LAPA Fellow


Bernadette Meyler

2009-2010 Mellon/LAPA Fellow in Law and Humanities
Professor, Cornell University
phone: (607) 255-6045

Bernadette Meyler is the inaugural Mellon/LAPA Fellow in Law and Humanities.  She is Professor of Law and English at Cornell University. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections between constitutional law and the common law, British and American legal history, law and literature, and law and religion. She also inaugurated a Law and Humanities Colloquium at Cornell.  Meyler received her AB from Harvard, JD from Stanford, and Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Irvine, where she was the beneficiary of both a Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Study and a Chancellor's Fellowship.  Prior to entering law teaching, she clerked for the Honorable Judge Robert A. Katzmann on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  While at LAPA, Meyler will be completing a book on Common Law Originalism.  In it, she contends both that originalism should take into account the disparate strains of colonial and British common law circulating at the time of the founding, and that originalist interpretation should treat the common law backdrop of the Constitution not as providing determinate answers but instead as posing a set of questions for judges to answer from the vantage point of the present.

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