Daniel R. Ernst

Professor of Law

B.A., Dartmouth; J.D., Chicago; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton; LL.M., University of Wisconsin

Areas of Expertise:

Legal History, Property

Professor Ernst joined the Georgetown faculty in the 1988-89 academic year. He is the author of Lawyers Against Labor (1995), for which he received the...

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Professor Ernst joined the Georgetown faculty in the 1988-89 academic year. He is the author of Lawyers Against Labor (1995), for which he received the Littleton Griswold Award of the American Historical Association and co-editor of Total War and the Law (2003). In 1996, he 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. 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. He teaches courses in American Legal History and Property.

Recent Scholarship

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Daniel R. Ernst, Of Sheepdogs and Ventriloquists: Government Lawyers in Two New Deal Agencies, (working paper).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Books

  • Daniel R. Ernst, Tocqueville's Nightmare: The Administrative State Emerges in America, 1900-1940 (New York: Oxford University Press 2014).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Daniel R. Ernst, Cultural Politics and Liberal Legal Education in the British Midlands and the Canadian West, 24 Int'l J. Legal Prof. 19-24 (2017).   
  • Daniel R. Ernst, The Hughes-Roberts Visit Revisited, 18 Green Bag 2d 5-11 (2014).    [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Daniel R. Ernst, Bureaucracy for Law Students, in Teaching Legal History: Comparative Perspectives 161-165 (Robert M. Jarvis ed., London: Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing 2014).    [BOOK]
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All Scholarship 2000 - Present

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Daniel R. Ernst, Of Sheepdogs and Ventriloquists: Government Lawyers in Two New Deal Agencies, (working paper).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Daniel R. Ernst, Lawyers, Bureaucratic Autonomy, and Securities Regulation During the New Deal, (working paper).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Books

  • Daniel R. Ernst, Tocqueville's Nightmare: The Administrative State Emerges in America, 1900-1940 (New York: Oxford University Press 2014).    [BOOK]
  • Total War and the Law: The American Home Front in World War II (Daniel R. Ernst & Victor Jew eds., Westport, Conn.: Praeger 2002).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Daniel R. Ernst, Cultural Politics and Liberal Legal Education in the British Midlands and the Canadian West, 24 Int'l J. Legal Prof. 19-24 (2017).   
  • Daniel R. Ernst, The Hughes-Roberts Visit Revisited, 18 Green Bag 2d 5-11 (2014).    [W]
  • Daniel R. Ernst, The Politics of Administrative Law: New York's Anti-Bureaucracy Clause and the O'Brian-Wagner Campaign of 1938, 27 Law & Hist. Rev. 331-372 (2009).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Daniel R. Ernst, Pierson v. Post: The New Learning, 13 Green Bag 2d 31-42 (2009).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Daniel R. Ernst, Ernst Freund, Felix Frankfurter, and the American Rechtsstaat: A Transatlantic Shipwreck, 1894-1932, 23 Stud. Am. Pol. Dev. 171-188 (2009).    [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Daniel R. Ernst, Morgan and the New Dealers, 20 J. Pol'y Hist. 447-481 (2008).   
  • Daniel R. Ernst, 112 Am. Hist. Rev. 1548-1549 (2007) (reviewing Kimberly S. Johnson, Governing the American State: Congress and the New Federalism, 1877-1929 (2007)).   
  • Daniel R. Ernst, Dicey’s Disciple on the D.C. Circuit: Judge Harold Stephens and Administrative Law Reform, 1933-1940, 90 Geo. L.J. 787-812 (2002).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Daniel R. Ernst, Thinking Like a Historian: Erie in the Dimension of Time, 26 Law & Soc. Inquiry 719-740 (2001) (reviewing Edward A. Purcel, Jr., Brandeis and the Progressive Constitution: Erie, The Judicial Power, and the Politics of the Federal Courts in Twentieth Century America (2000)).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Daniel R. Ernst, State, Party, and Harold M. Stephens: The Utahn Origins of an Anti-New Dealer, 14 W. Legal Hist. 123-157 (2001).   
  • Daniel R. Ernst, Taking Stock: New Views of American Labor Law Between the World Wars, 23 Seattle U. L. Rev. 481-483 (2000).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Daniel R. Ernst, Willard Hurst and the Administrative State: From Williams to Wisconsin, 18 Law & Hist. Rev. 1-36 (2000).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Daniel R. Ernst, Bureaucracy for Law Students, in Teaching Legal History: Comparative Perspectives 161-165 (Robert M. Jarvis ed., London: Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing 2014).    [BOOK]
  • Daniel R. Ernst, Law and the State, 1920-2000: Institutional Growth and Structural Change, in 3 The Cambridge History of Law in America 1-33 (Michael Grossberg & Christopher Tomlins eds., New York: Cambridge University Press 2008).    [BOOK]
  • Daniel R. Ernst, The Ideal and the Actual in the State: Willard Hurst at the Board of Economic Warfare, in Total War and the Law: The American Home Front in World War II 149-184 (Daniel R. Ernst & Victor Jew eds., Westport, Conn.: Praeger 2002).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [BOOK]
  • Daniel R. Ernst & Victor Jew, Introduction, in Total War and the Law: The American Home Front in World War II 1-18 (Daniel R. Ernst & Victor Jew eds., Westport, Conn.: Praeger 2002).    [BOOK]
Recent scholarship