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sp5mm@virginia.edu
(434) 243-8539
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ASSISTANT
Lisa R. Lambert

SUBJECTS
Constitutional law, constitutional theory, presidential powers

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Saikrishna Prakash

James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law
Horace W. Goldsmith Research Professor

J.D., Yale Law School, 1993
B.A., Stanford University, 1990

Saikrishna Prakash's scholarship focuses on separation of powers, particularly executive powers. He teaches Constitutional Law, Foreign Relations Law and Presidential Powers at the Law School.

Prakash majored in economics and political science at Stanford University. At Yale Law School, he served as senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and received the John M. Olin Fellowship in Law, Economics and Public Policy. After law school, he clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. After practicing in New York for two years, he served as a visiting professor at the University of Illinois College of Law and as an associate professor at Boston University School of Law. He then spent several years at the University of San Diego School of Law as the Herzog Research Professor of Law. Prakash has been a visiting professor at the Northwestern University School of Law and the University of Chicago Law School. He also has served as a James Madison Fellow at Princeton University and Visiting Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Among Prakash's articles are "How to Remove a Federal Judge" and "The Executive Power Over Foreign Affairs," published in the Yale Law Journal; and "Removal and Tenure in Office" and "Delegation Really Running Riot," published in the Virginia Law Review.

Scholarship Profile: Originalism and the Separation of Powers (Virginia Journal 2013)


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“The Appointment and Removal of William J. Marbury and When an Office Vests,” 89 Notre Dame L. Rev. 199 (2013).
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“Guru Dakshina,” 2013 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1787.
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“The Imbecilic Executive,” 99 Va. L. Rev. 1361 (2013).
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“Reverse Advisory Opinions” (with Neal Devins), 80 U. Chi. L. Rev. 859 (2013).
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“The Statutory Nonenforcement Power,” 91 Tex. L. Rev. See Also 115 (2013).
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“The Goldilocks Executive” (with Michael D. Ramsey), 90 Tex. L. Rev. 973 (2012) (reviewing Eric A. Posner & Adrian Vermeule, The Executive Unbound: After the Madisonian Republic (2010)).
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“The Indefensible Duty to Defend” (with Neal Devins), 112 Colum. L. Rev. 507 (2012).
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“Missing Links in the President’s Evolution on Same-Sex Marriage,” 81 Fordham L. Rev. 553 (2012).
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“The Causes of Progressive Stagnation,” 72 Ohio St. L.J. 1277 (2011).
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“The Great Suspender’s Unconstitutional Suspension of the Great Writ,” 3 Alb. Gov’t L. Rev. 575 (2010).
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“Fragmented Features of the Constitution’s Unitary Executive,” 45 Willamette L. Rev. 701 (2009).
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“The Story of Myers and its Wayward Successors: Going Postal on the Removal Power,” in Christopher H. Schroeder & Curtis A. Bradley, eds. Presidential Power Stories 165 (Foundation Press, 2009).

“Why the Incompatibility Clause Applies to the Office of the President,” 4 Duke J. Const. L. & Pub. Pol’y Sidebar 107 (2009).
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“Exhuming the Seemingly Moribund Declaration of War,” 77 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 89 (2008).
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“Imperial and Imperiled: The Curious State of the Executive,” 50 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1021 (2008).
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“The Misunderstood Relationship between Originalism and Popular Sovereignty,” 31 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 485 (2008).
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“The Executive’s Duty to Disregard Unconstitutional Laws,” 95 Geo. L.J. 1613 (2008).
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“The Separation and Overlap of War and Military Powers,” 87 Tex. L. Rev. 299 (2008).
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“A Taxonomy of Presidential Powers,” 88 B.U. L. Rev. 327 (2008).
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“Tempest in an Empty Teapot: Why the Constitution Does Not Regulate Gerrymandering” (with Larry Alexander), 50 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1 (2008).

“Delegation Really Running Riot” (with Larry Alexander), 93 Va. L. Rev. 1035 (2007).
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“More Democracy, Less Constitution,” 55 Drake L. Rev. 899 (2007).
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“A Two-Front War,” 93 Cornell L. Rev. 197 (2007).
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“Unleashing the Dogs of War: What the Constitution Means by ‘Declare War’,” 93 Cornell L. Rev. 45 (2007).
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“Why the President Must Veto Unconstitutional Bills,” 16 Wm. & Mary Bill Rights J. 81 (2007).
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“The Constitutional Status of Customary International Law,” 30 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 65 (2006).
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“The Domestic War,” 115 Yale L.J. Pocket Part 92 (2006).

“How the Constitution Makes Subtraction Easy,” 92 Va. L. Rev. 1871 (2006).
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“How to Remove a Federal Judge” (with Steven D. Smith), 116 Yale L.J. 72 (2006).
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“Reply: (Mis)Understanding ‘Good Behavior’ Tenure” (with Steven D. Smith), 116 Yale L.J. 139 (2006).
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“New Light on the Decision of 1789,” 91 Cornell L. Rev. 1021 (2006).
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“Radicals in Tweed Jackets: Why Extreme Left-Wing Law Professors are Wrong for America,” 106 Colum. L. Rev. 2207 (2006) (reviewing Cass R. Sunstein, Radicals in Robes: Why Extreme Right-Wing Courts Are Wrong for America (2005)).
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“Regulating the Commander in Chief: Some Theories,” 81 Ind. L.J. 1319 (2006).

“Removal and Tenure in Office,” 92 Va. L. Rev. 1779 (2006).
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“Removing Federal Judges Without Impeachment” (with Steven D. Smith), 116 Yale L.J. Pocket Part 95 (2006).

“Against Interpretive Supremacy” (with John Yoo), 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1539 (2005) (reviewing Larry D. Kramer, The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review (2004)).
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“The Chief Prosecutor,” 73 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 521 (2005).
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“Executive Vesting Clause” and “Take Care Clause,” in David F. Forte & Matthew Spalding, eds., The Heritage Guide to the Constitution 179, 222 (Heritage Foundation, 2005).

“Foreign Affairs and the Jeffersonian Executive: A Defense” (with Michael D. Ramsey), 89 Minn. L. Rev. 1591 (2005).
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“Regulating Presidential Powers,” 91 Cornell L. Rev. 215 (2005) (reviewing Harold Krent, Presidential Powers (2005)).
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“Against Tribal Fungibility,” 89 Cornell L. Rev. 1069 (2004).
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“The Constitution as Suicide Pact,” 79 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1299 (2004).
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“‘Is that English You’re Speaking?’: Why Intention-Free Interpretation is an Impossibility” (with Larry Alexander), 41 San Diego L. Rev. 967 (2004).
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“Mother May I?: Imposing Mandatory, Prospective Rules of Statutory Interpretation” (with Larry Alexander), 20 Const. Comment. 97 (2004).
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“Branches Behaving Badly: The Predictable and Often Desirable Consequences of the Separation of Powers,” 12 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 543 (2003).
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“The Essential Meaning of Executive Power,” 2003 U. Ill. L. Rev. 701.
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“The Origins of Judicial Review” (with John C. Yoo), 70 U. Chi. L. Rev. 887 (2003).
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“Our Three Commerce Clauses and the Presumption of Intrasentence Uniformity,” 55 Ark. L. Rev. 1149 (2003).
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“Overcoming the Constitution,” 91 Geo. L. J. 407 (2003) (reviewing Richard H. Fallon, Jr., Implementing the Constitution (2001)).
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“Questions for the Critics of Judicial Review’ (with John C. Yoo), 72 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 354 (2003).
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“Reports of the Nondelegation Doctrine’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated” (with Larry Alexander), 70 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1297 (2003).
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“Are the Judicial Safeguards of Federalism the Ultimate Form of Conservative Judicial Activism?,” 55 U. Colo. L. Rev. 1363 (2002).
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“The Executive Power over Foreign Affairs” (with Michael D. Ramsey), 111 Yale L.J. 231 (2001).
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“The Puzzling Persistence of Process-Based Federalism Theories” (with John C. Yoo), 79 Tex. L. Rev. 1459 (2001).
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“America’s Aristocracy,” 109 Yale L.J. 541 (1999) (reviewing Mark Tushnet, Taking the Constitution Away from the Courts (1999)).
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“A Critical Comment on the Constitutionality of Executive Privilege,” 83 Minn. L. Rev. 1143 (1999).
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“Our Dysfunctional Insider Trading Regime,” 99 Colum. L. Rev. 1491 (1999).
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“A Comment on Congressional Enforcement,” 32 Ind. L. Rev. 193 (1998).
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“Deviant Executive Lawmaking,” 67 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1 (1998).
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“Unoriginalism’s Law Without Meaning,” 15 Const. Comment. 329 (1998) (reviewing Jack Rakove, Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution (1998)).
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“General United States Tax Considerations Pertaining to the Creation, Acquisition and Disposition of Trademarks” (with Peter F. Riley), in Advanced Seminar on Trademark Law, 1996, at 403 (Practising Law Institute, 1996).

“The President’s Power to Execute the Laws” (with Steven G. Calabresi), 104 Yale L.J. 541 (1994).
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“Field Office Federalism,” 79 Va. L. Rev. 1957 (1993).
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Note, “Hail to the Chief Administrator: The Framers and the President’s Administrative Powers,” 102 Yale L.J. 991 (1993).
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