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Lucas A. Powe Jr

  • Anne Green Regents Chair in Law
  • Professor of Government



  • The Supreme Court and the American Elite, 1789-2008 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009).
  • The Warren Court and American Politics (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2000).
  • Regulating Broadcast Programming (Washington, D.C.: AEI Press, 1994) (with Thomas G. Krattenmaker).
  • The Fourth Estate and the Constitution: Freedom of the Press in America (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991).
  • American Broadcasting and the First Amendment (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987).
  • Cases and Materials on the Law of Witch Hunting (1986).
  • Materials on the Regulation of Broadcasting (Austin: University of Texas School of Law, 1976).
  • Materials on Mass Communications (Austin: University of Texas School of Law, 1973).


  • Two Great Leaders, 57 New York Law School Law Review 465 (2012-2013).
  • Brandenburg: Then and Now [Symposium: Fifth Annual Criminal Law Symposium: Criminal Law and the First Amendment: Is (Should) Brandenburg (Be) Good Law in a Post-9/11 World?], 44 Texas Tech Law Review 69 (2011).
  • The Court's Constitution [Symposium: Presidential Power in Historical Retrospective: Reflections on Calabresi and Yoo's The Unitary Executive], 12 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 529 (2010).
  • Sotomayer Reversal not a First, CNN, June 29, 2009. <>
  • Red Lion and Pacifica: Are They Relics?, 36 Pepperdine Law Review 445 (2009).
  • Judges Struck by Lightning: Some Observations on the Politics of Recent Supreme Court Appointments [Symposium: Conversations about Sandra Day O'Connor], 39 Arizona State Law Journal 875 (2007).
  • Constitutional Amendments: The Winners and Losers, Village Voice, Mar. 3-9, 2004, at 28.
  • The Political Battle for the Constitution, 21 Constitutional Commentary 641 (2004) (with H. W. Perry Jr.).
  • (Re)introducing Wiley Rutledge, 29 Journal of Supreme Court History 337 (2004).
  • Writing the First Draft of History: Anthony Lewis as Supreme Court Correspondent, 29 Journal of Supreme Court History 177 (2004).
  • The Politics of American Judicial Review: Reflections on the Marshall, Warren, and Rehnquist Courts, 38 Wake Forest Law Review 697 (2003).
  • Searching for the False Shout of "Fire," 19 Constitutional Commentary 345 (2002).
  • Boiling Blood [Symposium: Money, Politics, and Equality], 77 Texas Law Review 1667 (1999).
  • The Second Amendment as Teaching Tool in Constitutional Law Classes, 48 Journal of Legal Education 591 (1998) (with Eugene Volokh, Robert J. Cottrol, Sanford Levinson & Glenn Harlan Reynolds).
  • Guns, Words, and Constitutional Interpretation, 38 William & Mary Law Review 1311 (1997).
  • Situating Schauer, 72 Notre Dame Law Review 1519 (1997).
  • Converging First Amendment Principles for Converging Communications Media, 104 Yale Law Journal 1719 (1995) (with Thomas G. Krattenmaker).
  • Old People and Good Behavior, 12 Constitutional Commentary 195 (1995). [Reprinted in Constitutional Stupidities, Constitutional Tragedies (William N. Eskridge, Jr. & Sanford Levinson eds.; New York: New York University Press, 1998).]
  • Does Footnote Four Describe?, 11 Constitutional Commentary 197 (1994).
  • The Court Between Hegemonies, 49 Washington & Lee Law Review 31 (1992).
  • Mass Communications and the First Amendment: An Overview, Law & Contemporary Problems, Winter 1992, at 53.
  • From Bork to Souter, 27 Willamette Law Review 781 (1991).
  • From "Times" to "Times," Constitution, Fall 1991, at 24.
  • Justice Douglas After Fifty Years: the First Amendment, McCarthyism and Rights, 6 Constitutional Commentary 267 (1989).
  • Consistency Over Time: The FCC's Indecency Review, 10 Comm/Ent 571 (1988).
  • Scholarship and Markets, 56 George Washington Law Review 172 (1987).
  • Powe Writes About Problems in Broadcasting Regulations, 14 Media Law Notes 7 (1987).
  • Espionage, Leaks, and the First Amendment, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, June/July 1986, at 8.
  • Economic Make-Believe in the Supreme Court, 3 Constitution Commentary 385 (1986).
  • Making the Difficult Choices Easy, 1986 American Bar Foundation 57.
  • The Fairness Doctrine Today: A Constitutional Curiosity and An Impossible Dream, 1985 Duke Law Journal 151 (with Thomas G. Krattenmaker).
  • Constitutional Implications of President Reagan's Censorship Directive 84, The Center Magazine, Mar./Apr. 1984, at 4.
  • A Silver Anniversary Retrospective for Frontier Broadcasting, Media Law Notes, May 1983, at 4.
  • Mass Speech and the Newer First Amendment, 1982 Supreme Court Review 243 (1982).
  • American Voodoo: If Television Doesn't Show It, Maybe It Won't Exist, 59 Texas Law Review 879 (1981).
  • Mr. Justice Douglas, 55 Washington Law Review 285 (1980).
  • Populist Fiscal Restraints and the Contracts Clause, 65 Iowa Law Review 963 (1980).
  • Televised Violence: First Amendment Principles and Social Science Theory, 64 Virginia Law Review 1123 (1978) (with Thomas Krattenmaker).
  • The Panama Canal Treaty and the Constitution, 66 Georgetown Law Journal 1185 (1978).
  • "Or of the (Broadcast) Press," 55 Texas Law Review 39 (1976).
  • Rehearsal for Substantive Due Process: the Municipal Bond Cases, 53 Texas Law Review 738 (1975).
  • Cable and Obscenity, 24 Catholic University Law Review 719 (1975).
  • The Supreme Court and Sex Discrimination, 1 Women's Law Reporter 1 (1974).
  • Evolution to Absolutism: Justice Douglas and the First Amendment, 74 Columbia Law Review 371 (1974).
  • Road to Swann: Mobile County Crawls to the Bus, 51 Texas Law Review 505 (1973).
  • Georgia Straight and Freedom of Expression in Canada, 48 Canada Bar Review 410 (1970).
  • Constitutional and Statutory Rights to Open Housing, 44 Washington Law Review 1 (1968) (with Arval Morris).
  • Water Pollution Control in Washington, 43 Washington Law Review 425 (1967).


  • Icons, 45 Tulsa Law Review 669 (2010) (reviewing American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, by Joan Biskupic, & Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, by Melvin I. Urofsky). View Article
  • A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan, by Michael Kazin, History Book Club Review, Mar. 2006, at 4.
  • Are "the People" Missing in Action (and Should Anyone Care)?, 83 Texas Law Review 855 (2005) (reviewing The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review, by Larry D. Kramer).
  • Brown v. Board of Education: Caste, Culture, and the Constitution, by R.J. Cottrol et al., 23 Law & History Review 483 (2005).
  • Disease and Cure?, 101 Michigan Law Review 1947 (2003) (reviewing, by Cass Sunstein).
  • The Not-So-Brave New Constitutional Order, 117 Harvard Law Review 647 (2003) (reviewing The New Constitutional Order, by Mark Tushnet).
  • A Unique Kind of Justice, 31 Reviews in American History 471 (2003) (reviewing Wild Bill: The Legend and Life of William O. Douglas, by Bruce Allen Murphy).
  • Division and Discord: The Supreme Court Under Stone and Vinson, 1943-1953, by Melvin I. Urofsky, 18 Constitutional Commentary 259 (2001).
  • Go Geezers Go: Leaving the Bench, 25 Law & Social Inquiry 1227 (2000) (essay reviewing Leaving the Bench: Supreme Court Justices at the End, by David N. Atkinson).
  • What Does Bo Know?, 82 Virginia Law Review 1369 (1996) (reviewing Creating the National Pastime: Baseball Transforms Itself, 1903-1953, by G. Edward White).
  • The Supreme Court, Social Change, and Legal Scholarship, 44 Stanford Law Review 1615 (1992) (reviewing Images of a Free Press, by Lee C. Bollinger, and The Hollow Hope: Can Courts Bring About Social Change?, by Gerald N. Rosenberg).
  • Jerry Falwell v. Larry Flynt, by Rodney Smolla, 6 Constitutional Commentary 127 (1990).
  • Tornillo, 1987 Supreme Court Review 345.
  • The Constitution in the Supreme Court 1789-1888, by David P. Currie, 31 American Journal of Legal History 262 (1987).
  • The Memoirs of Earl Warren, by Earl Warren, 56 North Carolina Law Review 408 (1978).
  • Supreme Court of the United States Nominations 1916-72, ed. by Roy M. Mersky and J. Myron Jacobstein, 54 Texas Law Review 891 (1976).
  • From the Diaries of Felix Frankfurter, by Joseph P. Lash, 39 Texas Bar Journal 69 (1976).
  • Private Pressures on Public Law: The Legal Career of Justice Thurgood Marshall, by Randolf W. Bland, 36 Texas Bar Journal 1070 (1973).
  • The 1971 Supreme Court Review, by Phillip B. Kurland, 8 Criminal Law Bulletin 438 (1972).
  • The Constitutionalist, by George Anastaplo, 8 Criminal Law Bulletin 350 (1972).
  • Reconstruction and Reunion, 1868-88: Part One, by Charles Fairman, 50 Texas Law Review 1468 (1972).
  • Judicial Power and Reconstruction Politics, by Stanley I. Kutler, 44 Washington Law Review 724 (1969).


  • The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (Roger K. Newman ed.; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009) (contributor).
  • William O. Douglas, in 2 Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States 56 (David S. Tanenhaus ed.; Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008).
  • The Role of the Court, in Security v. Liberty 165 (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2008).
  • Twenty-Sixth Amendment, in 5 Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States 85 (David S. Tanenhaus ed.; Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008).
  • Naim v. Naim, 350 U.S. 985 (1956), in 3 Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States 352 (David S. Tanenhaus ed.; Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008).
  • Good Behavior, in 2 Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States 351 (David S. Tanenhaus ed.; Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008).
  • Brown v. Board of Education (Brown II), 349 U.S. 294 (1955), in 1 Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States 215 (David S. Tanenhaus ed.; Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008).
  • "Marble Palace, We've Got a Problem-with You," in Reforming the Court: Term Limits for Supreme Court Justices 99 (Roger C. Cramton & Paul D. Carrington eds.; Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2006).
  • The Supreme Court and Election Returns, in The United States Supreme Court: The Pursuit of Justice 423 (Christopher Tomlins ed.; Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005).
  • Freedom of the Press (Update 1), in 3 Encyclopedia of the American Constitution 1144 (2nd ed.; Leonard W. Levy & Kenneth L. Karst eds; New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2000).
  • Broadcasting (Update 1), in 1 Encyclopedia of the American Constitution 247 (2nd ed.; Leonard W. Levy & Kenneth L. Karst eds; New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2000).
  • Charles Alan Wright: Supreme Court Advocate, in A Tribute: Charles Alan Wright, The Man and the Scholar 27 (Austin: Jamail Center for Legal Research, 2000).
  • Douglas, William O., in 6 American National Biography 810 (John A. Garraty & Mark C. Carnes eds.; New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).
  • Fly, James Lawrence, in 8 American National Biography 152 (John A. Garraty & Mark C. Carnes eds.; New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).
  • The Free Speech Paradigm and Its Critics, in Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Symposium of the Constitutional Law Resource Center 48 (Stanley Ingber ed.; Des Moines, IA: Drake University Law School, 1995).
  • Justice Douglas and the First Amendment, in He Shall Never Pass This Way Again: The Legacy of Justice William O. Douglas (Stephen Wosby ed.; Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press for the William O. Douglas Institute, 1990).
  • FCC Jurisdiction to Regulate Commercial Television Network Practices, in Volume 1 of Final Report, Network Inquiry Special Staff, New Television Networks: Entry, Jurisdiction, Ownership and Regulation 185 (Washington, DC: The Commission, 1980) (with Network Inquiry Special Staff).
  • FCC Determinations on Networking Issues in Multiple Ownership Proceedings, in Network Inquiry Special Staff, Preliminary Report on the Prospects for Additional Networks (Washington, DC: The Commission, 1980).
  • First Amendment Issues Confronting the Network Inquiry, in Appendix A to An Analysis of Television Program Production, Acquisition and Distribution (Washington, DC: The Commission, 1980).
  • Access to the Media, in The William O. Douglas Inquiry into the State of Individual Freedom (Harry Ashmore ed.; Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1979).
  • Power of Congress to Dispose of U.S. Property: Hearing Before the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, 95th Cong., 2nd Sess. (1978).
  • Diversity of Citizenship Jurisdiction: Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Courts, Civil Liberties, and the Administration of Justice of the Committee on the Judiciary, 95th Cong., 1st Sess. (1977).
  • Water Pollution Control in Washington, in University of Washington Center for Urban and Regional Research Series, no.13 (1968).


  • Press Responsibilities and Broadcast Freedoms: Background Paper [Edward R. Murrow Symposium].

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