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Professor Michael C. Dorf

Professor Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School
Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law
Ithaca, NY, USA


Michael C. Dorf has written over eighty scholarly articles and essays on constitutional law and related subjects. He is the co-author (with Laurence Tribe) of On Reading the Constitution (Harvard University Press, 1991), the co-author (with Trevor Morrison) of The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Constitutional Law (Oxford University Press, 2010), the editor of Constitutional Law Stories (Foundation Press 2004, second edition 2009), the author of No Litmus Test: Law Versus Politics in the 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), and a co-editor of the 12th edition of the Choper et al Constitutional Law casebook (West, 2015). His latest book (with co-author Sherry Colb) is Beating Hearts: Abortion and Animal Rights (Columbia University Press, 2016). Professor Dorf writes a bi-weekly column for Justia's web magazine Verdict and posts several times per week on his blog, Dorf on Law

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he spent the year between college and law school as a Rotary Scholar at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. During that time he co-authored three articles for refereed physics journals. After law school, Professor Dorf served as a law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States. 

His work as a paid lawyer has included a constitutional challenge to NAFTA in the D.C. Circuit and he maintains an active pro bono practice that includes the writing of amicus briefs in Supreme Court cases. Before joining the Cornell faculty, Professor Dorf taught at Rutgers-Camden Law School for three years and at Columbia Law School for thirteen years. At Columbia, he was Vice Dean from 1998-2002 and when he left, was the Isidor & Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law.
Professor Michael C. Dorf is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Overview of the Supreme Court October 2015 Term - 18th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2015 Term, Monday, August 15, 2016
Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Freedom of Speech, Voting Rights, and Religion - 18th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2015 Term, Monday, August 15, 2016
Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Three Big Issues: Abortion, Affirmative Action, and Presidential Power Over Immigration - 18th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2015 Term, Monday, August 15, 2016
Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Business Interests, Class Actions, Civil Rights, and Other Civil Litigation - 18th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2015 Term, Monday, August 15, 2016
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Business Interests, Class Actions, Civil Rights, and Other Civil Litigation - Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Business Interests, Class Actions, Civil Rights, and Other Civil Litigation, Monday, August 15, 2016
Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Three Big Issues: Abortion, Affirmative Action, and Presidential Power Over Immigration - Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Three Big Issues: Abortion, Affirmative Action, and Presidential Power Over Immigration, Monday, August 15, 2016
Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Freedom of Speech, Voting Rights, and Religion - Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Freedom of Speech, Voting Rights, and Religion, Monday, August 15, 2016
Overview of the Supreme Court October 2015 Term - Overview of the Supreme Court October 2015 Term, Monday, August 15, 2016
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Overview of the Supreme Court October 2015 Term - Overview of the Supreme Court October 2015 Term, Monday, August 15, 2016
Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Freedom of Speech, Voting Rights, and Religion - Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Freedom of Speech, Voting Rights, and Religion, Monday, August 15, 2016
Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Three Big Issues: Abortion, Affirmative Action, and Presidential Power Over Immigration - Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Three Big Issues: Abortion, Affirmative Action, and Presidential Power Over Immigration, Monday, August 15, 2016
Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Business Interests, Class Actions, Civil Rights, and Other Civil Litigation - Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Business Interests, Class Actions, Civil Rights, and Other Civil Litigation, Monday, August 15, 2016
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 18th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2015 Term, Wednesday, August 17, 2016, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast 19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Thursday, August 10, 2017, New York, NY
Pro Bono  Pro Bono 19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Thursday, August 10, 2017, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web 19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Thursday, August 10, 2017, Atlanta, GA
19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Thursday, August 10, 2017, New Brunswick , NJ
19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Thursday, August 10, 2017, New Orleans, LA
19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Thursday, August 10, 2017, Columbus, OH
19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Thursday, August 10, 2017, Boston, MA
19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Thursday, August 10, 2017, Cleveland, OH
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