About the Dean


Robert A. Schapiro, dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, has been a member of the faculty of Emory University School of Law since 1995 and teaches courses in constitutional law, federal courts, civil procedure and legislation and regulation. He is associate vice provost for academic affairs for Emory University and co-director of Emory Law’s Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance.

Schapiro previously served as Emory Law’s interim dean (2011-2012), associate dean of faculty (2006 to 2008) and as associate faculty director for Emory’s Halle Institute for Global Learning (2008 to 2010).

He received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009, the Ben F. Johnson Faculty Excellence Award in 2004, the Most Outstanding Professor Award (as voted on by Emory Law’s graduating class) for the 2000-2001 academic year and the Professor of the Year Award from the Black Law Students Association in 2001.

Select recent publications include Polyphonic Federalism: Toward the Protection of Fundamental Rights (University of Chicago Press, 2009); “From Dualism to Polyphony” in Preemption Choice: The Theory, Law and Reality of Federalism’s Core Question (William W. Buzbee ed., Cambridge University Press 2008); “Not Old or Borrowed,” Harvard Law and Policy Review (2009); “Monophonic Preemption,” Northwestern Law Review (2008); “Federalism as Intersystemic Governance: Legitimacy in a Post-Westphalian World,” Emory Law Journal (2007); and “Justice Stevens’ Theory of Interactive Federalism,” Fordham Law Review (2006).

Schapiro received a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Yale College in 1984 and a master’s degree in history from Stanford University in 1986. He earned his juris doctor from Yale Law School in 1990, where he was editor in chief of the Yale Law Journal.

Following law school, he clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval, then of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. Schapiro then worked with the law firm of Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C., where he practiced general and appellate litigation. He taught for two years at Duke University Law School before coming to Emory.

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