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Richard Primus

Professor of Law

University of Michigan Law School

Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law, teaches the law, theory, and history of the U.S. Constitution. In 2008, he won the first-ever Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies for his work on the relationship between history and constitutional interp​retation. His writing has appeared in many leading law reviews as well as in The New York TimesThe AtlanticThe New Republic, and Politico, and his scholarship has been cited in opinions of the justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. 

Professor Primus works with constitutional law on the state level as well as the federal. He has helped state governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses solve practical problems involving state-level constitutional law, both in Michigan and in other states.

Professor Primus graduated from Harvard College in 1992 with an AB, summa cum laude, in social studies. He then earned a DPhil in politics at Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and the Jowett Senior Scholar at Balliol College. After studying law at Yale, Professor Primus clerked for the Hon. Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He then practiced law at the Washington, D.C., office of Jenner & Block before joining the Michigan Law faculty in 2001.

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More on the Unprincipled Nature of the Senate: Further Conversation with Professor Dorf

11/28/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

To persuade people that the Senate makes no sense, it’s necessary to shoot down a lot of possible defenses of the existing system

Richard Primus

University of Michigan Law School

Federalism and the Senate

11/15/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

Nothing valuable about our federalism depends on letting each state appoint the same number of representatives in the Senate

Richard Primus

University of Michigan Law School

The Travel Ban and Inter-Branch Conflict

6/26/18  //  Commentary

The real problem is the Trump Administration itself. What feels like damage today is largely the echo of damage that already happened, rather than something new.

Richard Primus

University of Michigan Law School

Shielding Mueller: Thoughts on Morrison v Olson

5/23/18  //  Commentary

Identifying a major flaw in arguments that Congress can't shield Mueller

Richard Primus

University of Michigan Law School

Magic-Words Thinking in Trump v. Hawaii -- or, How Not to Assess Governmental Motive

4/25/18  //  Commentary

Giving President Trump the benefit of the doubt is one thing. Fictionalizing an account of his motive so as to avoid reaching a certain conclusion is something else.

Richard Primus

University of Michigan Law School

Can a Sitting President be Sued in a State Court?

12/21/17  //  Commentary

A pending defamation suit against President Trump in New York state court raises this important question.

Richard Primus

University of Michigan Law School