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Church and state, constitutional law, constitutional theory, First Amendment, jurisprudence, legal philosophy, political theory, religion and law


Micah J. Schwartzman

Edward F. Howrey Professor of Law
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2005
D.Phil., University of Oxford, 2003
B.A., University of Virginia, 1998

Micah Schwartzman joined the faculty in 2007. He teaches constitutional law and the First Amendment (Religion Clauses). His areas of interest include law and religion, jurisprudence, and political philosophy.

Schwartzman received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his doctorate in politics from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. During law school, he served as articles development editor of the Virginia Law Review and received numerous awards, including the Margaret G. Hyde Award, the Daniel Rosenbloom Award, and the Hardy Cross Dillard Scholarship. After graduating, Schwartzman clerked for Judge Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Prior to joining the faculty, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities. In the spring of 2013, he was a visiting professor at the UCLA School of Law.

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The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty (with Zoe Robinson and Chad Flanders eds., forthcoming Oxford University Press, 2015).

Religious Liberty and Secular Government (forthcoming West Publishing Company) (with Frederick Mark Gedicks, Robert W. Tuttle, and Nelson Tebbe).


"Some Realism about Corporate Rights," (with Richard Schragger) in The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty (forthcoming 2015).

"Reasoning from Conjecture: A Reply to Three Objections," in Rawls and Religion (Tom Bailey and Valentina Gentile eds., 2015).

"Religion as a Legal Proxy," 51 San Diego L. Rev. (2014) (symposium).

"Religion, Equality, and Public Reason,"
94 B.U. L. Rev. 1321 (2014) (symposium).

"Against Religious Institutionalism" (with Richard Schragger) 99 Va. L. Rev. 917 (2013).
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"Lost in Translation: A Dilemma for Freedom of the Church" (with Richard Schragger), 21
J. Contemp. Legal Issues 15 (2013) (symposium).
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"Obligation, Anarchy, and Exemption," 28
Const. Comment. 93 (2013) (reviewing Abner S. Greene, Against Obligation: The Multiple Sources of Authority in a Liberal Democracy (2012)).
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"What if Religion Is Not Special?" 79
U. Chi. L. Rev. 1351 (2012).
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"The Ethics of Reasoning from Conjecture," 9
J. Moral Phil. 521 (2012).

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"The Sincerity of Public Reason," 19
J. Pol. Phi. 375 (2011).
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"Conscience, Speech, and Money," 97 Va. L. Rev. 317 (2011).
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"Judicial Sincerity," 94
Va. L. Rev. 987 (2008).
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The Relevance of Locke’s Religious Arguments for Toleration," 33 Pol. Theory 678 (2005).

The Completeness of Public Reason," 3 Pol. Phil. & Econ. 191 (2004).

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  • Constitutional Law II: Church and State
  • Religion, Democracy and Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Theory
  • Advanced Topics in the First Amendment
  • Textualism and Its Critics
  • Seminar in Ethical Values
  • Legal Theory

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