Professor of Law; GFPS member

Areas of Specialization: Civil Rights; Administrative Law; Federal Courts; Government and Interest Groups; Local Government Law

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.