2009 Thrower Participants

Robert Ahdieh

Robert B. Ahdieh is a professor at Emory University School of Law, where he co-directs the Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance.  Currently, he is visiting the Georgetown University Law Center and the Institute for Advanced Study (in Princeton, New Jersey).  Professor Ahdieh received his law degree from Yale University, where he published what remains one of the seminal treatments of the constitutional transformation of post-Soviet Russia: Russia's Constitutional Revolution - Legal Consciousness and the Transition to Democracy.  While a student at Yale, he also served as an editor on the Yale Journal of International Law.  Professor Ahdieh clerked for Judge James R. Browning of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, before serving as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  Professor Ahdieh's scholarly interests revolve around questions of regulatory design.  His particular emphasis has been various non-traditional modes of regulation, including especially those grounded in dynamics of coordination.  Paradigms of coordination, he has argued, hold significant promise both in helping us theorize existing regulatory patterns and in fostering new regulatory constructs.  At present, he is working on a pair of books, entitled The Modern Coordination State and Governing Standards.  Professor Ahdieh's work has appeared in the Michigan Law Review, the NYU Law Review, the Emory Law Journal, and the Southern California Law Review, among other journals.

Vikram Amar

Vikram Amar is a professor of law at UC Davis Law School.  Professor Amar received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. from Yale, where he served as an articles Editor for the Yale Law Journal. Upon graduating from law school in 1988, Professor Amar clerked for Judge William A. Norris of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court. After that he spent a few years at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, devoting half of his time to federal white-collar criminal defense and the other half to complex civil litigation.

Professor Amar writes, teaches and consults in the public law fields, especially constitutional law, civil procedure, and remedies. He is a co-author (along with William Cohen and Jonathan Varat) of Constitutional Law: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 12th ed. 2005), and is a co-author on a number of volumes of the Wright & Miller Federal Practice and Procedure Treatise (West Publishing Co.).  In addition, he has published in a variety of journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review, the California Law Review, the William and Mary Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal, Constitutional Commentary, the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, and the Green Bag Journal.

He authors a bi-weekly column on constitutional matters for findlaw.com (the most frequently visited website devoted to legal issues).  He is a frequent commentator on local and national radio and TV, and has written dozens of op-ed pieces for newspapers and magazines.

William Buzbee

William W. Buzbee is a Professor of Law, Director of the Emory Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, and a Director of Emory’s new Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance.  He is a graduate of Amherst College and Columbia Law School, where he was a Notes and Comments Editor for the Columbia Law Review.  He has been a Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia and Cornell law schools and taught for the Leyden-Amsterdam-Columbia Law School Summer Program on American law.  Professor Buzbee's scholarship focuses on environmental law, administrative law, and other public law topics, with his most recent publications focusing on regulatory federalism and design issues.  He is the editor and contributor to the Cambridge University Press book, Preemption Choice: The Theory, Law and Reality of Federalism’s Core Question. His publications have appeared in NYU Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review (coauthored), Cornell Law Review (coauthored), Iowa Law Review, The Journal of Law and Politics, and in an array of other publications.  

Buzbee is also a Member Scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform.  Prior to joining Emory’s faculty, Professor Buzbee clerked for United States Judge Jose A. Cabranes, was an attorney-fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and did litigation work for Patterson Belknap Webb and Tyler in New York City.  Since becoming a professor, Buzbee has done pro bono work for various environmental groups and has also testified about environmental and federalism issues before committees of Congress.

Paul Clement

Paul D. Clement served until recently as the 43rd United States Solicitor General and currently is a partner at King and Spalding, where he heads the firm’s national appellate practice. Mr. Clement spent the fall semester as a Visiting Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and a Senior Fellow at Georgetown’s Supreme Court Institute.  He had previously served as an Adjunct Professor at the Law Center from 1998 to 2004.  Mr. Clement holds degrees from Georgetown University and Cambridge University and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School where he was the Supreme Court editor of the Harvard Law Review. After graduation, Mr. Clement clerked for United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Judge Laurence Silberman of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. After a stint in private practice, Mr. Clement served as Chief Counsel for the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism & Property Rights. He then was a partner at King & Spalding, before joining the Justice Department as Principal Deputy Solicitor General in 2001.  He became the acting Solicitor General in 2004 and was confirmed in June 2005. Mr. Clement has argued 49 cases before the United States Supreme Court, including cases such as McConnell v. FEC, Tennessee v. Lane, Rumsfeld v. Padilla, United States v. Booker, Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld v. FAIR, and Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, as well as many of the government’s most important lower court cases.

Sarah H. Cleveland

Sarah Cleveland is the Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights and Co-Director of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School.  Cleveland teaches and writes in the areas of the constitutional law of U.S. foreign relations, international human and labor rights, and the interface between international law and U.S. domestic law.  Her scholarship includes Foreign Authority, American Exceptionalism, and the Dred Scott Case (Chicago-Kent L. Rev. 2007); Our International Constitution (Yale J. Int’l L. 2006); Hamdi Meets Youngstown: Justice Jackson's Wartime Security Jurisprudence and the Detention of Enemy Combatants (Albany L. Rev. 2005); Powers Inherent in Sovereignty:  Indians, Aliens, Territories, and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of Plenary Power over Foreign Relations (Texas L. Rev. 2002); Human Rights Sanctions and International Trade:  A Theory of Compatibility (J. Int’l Econ. L 2002), and Crosby and the “One Voice” Myth in U.S. Foreign Relations (Vill. L. Rev. 2001).  She is co-author of the forthcoming second edition of Louis Henkin, et al. Human Rights (2009). 

Cleveland has testified before Congress on the relevance of international law in constitutional interpretation, and she serves on the board of editors for the Journal of International Economic Law and on the legal advisory boards of several human rights organizations. She has been involved in human rights litigation in U.S. courts and before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.  

A graduate of Brown University, Yale Law School and Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar, Professor Cleveland clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun and worked as a Skadden Fellow before entering law teaching in 1997.   Formerly the Marrs McLean Professor in Law at the University of Texas School of Law, Cleveland has also taught at the Michigan and Harvard law schools and at Oxford University. She joined the Columbia Law School faculty in 2007.

William N. Eskridge

Professor William N. Eskridge, Jr. is the John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School.  He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Davidson College, his masters in History from Harvard, and his J.D. from Yale.  His primary legal academic interest has been statutory interpretation.  Together with Professor Philip Frickey, he developed an innovative casebook on legislation.  Professor Eskridge has also co-authored a casebook on Constitutional Law.  In 1990-95, Professor Eskridge represented a gay couple suing for recognition of their same-sex marriage. Since then, he has published a field-establishing casebook, three monographs, and dozens of law review articles articulating a legal and political framework for proper state treatment of sexual and gender minorities. The historical materials in the book on Gaylaw formed the basis for an amicus brief he drafted for the Cato Institute and for much of the Court's (and the dissenting opinion's) analysis in Lawrence v. Texas (2003).   His most recent book is Gay Marriage: For Better or For Worse? (with Darren Spedale). Recently, Eskridge submitted an amicus brief arguing against the use of military commissions, in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.

James E. Fleming

James E. Fleming became The Honorable Frank R. Kenison Distinguished Scholar in Law and Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law in Fall 2007. Previously, he was the Leonard F. Manning Distinguished Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law. He is the author of Securing Constitutional Democracy: The Case of Autonomy (University of Chicago Press, 2006), co-author of Constitutional Interpretation: The Basic Questions (Oxford University Press, 2007) (with Sotirios A. Barber of University of Notre Dame), and co-author of American Constitutional Interpretation (4th ed., Foundation Press, 2008) (with Walter F. Murphy and Stephen Macedo of Princeton University and Sotirios A. Barber). He is working on a book on Rights and Responsibility (with his wife, Linda C. McClain, who is Professor of Law and Paul M. Siskind Research Scholar at Boston University School of Law). He also is to be co-author of the fifth edition of Tort and Accident Law: Cases and Materials (with Robert E. Keeton and Lewis D. Sargentich of Harvard Law School and Gregory C. Keating of University of Southern California Law School). He teaches courses in constitutional law, constitutional theory, torts, and remedies. He is Editor of NOMOS, the annual journal of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy.

Michael Herz

Professor Michael Herz is Vice Dean, Professor of Law, and Director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy at the Cardozo School of Law, where he teaches and writes about constitutional law, environmental law, and administrative law.  Before joining the Cardozo faculty, he spent three years as a staff attorney at the Environmental Defense Fund and was a law clerk to Associate Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court and Chief Judge Levin H. Campbell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  His books include Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy: Problems, Text, and Cases (Aspen Publishers, 2007 and 2009 Supplements, and 7 Publishers, 2007th ed. forthcoming 2010) (with Stephen Breyer, Richard Stewart, Cass Sunstein, and Adrian Vermeule), A Guide to Judicial and Political Review of Federal Agencies (American Bar Association 2005) (co-editor with John F. Duffy), and Elements of Law (Lexis-Nexis 1994, 2d ed. forthcoming 2009) (with Eva Hanks & Steven Nemerson).  His publications have appeared in the Cardozo, Columbia, Northwestern, and Virginia Law Reviews, the New York University Environmental Law Journal, the Administrative Law Review, and elsewhere.

Professor Herz received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his J.D. from the University of Chicago, where he was comment editor of the University Chicago Law Review.  Professor Herz has been Cardozo’s Vice Dean since 2006, having previously served in that position from 1996 to 2000.  He was a visiting professor at New York University School of Law in 2000-01 and 2005-06, and has also been a visiting professor of public and international affairs at Princeton University.

Neil J. Kinkopf

Neil J. Kinkopf is a Professor at Georgia State University College of Law. Professor Kinkopf was Special Assistant in the Office of Legal Counsel for the United States Department of Justice from 1993 – 1997.  In 1999, Professor Kinkopf served as counsel to United States Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., during the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.  At present, Professor Kinkopf also serves as a member of the Presidential Transition Team on its Justice Department component.  His areas of teaching and scholarly interest include Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Legislation, and Criminal Law. Some of his most recent scholarship consists of  Inherent Presidential Power and Constitutional Structure, 37 Presidential Studies Q. 37 (2007), Putting Separation of Powers into Practice: Reflections on Senator Schumer's Essay, 1 Harv. L. & Pol'y Rev. 41 (2007), which he co-authored with Patricia Wald, Signing Statements and Statutory Interpretation in the Bush Administration, 16 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 307 (2007), The State Secrets Problem: Can Congress Fix It?, 80 Temp. L. Rev. 489 (2007), and The Statutory Commander in Chief, 81 Ind. L.J. 1169 (2006).

John McGinnis

John McGinnis is the Stanford Clinton, Sr.  professor at Northwestern University School of Law. He graduated magna cum laude with his J.D. from Harvard Law School where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Professor McGinnis focuses his scholarly work on constitutional and international law. Prior to teaching, Professor McGinnis served as a judicial clerk for Judge Kenneth W. Starr, Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. He later served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel for the Department of Justice. He is a past winner of the Federalist Society’s Paul Bator Award given to an outstanding scholar under 40.

Gillian Metzger

Professor Gillian Metzger writes and teaches in the areas of administrative and constitutional law, with a specialization in federalism.  Her publications include:  with Peter L. Strauss, Todd D. Rakoff, and Cynthia R. Farina, Gellhorn and Byse’s Administrative Law: Cases and Comments (Foundation Press; joined as editor 2007); Administrative Law as the New Federalism, 57 Duke L. J. 2023 (2008); Congress, Article IV, and Interstate Relations, 120 Harv. L. Rev. 1468 (2007),  Abortion, Equality, and Administrative Regulation, 56 Emory L.J. 865 (2007); Facial Challenges and Federalism, 105 Colum. L. Rev. 873 (2005), and Privatization As Delegation, 103 Colum. L. Rev. 1367 (2003).  Professor Metzger joined the Columbia faculty in 2001.  Prior to coming to Columbia, Professor Metzger served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  She also worked as an attorney in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where she was instrumental in bringing litigation challenging Florida’s permanent disenfranchisement of felons and assisted in efforts to defend campaign finance reform measures.  Professor Metzger received her J.D. from Columbia in 1995, where she was executive articles editor of the Law Review, and also has a B. Phil. (masters) in philosophy from Oxford.  She received her B.A. from Yale in 1987.

Victoria F. Nourse

Victoria F. Nourse is the LQC Lamar Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law where she teaches criminal law, legislation, and constitutional law. She has written extensively on the separation of powers, constitutional history, and the criminal law.   Prior to teaching, Professor Nourse served as Assistant Counsel to the Senate committee investigating the Iran-Contra affair. Professor Nourse also argued appellate cases on behalf of the government for the United States Department of Justice and then served as Special Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, assisting in drafting the Violence Against Women Act on behalf of its author, Senator Joseph Biden.  She began her legal career as a litigator at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York, after clerking for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the Southern District of New York.  Professor Nourse has held the Burrus-Bascom professorship at the University of Wisconsin, and has been a visiting professor at Yale and NYU law schools.    

Professor Nourse’s most recent book, In Reckless Hands (2008), is a history a controversial constitutional case arising during the Depression and New Deal.  That book was one of four books deemed “Exemplary Legal Writing” for 2008 by the legal magazine Green Bag.   Beyond her book, some of Professor Nourse’s recent scholarship includes two articles on the constitutional history of equality and rights during the Lochner era that will appear in the Duke Law Journal and the California Law Review (Boalt Hall) in 2009. During 2008, Professor Nourse presented papers at Oxford University, All-Souls College, and during 2009, she will present papers at the American Association of Law Schools, Queen's College in Canada, the University of California at Berkeley, the Law & Society conference, and a Life of the Mind lecture at Emory University.

Teresa Wynn Roseborough
Teresa Wynn Roseborough is Chief Litigation Counsel for MetLife.  She earned her J.D. from the University of North Carolina Law School, where she was an editor for the North Carolina Law Review.  Roseborough also has a master's degree in education from Boston University.  After law school, she clerked for Judge James Dickson Phillips, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.  After her clerkships, Roseborough was an associate at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.  She left Sutherland to become a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel for a few years.  Roseborough returned to Sutherland as a partner.  She also served as one of the principal attorneys for the Gore campaign in the litigation associated with the 2000 Presidential election.
Roseborough's current practice focuses on complex litigation matters at both the trial and appellate level, especially those involving constitutional law, class actions, telecommunications law, and government regulation.  She also serves on the Executive Committees of the State Bar of Georgia's Appellate Section, the ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers, and the United States Supreme Court Historical Society.  She is also a member of the State Bar of Georgia's Board of Bar Examiners.  In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of American Constitution Society, Teresa is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Children's School, Treasurer of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina.
In 2003, American Lawyermagazine named Roseborough one of the 45 highest-performing members of the private bar under the age of 45 in the magazine's cover story feature, "45 Under 45."  She was the only Atlanta-based attorney to earn this honor.  Black Enterprise Magazine also featured her on the cover of its November 2003 edition as one of the leading African American attorneys in the country.  In 2005, Roseborough was elected as a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, which was founded in 1990 to recognize outstanding appellate lawyers and promote the improvement of appellate advocacy and administration of the appellate courts.

Christopher H. Schroeder

Christopher H. Schroeder is the Charles S. Murphy Professor of Law, Professor of Public Policy Studies, and Director of the Program in Public Law at Duke University School of Law. His publications include Presidential Power Stories (with Curtis A. Bradley, 2008), a leading environmental law casebook, Environmental Regulation: Law, Science and Policy (6th ed., 2008), and A New Progressive Agenda for Public Health and the Environment (2005), a project for the Center for Progressive Reform (co-edited with Rena Steinzor). He has served on committees for the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine, which evaluated the use of human intentional dosing studies by the Environmental Protection Agency and the adequacy of the U.S. drug safety system.

Professor Schroeder served as Acting Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, where he was responsible for legal advice to the attorney general, the executive office of the President and other executive branch agencies on a broad range of issues, including separation of powers, other constitutional issues, and matters of statutory interpretation and administrative law. He has also served as chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is of counsel to the firm of O'Melveny and Myers.

Professor Schroeder received his B.A. from Princeton University in 1968, his M. Div. from Yale University in 1971, and his J.D. from University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1974, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review.

Glen Staszewski

Professor Staszewski was a trial attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice before joining the Michigan State University College of Law faculty in 2001.  He served as Editor in Chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review during law school and was subsequently elected to the Order of the Coif.  Upon graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Fortunato P. Benavides of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Professor Staszewski's scholarship focuses on issues of democratic theory and practice that arise in the making and implementation of law in the modern regulatory state.  His articles about statutory interpretation, democratic accountability, and direct democracy have appeared or are forthcoming in the Indiana Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, and Wisconsin Law Review.  Professor Staszewski is currently working on several projects that examine the nature of statutory interpretation by administrative agencies.  He recently organized and contributed to a major symposium on this topic, which is forthcoming in the Michigan State Law Review.