Heidi Li Feldman is Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, with a courtesy appointment in the Philosophy Department at Georgetown University. Her scholarly expertise includes torts, constitutional torts, products liability, legal theory, political philosophy, ethics, and epistemology. She has written about objectivity; the relationship between law and science in the context of uncertainty; virtue ethics and legal ethics; the role of the virtues in negligence law; the affirmative obligation elected officials have to listen widely, how lawyers should respond to mendacity in politics, and whether and how U.S. municipalities can strengthen civil society. Her current research projects relate to domestic remedies for wrongs of family separation in the immigration context; preserving civil accountability for gun manufacturers when their firearms are used in crimes; and examining the role of state’s attorney generals in vindicating the public interest in reducing gun violence and ensuring federal compliance with the rule of law in the immigration setting.

Dr. Feldman seeks to bring her knowledge of U.S. law, politics and history to a broad public and to bring a grassroots perspective to the legal academy. She speaks regularly to U.S. and foreign press on topics ranging from U.S. gun regulation efforts to women’s support for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 candidacy to political efforts to oppose the current Republican agenda. She has been quoted by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the L.A. Times, Reuters, Bloomberg, and CBS News and has appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. Extensive interviews with her have aired on CBC (Canadian) radio and television. In 2016, Dr. Feldman founded Leaders from Law, an organization devoted to training and orienting rising lawyers and law students to run for elected office, especially at the state and local level.

Dr. Feldman earned both her J.D. and her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan. She joined the Georgetown University Law Center faculty in 1998.

Scholarship

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Heidi Li Feldman, Cities, Government, Law, and Civil Society, 45 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 615-640 (2018).
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Heidi Li Feldman, What Lawyers Can and Should Do About Mendacity in Politics, 56 Duq. L. Rev. 125-139 (2018).
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Heidi Li Feldman, Toward an Ethics of Being Lobbied: Affirmative Obligations To Listen, 12 Geo. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 493-504 (2014). [Gtown Law] [W] [SSRN]

Book Chapters & Collected Works

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). [Gtown Law] [BOOK] [SSRN]
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]