Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts. After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he tried many felony cases as a prosecutor in the Cook County States’ Attorney’s Office in Chicago. In 2004, he argued the medical marijuana case of Gonzales v. Raich in the Supreme Court, and in 2012, he was one of the attorneys representing the National Federation of Independent Business in its constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act. In 2008, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies. He has been a visiting professor at Northwestern, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard Law School.
Professor Barnett’s publications includes more than one hundred articles and reviews, as well as nine books, including Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (Princeton, 2005), Constitutional Law: Cases in Context (Wolters-Kluwer, 2008), Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Contracts (Oxford 2010) and Contracts: Cases and Doctrine (Wolters-Kluwer, 4th ed. 2008). His book, The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law (Oxford, 1998) was published in Japanese.
Lawrence B. Solum
Lawrence B. Solum, John Carroll Research Professor of Law, is an internationally recognized legal theorist, who works in constitutional theory, procedure, and the philosophy of law. Professor Solum received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and received his B.A. with highest departmental honors in philosophy from the University of California at Los Angeles. Professor Solum is the Editor of Legal Theory Blog, an influential weblog that focuses on developments in contemporary normative and positive legal theory.
Professor Solum contributes to debates in legal theory, including constitutional theory and interpretation, and the intersection of law and political philosophy. His most recent book (with Robert W. Bennett) is Constitutional Originalism: A Debate (Cornell, 2011). He has authored scholarly articles in numerous journals including the American Journal of Jurisprudence, Cornell Law Review, Emory Law Journal, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Harvard Law Review, the North Carolina Law Review, Nomos, the Notre Dame Law Review, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Southern California Law Review, Texas Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, and the Virginia Law Review.
Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz
Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz teaches constitutional law and federal jurisdiction at Georgetown Law, and he writes articles for the Harvard Law Review and the Stanford Law Review.
He is currently developing a new theory of constitutional interpretation and judicial review. The first installment, entitled The Subjects of the Constitution, was published in the Stanford Law Review in May of 2010, and it is already the single most downloaded article about constitutional interpretation, judicial review, and/or federal courts in the history of SSRN. The second installment, The Objects of the Constitution, was just published in May of 2011, also in the Stanford Law Review. And the comprehensive version is forthcoming as a book by Oxford University Press.
Rosenkranz has served and advised the federal government in a variety of capacities. He often testifies before Congress as a constitutional expert—most recently before the Senate Judiciary Committee, regarding the nomination of Justice Sotomayor. He has also filed briefs and presented oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Professor Baker teaches the “Originalism and the Federalist Papers” at Georgetown in our summer program with the Fund for American Studies. He was the Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law at Louisiana State University Law Center before becoming an emeritus professor. Since 1999, Professor Baker has been an Invited Professor at the University of Lyon III (France). He was a Fulbright scholar in the Philippines (2006). He regularly argues in federal court, including having had oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court. He has taught a number of short-courses on separation of powers with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Following law school, he served as a law clerk in federal district court and as an assistant district attorney in New Orleans before joining LSU in 1975. While a professor, he has been a consultant to the Justice Department, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Separation of Powers, the Office of Planning in the White House, USIA (now part of the State Department) and USAID. He served on an ABA Task Force that issued the report, The Federalization of Crime (1998). His writing includes the following books: The Intelligence Edge (with Friedman, Friedman and Chapman; Crown Books/Random House 1997); Hall’s Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (with Benson, Force and George; 5th ed. Michie, 1993); An Introduction to the Law of the United States (ed. with Levasseur; University Press of America, 1992), as well as articles both on the over-federalization of criminal law and the "war on terrorism."
John D. Ohlendorf
Fellow and Visiting Lecturer
John D. Ohlendorf is a graduate of Bethany Lutheran College and Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), where he was an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. After clerking for Judge Raymond Gruender of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, he was an Olin-Searle-Smith Fellow in Law at Northwestern University School of Law. His publications include “Textualism and Obstacle Preemption” in the Georgia Law Review (2013), and “Textualism and the Problem of Scrivener’s Error,” in the Maine Law Review (2011).
Mr. Ohlendorf’s areas of interest include civil procedure, statutory interpretation, federal jurisdiction, and constitutional law, and his current research, building on insights from language theory, focuses on the role of context and inference from silence in legal interpretation. He is currently working on a series of papers involving statutory interpretation, subject matter jurisdiction, preemption theory, federal common law, and implied repeal of legislation.
Richard A. Izquierdo
Fellow and Visiting Lecturer
Richard A. Izquierdo researches and writes within constitutional law and contracts, with a particular interest in constitutional foundations and transformations. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Rutgers University (New Brunswick), his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University. He was the 2012-13 Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate within the Department of Politics at Princeton University. Before pursuing an academic career, he practiced law at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in New York City.
His dissertation, Rethinking Presidential Constructions of Constitutional Regimes: The Inverse Dynamics of Leadership and Historical Context, provides a new understanding of executive authority in order to assess how presidents have constructed distinct constitutional regimes during national crises without overturning the original 1787 Constitution. He is currently researching and writing about “The Other Switch in Time” that occurred within constitutional law following the New Deal Revolution on the Court in 1937.
Emily Merki is a second-year law student at Georgetown University Law Center. Last May, she participated in the Center’s first summer seminar on “Originalism and the Federalist Papers.” She received her B.S., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Throughout college, she took classes on federalism, executive power, political theory, and constitutional law, developing a strong interest in the Founding Era and constitutional interpretation. She participated as a Student Fellow in Georgetown’s Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy, and served as an editor on its bi-annual academic journal, Utraque Unum.