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Seinfeld, Gil

Associate Dean for Academic Programming
Robert A. Sullivan Professor of Law

333 Hutchins Hall

Gil Seinfeld, the Robert A. Sullivan Professor of Law, is the associate dean for academic programming. He teaches and writes about federal jurisdiction, the constitutional law of federalism, and civil procedure. His recent scholarly work explores the role of national unity in shaping the contours of our constitutional law. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Seinfeld was an associate at the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, where he focused on appellate litigation. Professor Seinfeld also served as a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court and to the Hon. Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In between these clerk​ships, he was a fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Professor Seinfeld holds an AB in government from Harvard College and earned his JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was managing editor of the Harvard Law Review. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Law School's L. Hart Wright Award for Excellence in Teaching. His scholarly work has been published in numerous law reviews, including the Michigan Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the California Law Review. Professor Seinfeld is admitted to practice in New York.

Recent Publications

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"Eighty Years of Federalism Forbearance: Rationing, Resignation, and the Rule of Law." Wis. L. Rev. 2020, no. 2 (2020): 155-64.
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"Neglecting Nationalism." U. Pa. J. Const. L. 21, no. 3 (2019): 659-712.
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"Climate Change Litigation in the Federal Courts: Jurisdictional Lessons from California v. BP." Mich. L. Rev. Online 117 (2018): 25-38.
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"The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Reflections of a Counterclerk." Mich. L. Rev. First Impressions 114 (2016): 111-23.
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