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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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Pretext and Remedy in the Census Case and Beyond

7/2/19  //  Commentary

There really is nothing the administration can now do that ought to lead to approval of the citizenship question

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Clarence Thomas's Misplaced Anti-Eugenics Concurrence in the Indiana Abortion Case

5/30/19  //  Commentary

Justice Thomas argues that because some people once favored a legal right to abortion for a bad reason, it should be banned today. That argument is mistaken.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Mueller Report Counterspin: We Still Don't Know Why Trump Denied Russian Interference

4/19/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

The Mueller Report could but won't be used as the basis for impeachment. Meanwhile, it leaves two fundamental questions unanswered.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Might the SCOTUS be Wrong in its Unanimous Ruling that Dead Judges Can't Judge?

3/3/19  //  Commentary

The decision is justifiable as a bright-line rule, but the case was not quite the no-brainer that the justices imagined

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Is Trump's Emergency Unconstitutional or 'Merely' Illegal? And Does it Matter?

2/24/19  //  Commentary

And because Trump is a threat to constitutional democracy, the stakes over whether to call his bogus emergency 'merely' unlawful or also unconstitutional are non-trivial.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

The Significance of Chief Justice Roberts Joining in the Stay of the Louisiana Abortion Law

2/8/19  //  Quick Reactions

So no, the abortion right is not safe. But it's not in quite as much immediate danger as one might have thought. And that's not nothing.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School