Micah J. Schwartzman

  • Hardy Cross Dillard Professor of Law
  • Director, Karsh Center for Law and Democracy

Micah Schwartzman is the director of the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy, the Hardy Cross Dillard Professor of Law and a Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law. A scholar who focuses on law and religion, jurisprudence, political philosophy and constitutional law, Schwartzman joined the UVA Law faculty in 2007.

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 several awards, including the Margaret G. Hyde Award. After graduating, Schwartzman clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities.

Schwartzman’s work has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Supreme Court Review, Law & Philosophy, and Political Theory, among others. He has published opinion pieces in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Slate, The New Republic, and Vox. He co-edited The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty (Oxford University Press) and is co-authoring a forthcoming casebook on Constitutional Law and Religion.

Scholarship Profile: Public Reasoning in Law and Religion (Virginia Journal 2017)
 

Education

  • J.D.
    University of Virginia School of Law
    2005
  • D.Phil.
    University of Oxford
    2003
  • B.A.
    University of Virginia
    1998

Books:

Constitutional Law and Religion (with Frederick Mark Gedicks, Robert W. Tuttle, and Nelson Tebbe) (forthcoming West Publishing Company).

The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty (with Zoe Robinson and Chad Flanders, eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Articles and Book Chapters:

“Re-Upping Appeasement: Religious Freedom and Judicial Politics in the 2019 Term” (with Nelson Tebbe), in Steven D. Schwinn, ed., 2019-2020 ACS Supreme Court Review (2020)

“Establishment Clause Appeasement” (with Nelson Tebbe), 2019 Supreme Court Review 271. (2020).
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“Must Laws Be Motivated by Public Reason?,” in Silje Langvatn et al., eds., Public Reason and Courts 45(Cambridge University Press, 2020).
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Religious Antiliberalism and the First Amendment” (with Richard Schragger), 103 Minnesota L. Rev. 1341 (2020).
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“The Unreasonableness of Catholic Integralism” (with Jocelyn Wilson), 57 San Diego L. Rev. 1039 (2019) (symposium).
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“Establishment Clause Inversion and the Bladensburg Cross Case” (with Richard Schragger), in Steven D. Schwinn ed., 2018-19 ACS Supreme Court Review 21 (2019).
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“Lying as a Political Wrong,” 38 Law & Philosophy 507 (2019).
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“Liberal Modesty and Political Appeasement,” 81 Rev. of Politics 648 (2019). 

“Official Intentions and Political Legitimacy: The Case of the Travel Ban,” NOMOS LXI: Political Legitimacy 201 (2019).

“Jews, Not Pagans” (with Richard Schragger), 56 San Diego L. Rev. 497 (2019) (symposium).
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“The Etiquette of Animus” (with Leslie Kendrick), 132 Harv. L. Rev. 133 (2018).
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“The Costs of Conscience” (with Richard Schragger and Nelson Tebbe), 106 Ky. L.J. 811 (2018) (symposium).
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“When Do Religious Accommodations Burden Others?” (with Nelson Tebbe and Richard Schragger), in Susanna Mancini & Michel Rosenfeld, eds.,The Conscience Wars: Rethinking the Balance between Religion, Identity, and Equality (forthcoming Cambridge University Press, 2017).
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“How Much May Religious Accommodations Burden Others?” (with Nelson Tebbe and Richard Schragger), in Elizabeth Sepper et al., eds., Law, Religion, and Health in the United States 215 (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
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“Morality, Ontology, and Corporate Rights” (with Steven D. Walt), 11 L. & Ethics of Human Rights 1 (2017).
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“Religion, Equality, and Anarchy,” in Cécile Laborde & Aurélia Bardon, eds., Religion in Liberal Political Philosophy 15 (Oxford University Press, 2017).

“Some Realism about Corporate Rights” (with Richard Schragger), in Schwartzman et al., eds., The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty 345 (2016). 
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“Introduction” (with Chad Flanders and Zoë Robinson), in Schwartzman et al., eds., The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty xiii (2016).
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“Reasoning from Conjecture: A Reply to Three Objections,” in Tom Bailey & Valentina Gentile, eds., Rawls and Religion 152 (2015).

“Religion as a Legal Proxy,” 51 San Diego L. Rev. 1085 (2014) (symposium).
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“Religion, Equality, and Public Reason,” 94 B.U. L. Rev. 1321 (2014) (symposium).
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“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. Phil. 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).
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“The Completeness of Public Reason,” 3 Pol., Phil. & Econ. 191 (2004).
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Current Courses

All Courses

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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