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Louise Weinberg

  • William B. Bates Chair for the Administration of Justice

Education

  • JD Harvard
  • LLM Harvard
  • AB Cornell

Louise Weinberg is holder of the Bates Chair and Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law. Weinberg teaches and writes in Constitutional Law and Federal Courts. She received her undergraduate degree summa from Cornell, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, holds two Harvard Law degrees, and clerked for Judge Wyzanski. She practiced in Boston as an associate in litigation with Bingham Dana & Gould, now Bingham McCutchen. She has taught at Harvard, Brandeis, and Stanford, and has received the Texas Exes' Excellence in Teaching Award. She is a member of the American Law Institute. A frequently invited public speaker, she has served as a Forum Fellow of the World International Forum, Davos. Professor Weinberg is current Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Conflict of Laws, and has chaired three different AALS Sections, twice chairing the Section on Federal Courts and twice chairing the Section on Conflict of Laws. Recently she appeared in the Public Broadcasting System's four-part series, "The Supreme Court."

Weinberg is a versatile scholar. Her current and recent writings in the field of Constitutional Law include A General Theory of Governance: Due Process and Lawmaking Power, William & Mary Law Review (2013); Unlikely Beginnings of Modern Constitutional Thought, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law (2012); The McReynolds Mystery Solved, University of Denver Law Review (2011); An Almost Archeological Dig: Substantive Due Process, An Early View, Constitutional Commentary (2010); Dred Scott and the Crisis of 1860, Symposium, Chicago-Kent Law Review (2007); Our Marbury, Virginia Law Review (2003); and When Courts Decide Elections: The Constitutionality of Bush v. Gore, Symposium, Boston University Law Review (2002). In the field of Federal Courts, Weinberg is author of Federal Courts: Judicial Federalism and Judicial Power (1994). Her recent work in the field includes Back to the Future: The New General Common Law, Symposium, Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce (2004); Of Sovereignty and Union: The Legends of Alden, Notre Dame Law Review (2001); and The Article III Box, Symposium, Texas Law Review (2000). In the field of Conflict of Laws, Weinberg is co-author of The Conflict of Laws (2002). Her work in this field includes Theory Wars in the Conflict of Laws, Michigan Law Review (2005). Professor Weinberg has also done some work in Legal Theory and Jurisprudence, including Of Theory and Theodicy: The Problem of Immoral Law, in Law and Justice in a Multistate World (2002) and Choosing Law, Giving Justice, Symposium, Louisiana Law Review (2000).

Professor Weinberg has written such classics in the canon of legal literature as Federal Common Law, Northwestern Law Review (1989) and The New Judicial Federalism, Stanford Law Review (1977), and such provocative essays as Holmes' Failure, Michigan Law Review (1997) and Against Comity, Georgetown Law Journal (1991). She is a contributor to legal encyclopedias for the Oxford and Yale University Presses. Her pieces for the general public have appeared in The American Scholar, The Public Interest, and Daedalus.

Recent Publications

  • A General Theory of Governance: Due Process and Lawmaking Power, 54 William & Mary Law Review 1057 (2013). View Article
  • Unlikely Beginnings of Modern Constitutional Thought, 15 Journal of Constitutional Law 291 (2012). View Article
  • Federal Common Law, in Federalism by A.J. Bellia, ed. (New York: Aspen Publishers, 2011).

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Louise Weinberg

lweinberg@law.utexas.edu

Work (512) 232-1304

Fax (512) 232-2399

Office: TNH 3.118C
The University of Texas at Austin
727 E Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705

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(512) 232-1302

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