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Property, local government law, land use, urban law and policy, constitutional law, and church and state

Richard C. Schragger

Perre Bowen Professor of Law
Joseph C. Carter, Jr. Research Professor of Law

J.D., Harvard Law School, 1996
M.A., University College London, 1993
B.A., University of Pennsylvania

Rich Schragger joined the Virginia faculty in 2001 and was named the Perre Bowen Professor in 2013. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of constitutional law and local government law, federalism, urban policy and the constitutional and economic status of cities. He also writes about law and religion. He has authored articles on the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses, the role of cities in a federal system, local recognition of same-sex marriage, takings law and economic development, and the history of the anti-chain store movement. Schragger has published in the Harvard, Yale, Chicago, Virginia, and Michigan law reviews, among others. He teaches property, local government law, urban law and policy, and church and state.

Schragger received an M.A. in legal theory from University College London and received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He was a supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review. After clerking for Dolores Sloviter, then-chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Schragger joined the Washington, D.C., firm Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin, where he practiced for two years.

Schragger has been a visiting professor at Quinnipiac, Georgetown, NYU, Chicago, and Tel Aviv. He was the Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor at Columbia. He is the author of City Power: Urban Governance in a Global Age (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Scholarship Profile: Examining Cities, Constitutions, and the Connections Between Them (Virginia Journal 2009)

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"When Do Religious Accommodations Burden Others?" (with Nelson Tebbe and Micah Schwartzman)), in Susanna Mancini & Michel Rosenfeld, eds.,The Conscience Wars: Rethinking the Balance between Religion, Identity, and Equality(forthcoming Cambridge University Press, 2017).

City Power: Urban Governance in a Global Age (Oxford University Press, 2016).

"Some Realism About Group Rights," (with Micah Schwartzman) in The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty (Schwartzman, Flanders, & Robinson, eds. 2016).

"Against Religious Institutionalism" (with Micah Schwartzman) 99 Va. L. Rev. 917 (2013).
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"Is a Progressive City Possible? Reviving Urban Liberalism for the Twenty-First Century," 7
Harv. Law and Policy Rev. 231 (2013).
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"Lost in Translation: A Dilemma for Freedom of the Church" (with Micah Schwartzman),
21 J. Contemp. Legal Issues 15 (2013).
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"Citizens versus Bondholders," 39
Fordham Urb. L.J. 787 (2012).
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"Democracy and Debt," 121
Yale L.J. 860 (2012).
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"The Politics of Free Exercise After
Employment Division v. Smith: Same-Sex Marriage, the 'War on Terror,' and Religious Freedom," 32 Cardozo L. Rev. 2009 (2011)

"The Relative Irrelevance of the Establishment Clause," 89
Texas L. Rev. 583 (2011).

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"Decentralization and Development," 96 Va. L. Rev. 1837 (2010).
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"Does Governance Matter? The Case of Business Improvement Districts and the Urban Resurgence,"
3 Drexel L. Rev. 49 (2010).
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"Rethinking the Theory and Practice of Local Economic Development," 77
Chi. L. Rev. 331 (2010).
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"Mobile Capital, Local Economic Regulation, and the Democratic City," 123
Harv. L. Rev. 482 (2009).
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"The Last Progressive: Justice Breyer, Heller, and “Judicial Judgment,” 59 Syracuse L. Rev. 283 (2008).
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Cities, Economic Development, and the Free Trade Constitution," 94 Va. L. Rev. 1091 (2008).
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"San Antonio v. Rodriguez and the Legal Geography of School Finance Reform," in Myriam E. Gilles & Risa L. Goluboff, eds., Civil Rights Stories, 85 (Vanderbilt University Press, 2008).

"Can Strong Mayors Empower Weak Cities? On the Power of Local Executives in a Federal System," 115 Yale L.J. 2542 (2006).
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"Cities as Constitutional Actors: The Case of Same-Sex Marriage," 21 J.L. & Pol. 147 (2005).
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"The Anti-Chain Store Movement, Localist Ideology, and the Remnants of the Progressive Constitution, 1920-1940," 90 Iowa L. Rev. 1011 (2005).
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"The Role of the Local in the Doctrine and Discourse of Religious Liberty," 117 Harv. L. Rev. 1810 (2004).
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“Consuming Government” (reviewing William Fischel, The Homevoter Hypothesis: How Home Values Influence Local Government Taxation, School Finance, and Land-Use Policies (2001)), 101 Mich. L. Rev. 1824 (2003), excerpted in Frug, Ford & Barron, Local Government Law (4th ed. 2006) at 491.
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"Reclaiming the Canvassing Board: Bush v. Gore and the Political Currency of Local Government," 50 Buffalo L. Rev. 393 (2002).
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"The Limits of Localism," 100 Mich. L. Rev. 371 (2001).
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Note, "The Faith to Change: Reconciling the Oath to Uphold with the Power to Amend,"
109 Harv. L. Rev. 1747 (1996).

Other Publications

"The Progressive City" in "Why the Local Still Matters: Federalism, Localism, and Public Interest Advocacy," Papers from the Eleventh Annual Liman Public Interest Program Colloquium (2009).

City Powers Project: Denver, Colorado (2005) (commissioned as a report to the Boston Foundation).

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    • Local Government Law
    • Seminar in Ethical Values
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Property

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