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Michael C. Dorf

Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law

Cornell Law School

Michael C. Dorf has written over eighty scholarly articles and essays on constitutional law and related subjects. He is the co-author (with Laurence Tribe) of On Reading the Constitution (Harvard University Press, 1991), the co-author (with Trevor Morrison) of The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Constitutional Law (Oxford University Press, 2010), the editor of Constitutional Law Stories (Foundation Press 2004, second edition 2009), the author of No Litmus Test: Law Versus Politics in the 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), and a co-editor of the 12th edition of the Choper et al Constitutional Law casebook (West, 2015), the annual Supplement thereto, and the annual Compact Version of the casebook. His latest book, co-authored with Sherry F. Colb, is Beating Hearts: Abortion and Animal Rights (Columbia University Press, 2016). Professor Dorf is a frequent contributor to Newsweek and an occasional contributor to other magazines and newspapers. He also writes a bi-weekly column for Justia's web magazine Verdict and posts several times per week on his blog, Dorf on Law

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Professor Dorf spent the year between college and law school as a Rotary Scholar at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. During that time he co-authored three articles for refereed physics journals. After law school, Professor Dorf served as a law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States. 

His work as a paid lawyer has included a constitutional challenge to NAFTA in the D.C. Circuit and he maintains an active pro bono practice that includes the writing of amicus briefs in Supreme Court cases. Before joining the Cornell faculty in 2008, Professor Dorf taught at Rutgers-Camden Law School for three years and at Columbia Law School for thirteen years. At Columbia, he was Vice Dean from 1998-2002 and when he left, was the Isidor & Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law.

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The Travel Ban and the Ontology of the Compelling Interest Test

10/6/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Maybe the whole compelling interest test is misguided in Establishment Clause cases.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Protecting Free Speech and Free Press From Motivated Malignancy

9/28/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Trump’s potential violations of free speech and press have much in common with his apparent violations of other constitutional limits

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Trump on Compelled Speech: Unconstitutional for Bakers; Fine for NFL Players

9/25/17  //  Commentary

Can Trump's Justice Department's position on Masterpiece Cakeshop be reconciled with his own views about professional athletes?

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Graham-Cassidy Is Unconstitutional

9/22/17  //  Commentary

Graham-Cassidy has a constitutional flaw: the funding formula for the block grants to states that form the bill’s core is unconstitutional.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Trump's (Apparent) DACA Position Is At Odds With His Travel Ban Brief

9/4/17  //  Commentary

The Trump administration will invoke whatever views of statutes and executive power maximize cruelty towards the foreign nationals he and his supporters most despise.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

The Arpaio Pardon Through the Lens of Trump Exceptionalism

8/26/17  //  Commentary

This pardon by this most abnormal president threatens the rule of law

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School