Gary S. Lawson

Gary S. Lawson

Associate Dean for Intellectual Life

Philip S. Beck Professor of Law

BA summa cum laude, Claremont Men’s College
JD, Yale University


Biography

Gary Lawson joined the Boston University School of Law faculty in 2000, after eleven years at Northwestern University School of Law. In 2022, he was named a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor. He has authored or co-authored nine editions of a textbook on administrative law, a textbook on constitutional law, five university press books and more than one hundred scholarly articles on topics ranging from aspects of constitutional theory and history to the proof of legal propositions. His works have been cited in nineteen opinions of United States Supreme Court Justices. Professor Lawson twice clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia, first at the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and then at the United States Supreme Court.  He is a founding member, and serves on the Board of Directors, of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Heritage Guide to the Constitution.

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  • Gary S. Lawson, Command and Control: Operationalizing the Unitary Executive 92 Fordham Law Review (2023)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Jack M. Beermann, Congressional Meddling In Presidential Elections: Still Unconstitutional After All These Years; A Comment On Sunstein 103 Boston University Law Review (2023)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Joseph Postell, Against the Chenery II "Doctrine" (2023)
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  • Steven Calabresi, Gary S. Lawson & Elise Kostial, What Mcculloch V. Maryland Got Wrong: The Original Meaning of 'Necessary' is Not 'Useful', 'Convenient', or 'Rational' 75 Baylor Law Review (2023)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, The Ghosts of Chevron Present and Future forthcoming Boston University Law Review (2023)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Equivocal Originalism 27 Texas Review of Law & Politics (2022)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Guy Seidman, Are People in Federal Territories Part of “We the People of the United States”? 9 Texas A&M Law Review (2022)
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  • Jack M. Beermann & Gary S. Lawson, The Electoral Count Mess: The Electoral Count Act of 1887 Is Unconstitutional, and Other Fun Facts (Plus a Few Random Academic Speculations) about Counting Electoral Votes 16 FIU Law Review (2022)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, The Epistemology of Second Best 100 Texas Law Review (2022)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Federal Administrative Law, 9th ed. (2022)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, A Private-Law Framework for Subdelegation, in The Administrative State Before the Supreme Court: Perspectives on the Nondelegation Doctrine (Peter J. Wallison and John Yoo,2022)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, THE FIDUCIARY SOCIAL CONTRACT 38 Social Philosophy & Policy (2021)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, What is "United" About the United States? 101 Boston University Law Review (2021)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, (Hypothetical) Communication in (Hypothetical) Context 23 Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues (2021)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Deep Tracks: Album Cuts that Help Define The Essential Scalia 15 New York University Journal of Law & Liberty (2021)
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  • Steven G. Calabresi & Gary S. Lawson, The U.S. Constitution: Creation, Reconstructions, the Progressives, and the Modern Era (2020)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Steven Calabresi, Why Robert Mueller’s Appointment As Special Counsel Was Unlawful 95 Notre Dame Law Review (2019)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Guy I. Seidman, Authors’ Response: An Enquiry Concerning Constitutional Understanding 17 Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy (2019)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Guy I. Seidman, Deference: The Legal Concept and the Legal Practice (2019)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Gundy v. United States, in SCOTUS 2019: Major Decisions and Developments of the US Supreme Court (2019)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Federal Administrative Law, 8th ed. (2019)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, "I'm Leavin' It (All) Up To You": Gundy and the (Sort-of) Resurrection of the Subdelegation Doctrine Cato Supreme Court Review (2019)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Guy I. Seidman, Deference and National Courts in the Age of Globalization: Learning, Applying, and Deferring to Foreign Law, in 2 Ius Dicere in a Globalized World: A Comparative Overview (Chiara Antonia d'Alessandro & Claudia Marchese,2019)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Steven Calabresi, The Depravity of the 1930s and the Modern Administrative State 94 Notre Dame Law Review (2018)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Appointments and Illegal Adjudication: The AIA Through a Constitutional Lens No. 18-01 Boston University School of Law, Public Law Research Paper (2018)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Comment on Brewer: Form and Content in Legal Proof (or Why Everybody Wins - Or at Least Gets a Participation Trophy) 97 Boston University Law Review (2017)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Confronting Crawford: Justice Scalia, the Judicial Method, and the Limits(?) of Originalism No. 17-42 Boston University School of Law, Public Law Research Paper (2017)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Representative/Senator Trump? No. 17-39 Boston University School of Law, Public Law Research Paper (2017)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Take the Fifth... Please!: The Original Insignificance of the Fifth Amendment's Due Process of Law Clause No. 17-21 Boston University School of Law, Public Law Research Paper (2017)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Guy I. Seidman, “A Great Power of Attorney”: Understanding the Fiduciary Constitution (2017)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Evidence of the Law: Proving Legal Claims (2017)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Did Justice Scalia Have a Theory of Interpretation? No. 17-01 Boston University School of Law, Public Law Research Paper (2017)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Original Foreign Affairs Federalism 97 Boston University Law Review (2017) (book review)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, By Any Other Name: Rational Basis Inquiry and the Federal Government's Fiduciary Duty of Care No. 16-29 Boston University School of Law, Public Law Research Paper (2016)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Reflections of an Empirical Reader (Or: Could Fleming Be Right This Time?) 96 Boston University Law Review (2016)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, On Getting It Right: Remembering Justice Antonin Scalia 96 Boston University Law Review (2016)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Federal Administrative Law, 7th ed. (2016)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Time, Institutions, and Adjudication 95 Boston University Law Review (2015)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Inigo Montoya Goes to War 95 Boston University Law Review (2015)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Understanding State Constitutions: Locke and Key 93 Texas Law Review See Also (2015)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Supremacy Clause The Heritage Guide to the Constitution (2014)
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  • Loren Smith & Gary S. Lawson, A Note on Non-Article III Courts, in The Heritage Guide to the Constitution (David F. Forte, Matthew Spalding, & Edwin Meese III,2014)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Due Process Clause The Heritage Guide to the Constitution (2014)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, The Return of the King: The Unsavory Origins of Administrative Law No. 14-46 Boston University School of Law, Public Law Research Paper (2014) (book review)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Steven Calabresi, The Rule of Law as a Law of Law No. 14-18 Boston University School of Law, Public Law Research Paper (2014)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, One(?) Nation Over-Extended No. 14-3 Boston University School of Law, Public Law Research Paper (2014)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Classical Liberal Constitution or Classical Liberal Construction? No. 14-2 Boston University School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper (2014) (book review)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Guy Seidman & Robert Natelson, The Fiduciary Foundations of Federal Equal Protection No. 13-32 Boston University School of Law, Public Law Research Paper (2013)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Originalism Without Obligation 93 Boston University Law Review (2013)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Geoffrey P. Miller, Robert G. Natelson & Guy I. Seidman, The Origins of the Necessary and Proper Clause (2013)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Night of the Living Dead Hand: The Individual Mandate and the Zombie Constitution 81 Fordham Law Review (2013)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Stephen Kam, Making Law Out of Nothing At All: The Origins of the Chevron Doctrine 65 Administrative Law Review (2013)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Federal Administrative Law, 6th ed. (2012)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Dead Document Walking 92 Boston University Law Review (2012)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, No History, No Certainty, No Legitimacy . . . No Problem: Originalism and the Limits of Legal Theory 64 Florida Law Review (2012)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & David Kopel, Bad News for John Marshall 121 Yale Law Journal Online (2012)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & David Kopel, The PPACA in Wonderland 38 American Journal of Law and Medicine (2012)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & David Kopel, Bad News for Professor Koppelman: The Incidental Unconstitutionality of the Individual Mandate Working Paper (2011)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Truth, Justice, and the Libertarian Way(s) 91 Boston University Law Review (2011)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Optimal Specificity in the Law of Separation of Powers: The Numerous Clauses Principle 124 Harvard Law Review Online Forum (2011)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Guy I. Seidman, The American Experience with Territorial Governance, in EU Law of the Overseas: Outermost Regions, Associated Overseas Countries and Territories, Territories Sui Generis (Dmitry Kochenov,2011)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Rebel without a Clause: The Irrelevance of Article VI to Constitutional Supremecy 110 Michigan Law Review First Impressions (2011)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Stipulating the Law No. 10-27 Boston University School of Law Working Paper (2010)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Burying the Constitution Under a TARP Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (2010)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, The 'Principal' Reason Why the PCAOB Is Unconstitutional Vanderbilt Law Review (2009)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, The Constitution's Congress 89 Boston University Law Review (2009)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Limited Government, Unlimited Administration: Is it Possible to Restore Constitutionalism? (2009)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Federal Administrative Law, 5th ed. (2009)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, It Depends Vanderbilt Law Review (2009)
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  • Robert D. Sloane & Gary S. Lawson, The Constitutionality of Decolonization by Associated Statehood: Puerto Rico's Legal Status Reconsidered 50 Boston College Law Review (2009)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, What Lurks Beneath: NSA Surveillance and Executive Power Symposium: The Role of the President in the Twenty-First Century 88 Boston University Law Review (2008)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Dirty Dancing: The FDA Stumbles on the Chevron Two-Step 93 Cornell Law Review (2008)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, A Truism with Attitude: The Tenth Amendment in Constitutional Context 83 Notre Dame Law Review (2008)
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  • Steven G. Calabresi & Gary S. Lawson, The Unitary Executive, Jurisdiction Stripping, and the Hamdan Opinions: A Textualist Response to Justice Scalia Columbia Law Review (2007)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Steven Calabresi, The Unitary Executive, Jurisdiction Stripping, and the Hamdan Opinions: A Textualist Response to Justice Scalia 107 Columbia Law Review (2007)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Ordinary Powers in Extraordinary Times: Common Sense in Times of Crisis Symposium: Extraordinary Powers in Ordinary Times 87 Boston University Law Review (2007)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Federal Administrative Law, 4th ed. (2007)
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  • Jack M. Beermann & Gary S. Lawson, Reprocessing Vermont Yankee 75 George Washington Law Review (2007)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Mostly Unconstitutional: The Case Against Precedent Revisited 5 Ave Maria Law Review (2007)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Guy I. Seidman, Originalism as a Legal Enterprise Constitutional Commentary (2006)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, The Jeffersonian Treaty Clause 2006 University of Illinois Law Review (2006)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Guy I. Seidman, The First "Incorporation" Debate, in The Louisiana Purchase and American Expansion, 1803–1898 (Sanford Levinson & Bartholomew Sparrow,2005)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Prolegomenon to Any Future Administrative Law Course: Separation of Powers and the Transcendental Deduction Saint Louis University Law Journal (2005)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Discretion as Delegation: The 'Proper' Understanding of the Nondelegation Doctrine George Washington Law Review (2005)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Discretion as Delegation: The 'Proper' Understanding of the Nondelegation Doctrine 73 George Washington Law Review (2005)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, 'Oh Lord, Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood!': Rediscovering the Mathews v. Eldridge and Penn Central Frameworks 81 Notre Dame Law Review (2005)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Burning down the House (and Senate): A Presentment Requirement for Legislative Subpoenas Under the Orders, Resolutions, and Votes Clause 83 Texas Law Review (2005)
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  • David B. Kahn & Gary S. Lawson, Who's the Boss? Controlling Auditor Incentives Through Random Selection 53 Emory Law Journal (2004)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Guy Seidman, The Constitution of Empire: Territorial Expansion and American Legal History (2004)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Federal Administrative Law, 3rd ed. (2004)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Making a Federal Case of It: Sabri v. United States and the Constitution of Leviathan Cato Supreme Court Review (2004)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Making Workshops Work 54 Journal of Legal Education (2004)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Interpretative Equality as a Structural Imperative (or 'Pucker Up and Settle This!') 20 Constitutional Commentary (2004)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Interpretative Equality as a Structural Imperative (or 'Pucker Up and Settle This!') 20 Constitutional Commentary (2003)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, An Empirical Test of Justice Scalia's Commitment to the Rule of Law 26 Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy (2003)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Guy I. Seidman, The First 'Establishment' Clause: Article VII and the Post-Constitutional Confederation Notre Dame Law Review (2002)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Conservative or Constitutionalist? Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy (2002)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Delegation and Original Meaning 88 Virginia Law Review (2002)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Federal Administrative Law, 2nd ed. (2001)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Controlling Precedent: Congressional Regulation of Judicial Decision-Making Constitutional Commentary (2001)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, When Did the Constitution Become Law 77 Notre Dame Law Review (2001)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Guy I. Seidman, The Hobbesian Constitution: Governing Without Authority 95 Northwestern University Law Review (2001)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Everything I Need to Know About Presidents I Learned from Dr. Seuss 24 Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy (2001)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Delegation and the Constitution 22 Regulation (1999)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Taking Notes: Subpoenas and Just Compensation 66 University of Chicago Law Review (1999)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Guy I. Seidman, Downsizing the Right to Petition Northwestern University Law Review (1999)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, The Bill of Rights As an Exclamation Point 33 University of Richmond Law Review (1999)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Federal Administrative Law (1998)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, On Reading Recipes -- And Constitutions Georgetown Law Journal (1997)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, A Farewell to Principles Iowa Law Review (1997)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Reconceptualizing Chevron and Discretion: A Comment on Levin and Rubin 72 Chicago-Kent Law Review (1997)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Reconceptualizing Chevron and Discretion: A Comment on Levin and Rubin Chicago-Kent Law Review (1997)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Christopher D. Moore, The Executive Power of Constitutional Interpretation Iowa Law Review (1996)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Legal Indeterminacy: Its Cause and Cure 19 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (1996)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Outcome, Procedure, and Process: Agency Duties of Explanation for Legal Conclusions 48 Rutgers Law Review (1996)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Legal Indeterminacy: Its Cause and Cure Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (1996)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Feminist Legal Theories Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (1995)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Linguistics and Legal Epistemology: Why the Law Pays Less Attention to Linguists than It Should 73 Washington University Law Quarterly (1995)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Proving Ownership Social Philosophy & Policy (1994)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, The Rise and Rise of the Administrative State 107 Harvard Law Review (1994)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, The Constitutional Case Against Precedent Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (1994)
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  • Steven G. Calabresi & Gary S. Lawson, Foreword: Two Visions of the Nature of Man 16 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (1993)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, The 'Proper' Scope of Federal Power: A Jurisdictional Interpretation of the Sweeping Clause 43 Duke Law Journal (1993)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Thayer Versus Marshall 88 Northwestern University Law Review (1993)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Everyday People 78 ABA Journal: Chicago (1992) (book review)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Efficiency and Individualism Duke Law Journal (1992)
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  • Steven Calabresi & Gary S. Lawson, Equity and Hierarchy: Reflections on the Harris Execution Yale Law Journal (1992)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Proving the Law 86 Northwestern University Law Review (1992)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Congress, the Court, and the Bill of Rights - Panel III Cumberland Law Review (1992)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, An Interpretivist Agenda 15 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (1992)
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  • Steven G. Calabresi & Gary S. Lawson, Foreword: The Constitution of Responsibility 77 Cornell Law Review (1992)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, An Interpretivist Agenda Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (1992)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Efficiency and Individualism 42 Duke Law Journal (1992)
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  • Gary S. Lawson & Tamara Mattison, A Tale of Two Professions: The Third-Party Liability of Accountants and Attorneys for Negligent Misrepresentation 52 Ohio State Law Journal (1991)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Celeste Lacy Davis & Eve W. Paul, Operation Rescue - Was the Justice Dept. Right to Intervene in Wichita? 77 American Bar Association Journal (1991)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Territorial Governments and the Limits of Formalism California Law Review (1990)
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  • Steven G. Calabresi & Gary S. Lawson, Introduction: Prospects for the Rule of Law Cumberland Law Review (1990)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Caveat Auditor: The Rise of Accountants' Liability (1989)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, AIDS, Astrology, and Arline: Towards a Causal Interpretation of Section 504 Hofstra Law Review (1989)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, AIDS, Astrology, and Arline: Towards a Casual Interpretation of Section 504 17 Hofstra Law Review (1989)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, The Ethics of Insider Trading Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy (1988)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, The Ethics of Insider Trading 11 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (1988)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, In Praise of Woodenness George Mason University Law Review (1988)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, A Truce in the Takeover Wars? Regulation (1985)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Antitrust: Fear of Fairness Regulation (1985)
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  • Gary S. Lawson, Insider Trading As Victimless Crime Regulation (1985)
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In the Media

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  • Newsweek December 27, 2023

    Why Donald Trump Is Wrong About Jack Smith

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  • ABA Journal December 21, 2023

    Was Jack Smith’s Appointment Unconstitutional? He Has No More Authority than Taylor Swift, Amicus Brief Argues

    Gary Lawson is featured.
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  • Fox News

    Special Counsel in Trump Case Unconstitutional, Former Reagan AG Says

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    Was Jack Smith’s Appointment Unconstitutional? He Has No More Authority than Taylor Swift, Amicus Brief Argues

    Gary S. Lawson is featured.
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  • New Republic October 2, 2023

    The Case for Optimism on the Supreme Court’s Next Term

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  • Arizona Sun Times September 27, 2023

    In Disbarment Trial of Trump’s Attorney John Eastman, Berkeley Constitutional Law Professor John Yoo Contradicts California Bar’s Star Witness on the Key Issue

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  • Colgate University September 26, 2023

    Constitution Day Debate Tackles the Constitutionality of the Administrative State

    Gary Lawson is quoted.
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  • Naked Capitalism September 25, 2023

    Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo: A Conservative Assault on the Administrative State

    Gary Lawson's research is referenced.
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  • Originalism Blog January 20, 2023

    The Year in Review: Originalism-Oriented Articles of 2022

    Gary Lawson's work is referenced.
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  • The Orange County Register September 19, 2022

    Schedule F Could be the Death Knell for the Bloated Administrative State

    Gary Lawson's article is referenced.
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  • The American Spectator August 15, 2022

    How West Virginia v. EPA Changed the Administrative State

    Gary Lawson's work is referenced.
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  • Law360 May 13, 2022

    New Procedures Deepen CFPB Adjudication Advantage

    Gary Lawson's work is cited.
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  • GBH May 5, 2022

    Hot Buttons – An Unprecedented Court

    Gary Lawson is invited to speak as panelist.
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  • BU Today April 13, 2022

    William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professorships Honor Mark Grinstaff, Gary Lawson, and Dana Robert

    Gary Lawson named to receive the University’s highest honor for faculty.
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  • The Poynter Institute February 1, 2022

    Trump Falsely Says Electoral Count Act Talks Prove He Was Right on Pence’s Power

    Jack Beermann and Gary Lawson’s research is referenced.
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