Curriculum Vitae

Education
Publications
Teaching Experience
Employment Experience
Speeches and Presentations
Amicus Briefs Authored
Bar Memberships
Personal

EDUCATION

Yale Law School, J.D., February 2001

    Honors
Benjamin N. Cardozo Prize for Best Moot Court Brief, 1999.
Humane Studies Fellowship (nationwide fellowship competition for graduate and law study), 2000.
Humane Studies Fellowship, 1998.
Semifinalist, Morris Tyler Moot Court of Appeals, 2000.
Semifinalist, Morris Tyler Moot Court of Appeals, 1999.

   Activities
Yale Law Journal – Editor.
Yale Journal on Regulation – Editor.
Non-Profit Organizations Clinic.
Moot Court.

Harvard University, M.A., Political Science, 1997.

   Honors
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (top national fellowship for political science), 1996.
Fund for Scholars Research Grant, 2001.
Program on Constitutional Government Grant, 2000.
Humane Studies Fellowship, 1996.
Raymond Atherton Fellowship, 1996.
Finalist, Jacob Javits Fellowship, 1995.

Amherst College, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, in Political Science and History, 1995

   Honors
Phi Beta Kappa, 1994.
Alfred F. Havighurst Prize (awarded to top senior history major), 1995.
George Plimpton Fellowship for Graduate Study, 1995.
Earl Latham Fellowship in Political Science, 1994.
Armstrong Prize for Best English Essay by a Freshman Student, 1992.

   Activities
Amherst Spectator – Senior Editor.
Cambodian Refugee Tutoring Program.

PUBLICATIONS

      Books

      Articles

      Reviews

  • Review of ‘Democracy For Realists,’ by Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels,” History News Network, July 19, 2016 (review of Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels, Democracy for Realists: Why Elections do not Produce Responsive Government (2016)).
  • Book Review,” Federalist Society Review, (June 2016) (review of Randy E. Barnett, Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People (2016)).
  • Review,” The Independent Review (Spring 2015) (review of Frank Buckley,  The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America (2014)).
  • Turning Federalism Right-Side Up,” 82 Constitutional Commentary 303 (2012) (review of Michael Greve, The Upside-Down Constitution (2012)).
  • The Economics of Takings,” Regulation (Spring 2012), at 54 (review of Thomas Miceli, The Economic Theory of Eminent Domain: Private Property, Public Use (2011)).
  • “Review,” 31 Cato Journal 162 (2011) (review of Alison LaCroix, The Ideological Origins of American Federalism (2010)).
  • Democracy and Political Knowledge in Ancient Athens, 119 Ethics 585 (2009) (review of Josiah Ober, Democracy and Knowledge: Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens (2008)).
  • Lessons From the Rise of Legal Conservatism,” 32 Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 415 (2009) (review of Steven Teles, The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement (2007)) (invited review).
  • ‘Active Liberty’ and Judicial Power: What Should Courts do to Promote Democracy?,” 100 Northwestern University Law Review 1827 (2006) (review of Stephen E. Breyer, Active Liberty: Interpreting our Democratic Constitution (2005)).
  • Judicial Power and Civil Rights Reconsidered,” 114 Yale Law Journal 591 (2004) (review of Michael Klarman, From Jim Crow to Civil Rights (2004)) (with David E. Bernstein).
  • Wise Crowds? When the Many Know More than the Few,Humane Studies Review, Sept. 2005 (review of James Surowiecki, Wise Crowds: When the Many are Smarter than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economics, Societies, and Nations (2004)).
  • “Pragmatism and Democracy: Rejoinder to Richard Posner,” 16 Critical Review 473 (2004).
  • Richard Posner’s Democratic Pragmatism,” 16 Critical Review 1 (2004) (review of Richard A. Posner, Law, Pragmatism, and Democracy (2003)).
  • Review, 23 Cato Journal 475 (2004) (review of Ian Shapiro, The State of Democratic Theory (2003)).
  • “Do Politicians Pander?” 14 Critical Review 147 (2001) (review of Lawrence Jacobs and Robert Shapiro, Politicians Don’t Pander (2000)).
  • Resolving the Democratic Dilemma?” 16 Yale Journal on Regulation 401 (1999)  (review of Arthur Lupia and Matthew McCubbins, The Democratic Dilemma: Can Citizens Learn What they Need to Know? (1998)).
  • “Book Review,” The European Legacy, Feb. 1998, at 129 (review of  Richard Sakwa, Russian Politics and Society (1997)).

      Book Chapters

  • “Rational Ignorance and Public Choice,” in Oxford Handbook of Public Choice, (Roger Congleton, Bernard Grofman, and Stefan Voigt, eds., Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
  • “Freedom and Knowledge,” in Routledge Handbook on Libertarianism, (Jason Brennan, Bas van der Vossen, and David Schmidtz, eds., Routledge, forthcoming).
  • The Impact of Judicial Review on American Federalism: Promoting Centralization More than State Autonomy,” in Courts in Federal Countries: Federalists or Unitarists? (Nicholas Aroney and John Kincaid, eds.,University of Toronto Press, 2017).
  • “Rational Ignorance,” in Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies, (Linsey J. McGoey and Matthias Gross, eds., Routledge, 2015).
  • “Foreword,” in Philip Booth, Federal Britain: The Case for Decentralisation, (London: Institute of Economic Affairs, 2015).
  • “Political Ignorance in America,” in The State of the American Mind, (Mark Bauerlein and Adam Bellow, eds., Templeton Press, 2015).
  • “Brain-Dead vs. Undead: Public Ignorance and the Political Economy of Responses to Vampires and Zombies,” in Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science (Glen Whitman and James Dow, eds., Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).
  • The Individual Mandate and the Proper Meaning of ‘Proper,’”  in The Health Care Case: The Supreme Court’s Decision and Its Implications (Nathaniel Persily, Gillian Metzger, and Trevor Morrison, eds., Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • Apathy,” in Encyclopedia of Political Thought (forthcoming).
  • “Blight,” in Encyclopedia of Housing, 2d ed. (Sage,  2012).
  • “Nations Should Not Be Valued Merely for their Own Sake”, in Patriotism (Sylvia Engdahl, ed., Greenhaven Press, 2011).
  • “Foot Voting, Political Ignorance, and Constitutional Design,” in What Should Constitutions Do? (Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred D. Miller, Jr., and Jeffrey Paul, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2011).
  • “Government Failure and Economic Development Takings,” in The Pursuit of Justice: Law and Economics of Legal Systems (Edward R. Lopez ed., Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
  • “The Limits of Backlash: Assessing the Political Response to Kelo,” in Property Rights: Eminent Domain and Regulatory Takings Re-Examined (Bruce L. Benson, ed., Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
  • “Federalism, Political Ignorance, and Voting With Your Feet,” in The Polyhedron of Libertarianism (Susumu Morimura, ed., Keisoshobo 2009) (in Japanese translation).
  • “How Affirmative Action is Like Racial Profiling,” in Racial Profiling (David Erik Nelson, ed., Greenhaven Press, 2009).
  • Public Use,” in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (Macmillan 2008).
  • “Yee v. Escondido,” in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (Macmillan 2008).
  • “Public Interest,” in International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences  (Macmillan, 2d ed. 2007).
  • “Peonage Cases,” in Encyclopedia of Race and Racism (Macmillan, 2007).
  • Political Ignorance,” in Readings in American Government (Steffen W. Schmidt, et al., eds., Cengage, 5th ed. 2006).

      Popular Media

             BLOGGING

2006-present      Contributor, Volokh Conspiracy law and politics blog, affiliated with the Washington   Post since 2014

2011-present        Contributing Editor for Constitutional Law, JOTWELL website.

2004-present      Occasional guest-blogging at various law and politics sites, including the American      Constitution Society blog, Balkinization, and others.

              ARTICLES AND OP EDS

      Monographs

     Testimony Before Government Bodies

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2003-present
George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA.
Taught Constitutional Law I, Constitutional Law II, Property, Legislation, and Seminar on Federalism.

Summer 2014
Zhengzhou University, Law  School, Zhengzhou, China.
Taught course on “Property Rights.”

Summer 2010
University of Torcuato Di Tella, Law Faculty, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Taught course on “The Political Economy of Constitutions.”

Fall 2008
University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
Taught Property and Seminar on Federalism.

Summer 2007
University of Torcuato Di Tella, Law Faculty, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Taught course on “The Political Economy of Constitutions.”

Summer 2004
University of Hamburg, Institute for Law and Economics, Hamburg, Germany.
Made presentations on research. Worked with German graduate students.

Spring 2003
Northwestern University Law School, Chicago, IL.
Co-taught Introduction to Constitutional Law. Co-Leader, student International Training Program expedition to Russia to study Russian law.

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

2003-Present
George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA.
 Professor of Law.  Associate Professor of Law with tenure (2009-2012); Assistant Professor of Law (2003-2009).

Summer 2014
Zhenghzhou University, Zhengzhou, China
Visiting Professor. Taught course on “Property Rights.”

Summer 2010
University of Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Visiting Professor. Taught Course on “The Political Economy of Constitutions.”

Fall 2008
University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law. Taught Property and Seminar on Federalism.

Summer 2007
University of Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Visiting Professor. Taught Course on “The Political Economy of Constitutions.”

Summer 2004
University of Hamburg, Institute for Law and Economics, Hamburg, Germany.
Visiting Scholar.  Lectured on constitutional political economy.

2002-2003
Northwestern University Law School, Chicago, IL.
John M. Olin Fellow in Law.  Conducted research. Led student group on trip to study Russian law.

2001-2002
Judge Jerry E. Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, Houston, TX.
Law Clerk. Helped judge analyze cases and prepare opinions.

Summer 2001
Mayer, Brown & Platt, Washington, DC.
Summer Associate. Wrote First Amendment amicus brief for US Supreme Court in Thomas v. Chicago Park District (case on constitutionality of demonstration permit system for public parks). Wrote takings case amicus brief for Connecticut Supreme Court. Developed legal strategy for Full Faith and Credit Clause case in California Supreme Court. Offered permanent position.

Summer 1999
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New York, NY.
Summer Associate.  Briefed arguments in case representing Japan in Law of the Sea Treaty dispute with Australia. Assisted in restructuring of Russian Federation debt. Offered permanent position.

1998-99
Professor Bruce Ackerman, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT.
Research Assistant.  Researched separation of powers, constitutional law, and comparative law.

ACADEMIC SPEECHES AND PRESENTATIONS

  • “Expanding Jobs and Housing by Cutting Back on Zoning and Takings,” Panel on “Race and Space,” American Constitution Society National Convention, Washington, DC, June 2017.
  • “Democracy and Judicial Review Reconsidered,” Conference on “Judicial Review – Law and Politics,” Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law, Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 2017.
  • “Federalism and Sanctuary Cities,” Federalist Society Lawyers Division Chapter, Columbus, OH, May 2017.
  • “Why Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration are Unconstitutional,” Federalist Society, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, April 2017 (debate with Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller).
  • “Why (Most) Wrongly Decided Precedents Should be Reversed,” American Bankruptcy Institute, Spring Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, April 2017.
  • “The Originalist Case for a Right to Same-Sex Marriage,” Boston College Law School, Boston, MA, April 2017.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Program on Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, April 2017.
  • “Change it can be Dangerous to Believe in: President Obama’s Constitutional Legacy,” Conference on “President Obama’s Constitutional Law Legacy,” Constitutional Law Center, Drake Law School, Des Moines, IA, April 2017.
  • “Federalism and Political Ignorance,” Spring Colloquium,  Arkansas Center for Research in Economics, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR, March 2017.
  • “Free to Move: Foot Voting and Political Freedom,” College of Business, Conway, AR, March 2017.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” College of Business, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR, March 2017.
  • “How Open Borders Promote Liberty,” Faculty of Law, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, March 2017 (debate with Candice Malcolm).
  • Murr, Regulatory Takings, and the Case Against Expanding the ‘Parcel as a Whole’ Rule,” Panel on “Rethinking Regulatory Takings: A Preview of Murr v. Wisconsin on the Eve of Oral Argument,” Cato Institute, Washington, DC, March 2017.
  • “Foot Voting, Decentralization, and Development,” Conference on “Decentralization and Development,” Law Faculty, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, March 2017 (co-sponsored by the Classical Liberal Institute, New York University).
  • “The Libertarian Case Against Trumpist Nationalism,” New York University School of Law, New York, NY, March 2017.
  • “Trump, Federal Power, and the Left: How Liberals Can Help Make Federalism Great Again,” S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, March 2017.
  • “Trump, Federal Power, and the Left: How Liberals Can Help Make Federalism Great Again,” Lawyers Division Chapter, Federalist Society, Salt Lake City, UT, March 2017.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Capital University Law School, Columbus, OH, February 2017.
  • “The Free Market Conservative Case for Open Borders Immigration,” Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, February 2017.
  • “The Original Scope of State and Federal Power Over Immigration,” Originalism Works-in-Progress Conference, Center for the Study of Originalism, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, February 2017.
  • “The Moral Case for Increasing Immigration,” Conference on Immigration Reform, Reason Foundation, Washington, DC, January 2017.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter,” University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL, January 2017 (debate with Michael Pollack).
  • “Political Ignorance and its Challenge to Democracy,” Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC, January 2017 (debate with Prof. Pope McCorkle).
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, VA, January 2017.
  • “The Development of the Administrative State,” Conference on The Constitution and the Administrative State, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA, January 2017.
  • “Why there is No General Federal Power Over Immigration,” Panel on “Federal Power Over Immigration,” Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, January 2017 (panel organizer).
  • “Some Troubling Implications of Fisher v. University of Texas II,” Panel on Responding to Fisher v. Texas, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, January 2017.
  • “The Original Scope of Federal Power Over Immigration,” Federalist Society Annual Faculty Conference, San Francisco, January 2017.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Recent Books on the Constitution Seminar, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, November 2016.
  • “Assessing Scalia’s Takings Clause Jurisprudence,” panel on Justice Scalia’s Property Rights Jurisprudence, Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention, Washington, DC, November 2016.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter,” Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society, Hartford, CT, November 2016.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL, October 2016.
  • “The Free Market Conservative Case for Open Borders Immigration,” DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL, October 2016.
  • Fisher v. University of Texas II and the Future of Affirmative Action in Higher Education,” John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL, October 2016.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Forum on “Is Democracy in Crisis?” Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, October 2016.
  • “The Use and Abuse of Eminent Domain in the United States,” Brigham-Kanner Conference on Property Rights, The Hague, The Netherlands, October 2016.
  • “The Free Market Conservative Case for Open Borders Immigration,” University of Colorado Law School, October 2016.
  • “The Constitution and the the Power to Initiate War,” Steve and Guido Calabresi Debate on Constitutional Law, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, September 2016.
  • Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes and the Future of Property Rights,”  Cato Institute Constitution Day, Panel on Property Rights, Cato Institute, Washington, DC, September 2016.
  • “Immigration and Executive Power,”  George Mason University, Scalia Law School, Arlington, VA,September 2016 (debate with Josh Blackman).
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter,” University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA, September 2016.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter,” University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, KY, September 2016.
  • “Justice Thomas on Federalism and Property Rights,” Panel on “Justice Thomas After 25 Years,” Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference, Amelia Island, FL, August 2016.
  • “The Politics of Star Trek,” Reason Foundation, Washington DC, August 2016.
  • “The Politics of Star Wars,” panel on “The World According to Star Wars,” Cato Institute, Washington, DC, August 2016.
  • “The Kelo Case: Its Fall-out and Implications,” State Solicitors General and Appellate Chiefs Conference, National Association of Attorneys General, Burlington, VT, June 2016.
  • “Open Borders and the Constitution,” Fund for American Studies, Washington, DC, June 2016.
  • “Popular Movements, Political Ignorance and the Politics of Exclusion,” Panel on “We The People? Law and the Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion,” American Constitution Society National Convention, Washington, DC, June 2016.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter” (second edition), Cato Institute, Washington, DC, June 2016.
  • “Prime Directives in a Galaxy Far, Far Away: The Politics of Star Trek and Star Wars,” Australian Institute for Progress, Brisbane, Australia, May 2016.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Current Constitutional Controversies Occasional Colloquium, University of Queensland, TC Beirne School of Law, Brisbane, Australia, May 2016.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter,” Australian Libertarian Society Friedman Conference, Sydney, Australia, May 2016.
  • “Libertarianism and Science Fiction,” Panel on Libertarianism in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Australian Libertarian Society Friedman Conference, Sydney, Australia, May 2016.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, May 2016.
  • “Urban Development and Public Takings for Private Use,” New Zealand Initiative, Wellington, New Zealand, May 2016.
  • “Eminent Domain and Public Use,” World Bank, Washington, DC, April 2016.
  • “Immigration and Executive Power,” Reason Foundation, Washington, DC, April 2016 (debate with Ilya Shapiro).
  • “Health Care and Constitutional Federalism,” Conference on “The Future of Public Health,” Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA, April 2016
  • “Same-Sex Marriage and the Equal Protection Clause,” University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL, March 2016 (debate with Sherif Girgis).
  • “The Use and Abuse of Eminent Domain in the United States,” Panel on Perspectives on Eminent Domain, Annual Conference on Land and Poverty, World  Bank, Washington, DC, March 2016.
  • “Police Misconduct and Overcriminalization,” Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, March 2016 (panel with Prof. Stephen Carter).
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Denver, CO, March 2016 (debate with Prof. Ian Farrell).
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Colorado Federalist Society Lawyers Division,  Denver, CO, March 2016.
  • Kelo’s Doctrinal Legacy,” Panel on “Kelo Ten Years Later,” Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, March 2016.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter” (second edition), Department of Government, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, February 2016.
  • “The Impact of Kelo and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” American Law Institute, Conference on Eminent Domain and Land Value Litigation, Austin, TX, January 2016.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Houston Federalist Society Lawyers Division, Houston, TX, January 2016.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX, January 2016.
  • “The Problem of Upward Redistribution,” Panel on Upward Redistribution, Federalist Society Faculty Conference, New York, NY, January 2016.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter, Second Edition,” Federalist Society Faculty Conference, New York, NY, January 2016.
  • Fisher and Competing Rationales for Affirmative Action in Higher Education,” panel on Fisher v. University of Texas II, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting,  New York, NY, January 2016.
  • “Why Seizing Raisins is a Taking,” Virtual Symposium on Horne v. USDA, Takings Law, and Regulating Commodities and other Property,” University of Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, Indiana, December 2015.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL, November 2015.
  • “Is LBGT Discrimination Sex Discrimination?” Civil Rights Law Journal Panel on LGBT Discrimination as Sex Discrimination, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA, November 2015.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Federalist Society Lawyers Division Chapter, San Fransciso, November 2015.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Faculty Colloquium, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX, October 2015.
  • “How Centralization and Political Ignorance Exacerbate Inequalities of Power,” Panel on Income Inequality and Democracy, Alumni Weekend, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, October 2015.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA, October 2015.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Federalist Society Lawyers Division Chapter, Los Angeles, CA, October 2015.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,”  UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, October 2015.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Washington and Lee School of Law, Lexington, VA, October 2015.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA, September 2015.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Annual Conference on Litigating Takings Challenges to Land Use and Environmental Regulations, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Baltimore, MD, September 2015.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, September 2015.
  • “Notable Cases of the 2014-15 Supreme Court Term,” Constitution Day panel on notable Supreme Court cases, James Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, September 2015.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Classical Liberal Institute, New York University School of Law, New York, NY, September 2015.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Annual Education Program, Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, September 2015.
  • “The Impact of the Kelo Decision,” Panel on “Takings and the American Regime: Reexamining Kelo v. City of New London,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, September 2015.
  • “Federalism and the Roberts Court,” Panel on “The Obama Administration and American Federalism,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, September 2015 (sponsored by Publius: The Journal of Federalism).
  • “Property Rights and the Roberts Court,” Panel on “The Roberts Court at 10,”  Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference, Boca Raton, FL, July 2015.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Conference on Property Rights on the Tenth Anniversary of Kelo v. City of New London, Cato Institute, Washington, DC, June 2015.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Ninth Annual Judicial Symposium on Civil Justice Issues, Law and Economics Center, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA, June 2015.
  • “The Impact of Kelo v. City of New London,” Panel on “Kelo  Ten Years Later: The Impact on Eminent Domain, Property Rights, and Homes,” University of Chicago Law School, May 2015 (sponsored by Kreisman Initiative on Housing Law and Policy and the Federalist Society).
  • “Intellectual Property and the Takings Clause,” Panel on Intellectual Property and Eminent Domain, Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, April 2015.
  • “Constitutional Limits on the Spending Power,” Panel on the Spending Power, National Association of Attorneys General, Midwest Conference, Indianapolis, IN, April 2015.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Charles Carroll Program, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, March 2015 (debate with Prof. Eric Beerbohm).
  • “Eminent Domain Reform: Ten Years after Kelo,” Tulsa Federalist Society Lawyers Division Chapter, Tulsa, OK, March 2015.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” University of  Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, OK, March 2015.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Nelson Symposium on “Kelo’s First Decade: The Eminent Domain (R)evolution,” University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, FL, February 2015.
  • “Assessing the Impact of Kelo v. City of New London,” panel on “Public Use Since Kelo,” Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting,  Washington, DC, January 2015 (also served as panel organizer).
  • “The Mainstreaming of Libertarian Constitutionalism,” Federalist Society Faculty Conference, Washington, DC, January 2015.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL, November 2014.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Faculty Workshop, University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, OK, November 2014.
  • “Congress, Popular Constitutionalism, and Public Use,” Symposium on “The People, the Congress, and the Constitution,” Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, November 2014.
  • “Federalism and Political Ignorance,” Center for the Constitution, Georgetown University Law Center, October 2014.
  • “Democracy, Foot Voting, and the Case for Limiting Federal Power,” Keynote Speech, Browning Symposium on “The Future of Federalism,” University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, MT, October 2014.
  • NFIB v. Sebelius and the Proper Meaning of ‘Proper,’”, Browning Symposium on “The Future of Federalism,” University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, MT, October 2014.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Maurer School of Law, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, October 2014.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Unirule Institute of Economics, Beijing, China, July 2014.
  • Kelo  and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Shanghai Austrian Economic Summit, Shanghai, China, July 2014.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Zhengzhou University Law School, Zhengzhou, China, July 2014.
  • “Public Use and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Department of Legal Affairs, Taipei City Government, Taipei, Taiwan (presentation for Taiwanese officials involved in land use policy).
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, July 2014.
  • “Voting, Turnout, and Political Ignorance,” Panel on Voting in America, sponsored by The Hill, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, June 2014.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, CA, April 2014.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Amherst College Political Science Department, Amherst, MA, April 2014.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” James Wilson Institute, Washington, DC, April 2014.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, AZ, April 2014.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Federalist Society Lawyers Division Chapter, Phoenix, AZ, April 2014.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Department of Government, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX, March 2014.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” European Students for Liberty Annual Conference, Berlin, Germany, March 2014.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Institute of Law and Economics, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, March 2014.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Faculty of Law, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium, March 2014.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Union of Flemish Liberal Students, Leuven, Belgium, March 2014.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter,” Public Choice Society Annual Conference, Charleston, SC, March 2014 (panel devoted to the book of the same title).
  • “A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case,” University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI, March 2014.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX, February 2014.
  • “A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case,” South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX, February 2014.
  • “The Original Meaning of Public Use,” Originalism Works-in-Progress Conference, Center for the Study of Originalism, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, February 2014.
  • “Deciding What Rights the Constitution Protects,” Panel on Individual Rights, Symposium on Richard Epstein, The Classical Liberal Constitution,  New York University School of Law, New York, NY, February 2014.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter,” Symposium on “Is Democracy Desirable?” University of Texas  School of Law, Austin, TX, January 2014 (co-sponsored by the University of Texas Government Department).
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” University of Illinois Law School, Champaign, IL, January 2014.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” University of Chicago Law School, January 2014 (co-sponsored by the Federalist Society, and the Law and Economics Society).
  • NFIB v. Sebelius  and the Constitutional Debate over Federalism,” William J. Brennan Lecture, Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, OK, January 2014 (annual invited lecture).
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Faculty Workshop, Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, OK, January 2014.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA, January 2014.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Boston College Law School, Newton, MA, January 2014.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” New England School of Law, Boston, MA, January 2014.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Research Group on Constitutional Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, January 2014.
  • “A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case,” Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC, January 2014.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain,” Federalist Society Faculty Conference, New York, NY, January 2014.
  • Bond v. United States and the Limits of the Treaty Power,” Federalist Society, Lawyers Division Chapter, Atlanta, GA, December 2013.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Department of Economics, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, December 2013.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Department of Political Economy, King’s College, London, United Kingdom, November 2013.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,”  Law Department, University of Winchester,  Winchester, United Kingdom, November 2013.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Christ Church College, Oxford Hayek Society, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom, November 2013.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Institute of Economic Affairs/Adam Smith Institute, London, United Kingdom, November 2013.
  • “The Case Against Blight Condemnations,” NYU/University of Vermont Takings Conference, New York University School of Law, November 2013.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Legal Theory Workshop, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA, November 2013.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter,” Cato Institute Book Forum, Washington, DC, November 2013.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC, October 2013.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, October 2013.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,”  Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA, October 2013.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,”  Yale Law School, New Haven, CT,  October 2013.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Faculty Enrichment Seminar, Florida State University College of Law,  Tallahassee, FL, October 2013.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Georgetown Center for the Constitution, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, October 2013 (co-sponsored by the Federalist Society).
  • “Two Steps Forward for the ‘Poor Relation’ of Constitutional Law: The Supreme Court and Property Rights,” Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference, William and Mary Law School, Williamsburg, VA, October 2013.
  • “When and Why Laws Banning Same-Sex Marriage Became Unconstitutional,” Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL, October 2013.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Columbia Law School, New York, NY, October 2013.
  • “Two Steps Forward for the ‘Poor Relation’ of Constitutional Law: Koontz, Arkansas Game & Fish, and the Future of the Takings Clause,” Constitution Day Conference, Cato Institute, Washington, DC, September 2013.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Research Roundtable on Austrian Law and Economics, Law and Economics Center, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA, April 2013.
  • “Federalism and Political Ignorance: Why Decentralizing Government Helps Us Make Smarter Decisions,”  New York University School of Law, New York, NY, April 2013.
  • “The 17th Amendment and Challenges to American Democracy,”  New York University School of Law, New York, NY, April 2013. (New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy symposium on “Democracy Unfiltered: Discussing 100 Years of Direct Elections and Modern Issues Affecting the Law of Democracy”).
  • “Affirmative Action and Fisher v. University of Texas,” Columbia Law School, New York, NY, April 2013 (debate with Professor Theodore Shaw).
  • “Progressive Federalism,” Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, April 2013 (debate with Professor Heather Gerken).
  • “The Tea Party Movement and Voter Rationality,” George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA, April 2013.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Politics, Law and Economics Lecture Series, Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC, March 2013.
  • Kelo and its Aftermath,” University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI, March 2013.
  • “Does the Constitution Protect Economic Rights?,” Rutgers School of Law-Camden, Camden, NJ, March 2013 (debate with Professor Louis Michael Seidman).
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Faculty Colloquium, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL, March 2013.
  • “Jury Ignorance and Political Ignorance,” William and Mary Law School, Williamsburg, VA, February 2013 (Symposium on the Civil Jury as a Political Institution).
  • “Kelo and its Aftermath,District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Washington, DC, January 2013 (presentation for the judges of the highest court of the District of Columbia).
  • “Kelo and its Aftermath,South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX, January 2013.
  • “Does Regulation of Corporate Political Speech Violate the First Amendment?” Amherst College, Amherst, MA, October 2012  (debate with Professor Larry Lessig and others).
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Lawyers Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL, October 2012.
  • “Eminent Domain Reform and Virginia Question 1,” Old Dominion Boat Club, Alexandria, VA, October 2012.
  • “Democracy, Federalism, and Dissent,” Conference in Honor of Professor Heather Gerken, University of Tulsa Law School, Tulsa, OK, September 2012.
  • “Assessing the Health Care Decisions,” September 2012, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN, September 2012 (debate with Professor Fred Morrison).  
  • “Assessing the Health Care Decisions,” Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA, September 2012 (debate with Professor Daniel Ortiz).      
  • “The Supreme Court and Property Rights,” Annual Supreme Court Review Conference, Cato Institute,  Washington, DC, September 2012
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Philosophy, Politics and Economics lecture series, Department of  Economics, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, September 2012.
  • “Assessing the Individual Mandate Decision,” University of Toledo School of Law, Toledo, OH, August 2012  (debate with Professor Rebecca Zietlow).
  • “Federalism and the War on Drugs,”  Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO, April 2012.
  • “Deregulating the Legal Profession,”  University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, WA, April 2012.
  • “Property Rights Since Kelo,”  Tulane Law School, New Orleans, LA, April 2012.
  • “Property Rights Since Kelo,” University of North Carolina Law School, Chapel Hill, NC, April 2012.
  • “Federalism and Judicial Review in the United States,” Forum on Federations, International Conference on Courts in Federal Countries, Montreal, Canada, March 2012.
  • “The Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate,” LA Federalist Society/Stanford Law School Alumni Association/Libertarian Law Council, Los Angeles, CA, March 2012 (debate with Dean Larry Kramer).
  • “The Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate,” Washington Legal Foundation, Washington, DC, March 2012 (debate with Andrew Pincus).
  • “The Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate,” UCLA Law School, Los Angeles, CA, March 2012 (debate with Professor Jonathan Varat).
  • “Political Ignorance and Popular Constitutionalism,” Conference on Popular Constitutionalism and the 2012 Election, Roger Williams Law School, Bristol, RI, February 2012.
  • “Originalism and Political Ignorance,” Originalism Works-in-Progress Conference, Center for the Study of Originalism, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, February 2012.
  • “Ending the War on Drugs,” University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL, January 2012.
  • “Ending the War on Drugs,” University of Arkansas Law School, Fayetteville, AR, November 2011.
  • “Referendum Measure 31 and Post-Kelo Reform in Mississippi,” University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, MS, October 2011.
  • “The Tea Party Movement and Popular Constitutionalism,” New York University School of Law, New York, NY, October 2011.
  • “A Mandate for Mandates: Is the Individual Health Care Mandate Case a Slippery Slope?” Symposium on Constitutional Challenges to the Affordable Care Act, Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC, September 2011.
  • “Review of the 2010-11 Supreme Court Term,” Columbus Law School, Catholic University, Washington, DC, September 2011.
  • “Is the Libya Intervention Constitutional?” University of Akron Law School, Akron, OH, September, 2011.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” University of Athens, Athens, Greece, May 2011.
  • Kelo and Post-Kelo Eminent Domain Reform,” Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA, April 2011 (debate with Prof. Jane Baron).
  • “What if Kelo had Gone the Other Way?,” Symposium on Counterfactuals in Constitutional History, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, IN, April 2011.
  • “Clarence Thomas on Textualism, Originalism, and Federalism,” Conference on the Twentieth Anniversary of Justice Thomas’ Accession to the Supreme Court, University of Detroit Mercy Law School, Detroit, MI, March 2011.
  • “Federalism and Property Rights,” Levy Seminar, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA, March 2011.
  • “Technology and Political Ignorance,” Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property Symposium, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL, March 2011.
  • “The Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate,” Center For American Progress debate, Washington, DC, March 2011.
  • “The Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate,” Brookings Institution debate, Washington, DC, March 2011.
  • “The Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate,” American Constitution Society debate, Arlington, VA, February 2011.
  • “The Idea of Judicial Takings,” Conference on Judicial Takings, Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC, February 2011.
  • “Property Rights Since Kelo,” University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI, January 2011.
  • “The Constitutionality of the Federal Health Care Law,” Federalist Society Panel, Madison, WI, January 2011 (panel with Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, and state Rep. Jon Richards).
  • “Why the Individual Health Care Mandate is Unconstitutional,” National Conference on Health Care Reform, Washington, DC, January 2011.
  • “The Tea Party and Popular Constitutionalism,” panel on The Constitutional Politics of the Tea Party Movement, American Association of Law Schools Conference, San Francisco, CA January 2011.
  • “Causes and Consequences of the Lack of Ideological Diversity in Legal Academia,” panel on Ideological Diversity and Discrimination in American Law Schools, American Association of Law Schools Conference, San Francisco, CA January 2011.
  • “Rationality and Political Ignorance,” New York University Department of Economics, New York, NY, December 2010.
  • “The Political and Judicial Reaction to Kelo,” University of Illinois Law School Colloquium on Constitutional Theory, History, and Law, Champaign, IL, November 2010.
  • “Why the Individual Health Care Mandate is Unconstitutional,” Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC, November 2010.
  • “Why the Individual Health Care Mandate is Unconstitutional,”  University of Florida Law School, Gainesville, FL, November 2010.
  •    “Going to Pot: Federalism and the War on Drugs,” Michigan State University Law School, Lansing, MI, October 2010 (debate with Judge Landis Lain).
  • “Federalism and the War on Drugs,” Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, MI, October 2010.
  • “Federalism and Constitutional Property Rights,” University of Chicago Legal Forum Symposium on Governance and Power, University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL, October 2010.
  • “Public Opinion and Prospects for Reform of Overcriminalization,” Conference on Overcriminalization 2.0, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, October 2010.
  • “The Grasping Hand: Takings and Property Rights Since Kelo v. City of New London,” Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, OR, October 2010.
  •    “Taking Stock of Comstock: The Necessary and Proper Clause and the Limits of Federal Power,” Annual Supreme Court Review Conference, Cato Institute, Washington, DC, September 2010.
  • “The State of the Supreme Court,” American Constitution Society Panel on the 2009-10 Supreme Court term, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA, September 2010.
  • “Deliberative Democracy and Political Ignorance,” University of Santo Tomas, Santiago, Chile, August 2010.
  • “Deliberative Democracy and Political Ignorance,” University of Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires Argentina, July 2010.
  • “Customary International Law and the Political Economy of the Alien Tort Claims Statute,” Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL, April 2010 (with John O. McGinnis).
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Levy Seminar, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA, March 2010.
  • Kelo and Post-Kelo Eminent Domain Reform,” University of Chicago Law School, February 2010 (debate with Dean Saul Levmore).
  • “Federalism and the Economic Crisis,” Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention, Washington, DC, November 2009.
  • “Localism and Democracy,” Constitution in 2020 Conference, Yale Law School, New Haven CT, October 2009.
  • “Foot Voting, Political Ignorance and Constitutional Design,” Korea Institutional Economics Association Conference, National University, Seoul, Korea, August 2009.
  • “Foot Voting, Political Ignorance and Constitutional Design,” Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Symposium on “What Should Constitutions Do?“ Tampa, FL, April 2009.
  • “The Art of Legal Blogging,“ Panel on Legal Blogging, Princeton University Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton, NJ, April 2009.
  • Kelo and its Aftermath,”  University of Florida Law School, Gainesville, FL, April 2009.
  • Kelo and its Aftermath,”  Michigan State University Law School, Lansing, MI, March 2009.
  • “Closing the Pandora’s Box of Federalism,”  University of Cincinnati Law School, Cincinnati, OH, March 2009.
  • “The Limits of Backlash: Assessing the Political Response to Kelo,” University of Pennsylvania Ad Hoc Seminar, October 2008.
  • “The Limits of Backlash: Assessing the Political Response to Kelo,” Boston University Law School Law and Economics Seminar, Boston, MA, October 2008.
  • “Competitive and Cooperative Federalism,” American Enterprise Institute Conference on the Future of Federalism, Washington, DC, September 2008.
  • “Normative Implications of Political Ignorance,” Critical Review Conference on  “Homo Politicus,” Boston, MA, August 2008.
  • “Taking Property Rights Seriously? The Supreme Court and the ‘Poor Relation’ of Constitutional Law,”  Michigan State University, Conference on “The Supreme Court: Contested Constitutional Doctrines,”  Lansing, MI, March 2008.
  • “Tiebout Goes Global: International Migration as a Tool for Voting With Your Feet,” University of Missouri Law School, Conference on Federalism and International Law, Columbia, MO, February 2008.
  • “The Politics of Economic Development Takings,” Case Western Reserve University Law School, Conference on Corporations and their Communities, Cleveland, OH, February 2008.
  • “Democracy and International Human Rights Law,” Hebrew University Minerva Center for Human Rights, Jerusalem, Israel, November 2007.
  • “Property Rights and Economic Development Takings Since Kelo,” Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL, October 2007.
  • “Federalism and Political Ignorance: The Informational Advantages of Voting with Your Feet,” IVR World Congress on Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Cracow, Poland, August 2007.
  • “The Case Against ‘Morals’ Regulation,” Federalist Society Conference on  the Work of Judge Robert Bork, Washington, DC, July 2007.
  • “Federalism and Political Ignorance: The Informational Advantages of Voting with Your Feet,” University of Torcuato Di Tella Conference on Law and Legal Philosophy,  Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 2007.
  • “The Limits of Backlash: Assessing the Political Response to Kelo,” Florida State University Law School, Conference on Eminent Domain, April 2007.
  •  “Can We Make the Constitution More Democratic?” Drake Law School, Conference on “Our Undemocratic Constitution,” Des Moines, IA, March 2007.
  •  “Federalism and Political Ignorance: The Informational Advantages of Voting with Your Feet,” University of California, Santa Cruz Economics Department, Conference on Federalism, Santa Cruz, CA, March, 2007
  •  Congressional Authority to Limit Wartime Executive Power,” Federalist Society Academic Conference, Panel on Wartime Executive Power, Washington, DC, January 2007.
  •  “The Limits of Backlash: Assessing the Political Response to Kelo, Northwestern University School of Law Constitutional Law Colloqium, Chicago, IL, January 2007.
  • “The Problem of Political Ignorance,”  ESEN University, San Salvador, El Salvador, October 2006.
  • “Your Land is My Land: Eminent Domain After Kelo,”  University of Pennsylvania Law School, October 2006.
  • “Controlling the Grasping Hand: Economic Development Takings after Kelo,”  Seminar on Environmental Policy and Land Use, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, October 2006.
  • “Controlling the Grasping Hand: Economic Development Takings after Kelo,”   William & Mary Law School, September 2006.
  • “A False Dawn for Federalism: Clear Statement Rules after Gonzales v. Raich,”  Annual Supreme Court Review Conference, Cato Institute, September 2006.
  • “Knowledge About Ignorance: New Directions in the Study of Political Information,”  Latin American & Caribbean Law and Economics Association Conference,“ Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 2006.
  • “What Can Judges do to Promote Democracy?”  Torcuato Di Tella Law School, Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 2006.
  • “The Green Costs of Kelo,” Federalist Society Faculty Conference, January 2006.
  • “The Politics of Ignorance,”  Northwestern  University School of Law, September 2005.
  • “I Want Your Land: Eminent Domain After Kelo,”  Washington and Lee School of Law, September 2005.
  • “Democracy, Political Ignorance, and Limited Government,”   IVR World Congress on Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Granada, Spain, May 2005.
  • “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Department of Economics,  New York University, February 2005.
  • “The Case for Banning Economic Development Takings,”  American Association of Law Schools, Annual Conference, January 2005.
  • “The Case for Banning Economic Development Takings,”  Conference on Property Rights in the Twenty-First Century, New York University School of Law, November 2004.
  • “Overruling Poletown: County of Wayne v. Hathcock and the Future of Public Use,”  Conference on County of Wayne v. Hathcock, Michigan State University College of Law, November 2004.
  • “Federalism vs. States’ Rights,”  Legal Scholarship Workshop, University of Chicago Law School, October 2004.
  • “When Ignorance is No Bliss,”  Panel on “What’s Wrong with Voters?“  Cato Institute, Washington, DC. October 2004.
  • “Political Ignorance and the War on Terror,”  Critical Infrastructure Project Annual Conference, Fairfax, VA, September 2004.
  • “Democracy and the Problem of Political Ignorance,” University of Hamburg Institute for Law and Economics, Hamburg, Germany. July 2004.
  •  Discussant, Panel on “Preventing Another Florida?” American Enterprise Institute conference on the Florida 2000 recount dispute, Washington, DC. June 2004.
  • “Federalism and the New Iraqi Constitution,” Panel on Federalism in Iraq, Cato Institute, Washington, DC, May 2004.
  • “Closing the Pandora’s Box of Federalism: The Case for Strict Judicial Limits on the Spending Power,” Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, November 2003.
  • “Political Ignorance and the Countermajoritarian Difficulty,” George Mason University Department of Economics Seminar, Fairfax, VA, September 2003.
  • “Constitutional Change in Times of Crisis,” Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA, February 2003.

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  • Political Studies
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AMICUS BRIEFS AUTHORED

  • Murr v. Wisconsin, (US Supreme Court 2016) (amicus brief in important Takings Clause case, on behalf of nine state governments).
  • Obergfell v. Hodges, 135 S.Ct. 2584 (2015) (amicus brief arguing that laws banning same-sex marriage discriminate on the basis of sex, on behalf of a group of legal scholars) (coauthored with Andrew Koppelman).
  • Kenter v. City of Sanibel, 750 F.3d 1274 (11th Cir. 2014) (amicus brief supporting petition for certiorari in case addressing status of property rights under the Due Process Clause, on behalf of the National Federation of Independent  Business, the Cato Institute, Owners’ Counsel of America, and the Rutherford Institute).
  • Ilagan v. Ungacta, (Guam 2012) (case challenging constitutionality of pretextual takings) (amicus brief to petition for certiorari on behalf of the National Federation of Independent Business, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Cato Institute, nine other organizations, and a group of constitutional law and property scholars supporting petition for certiorari)
  • NFIB v. Sebelius, 132 S.Ct. 2566 (2012) (case challenging constitutionality of 2010 health care bill individual mandate) (amicus brief on behalf of the Washington Legal Foundation and group of constitutional law scholars).
  • Colony Cove Properties, LLC v. City of Carson, 640 F.3d 948 (9th Cir. 2011) (amicus brief on behalf of Cato Institute, National Federation of Independent Business, Institute for Justice, Goldwater Institute, and New England Legal Foundation supporting petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court).
  • Florida v. Department of Health and Human Services, 648 F.3d 1235 (11th Cir. 2011) (case challenging constitutionality of 2010 health care bill individual mandate) (amicus brief on behalf of the Washington Legal Foundation and group of constitutional law scholars).
  • Virginia ex rel. Cuccinelli v. Sebelius, 656 F.3d 253 (4th Cir. 2011) (case challenging constitutionality of 2010 health care bill individual mandate) (amicus brief on behalf of the Washington Legal Foundation and group of constitutional law scholars).
  • Thomas More Law Center v. Obama, 651 F.3d 529 (6th Cir. 2011) (case challenging constitutionality of 2010 health care bill individual mandate) (amicus brief on behalf of the Washington Legal Foundation and 11 members of Congress).
  • Tuck It Away, Inc. v. New York State Urban Development Corporation, (N.Y. 2010) (case challenging constitutionality of pretextual blight condemnations in New York City) (amicus brief on behalf of Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Cato Institute, and Institute for Justice supporting petition for certiorari).
  • Virginia ex rel. Cuccinelli v. Sebelius, 728 F. Supp.2d 768 (E.D. Va. 2010) (case challenging constitutionality of 2010 health care bill individual mandate) (amicus brief on behalf of the Washington Legal Foundation and 14 constitutional law scholars).
  • City of Milwaukee Post 2874, Veterans of Foreign Wars v. Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee, (Wisc. 2009) (amicus brief on behalf of Institute for Justice supporting petition for certiorari in Just Compensation Clause case).
  • Didden v. Village of Port Chester, 173 Fed. Appx. 931 (2d Cir. 2006) (amicus brief on behalf of group of property professors supporting certiorari in important pretextual takings case).
  • Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005) (case challenging constitutionality of condemnations for “economic development“) (brief on behalf of  urban theorist Jane Jacobs) (cited in Justice John Paul Stevens’  majority opinion for the Court).
  • County of Wayne v. Hathcock,  684 N.W.2d 765 (Mich. 2004) (takings case reversing notorious Poletown decision) (brief on behalf of Institute for Justice).
  • Rukab v. City of Jacksonville Beach, 866 So.2d 773 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2004) (challenge to constitutionality of condemnation of property  for the purpose of benefiting private interests) (brief for Institute for Justice).
  • Pequonnock Yacht Club, Inc. v. City of Bridgeport, 790 A.2d 1178 (Conn. 2002) (challenging constitutionality of taking of property without advance specification of a future public use) (brief for Institute for Justice).
  • Thomas v. Chicago Park District, 534 U.S. 316 (2002) (case challenging constitutionality of speaker permit system in Chicago public parks) (brief for National Governors Association, National Council of State Legislatures, and other state and local government groups).

BAR MEMBERSHIPS

Massachusetts, admitted July 2001; United States Supreme Court, admitted October 2011.

PERSONAL

  • Fluent in Russian (native speaker). Conversant in French.
  • Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, 1973.
  • US citizen since 1986.