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:

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

Mixed Signals on Summary Judgment, ___ Mich. St. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2015)

Catalyzing Fans (with Michael McCann and Dan MarkelZ”L), ___ Harv. J. Sports & Ent. L. ___ (forthcoming 2014)

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)

Rejecting Sovereign Immunity in Public Law Litigation, 80 Fordham L. Rev. Res Gestae 76 (2012)

The Roberts Court and the Civil Procedure Revival, 31 Rev. Litig. 311 (2012)

 Prescriptive Jurisdiction, Adjudicative Jurisdiction, and the Ministerial Exemption, 160 U. Pa. L. Rev. PENNumbra 289 (2012)

The Demise of “Drive-by Jurisdictional Rulings”, 105 Nw. U. L. Rev. 947 (2011); 105 Nw. U. L. Rev. Colloquy 184 (2011)

Other Publications:

Judicial Retention Meets Due Process, JOTWELL, Sept. 30, 2014

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

Introduction: Football at the Crossroads, 8 FIU L. Rev. 1 (2013)

In Defense of Baseball’s Infield Fly Rule, The Atlantic, Oct. 12, 2012

What If New York Fans Could Have Paid Jeremy Lin to Stay in New York?, The Atlantic, July 23, 2012 (with Dan Markel)

Ongoing Writing: