Ann Woolhandler

  • William Minor Lile Professor of Law
  • Armistead M. Dobie Professor of Law

Ann Woolhandler joined the resident faculty of the Law School in January 2002, after spending the spring of 2001 as a visiting professor at Virginia. Formerly a professor of law at Tulane University, she is an expert on the federal court system and civil procedure. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Boston University, and on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati. 

Scholarship Profile: Illuminating the Federal Courts (Virginia Journal 2002)


  • J.D.
    Harvard Law School
  • B.A.
    Yale University


Bad Faith Prosecution (with Michael G. Collins & Jonathan Remy Nash), Virginia Law Review (2023).
State Separation of Powers and the Federal Courts, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal (2023).

Book Chapters

Overcoming Sovereign Immunity: Causes of Action for Enforcing the Constitution (with Michael G. Collins), in The Cambridge Companion to the United States Constitution, Cambridge University Press, 165–184 (2018).
The Story of Tarble’s Case: State Habeas and Federal Detention (with Michael G. Collins), in Federal Courts Stories, Foundation Press, 141–161 (2010).

Articles & Reviews

Public Rights and Taxation: A Brief Response to Professor Parrillo, 84 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 1–10 (2023).
Federal Courts and Takings Litigation (with Julia D. Mahoney), 97 Notre Dame Law Review 679–714 (2022).
Was Bivens Necessary? (with Michael G. Collins), 96 Notre Dame Law Review 1893–1921 (2021).
Inmate Constitutional Claims and the Scienter Requirement (with Michael G. Collins), 98 Washington University Law Review 645–669 (2020).
State Jurisdictional Independence and Federal Supremacy (with Michael G. Collins), 72 Florida Law Review 73–125 (2020).
Reining-In State Standing (with Michael G. Collins), 94 Notre Dame Law Review 2015–2031 (2019).
Judicial Federalism under Marshall and Taney (with Michael G. Collins), 2017 Supreme Court Review 337–384 (2018).
Adverse Interests and Article III, 111 Northwestern University Law Review 1025–1065 (2017).
Procedural Due Process Liberty Interests, 43 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 811–860 (2016).
Between the Acts: Federal Court Abstention in the 1940s and ‘50s, 59 New York Law School Law Review 211–240 (2015).
Governmental Sovereignty Actions, 23 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 209–236 (2014).
Jurisdictional Discrimination and Full Faith and Credit (with Michael G. Collins), 63 Emory Law Journal 1023–1087 (2014).
Powers, Rights, and Section 25, 86 Notre Dame Law Review 1241–1287 (2011).
Federal Question Jurisdiction and Justice Holmes (with Michael G. Collins), 84 Notre Dame Law Review 2151–2189 (2009).
Delegation and Due Process: The Historical Connection, 2008 Supreme Court Review 223–267 (2008).
Interstate Sovereign Immunity, 2006 Supreme Court Review 249–296 (2006).
Judicial Enforcement of Treaties: Self-Execution and Related Doctrines: Remarks, 100 American Society of International Law Proceedings 445–448 (2006).
Public Rights, Private Rights, and Statutory Retroactivity, 94 Georgetown Law Journal 1015–1063 (2006).
Does History Defeat Standing Doctrine? (with Caleb E. Nelson), 102 Michigan Law Review 689–733 (2004).
Treaties, Self-Execution, and the Public Law Litigation Model, 42 Virginia Journal of International Law 757–788 (2002).
The Article III Jury (with Michael G. Collins), 87 Virginia Law Review 587–699 (2001).
Old Property, New Property, and Sovereign Immunity, 75 Notre Dame Law Review 919–952 (2000).
Judicial Federalism and the Administrative States (with Michael G. Collins), 87 California Law Review 613–702 (1999).
Judicial Deference to Administrative Action—A Revisionist History, 43 Administrative Law Review 197–246 (1997).
The Common Law Origins of Constitutionally Compelled Remedies, 107 Yale Law Journal 77–164 (1997).
State Standing (with Michael G. Collins), 81 Virginia Law Review 387–520 (1995).
Demodeling Habeas, 45 Stanford Law Review 575–644 (1993).
Rethinking the Judicial Reception of Legislative Facts, 41 Vanderbilt Law Review 111–126 (1988).
Patterns of Official Immunity and Accountability, 37 Case Western Reserve Law Review 396–483 (1987).

Current Courses

All Courses

Civil Procedure
Criminal Procedure
Constitutional Tort Litigation
Federal Courts
Public and Private Rights in American Law

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