Jack Beermann

Harry Elwood Warren Scholar; Professor of Law, School of Law

Jack Beermann is a noted scholar in the area of civil rights litigation against state and local governments and their officials. “Civil rights litigation is a very important part of our legal system because it involves holding government officials accountable when they violate constitutional and other important rights,” 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. “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.

His articles have appeared in prominent American journals such as the Stanford Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Duke 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 “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 2008, 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, Professor Beermann currently teaches administrative law, civil rights litigation, introduction to American law (for foreign LLM students) and local government law.