Associate Professor of Law
Professor Lederman has been teaching at the Georgetown University Law Center since 2005, except for a stint as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel in the first two years of the Obama Administration. He also served in OLC from 1994 to 2002. In 2008, with David Barron, he published a two-part article in the Harvard Law Review examining Congress's authority to regulate the Commander in Chief's conduct of war. In a 2016 article in the Yale Law Journal Forum, Professor Lederman examined the “least restrictive means” element of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and how the Court and litigants have been misusing it in recent RFRA litigation involving contraception coverage and antidiscrimination laws. In a pair of forthcoming articles, Professor Lederman analyzes the purported historical predicates for recognizing a new Article III exception that would permit domestic-law offenses to be tried in military courts: If George Washington Did It, Does that Make It Constitutional?: History’s Lessons for Wartime Military Tribunals, 105 Geo. L.J. (forthcoming August 2017), and The Law (?) of the Lincoln Assassination, 118 Colum. L. Rev. (forthcoming March 2018). Professor Lederman regularly contributes to Just Security, Balkinization and other blogs.