Jack M. Beermann

Jack M. Beermann

Philip S. Beck Professor of Law

Harry Elwood Warren Scholar

BA with distinction, University of Wisconsin
JD with honors, University of Chicago


Biography

Jack Beermann’s scholarship focuses on two areas: civil rights litigation and administrative law. He is an authority on the circumstances under which state and local officials, and local governments, should be held liable for their constitutional violations. “What particularly fascinates me is studying the values underlying our public law system and how social movements and history have affected those values,” he says.

Professor Beermann has authored or co-authored four books on administrative law, including a widely-used casebook and the Emanuel Law Outline on the subject. He has also written extensively on the degree to which federal courts should defer to the legal determinations of federal agencies, on the problem of midnight rulemaking, in which outgoing administrations promulgate dozens of regulations at the end of their administrations and on the legal aspects of the funding crisis facing public employee pension funds in the United States.

His articles have appeared in prominent American journals such as the Stanford Law ReviewUCLA Law ReviewDuke Law Journal, and Boston University Law Review, and in foreign law journals including Germany’s Rechtstheorie and China’s Administrative Law Review. Recent articles include “The Public Pension Crisis” in the Washington & Lee Law Review, “Congressional Administration” in the San Diego Law Review and the “Constitutional Law of Presidential Transition” in the North Carolina Law Review. In 1998, he co-authored an article that examined civil rights violations in the popular television drama NYPD Blue and in 1993 he wrote “The Supreme Court’s Narrow View on Civil Rights” for the prestigious Supreme Court Review.

Before joining the Boston University faculty in 1984, Professor Beermann clerked for Judge Richard Cudahy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In 2017, he was appointed as a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States. In 2008, 2011 and 2014 he was visiting professor at Harvard Law School and in 1997, he was distinguished visiting professor at DePaul Law School. In 2004, 2005 and 2007, he taught at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, and in 2002, he taught at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. He has lectured in Israel, Germany, Australia, Morocco, Portugal and Canada. At BU Law, Professor Beermann teaches administrative law, civil rights litigation, and constitutional law. In recent years, he has also taught introduction to American law (for foreign LLM students) and local government law.

Publications

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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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  • Jack M. Beermann, Loper Bright and the Future of Chevron Deference 65 William & Mary Law Review (2023)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, The Anti-Innovation Supreme Court: Major Questions, Delegation, Chevron and More 65 William & Mary Law Review (2023)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, The Role of Departments in the Design of the Federal Government JOTWELL (2022) (book review)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Nondelegation and Originalism JOTWELL (2022) (book review)
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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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  • Jack M. Beermann, Seila Law: Is There a There There? University of Chicago Law Review Online (2022)
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  • Jack M. Beermann & Ronald A. Cass, Interpretation, Remedy, and the Rule of Law: Why Courts Should Have the Courage of Their Convictions 74 Administrative Law Review (2022)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Patent Fake News JOTWELL (2021) (book review)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, The Journey to Separate but Equal: Madame DeCuir's Quest for Racial Justice in the Reconstruction Era (2021)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Inside Administrative Law: What Matters and Why, Second Edition (2020)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, When Agencies Do Not Not Have Statutory Power to Regulate JOTWELL (2020)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Crisis? Whose Crisis? 61 William & Mary Law Review (2020)
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  • Ronald A. Cass, Colin S. Diver, Jack M. Beermann & Jody Freeman, Administrative Law: Cases and Materials, 8th ed. (2020)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Emanuel Law Outlines for Administrative Law, 5th ed. (2020)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Administrative Adjudication and Adjudicators 26 George Mason Law Review (2019)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Tribute to Professor Mark J. Pettit, Jr. 98 Boston University Law Review (2018)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, The Never-Ending Assault on the Administrative State 93 Notre Dame Law Review (2018)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Barack Obama's Emancipation Proclamation: An Essay in Memory of Judge Richard D. Cudahy 67 DePaul Law Review (2018)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Corporate Personhood and the History of the Rights of Corporations: A Reflection on Adam Winkler’s Book We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights 98 Boston University Law Review (2018)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Chevron is a Rorschach Test Ink Blot 32 Journal of Law and Politics (2017)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, The Role of the Courts in Creating Racial Identity in Early New Orleans 51 Tulsa Law Review (2016)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Emanuel Crunchtime for Administrative Law, 4th ed. (2016)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Emanuel Law Outlines for Administrative Law, 4th ed. (2016)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Charles J. Cooper, Thomas W. Merrill, Amy Wildermuth & Don R. Wildermouth, Litigation: Time to Revisit Chevron Difference 85 Mississippi Law Journal (2016)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Colin S. Diver, Ronald A. Cass & Jody Freeman, Administrative Law: Cases and Materials, 7th ed. (2015)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, NFIB v. Sebelius and the Right to Health Care: Government's Obligation to Provide for the Health, Safety, and Welfare of Its Citizens 18 NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy (2015)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Chevron at the Roberts Court: Still Failing after All These Years 83 Fordham Law Review (2014)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Congress's (Less) Limited Power to Represent Itself in Court: A Comment on Grove and Devins 99 Cornell Law Review Online (2014)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Essay: Resolving the Public Pension 'Crisis' 41 Fordham Urban Law Journal (2014)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, The New Constitution of the United States: Do We Need One and How Would We Get One? No. 14-4 Boston University School of Law, Public Law Research Paper Series (2013)
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  • Michael Asimow, Jack M. Beermann, Anne O'Connell, Jeff Litwak, Anne Young & Greg Ogden, Part One—Adjudication, in A Blackletter Statement of Federal Administrative Law (2013)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, The Public Pension Crisis No. 12-48 Boston University School of Law, Public Law Research Paper Series (2012)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Jewish Identity and Judging: Seymour Simon of Illinois No. 12-47 Boston University School of Law, Public Law Research Paper Series (2012)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Midnight Rules: A Reform Agenda No. 12-58 Boston University School of Law, Public Law Research Paper Series (2012)
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  • Jack M. Beermann & Jeff Litwak, Chapters 4 and 5, in A Guide to Federal Agency Adjudication (2012)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Taking Irony Seriously: Essay in Appreciation of Günter Frankenberg’s Career and Friendship, in Erzählungen vom Konstitutionalismus (Helena Lindemann, Dr. Nina Malaviya, Dr. Alexander Hanebeck, Dr. Felix Hanschmann, Dr. Rainer Nickel, and Dr. Timo Tohidipur,2012)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, A Skeptical View of a Skeptical View of Presidential Term Limits No. 11-04 Boston University School of Law, Public Law Research Paper (2011)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, An Inductive Understanding of Separation of Powers 63 Administrative Law Review (2011)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Ronald A. Cass, Colin S. Diver & Jody Freeman, Administrative Law: Cases and Materials, 6th ed. (2011)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Common Law and Statute Law in Administrative Law 63 Administrative Law Review (2011)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Inside Administrative Law: What Matters and Why (2010)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, End the Failed Chevron Experiment Now: How Chevron Has Failed and Why it Can and Should Be Overruled 42 Connecticut Law Review (2010)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Emanuel Law Outlines for Administrative Law, 3rd ed. (2010)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Emanuel Crunchtime for Administrative Law, 3rd ed. (2010)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Midnight Deregulation, in Working Paper (2009)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Introduction: Symposium on Remedies for Exonerated Prisoners 18 Boston University Public Interest Law Journal (2009)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Combating Midnight Regulation 103 Northwestern Law Review Colloquy (2009)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Qualified Immunity and Constitutional Avoidance 2009 Supreme Court Review (2009)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, The Turn Toward Congress in Administrative Law 89 Boston University Law Review (2009)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, The Supreme Common Law Court of the United States 18 Boston University Public Interest Law Journal (2008)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Common Law and Statute Law in US Federal Administrative Law, in Administrative Law in a Changing State: Essays in Honour of Mark Aronson (Linda Pearson, Carol Harlow and Michael Taggart,2008)
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  • Jack M. Beermann & Gary S. Lawson, Reprocessing Vermont Yankee 75 George Washington Law Review (2007)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Punitive Damages in the United States 2007 Newsletter of the Deutsche-Amerikanische Juristen Vereinigung/ Zeitschrift fur Deutsches und Amerikanisches Recht (2007)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, The Law and Politics of Local Government in the United States 30 Anos de Poder Local Na Constituticao da Republica Portuguesa (2007)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Federal Court Self-Preservation and Terri Schiavo 54 Buffalo Law Review (2006)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Congressional Administration 43 San Diego Law Review (2006)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, The Constitutional Law of Presidential Transitions 84 North Carolina Law Review (2006)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Emanuel Crunchtime for Administrative Law, 2nd ed. (2006)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Colin S. Diver & Ronald A. Cass, Administrative Law: Cases and Materials, 5th ed. (2006)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Emanuel Law Outlines for Administrative Law, 2nd ed. (2006)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, William Ryckman & Daniel Freehling, In Appreciation: Ronald A. Cass - Dean, Boston University School of Law 1990-2004 85 Boston University Law Review (2005)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Why Do Plaintiffs Sue Private Parties under Section 1983 26 Cardozo Law Review (2004)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Emanuel Law Outlines for Administrative Law (2003)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Presidential Power in Transitions 83 Boston University Law Review (2003)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Emanuel Crunchtime for Administrative Law (2003)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Chapters 5 and 12, in A Guide to Federal Agency Adjudication (2002)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Administrative-Law-Like Obligations on Private[ized] Entities 49 UCLA Law Review (2002)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, The Unhappy History of Civil Rights Legislation, Fifty Years Later 34 Connecticut Law Review (2002)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Ronald A. Cass & Colin S. Diver, Administrative Law: Cases and Materials, 4th ed. (2002)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Chapters 4 and 9, in A Guide to Federal Agency Adjudication (Michael Asimow,2002)
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  • Jack M. Beermann & Clive B. Jacques, Section 1983's and Laws Clause Run Amok: Civil Rights Attorney's Fees in Cellular Facilities Siting Disputes 81 Boston University Law Review (2001)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Privatization and Political Accountability 28 Fordham Urban Law Journal (2001)
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  • Jack M. Beermann & Gary Edles, Adjudication, in Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice 1999-2000 (2000)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Roadmap for Administrative Law (2000)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Comments on Rooker-Feldman or Let State Law Be Our Guide 74 Notre Dame Law Review (1999)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Municipal Responsibility for Constitutional Torts 48 DePaul Law Review (1999)
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  • Jack M. Beermann & Susan Bandes, Lawyering Up 2 Green Bag (1998)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Holmes's Good Man: A Comment on Levinson and Balkin 78 Boston University Law Review (1998)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Ronald A. Cass & Colin S. Diver, Administrative Law: Cases and Materials, 3rd ed. (1998)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, The Reach of Administrative Law in the United States, in The Province of Administrative Law (Michael Taggart,1997)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Common Law Elements of the Section 1983 Action 72 Chicago-Kent Law Review (1997)
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  • Jack M. Beermann & Ma Huaide, Administrative Rulemaking in the United States 1996 Administrative Law Review (1996)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Review of "Constitutional Torts" by Sheldon H. Nahmod, Michael L. Wells, Thomas A. Eaton 45 Journal of Legal Education (1995) (book review)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Ronald A. Cass & Colin S. Diver, Administrative Law: Cases and Materials, 2nd ed. (1994)
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  • Jack M. Beermann & Joseph William Singer, The Social Origins of Property 6 Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence (1993)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Barbara A. Melamed & Hugh F. Hall, Supreme Court's Tilt to the Property Right: Procedural Due Process Protections of Liberty and Property Interests 3 Boston University Public Interest Law Journal (1993)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, The Supreme Court's Narrow View on Civil Rights 1993 Supreme Court Review (1993)
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  • Ronald A. Cass & Jack M. Beermann, Throwing Stones at the Mudbank: The Impact of Scholarship on Administrative Law 45 Administrative Law Review (1993)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Ronald A. Cass & Colin S. Diver, 1993 Supplement to Administrative Law: Cases and Materials (1993)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Interest Group Politics and Judicial Behavior: Macey's Public Choice 67 Notre Dame Law Review (1991)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, The Economic Theory of Politics and Legal Interpretation in the United States 22 Rechtstheorie (1991)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Administrative Failure and Local Democracy: The Politics of DeShaney 1998 Duke Law Journal (1990)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, A Critical Approach to Section 1983 with Special Attention to Sources of Law 42 Stanford Law Review (1989)
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  • Jack M. Beermann & Joseph William Singer, Baseline Questions in Legal Reasoning: The Example of Property in Jobs 23 Georgia Law Review (1989)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Bad Judicial Activism and Liberal Federal-Courts Doctrine: A Comment on Professor Doernberg and Professor Redish 40 Case Western Reserve Law Review (1989)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Government Official Torts and the Takings Clause: Federalism and State Sovereign Immunity 68 Boston University Law Review (1988)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Contract Law as a System of Values Book Review 67 Boston University Law Review (1987) (book review)
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  • Jack M. Beermann, Crises? What Crisis? 80 Northwestern University Law Review (1986) (book review)
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In the Media

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  • BU Today March 4, 2024

    In a Win for Trump, Supreme Court Rules That Former President Can Remain on the Ballot

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  • CNN December 6, 2023

    Conservative Think Tank Laying Groundwork for a Second Trump Term Raised Millions from a Single Anonymous Donor

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  • BU Today November 15, 2023

    Is a “Toothless” SCOTUS Ethics Code Better Than No Code at All?

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  • Reuters August 18, 2023

    Fact Check-Trump Not Facing Death Penalty in Jan. 6 Federal Indictment

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  • WCVB March 31, 2023

    Boston Professors Describe Legal Challenges of Prosecuting a Former US President after Donald Trump Indictment

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  • NPR January 24, 2023

    The Supreme Court Is Weighing a Theory That Could Upend Elections. Here’s How

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  • BU Today September 30, 2022

    As Supreme Court Starts New Term, Some Cases to Watch

    Robert Tsai and Jack Beermann are quoted.
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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

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  • BU Today January 31, 2022

    Who Will Replace Stephen Breyer on SCOTUS?

    Jack Beermann provides his opinion on SCOTUS.
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  • Real Clear Policy January 21, 2022

    Five Facts on Reforming the Electoral Count Act of 1887

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  • USA Today January 19, 2022

    Electoral Count Act: What Is It, How Did It Play a Role In The 2020 Election and Jan. 6, and Why Are There Calls To Change It?

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  • Bloomberg Law November 16, 2021

    Biden Vaccine-or-Test Rule’s Future at Stake in Court Lottery

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  • WCVB October 4, 2021

    Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Death Penalty Case to Be Heard during New Supreme Court Term

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  • Law360 July 8, 2021

    Law Professors Say Trump Not Immune To Capitol Riot Suits

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  • Law360 July 2, 2021

    Dem Reps. Say Trump, Giuliani Can’t Escape Capitol Riot Suit

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