Joseph M. Hartfield Professor of Law
Class of 1948 Professor of Scholarly Research in Law
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1978
M.A., Stanford University, 1975
B.A., Pomona College, 1972
Michael Collins teaches Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Conflict of Laws and Evidence. Before coming to UVA, where he is currently the Joseph M. Hartfield Professor of Law and the Class of 1948 Professor of Scholarly Research in Law, Collins taught at Tulane Law School, where he was the Robert A. Ainsworth Professor of Law.
Prior to attending law school, Collins earned a graduate degree in classical languages and literature and an undergraduate degree in history and classics. After law school, he practiced commercial and employment law in Los Angeles, practiced civil rights law in New Orleans, and was a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. He has also been a visiting professor at Boston University, George Washington, Ohio State and Richmond. While at Tulane, he was a three-time recipient of the law school's distinguished teaching award.
Collins’ research interests lie in the areas of federal courts, procedure and legal history. His recently published works include an essay entitled "Federal Question Jurisdiction and Justice Holmes"; a chapter in Federal Courts Stories on Tarble’s Case (both with Ann Woolhandler); and an article on the treatment of jurisdictional defects in the federal courts. His writings have appeared in the California, Columbia, Georgetown, Notre Dame and Virginia law reviews. He has also co-authored casebooks on federal jurisdiction and on civil procedure, and he has published a handbook on constitutional tort litigation.
The Law of Civil Procedure—Cases and Materials (with Joel Friedman) (Thomson/West, 2001; 3d ed. 2010).
Section 1983 Litigation in a Nutshell (West 1997; Thomson/West, 4th ed. 2011).
Federal Courts—Theory and Practice (with R. Clinton & R. Matasar) (Little, Brown & Co. 1996).
Articles and Essays:
"Faith, Credit, and Jurisdictional Obligations" (with Ann Woolhandler), Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2012-30.
“Reconstructing Murdock v. Memphis,” 98 Va. L. Rev. 1439 (2012).
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Prosecuting Federal Crimes in State Courts" (with Jonathan Remy Nash), 97 Va. L. Rev. 243 (2011)
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"The Story of Tarble's Case: State Habeas and Federal Detention" (with Ann Woolhandler), in Vicki C. Jackson & Judith Resnick, eds., Federal Courts' Stories 141 (Foundation Press 2010).
"Federal Question Jurisdiction and Justice Holmes" (with Ann Woolhandler), 84 Notre Dame L. Rev. 2151 (2009).
"M‘Culloch and the Turned Comma," 12 Green Bag 2d 265 (2009).
"Jurisdictional Exceptionalism," 93 Va. L. Rev. 1829 (2007).
“Justice Iredell, Choice of Law, and the Constitution: A Neglected Encounter,” 23 Const. Comment. 163 (2006).
"The Federal Courts, the First Congress, and the Non-Settlement of 1789," 91 Va. L. Rev. 1515 (2005).
"Symposium: Judicial Independence and the Scope of Article III—A View from The Federalist," 38 U. Rich. L. Rev. 675 (2004).
"October Term, 1896—Embracing Due Process," 45 Am. J. Legal Hist. 71 (2001).
"The Diversity Theory of the Alien Tort Statute," 45 Va. J. Int'l L. 649 (2002).
"The Article III Jury" (with A. Woolhandler), 87 Va. L. Rev. 587 (2001).
"Before Lochner—Diversity Jurisdiction and the Development of General Constitutional Law," 74 Tul. L. Rev. 1263 (2000).
"Justice Bradley's Civil Rights Odyssey Revisited," 70 Tul. L. Rev. 1979 (1996).
"Article III Cases, State Court Duties, and the Madisonian Compromise," 1995 Wis. L. Rev. 39 (1995).
"State Standing" (with A. Woolhandler), 81 Va. L. Rev. 387 (1994).
"Whose Federalism?", 9 Const. Comment. 75 (1992).
"Symposium: 'Economic Rights,' Implied Constitutional Actions, and the Scope of Sect. 1983," 77 Geo. L.J. 1493 (1989).
"The Conspiracy Theory of the Eleventh Amendment," 88 Colum. L. Rev. 212 (1988).
"The Right to Avoid Trial: Justifying Federal Court Intervention into Ongoing State Court Proceedings," 66 N.C. L. Rev. 49 (1987).
"The Unhappy History of Federal Question Removal," 71 Iowa L. Rev. 717 (1986).
- Federal Courts
- Civil Procedure
- Conflict of Laws
- Transnational Litigation