Michael Rappaport

Michael Rappaport
Phone: (619) 260-2329
Office: Pardee Legal Research Center 316

Lois Zvolensky
(619) 260-4179

Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation Professor of Law; Director, Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism

  • JD, 1985, Yale Law School
  • DCL (Political Philosophy), 1990, Yale Law School

Areas of Expertise

Constitutional Law, Constitutional Interpretation, Administrative Law, Originalism, Separation of Powers, Federalism, Comparative Constitutional Law

Professional Experience

Rappaport worked in the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice and practiced appellate law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C.  He was a law clerk to Judge Dolores Sloviter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Honors and Affiliations

Rappaport is the Director of the Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism and is the founder of the Originalism Blog. He has taught overseas at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. He is also a member of the Administrative Law & Regulation Executive Committee of The Federalist Society.

Scholarly Work

“Replacing Administrative Adjudication with Independent Administrative Courts” in George Mason Law Review (2019); “Unifying Original Intent and Original Public Meaning, Northwestern Law Review” in Northwestern Law Review (with McGinnis) (2019); “Classical Liberal Administrative Law in a Progressive World ” in Handbook on Classical Liberalism (Todd Henderson, ed.) (Cambridge University Press, 2018); “The Constitution and the Language of the Law” in William and Mary Law Review (with McGinnis) (2018); “Is Proportionality Analysis Consistent with Originalism?” in Diritto Pubblico Comparato Ed Europeo (2017); “Why Nonoriginalism Does Not Justify Departing from the Original Meaning of the Recess Appointments Clause” in Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 889 (2015); “The Classical Liberal Constitution: An Originalist Assessment” in NYU Journal of Law & Liberty 800 (2014); “Originalism and the Colorblind Constitution” in 89 Notre Dame Law Review 71 (2013); Originalism and the Good Constitution (with McGinnis) (Harvard University Press, 2013); and “The Constitutionality of a Limited Convention: An Originalist Analysis” in Constitutional Commentary 53 (2012).

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