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Constitutional Law, Evidence, Legal Reasoning, Jurisprudence, Philosophy of Law


Frederick Schauer

David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1972
M.B.A., Dartmouth College, 1968
A.B., Dartmouth College, 1967

Frederick Schauer is David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. He is also Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment, Emeritus, at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where he taught from 1990 to 2008, served as academic dean and acting dean, and also taught courses on evidence and freedom of speech at the Harvard Law School. Previously, Schauer was professor of law at the University of Michigan, and has been visiting professor of law at the Columbia Law School, Fischel-Neil Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, Morton Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Humanities at Dartmouth College, distinguished visiting professor at the University of Toronto, distinguished visitor at New York University, and James Goold Cutler Professor of Law at the College of William and Mary. In 2007-2008, he was the Eastman Professor at Oxford University and a fellow of Balliol College. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and former holder of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Schauer is the author of The Law of Obscenity (BNA, 1976), Free Speech: A Philosophical Enquiry (Cambridge, 1982), Playing By the Rules: A Philosophical Examination of Rule-Based Decision-Making in Law and in Life (Oxford, 1991), Profiles, Probabilities, and Stereotypes (Harvard, 2003), Thinking Like a Lawyer: A New Introduction to Legal Reasoning (Harvard, 2009), and The Force of Law (Harvard, 2015). He is also the editor of Karl Llewellyn, The Theory of Rules (Chicago, 2011), and co-editor of The Philosophy of Law (Oxford, 1996) and The First Amendment (West, 1995). Schauer was founding co-editor of the journal Legal Theory, and has served as chair of the Section on Constitutional Law of the Association of American Law Schools and of the Committee on Philosophy and Law of the American Philosophical Association. He has served on the board of governors of the MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project, and on the board of visitors of the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College. In 2006, Schauer was author of the foreword to the Harvard Law Review’s Supreme Court issue, and has written numerous articles on freedom of speech and press, constitutional law and theory, evidence, legal reasoning, and the philosophy of law. His books have been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, and Turkish, and his scholarship was the subject of a book (Rules and Reasoning: Essays in Honour of Fred Schauer, Linda Meyer, ed., Hart Publishing, 1999) and special issues of the Notre Dame, Connecticut, and Quinnipiac law reviews; Politeia and the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Symposia on his most recent book, The Force of Law, will be appearing in Law and Social Inquiry, Ratio Juris, and Jurisprudence. In 2005 Schauer was a recipient of a university-wide Outstanding Teacher award at Harvard University.

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