Michael C. Dorf

Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law
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Contact Information
Cornell Law School
247 Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-3890
Fax: (607) 255-7193
Email: md494@cornell.edu

Gina Jackson
Cornell Law School
315 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
Email: gj13@cornell.edu

Professional Biography

Michael C. Dorf has written over ninety scholarly articles and essays on constitutional law and related subjects. He is the co-author (with Laurence H. Tribe) of On Reading the Constitution (Harvard University Press, 1991), the co-author (with Trevor Morrison) of The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Constitutional Law (Oxford University Press, 2010), the editor of Constitutional Law Stories (Foundation Press 2004, second edition 2009), the author of No Litmus Test: Law Versus Politics in the 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), the co-author (with Sherry F. Colb) of Beating Hearts: Abortion and Animal Rights (Columbia University Press, 2016), and a co-editor of the 12th edition of the Choper et al Constitutional Law casebook (West, 2015), the annual Supplement thereto, and the annual Compact Version of the casebook. Professor Dorf is a frequent contributor to the Take Care Blog as well as an occasional contributor to other magazines, newspapers, and blogs. He also writes a bi-weekly column for Justia's web magazine Verdict and posts several times per week on his own blog, Dorf on Law.

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Professor Dorf spent the year between college and law school as a Rotary Scholar at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. During that time he co-authored three articles for refereed physics journals. After law school, Professor Dorf served as a law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States.

His work as a paid lawyer has included a constitutional challenge to NAFTA in the D.C. Circuit, and he maintains an active pro bono practice that includes the writing of amicus briefs in Supreme Court cases. Before joining the Cornell faculty in 2008, Professor Dorf taught at Rutgers-Camden Law School for three years and at Columbia Law School for thirteen years. At Columbia, he was Vice Dean from 1998-2002 and when he left was the Isidor & Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law.


B.A., Harvard College, 1986
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1990