Howard M. Wasserman

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Howard M. Wasserman
Professor of Law

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Wasserman’s Federal Courts Blog
Professor Wasserman’s Evidence Blog
Professor Wasserman’s Civil Procedure Blog
Professor Wasserman’s Civil Rights Blog

B.S., Northwestern University
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law

Howard M. Wasserman joined the College of Law in 2003. He graduated magna cum laude from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he was an associate articles editor of the Law Review and was named to the Order of the Coif. Following law school, he clerked for Chief Judge James T. Giles of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Judge Jane R. Roth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He also has been a visiting professor at Saint Louis University School of Law and Florida State University College of Law. Professor Wasserman teaches civil procedure, evidence, federal courts, civil rights, and First Amendment; his scholarship focuses on the freedom of speech and on the role of procedure and jurisdiction in public-law and civil-rights litigation. He blogs at PrawfsBlawg and at Sports-Law Blog and is the Section Editor for the Courts Law Section of JOTWELL. Professor Wasserman is a loyal Chicago Cubs fan.

Recent Publications:


Understanding Civil Rights Litigation (LexisNexis) (2013)

Institutional Failures: Duke Lacrosse, Universities, the News Media, and the Legal System (Howard M. Wasserman, ed.) (Ashgate Publishing) (2010)

Articles and Chapters:

Holmes and Brennan, ___ Ala. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2015)

The Uncertain Hope of Body Cameras, in Ferguson Fault Lines: Legal and Social Reverberations (Kimberly Norwood, ed.) (ABA Publishing) (forthcoming 2015)

Epilogue: Moral Panics and Body Cameras, ___ Wash. U. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2015); Wash. U. L. Rev. Commentaries (Jan. 26, 2015)

Moral Panics and Body Cameras, ___ Wash. U. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2015); Wash. U. L. Rev. Commentaries (Nov. 18, 2014)

Mixed Signals on Summary Judgment, 2014 Mich. St. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming)

Catalyzing Fans (with Michael McCann and Dan MarkelZ”L), ___ Harv. J. Sports & Ent. L. ___ (forthcoming 2015)

An Empirical Analysis of the Infield Fly Rule, 4 J.L. (3 J. Legal Metrics) 127 (2014)

Football and the Infield Fly Rule, 61 UCLA L. Rev. Discourse 272 (2014)

The Economics of the Infield Fly Rule, 2013 Utah L. Rev. 479 (2013)

Reappropriating Judicial Activism, 16 Green Bag 2d 463 (2013)

A Jurisdictional Perspective on New York Times v. Sullivan, 107 Nw. U. L. Rev. 901 (2013)

Other Publications:

Crazy in Alabama, but not for the reasons everything thinks, JURIST, Mar. 14, 2015

University of Oklahoma expels the First Amendment, JURIST, Mar. 14, 2015

Opinion analysis: Finality, appealability, and single-claim actions, SCOTUSBlog, Jan. 21, 2015

Argument analysis: A living Federal Tort Claims Act?, SCOTUSBlog, Dec. 12, 2014

Argument analysis: Finality and a tale of two rules, SCOTUSBlog, Dec. 11, 2014

Argument preview: Jurisdictionality, timeliness, and the Federal Tort Claims Act, SCOTUSBlog, Dec. 8, 2014

Argument preview: Finality, consolidation, and multi-district litigation, SCOTUSBlog, Dec. 5, 2014

Judicial Retention Meets Due Process, JOTWELL, Sept. 30, 2014 (review essay)

Opinion recap: Operational consistency and predictability prevail in defining when a judgment is final, SCOTUSBlog, Jan. 16, 2014

Argument recap: Finding simple rules is not always so simple, SCOTUSblog, Dec. 10, 2013

Argument preview: Attorney’s fees and the final judgment rule, SCOTUSblog, Dec. 2, 2013

The Truth About Empathy, JOTWELL, July 2013 (review essay)

Ongoing Writing: