Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation Professor of Law
Director, Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism
- JD, DCL, 1985, Yale Law School
- BA, 1981, Binghamton University
Areas of Expertise
Professor Rappaport teaches and writes in the areas of administrative law, constitutional law, constitutional history and legislation. His principal areas of research are originalism, separation of powers, federalism, and supermajority rules.
Rappaport serves as the director of USD’s Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1991.
Rappaport's publications include Originalism and the Good Constitution (with McGinnis) (Harvard University Press, 2013); “The National Convention Constitutional Amendment Method: Defects, Federalism Implications, and Reform” in 96 Virginia Law Review 1509 (2010); “Original Methods Originalism: A New Theory of Interpretation and the Case Against Construction” in 103 Northwestern Law Review 751 (with McGinnis) (2009); and “Originalism and Regulatory Takings: Why the Fifth Amendment May Not Protect Against Regulatory Takings, But the Fourteenth Amendment May” in 45 San Diego Law Review 729 (2008).