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Leah Litman

Assistant Professor of Law

Michigan Law School

Professor Leah Litman teaches and writes on constitutional law, federal post-conviction review, and federal sentencing. Her current research focuses on structural arguments in constitutional law and federal post-conviction review. Her recent work has appeared or will appear in the California Law ReviewMichigan Law ReviewVirginia Law ReviewDuke Law Journal, andNorthwestern Law Review, among other journals. Her writing for popular audiences has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostLos Angeles Times, and Slate; she also is a regular contributor to the Take Care blog. In addition, she is one of the co-hosts and creators of Strict Scrutiny, a podcast about the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professor Litman graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review and the winner of the Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship Award. After law school, she clerked for The Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court. Following her clerkships, she worked at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where she specialized in appellate litigation. Professor Litman previously was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where she received one of its inaugural Student Government Teaching and Advising Awards, and an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law, where she received the Professor of the Year Award in 2019. She also has been a visiting assistant professor in the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford Law School.

Professor Litman maintains an active pro bono practice. She is part of the litigation team in Garcia v. United States, one of the challenges to the rescission of the DACA program, for which the team was recognized as California Lawyers of the Year. In the Supreme Court, she is currently on the merits briefs in Hernandez v. Mesa. Before that, she was on the merits briefs in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.

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October Arguments, By The Numbers

10/19/20  //  Commentary

A quick recap of how the October arguments went in the Supreme Court, by the numbers.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Religious Discrimination And Racial Discrimination

6/30/20  //  Quick Reactions

The Court’s decision in Espinoza is similar to the trajectory of the law of racial discrimination in some respects, it also offers a striking contrast in others

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

June Medical As The New Casey

6/29/20  //  Quick Reactions

As in prior abortion cases, the Chief Justice gave abortion supporters a victory while at the same time laying the groundwork for much weaker protections for abortion rights.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Deferred Reaction To the Courts

6/22/20  //  Commentary

Democratic and Republican responses to the DACA decision illustrate the different focus the two parties put on the federal courts.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

The SDNY Debacle And The Supreme Court

6/20/20  //  Quick Reactions

The Trump administration's apparent desire to force out the U.S. Attorney for SDNY could have implications for several major Supreme Court cases this term.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Voting & Guns

4/27/20  //  Quick Reactions

The dissenters in the New York gun case confirm that their reasoning in RNC v. DNC was a makeweight shell game.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School