Professor Shulman’s book The Constitutional Parent: Rights, Responsibilities, and the Enfranchisement of the Child has been accepted for publication by Yale University Press. Professor Shulman holds a Ph.D. in English Literature (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980) as well as a J.D. (Georgetown University Law Center, 2005, magna cum laude). From 1984 to 2005, he taught in the Department of English at Georgetown University, with a focus on the literature of the English Renaissance. Upon graduation from the Law Center, Professor Shulman worked for the Washington, D.C., Public Defenders Service as a D.C. Bar Pro Bono Fellow. He was an associate at Sidley Austin (Washington, D.C.) from 2005 to 2006.
Professor Shulman co-edited Robert Kennedy In His Own Words (Bantam, 1988), a New York Times best-seller (for one week!). His most recent articles are “Who Owns the Soul of the Child?: An Essay on Religious Parenting Rights and the Enfranchisement of the Child,” Charleston Law Review (forthcoming 2012); “Epic Considerations: The Speech That the Supreme Court Would Not Hear in Snyder v. Phelps,” 2011 Cardozo Law Review de novo 35 (2011); “The Parent as (Mere) Educational Trustee: Whose Education Is It, Anyway?,” 89 Nebraska Law Review 290 (2010); “Free Speech at What Cost: Snyder v. Phelps and Speech-Based Tort Liability,” 2010 Cardozo Law Review de novo 313 (2010); “When Is Religious Speech Outrageous: Testing the Limits of Religious Advocacy,” 114 Penn State Law Review Penn Statim 13 (2010); “What Yoder Wrought: Religious Disparagement, Parental Alienation, and the Best Interests of the Child,” 53 Villanova Law Review 173 (2008); and “The Outrageous God: Emotional Distress, Tort Liability, and the Limits of Religious Advocacy,” 113 Penn State Law Review 381 (2008). Professor Shulman’s review essay “The Siren Song of History: Originalism and the Religion Clauses” appeared in the Journal of Law and Religion (2011). On behalf of Albert Snyder, Professor Shulman submitted an amicus brief to the Fourth Circuit in Snyder v. Phelps (2008 WL 3460050).
Jeffrey Shulman is a leading scholar in the field of constitutional family law. His book The Constitutional Parent: Rights, Responsibilities, and the Enfranchisement of the Child (Yale Univ. Press 2014) won the 2016 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award in the field of Professional Studies (Law). The Constitutional Parent has been hailed as a “deeply learned, beautifully written, and courageous book,” as “a watershed moment in the trajectory of scholarship” on the constitutional status of parents and children. Professor Shulman’s scholarly work has appeared in the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, the Villanova Law Review, the Penn State Law Review, the Nebraska Law Review, among other journals. His chapter on Private School Regulation: Individual Rights and Educational Responsibilities appeared in The Oxford Handbook of Children and the Law, James Dwyer, ed. (2019). Professor Shulman was the co-editor (with Edwin O. Guthman) of Robert Kennedy in His Own Words: The Unpublished Recollections of the Kennedy Years (Bantam 1988).
Professor Shulman has been teaching at Georgetown Law since 2006. He received the Frank F. Flegal Excellence in Teaching Award for 2014-2015. From 1984 to 2005, Professor Shulman taught in the Georgetown University Department of English, with a focus on Renaissance Literature. His literary scholarship has appeared in such journals as Studies in English Literature, English Literary History, The Classical Journal, among others. Upon graduation from the Law Center, Professor Shulman worked for the Washington, D.C., Public Defenders Service as a D.C. Bar Pro Bono Fellow. He was an associate at Sidley Austin (Washington, D.C.) from 2005 to 2006. Since 2016, Professor Shulman has served as the Director of Georgetown Law’s Evening Program. He is himself a proud graduate of Georgetown’s Evening Program (J.D., 2005; magna cum laude, Order of the Coif).
Professor Shulman has made Georgetown University his academic home for more than 30 years. He writes: “First in the Department of English and then at the Law Center, I have had the remarkable privilege of being a part of this incredibly vibrant community. My teaching and my scholarship—indeed, for that matter, the person I am and the narrative arc of much of my life—have, I hope, been shaped by the wonderful students it has been my true joy to teach, by my colleagues with whom it has been a pleasure to work, and by the values of a university that, in cherishing intellectual inquiry, never stops seeking to nourish heart, mind, and soul.”
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
Book Chapters & Collected Works
"A Baltimore church defies virus order but few are coming," coverage by Barron's, April 12, 2020, quoting Professor Jeffrey Shulman.
"White House asks Americans to stay home Easter Sunday, as churches navigate the coronavirus pandemic", coverage in KCRA3, April 12, 2020, interviewing Professor Jeffrey Shulman.
"Trump v the states: how the president is remaking the government in his image," coverage by The Guardian, April 11, 2020, quoting Professor David Super.
"Cross on Public Land Tests the Establishment Clause," coverage by Courthouse News Service, February 27, 2019, quoting Professor Jeffrey Shulman.