Michael C. Dorf
Alma materHarvard College (AB)
Harvard Law School (JD)
OccupationLawyer, writer, professor
Years active1991–present
EmployerRobert S. Stevens Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
Board member ofNew York State Bar Association
Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States

Michael C. Dorf is an American law professor and a scholar of U.S. constitutional law. He is the Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. In addition to constitutional law, Professor Dorf has taught courses in civil procedure and federal courts. He has written or edited three books, including No Litmus Test: Law Versus Politics in the Twenty-First Century, and Constitutional Law Stories, as well as scores of law review articles about American constitutional law. He is also a columnist for Findlaw.com and a regular contributor to The American Prospect. Dorf is a former law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Before joining the Cornell faculty in 2008, he was a professor at Columbia University School of Law and, before that, at Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, New Jersey. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. While at Harvard as an undergraduate, he was the American Parliamentary Debate Association national champion. Before attending law school, he contributed to several academic articles in physics. Dorf has advised organizations involved in constitutional litigation, and he has written an amicus brief filed with the United States Supreme Court.

Professor Dorf appears in American news media occasionally as a legal expert, and has been interviewed by and/or quoted in, for example, The New York Times,[1][2] CNN[3] National Public Radio,[4] and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.[5] He has also been cited in numerous judicial opinions, including the majority opinion of Justice John Paul Stevens in the Supreme Court case City of Chicago v. Morales.[6] He is a practitioner of blogging, veganism, and juggling. He is married to Sherry Colb, who is a professor of Criminal Law at Cornell Law School.

Books authored or edited by Michael C. Dorf

Selected law review articles authored by Michael C. Dorf

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