]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Heidi Li Feldman, Toward an Ethics of Being Lobbied: Affirmative Obligations To Listen, 12 Geo. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 493-504 (2014).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Heidi Li Feldman, The Distinctiveness of Appellate Adjudication, 5 Wash. U. Jur. Rev. 61-105 (2012).    [HEIN] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Heidi Li Feldman, Loss, 35 N.M. L. Rev. 375-390 (2005).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Heidi Li Feldman, Pushing Drugs: Genomics and Genetics, the Pharmaceutical Industry, and the Law of Negligence, 42 Washburn L.J. 575-599 (2003).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Heidi Li Feldman, Foreword: Law, Psychology, and the Emotions, 74 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 1423-1430 (2000).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Heidi Li Feldman, Prudence, Benevolence, and Negligence: Virtue Ethics and Tort Law, 74 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 1431-1466 (2000).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Heidi Li Feldman, Appellate Adjudication as Conceptual Engineering, in Pragmatism, Law, and Language 76-97 (Graham Hubbs & Douglas Lind eds., New York: Routledge 2014).    [BOOK]
  • Heidi Li Feldman, What’s Right About the “Medical Model” in Human Subjects Research Regulation, in Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future 299-311 (I. Glenn Cohen & Holly Fernandez Lynch eds., Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press 2014).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [BOOK]
  • Heidi Li Feldman, Prudence, Benevolence, and Negligence: Virtue Ethics and Tort Law, in Virtue Jurisprudence 51-87 (Colin Farrelly & Lawrence B. Solum eds., New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2008).    [BOOK]

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • Heidi Li Feldman, 39 Trial 81 (2003) (reviewing Peter H. Brown & Daniel G. Abel, Outgunned Up Against the NRA (2003)).    [W]
Recent scholarship

In the News

"Justice Eludes 298 Killed in the Shoot-Down of Malaysia Air Flight 17," coverage by Bloomberg, July 7, 2017, quoting Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

"Former FBI Director Comey: Attorney General Sessions Won’t Stand Up To Trump," coverage by the Daily Beast, June 8, 2017, quoting Professor Heidi Feldman.

"FBI Russia investigation is ‘now at the door of the Oval office’, says former Obama administration staffer," coverage by the Independent Online (UK), May 26, 2017, quoting Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

"Judge in Houston Strikes Down Harris County’s Bail System," coverage in the New York Times, April 29, 2017, quoting Professor Heidi Li Feldman

"Self Defense? Washington Man Faces Possible Murder Charge for Shooting Showering Intruder," coverage on NBC News, April 4, 2017, featuring Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

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"Justice Eludes 298 Killed in the Shoot-Down of Malaysia Air Flight 17," coverage by Bloomberg, July 7, 2017, quoting Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

"Former FBI Director Comey: Attorney General Sessions Won’t Stand Up To Trump," coverage by the Daily Beast, June 8, 2017, quoting Professor Heidi Feldman.

"FBI Russia investigation is ‘now at the door of the Oval office’, says former Obama administration staffer," coverage by the Independent Online (UK), May 26, 2017, quoting Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

"Judge in Houston Strikes Down Harris County’s Bail System," coverage in the New York Times, April 29, 2017, quoting Professor Heidi Li Feldman

"Self Defense? Washington Man Faces Possible Murder Charge for Shooting Showering Intruder," coverage on NBC News, April 4, 2017, featuring Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

"Family Ties May Lead to Thomas Recusal," coverage in U.S. News & World Report, February 16, 2017, quoting Professor Heidi Li Feldman. Also reported by ABA Journal.

"Leaked Emails Show Justice Clarence Thomas’s Wife Pushing Travel Ban," coverage in The Daily Beast, February 16, 2017, quoting Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

"Republicans vote to rebuke Elizabeth Warren, saying she impugned Sessions’s character," coverage by the Washington Post, quoting Professor Heidi Li Feldman

"Justice Scalia’s Warning to President Trump," coverage in The Daily Beast, December 22, 2016, featuring Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

"Inside Scalia’s Lost Conflict-of-Interest Memo," coverage by The Daily Beast, December 22, 2016, quoting Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

"Liberal Jewish Groups Get Surge of Donations After Donald Trump’s Win," coverage in Forward, November 28, 2016, featuring Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

"Jewish Donors Fund Civil Liberties at Unprecedented Rates Post-Election," coverage in the Nonprofit Quarterly, November 28, 2016, featuring Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

"Judge Dismisses Suit Against Gun Maker by Newtown Victims’ Families," coverage by The New York Times, October 14, 2016, quoting Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

"Will she or won’t she? Why Hillary Clinton should take questions at NABJ/NAHJ today," coverage by Poynter, Aug. 8, 2016, quoting Professor Heidi Feldman.

"Party affiliation, not her gender, gives Hillary Clinton an edge," coverage in the Norwalk Reflector, July 27, 2016, quoting Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

"Hillary Clinton Has an Edge as a Democrat, Not a Woman," coverage by Roll Call, July 26, 2016, quoting Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

"Professor Heidi Li Feldman discusses gun control in the United States," an interview with Professor Heidi Li Feldman, ABC News The World Today, June 22, 2016.

"Decades-Old Firework Case Could Affect Sandy Hook AR-15 Lawsuit," coverage in Hartford Courant (CT), June 22, 2016, quoting Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

"Newtown families say AR-15 maker is "negligent" in lawsuit," an interview with Professor Heidi Li Feldman, CBS News, June 20, 2016 (appearing 2:19 in video).

"Should the gun industry be sued for mass shootings?," coverage in The Christian Science Monitor, June 20, 2016, quoting Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

Gun industry tries to have Sandy Hook lawsuit thrown out,” coverage by CBS News, June 20, 2016, quoting Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

"Surprising Progress in Newtown Families’ Suit Against Maker of the AR-15 Rifle," coverage in The New York Times, June 14, 2016, featuring Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

"They were Hillary Clinton’s die-hard loyalists. Here’s where they are now.," Washington Post, May 2, 2015, quoting Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

"High stakes battle over online gambling in halls of Congress," coverage by The Associated Press, February 19, 2015, featuring Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

"In battle for Congress’ support, web gaming advocates have a lot to learn from Adelson," coverage in The Las Vegas Sun, February 17, 2015, featuring Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

"New Rules for Human-Subject Research Are Delayed and Debated," coverage in The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 3, 2014, featuring Professor Heidi Li Feldman.

"Facebook Users Question $20 Million Settlement Over Ads," a segment on NPR's "All Things Considered," May 13, 2013, featuring Professor Heidi Li Feldman

"Amgen Loses as Top U.S. Court Backs Class Actions," coverage by Reuters, February 27, 2013, featuring Professor Heidi Li Feldman

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