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Georgetown Law Professors Sheryll Cashin, Daniel Ernst Named Carmack Waterhouse Professors

February 20, 2018 —

Professor Sheryll Cashin Professor Sheryll Cashin
Professor Daniel Ernst Professor Daniel Ernst

Georgetown Law Professor Sheryll Cashin has been appointed the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Civil Rights and Social Justice; and Professor Daniel Ernst has been appointed the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal History.

“Sheryll and Dan are superb scholars and gifted teachers who have made outstanding contributions to the Law Center,” said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor. “It gives me great pleasure to appoint them to these professorships.”

Professor Sheryll Cashin teaches Constitutional Law, Race and American Law, Administrative Law and a Segregation Seminar. Her book Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy was released in June 2017 in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, which struck down bans on interracial marriage. 

Her book Place Not Race (Beacon 2014) was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction in 2015. The Failures of Integration (PublicAffairs 2004) was an Editors' Choice in the New York Times Book Review. Cashin is also a two-time nominee for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for non-fiction (2005 and 2009). 

Cashin worked in the Clinton White House as an advisor on urban and economic policy, particularly concerning community development in inner-city neighborhoods. She was law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. 

She graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. As a Marshall Scholar, she received a master’s in English Law with honors from Oxford University and a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review. 

Professor Daniel Ernst joined the Georgetown Law faculty in 1988. Ernst teaches Property in Time, American Legal History and a New Deal Legal History Seminar. His book Toqueville’s Nightmare: The Administrative State Emerges in America, 1900-1940 (Oxford University Press 2014), chronicles the development of the administrative state in this country and provides a riveting history of a fundamental aspect of modern American life. His first book, Lawyers against Labor (University of Illinois Press, 1995), won the Littleton-Griswold Award of the American Historical Association.  

 In 1996, Ernst was a Fulbright Research Scholar at the National Library of New Zealand, and in 1998 he was the Jack and Margaret Sweet Visiting Professor of History at Michigan State University. He was a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow during the 2003-04 academic year and a Law and Public Affairs Fellow at Princeton University in the 2015-16 academic year. From 2006 to 2010, he was co-editor of “Studies in Legal History,” a book series sponsored by the American Society for Legal History and the University of North Carolina Press. Since 2008 he has co-edited Legal History Blog.

He holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Dartmouth; a J.D. from the University of Chicago; an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton; and an LL.M. from the University of Wisconsin.

The Carmack Waterhouse Professorships were established by the late Carmack Waterhouse (L’35) and his wife Mary with a gift from their estate. Waterhouse was a patent attorney with the Atomic Energy Commission until his retirement in 1967; he died in 1995.

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