Richard C. Schragger
- Perre Bowen Professor of Law
- Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law
- Senior Fellow, Miller Center
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, and is a faculty senior fellow at the Miller Center. 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)
- J.D.Harvard Law School1996
- M.A.University College London1993
- B.A.University of Pennsylvania
City Power: Urban Governance in a Global Age (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Articles and Book Chapters:
“Localism All the Way Up: Federalism, State-City Conflict, and the Urban-Rural Divide,” Wis. L. Rev. (forthcoming).
“The Perils of Land Use Deregulation,” ___ U. Penn L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2021-2022).
“Principles of Home Rule for the Twenty-First Century” (with Richard Briffault, Nestor M. Davidson, Paul A. Diller, et al.)
“The Failure of Home Rule in Virginia: Race, Localism, and the Constitution of 1971” (with C. Alex Retzloff), in Essays on the Constitution of Virginia (University of Virginia Press, 2021).
“Of Crosses and Confederate Monuments: A Theory of Unconstitutional Government Speech,” 63 Ariz. L. Rev. 45 (2021).
“What Is ‘Government’ ‘Speech’? The Case of Confederate Monuments,” 108 Ky. L.J. 665 (2019-2020) (symposium).
“Religious Antiliberalism and the First Amendment” (with Micah Schwartzman), 104 Minn. L. Rev. 1341 (2020).
“Jews, Not Pagans” (with Micah Schwartzman), 56 San Diego L. Rev. (2019).
“The Attack on American Cities,” 96 Tex. L. Rev. 1163 (2018).
“The Costs of Conscience” (with Nelson Tebbe and Micah Schwartzman), 106 Ky. L.J. 881 (2018) (symposium).
“Obama’s Court?” (with Risa Goluboff), in Julian E. Zelizer, ed., The Presidency of Barack Obama: A First Historical Assessment 78 (Princeton University Press, 2018).
“How Much May Religious Accommodations Burden Others” (with Nelson Tebbe and Micah Schwartzman), in Holly Fernandez Lynch et al., eds., Law, Religion, and Health in the United States 215 (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
“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 (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
“Some Realism About Group Rights” (with Micah Schwartzman), in The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty (Schwartzman, Flanders, & Robinson, eds., 2016).
"Democracy and Debt," 121 Yale L.J. 860 (2012).
"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).
"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).
“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).
"The Limits of Localism," 100 Mich. L. Rev. 371 (2001).
Note, "The Faith to Change: Reconciling the Oath to Uphold with the Power to Amend," 109 Harv. L. Rev. 1747 (1996).
"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).