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Richard A. Primus

Richard A. Primus

Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law
Member of University of Michigan Law School Faculty 2001-


  • "The Most Revealing Word in the United States Reports." Green Bag 22 (Forthcoming).
    Full Text: SSRN
  • "The Elephant Problem." Review of A Great Power of Attorney: Understanding the Fiduciary Constitution, by Gary Larson and Guy Seidman, co-authors. Geo. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y (Forthcoming).
    Full Text: SSRN
  • "Segregation in the Galleries: A Reconsideration." Mich. L. Rev. (Forthcoming).
    Full Text: SSRN


  • The American Language of Rights. Ideas in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. (Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.)
    MLaw Catalog

Book Chapters

  • "Of Visible Race-Consciousness and Institutional Role: Equal Protection and Disparate Impact after Ricci and Inclusive Communities." In Title VII of the Civil Rights Act After 50 Years: Proceedings of the New York University 67th Annual Conference on Labor, 295-318. New Providence, NJ: LexisNexis Publishing, 2015.
    Full Text: MLaw Repository | SSRN
  • "The Paradigm of the Holocaust will not Last Forever." In God, Faith, and Identity from the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors, edited by M. Z. Rosensaft, 132-4. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2014.
    Full Text: MLaw Repository
  • "An Introduction to the Nature of American Rights." In The Nature of Rights at the American Founding and Beyond, edited by B. A. Shain, 15-24. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007.
    MLaw Catalog
    Full Text: WWW

Journal Articles


Other Publications

  • "Family Separation and the Triumph of Cruelty." Foreign Affairs, Council on Foreign Relations. July 13, 2018, sec. Politics & Society.

Works in Progress & Working Papers

  • Suspect Spheres, not Enumerated Powers: A Guide for Leaving the Lamppost. Roderick Hills, co-author. Working Paper.

Revised 10/16/2019