LAPA Announces 2007-2008 Fellows

Record Applications Result in Stellar Class

News items for launch:The Program in Law and Public Affairs is pleased to announce its 2007-2008 class of LAPA fellows. This year, LAPA had a record number of applications and the choices were exceptionally hard. The LAPA Executive Committee picked a stellar class, and with the new website, we are unveiling the fellows for next year:

Robert B. Ahdieh is an Associate Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law and he will be the Microsoft-LAPA Fellow in 2007-2008. A graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Yale Law School, he served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, before his selection as an Honor's Program trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. While still in law school, 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.  His work has also appeared in the Michigan Law Review, the NYU Law Review, and the Southern California Law Review, among other journals. His scholarly interests revolve around questions of regulatory design.  His particular emphasis has been the nature and utility of various non-traditional modes of regulation.  These include non-coercive forms of state regulation, the influence of groups on the formation and evolution of contracting and other social norms, and other mechanisms of market coordination.  He has explored these issues in a variety of transactional areas, including contracts, corporate and securities law, and international trade. While at Princeton, he will work on a book entitled The New Regulation. For more on Professor Ahdieh, see his web page at Emory Law.

Jeffrey L. Dunoff is Charles Klein Professor of Law & Government and Director, Institute for International Law & Public Policy at Temple University Beasley School of Law. His scholarship focuses on public international law, international regulatory regimes, and interdisciplinary approaches to international law. He is coauthor (with Steven Ratner and David Wippman) of a leading casebook, International Law: Actors, Norms, Process (Aspen), and his writings have appeared in the American Journal of International Law, European Journal of International Law, Journal of International Economic Law and other publications. He has a B.A. from Haverford College, a J.D. from NYU School of Law, and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as a Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law. In 2005, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law at Cambridge University. While at Princeton, he will work on a book entitled Ruling the World? Constitutionalism, International Law, and Global Governance, and continue his work on international economic law and international dispute settlement. For more on Professor Dunoff, see his web page at Temple Law.

Marci A. Hamilton is one of the nation’s leading church/state scholars, as well as an expert on federalism and representation. She will be the Martin and Kathleen Crane Fellow at LAPA in 2007-2008. Professor Hamilton holds the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, and is the author most recently of God vs. the Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law (Cambridge University Press 2005), and The Religious Origins of Disestablishment Principles, 81 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1755 (2006). She is also a columnist on constitutional issues for , where her column appears every other Thursday. Professor Hamilton is frequently asked to advise Congress and state legislatures on the constitutionality of pending legislation and to consult in cases involving important constitutional issues. She is the First Amendment advisor for victims in many clergy abuse cases involving many religious institutions, including the federal bankruptcies filed by the Portland Archdiocese and the Spokane Diocese. She also represents a number of cities and neighborhoods challenging the constitutionality of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. She was lead counsel for the City of Boerne, Texas, in Boerne v. Flores, 521 U.S. 507 (1997), before the Supreme Court in its seminal federalism and church/state case holding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act unconstitutional. Professor Hamilton clerked for Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. She also received her M.A. in Philosophy and M.A., high honors, in English from Pennsylvania State University, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University. While at Princeton, she will begin a new project on the history, theory, and utility of the Supreme Court’s doctrine under the Establishment Clause that invalidates government action that “endorses” particular religious viewpoints. For more on Professor Hamilton, see her web page at Cardozo Law.

Carol A. Heimer is Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and Senior Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. She received her BA from Reed College and her PhD from the University of Chicago. Heimer has written on risk and insurance (Reactive Risk and Rational Action), organization theory (Organization Theory and Project Management), the sociology of law and the sociology of medicine (For the Sake of the Children, winner of both the theory and medical sociology prizes of the American Sociological Association). A recipient of the Ver Steeg Award for graduate teaching, she usually teaches courses on law, medicine, and qualitative methods, though a recent seminar delved into the sociology of moral experience. During her year at Princeton, she will write a book from her NSF-funded comparative study of the role of law in medicine. In recent years, American medicine has been "legalized” as relatively informal regulation by professional peers has been supplanted by an increasingly rule-based system. By no means confined to the US, this rule-based regulation has diffused widely, sometimes freely adopted by medical workers eager for the legitimacy conferred by American medical science, at other times imposed on foreign scientific colleagues by American funding agencies and research organizations. The Legal Transformation of Medicine will be grounded in ethnographic work and interviews on the use of rules (broadly conceived) in HIV/AIDS clinics in the US, Uganda, South Africa, and Thailand. For more on Professor Heimer, see her web page at

Peter Lindseth is Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he has taught since 2000. His research focuses on the relationship between public law and the nation-state in Western Europe and North America, primarily in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His work has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, and the University of Toronto Law Journal, among other publications. He holds a B.A., magna cum laude in history, and J.D. from Cornell, and a M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in European history from Columbia, where he was also Managing Editor of The Columbia Journal of European Law. At Princeton, Lindseth will work on a project comparing European and American debates in public law (particularly constitutional and administrative law, but also aspects of public international law) from the 1870s to the 1930s. His aim is to elaborate a specific historiographical perspective on the relationship of legal, institutional, and social change in the modern nation-state, one that animates much of his recent work. Lindseth’s approach echoes elements in structuration theory in sociology and historical institutionalism in political science, combining functional, political, and cultural dimensions, while also touching on issues raised in recent legal-historical discussions of popular constitutionalism and the relationship of law to historical memory. For more on Professor Lindseth, see his web page at Connecticut Law.

Aidan O’Neill is a Queen’s Counsel (QC) and he will be the inaugural University Center for Human Values (UCHV)/LAPA Fellow in Law and Normative Inquiry. O'Neill is qualified to appear as counsel in Scotland, as well as in the courts of England and Wales. He practices law in both jurisdictions, and over the past twenty years has established a public law/commercial practice involving a significant element of legal advice and court appearances on issues of European law, particularly in the fields of human rights, private international law, commercial contract, and employment and discrimination law. He has appeared as senior counsel before the European Court of Justice, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, the House of Lords, the Court of Session (Inner and Outer House), and the High Court of England & Wales. Since taking silk in Scotland in 1999, he has maintained a strong profile in discrimination and employment law issues, while his practice has continued to develop in the area of judicial review, (notably in relation to prisoners’ rights) as well as in issues of constitutional law post-devolution. He has a particular interest in the inter-relationship between EU law, human rights law and domestic law. In addition to law degrees from the universities of Edinburgh (LL.B. (Hons.)(First Class)) and of Sydney, Australia (LL.M. (Hons.)(First Class)), Aidan O’Neill also holds a Masters degree in European and International Law from the European University Institute, Florence. He has written three legal textbooks to date: EC for UK Lawyers, a guide to the continuing impact which EU law has on a wide variety of domestic fields of UK legal practice; Decisions of the European Court of Justice and their Constitutional Implications, a survey of the manner in which the European Court of Justice created the conditions for a European constitution and has transformed the UK constitution; and Judicial Review in Scotland: A Practitioner’s Guide. He has also contributed chapters to a number of legal books, and is the author of many talks and articles in academic journals – including Public Law, Modern Law Review, Common Market Law Review, Edinburgh Law Review, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly and Legal Studies – dealing, in the main, with issues of human rights, constitutional law and EU law. While at Princeton, he will be concerned with topics involving more general normative inquiry and, reflecting on his experience in legal practice, will conduct research into the interaction between law, politics and religion, and will concentrate, particularly, on the relationship between Christianity and democracy and on the law-morals debate/divide. For more on Mr. O’Neill, see his web page at Matrix Chambers.