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Suzanna Sherry

Herman O. Loewenstein Chair in Law

Suzanna Sherry's work in the area of constitutional law has earned her national recognition as one of the most well-known scholars in the field. The author of more than 100 books and articles, she also writes extensively on federal courts and federal court procedures. After graduating from law school, Professor Sherry was a clerk for the Honorable John C. Godbold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Montgomery, Alabama, and then served as an associate with the law firm of Miller Cassidy Larroca & Lewin in Washington, D.C. She joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2000 as the inaugural holder of the Cal Turner Chair, having previously served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School since 1982. She was named the Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law in 2006.

Research Interests

Constitutional law & theory, federal courts & the federal judicial system, federalism, litigation & dispute resolution and the U.S. Supreme Court


Representative Publications

  • "Our Kardashian Court (and How to Fix It)," 106 Iowa Law Review 181 (2020)
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  • "Term Limits and Turmoil: Roe v. Wade's Whiplash," 98 Texas Law Review 121 (2019) (with Christopher S. Sundby)
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  • "The Imaginary Constitution," 17 Georgetown Journal of Law and Policy 441 (2019)
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  • "Normalizing Erie," 69 Vanderbilt Law Review 1161 (2016)
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  • “Property is the New Privacy: The Coming Constitutional Revolution,” 128 Harvard Law Review 1452 (2015)
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  • "Hogs Get Slaughtered at the Supreme Court," 2011 Supreme Court Review 1
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  • "The First Amendment and the Freedom to Differ" in The Bill of Rights in Modern America (David J. Bodenheimer and James W. Ely, editors) (3rd edition forthcoming 2021, 2nd edition 2008)
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  • Constitutionalism, Executive Power and the Spirit of Moderation (2016) (editor, with Giorgi Areshidze & Paul O. Carrese)
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  • Beyond All Reason: The Radical Assault on Truth in American Law, Oxford University Press (1997) (with Daniel A. Farber)
  • What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know: An Introduction to the Study of Law (3rd edition, 2020) (with Tracey E. George)
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