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.
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," in The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty (forthcoming 2015) (with Richard Schragger).
"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).
"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)).
"Lost in Translation: A Dilemma for Freedom of the Church" (with Richard Schragger), 21 J. Contemp. Legal Issues 15 (2013) (symposium).
"Against Religious Institutionalism" (with Richard Schragger) 99 Va. L. Rev. 917 (2013).
"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).
- 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
In the Media
- "What Did RFRA Restore? (Religious Freedom Project, 09/11/2014)
- "Supreme Court Unmoved by Religious Employer’s Coverage Objections — for the Amish (SFGate, 08/04/2014)
- "Not Bill Clinton's RFRA" (Balkinization, 07/03/2014)
- "The New Law of Religiion" (Slate, 07/03/2014)
- "Hobby Lobby's Dangerous Precedent" (New York Daily News, 07/01/2014)
- "Hobby Lobby and McCullen v. Coakley: HHS Mandate and Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones" (Federalist Society, 07/01/2014)
- "Church-State Scholars Represented by Lowenstein Sandler: Supreme Court Grants For-Profit Corporations A Religious Exemption From Affordable Care Act’s Contraception Mandate" (Fort Mill Times/Press Release, 06/30/2014)
- "Micah Schwartzman" (Inside Cville, 06/30/2014)
- The Limits of Religious Tolerance" (The Chronicle of Higher Education, 06/09/2014)
- "Micah Schwartzman" (InsideCville with Coy Barefoot, 05/12/2014)
- "Town of Greece and the Demise of Religious Neutrality" (Balkinization, 05/06/2014)
- "Hobby Lobby in Supreme Court" (WRVA, 03/26/2014)
- "Panel Discussion on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores" ((C-SPAN), 03/24/2014)
- "Hobby Lobby and the Establishment Clause, Part III: Reconciling Amos and Cutter" (Co-Author) (Balkinization, 12/09/2013)
- "Hobby Lobby and the Establishment Clause, Part II: What Counts As A Burden on Employees?" (Co-Author) (Balkinization, 12/04/2013)
- "The Establishment Clause and the Contraception Mandate" (Co-Author) (Balkinization, 11/27/2013)
- "Obamacare Birth Control Mandate Lawsuit: How a Radical Argument Went Mainstream" (Slate, 11/26/2013)
- "The Puzzle of Town of Greece v. Galloway" (Co-Author) (SCOTUSblog, 09/24/2013)
- "Not Getting Any Younger: President Obama's Penchant for Older Judges Scuttled Goodwin Liu" (Slate, 05/26/2011)
- "Old World: Why Isn't Obama Appointing Young Judges to the Circuit Courts?" (The New Republic, 07/17/2009)