People

People

Micah Schwartzman

Director

Micah Schwartzman is the director of the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy and the Hardy Cross Dillard 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.

Micah Schwartzman

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 numerous awards, including the Margaret G. Hyde Award, the Daniel Rosenbloom Award, and the Hardy Cross Dillard Scholarship. After graduating, Schwartzman clerked for Judge Paul V. Niemeyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Prior to joining the faculty, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities.

Schwartzman’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, Law & Philosophy, Journal of Political Philosophy, and Political Theory. He co-edited “The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty” (Oxford University Press) and is co-authoring a forthcoming casebook on “Constitutional Law and Religion.”

Q&A With Micah Schwartzman on the Karsh Center's Goals
 

Affiliated Faculty

Melody C. Barnes

Senior Fellow

Melody Barnes is co-director for policy and public affairs for the Democracy Initiative, an interdisciplinary teaching, research and engagement effort led by the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia. She is the Dorothy Danforth Compton Professor and a professor of practice at the Miller Center, and is also a senior fellow at UVA Law’s Karsh Center for Law and Democracy.

Melody Barnes

During the administration of President Barack Obama, Barnes was assistant to the president and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Barnes’ experience also includes service as chief counsel to the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy ’59 on the Senate Judiciary Committee and in other government, non-profit and private sector posts.
 

Kristen Eichensehr

Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law

Kristen Eichensehr joined the Law School in 2020 as a professor of law after serving on the faculty of the UCLA School of Law. She writes and teaches about cybersecurity, foreign relations, international law and national security law.

Kristen Eichensehr

She has written articles on, among other things, the attribution of state-sponsored cyberattacks, the important roles that private parties play in cybersecurity, the constitutional allocation of powers between the president and Congress in foreign relations, and the role of foreign sovereign amici in the Supreme Court. In 2021 she became director of UVA Law’s National Security Law Center.
 

Michael D. Gilbert

Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law

Michael Gilbert teaches courses on election law, legislation, and law and economics at UVA Law. His current research focuses on campaign finance law, corruption and the adjudication of “culture war” disputes. He is working on a book-length project on public law and economics.

Michael Gilbert

His research has appeared in multiple law reviews, peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes, and he has lectured throughout the United States and around the world, including in Ecuador, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Israel. Gilbert directs UVA Law’s Center for Public Law and Political Economy.  He is a member of the Democracy Initiative’s Corruption Lab for Ethics, Accountability, and the Rule of Law.
 

Richard C. Schragger

Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law

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. 

Richard Schragger

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. He is a senior fellow at the Miller Center.

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