Lawrence Solum

Prof. Lawrence Solum

Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Lawrence B. Solum is an internationally recognized legal theorist, who works in constitutional theory, procedure, and the philosophy of law.  Professor Solum received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and received his B.A. with highest departmental honors in philosophy from the University of California at Los Angeles. While at Harvard, he served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. After graduation, he worked for the law firm of Cravath, Swaine, and Moore in New York, and then clerked for Judge William A. Norris of the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.

Professor Solum was the John E. Cribbet Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois.   He was a member of the law faculty of the University of San Diego, where he received the Thornes Prize as Best Teacher. He also taught at Loyola Marymount University and has been a Visiting Professor of Law at Boston University, at the University of Southern California, and, before joining the faculty, at Georgetown Law.

Professor Solum served as a White Paper Author for the Committee on Alternative Court Structures of the Commission on the Future of the California Judiciary, and he has also served the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) twice as Chair of the Jurisprudence Section, as Chair of the Section on Constitutional Law, as Chair of the Section on Law and Interpretation, as Chair of the Committee on Scholarship, and as a Member of the Committee to Review Scholarly Papers.

Solum is co-author of the monograph "Destruction of Evidence," widely acknowledged by courts and commentators as the leading authority on its subject. His volume on prior adjudication and related doctrines in "Moore's Federal Practice" has been cited by the United States Supreme Court and every circuit court of appeal. He has authored scholarly articles in numerous journals including the American Journal of Jurisprudence, Cornell Law Review, Emory Law Journal, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Harvard Law Review, the North Carolina Law Review, Nomos, the Notre Dame Law Review, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Southern California Law Review, Texas Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal.

Professor Solum is also the Editor of Legal Theory Blog, an influential weblog that focuses on developments in contemporary normative and positive legal theory. Professor Solum has testified and/or contributed comments to the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate, the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the California State Assembly, and the California State Senate. He has spoken to the law faculties at Arizona State University, Boston University, Columbia University, Fordham University, Notre Dame, Ohio State University, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Southern California and participated in conferences, symposia, and programs sponsored by Cardozo Law School, Chicago-Kent Law School, DePaul Law School, Harvard Law School, Loyola Marymount University, the University of San Diego, the University of Southern California, Stanford University, and Tulane Law School. He has also delivered addresses to the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy, the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, AMINTAPHIL, the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, the Course on Philosophy and Social Science at Inter-University Centre for Postgraduate Studies of Dubrovnik, Croatia, the Midwest Political Science Association, the Philosophy Programme at the University of London, and the World Congress of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy.

Professor Solum contributes to debates in legal theory, including constitutional theory and the intersection of law and political philosophy. Professor Solum's original theory of the fundamental nature and purpose of law, "Virtue Jurisprudence," has been debated and discussed in Asia, Europe, and North America. He also works on problems of law and technology, including Internet governance, copyright policy, and patent law.  His most recent work focuses on constitutional interpretation and construction.

  • B.A., University of California at Los Angeles;
  • J.D., Harvard
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