A.B., University of Chicago; J.D., Harvard
Areas of Expertise:
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After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1971, Professor Seidman served as a law clerk for J. Skelly Wright of the D.C. Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He then was a staff attorney with the D.C. Public Defender Service until joining the Law Center faculty in 1976. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, The University of Chicago Law School, New York University Law School, and the University of Virginia Law School. He teaches a variety of courses in the fields of constitutional and criminal law. He is co-author of a constitutional law casebook and the author of many articles concerning criminal justice and constitutional law. His most recent books are From Parchment to Dust: The Case for Constitutional Skepticism; On Constitutional Disobedience (Oxford, 2012); Silence and Freedom (Stanford 2007); Equal Protection of the Laws (Foundation 2002); and Our Unsettled Constitution: A New Defense of Constitutionalism and Judicial Review (Yale 2001). In 2011, Seidman was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
"I’ve Argued for Years That the President Must Pay the National Debt Even If Congress Won’t Raise the Debt Ceiling," coverage in The Washington Monthly, May 8, 2023, featuring Professor Louis Michael Seidman.
"Should the United States have a new Constitution?," coverage in The MV Times, September 14, 2022, featuring Professor Louis Michael Seidman.
"Can Congress put term limits on Supreme Court Justices? We asked five legal experts," coverage by WUSA 9, September 7, 2021, featuring Professor Louis Michael Seidman.
"Mitch McConnell: Donald Trump still liable in court for actions surrounding Jan. 6 riot," coverage by the Lousiville Courier Journal, February 13, 2021, featuring Professor Louis Michael Seidman.