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Ann Althouse
Born 1951
Wilmington, Delaware
Residence Madison, Wisconsin
Nationality  United States
Education B.F.A. from University of Michigan
J.D. from New York University
Occupation Law professor, blogger, author
Employer University of Wisconsin‚ÄďMadison
Home town Newark, Delaware
Title Robert W. & Irma M. Arthur-Bascom Professor of Law

Ann Althouse (born January 12, 1951) is an American law professor and blogger. Raised in Newark and Wilmington, Delaware (and later as a teen in Wayne, New Jersey), Althouse has a degree in fine art from the University of Michigan, B.F.A. 1973, and graduated first in her class from New York University School of Law, J.D. 1981.[1] She clerked for Judge Leonard B. Sand in the Southern District of New York and practiced law in the litigation department of Sullivan & Cromwell.

Since 1984 Althouse has taught federal jurisdiction, civil procedure, and constitutional law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, tenured since 1989.[1] She was a visiting professor at Brooklyn Law School for the 2007-08 academic year. A "leading light[]" in federal courts scholarship,[2] she has written extensively on federalism (her central thesis being the normative value of federalism in protecting individual rights), sovereign immunity and other legal issues. She is currently the Robert W. & Irma M. Arthur-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School and a resident of Madison, Wisconsin.

Since 2004 she has written a popular eponymous blog, posting photographs and commentary on law, politics, and popular culture. In 2009, she announced her engagement to a commenter she had met through the blog, a story that attracted coverage in the blogosphere and the New York Times.[3]

Some critics label her a conservative blogger (possibly because of a generally more conservative readership, possibly because national security concerns led her to vote for George W. Bush in 2004), but she is a lifelong Democrat (indeed, a Jesse Jackson supporter in 1988), a Barack Obama voter in 2008, and a moderate liberal on most issues. She is pro-choice and opposes overruling Roe v. Wade,[4] but has said that she "do[es] in fact think abortion is wrong. I think most Americans agree with me and think it's wrong but not the role of government to police." [2][3]

Cliff Kresge, a golfer on the PGA tour is the nephew of Professor Althouse.[5]

Key scholarly works

  • The Use of Conspiracy Theory to Establish In Personam Jurisdiction: a Due Process Analysis, 52 Fordham L. Rev. 234 (1983)
  • How to Build a Separate Sphere: Federal Courts and State Power, 100 Harv. L. Rev. 1485 (1987)
  • The Misguided Search for State Interest in Abstention Cases: Observations on the Occasion of Pennzoil v. Texaco, 63 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1051 (1988)
  • When to Believe a Legal Fiction: Federal Interests and the Eleventh Amendment, 40 Hastings L.J. 1123 (1989)
  • The Humble and the Treasonous: Judge-Made Jurisdiction Law, 40 Case W. Res. L.Rev. 1035 (1990).
  • Standing, in Fluffy Slippers, 77 Va. L. Rev. 1177 (1991)
  • Saying What Rights Are - In and Out of Context, 1991 Wis. L. Rev. 929 (1991)
  • Tapping the State Court Resource, 44 Vand. L. Rev. 953 (1991)
  • Beyond King Solomon's Harlots: Women in Evidence, 65 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1265 (1992)
  • Thelma & Louisa and the Law: Do Rape Shield Rules Matter? 25 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 757 (1992)
  • Variations on a Theory of Normative Federalism: a Supreme Court Dialogue, 42 Duke L.J. 979 (1993)
  • Who's to Blame for Law Reviews?, 70 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 81 (1994)
  • The Lying Woman, The Devious Prostitute, and Other Stories from the Evidence Casebook, 88 Nw. U. L. Rev. 914 (1994).
  • Time For the Federal Courts to Enforce the Guarantee Clause? A Response to Professor Chemerinsky, 65 U. Colo. L. Rev. 881 (1994)
  • Federalism, Untamed, 47 Vand. L. Rev. 1207 (1994)
  • Late Night Confessions in the Hart & Wechsler Hotel, 47 Vand. L. Rev. 993 (1994)
  • Federal Jurisdiction and the Enforcement of Federal Rights: Can Congress Bring Back the Warren Era? 20 Law & Social Inquiry 1067 (1995).
  • Enforcing Federalism after United States v. Lopez, 38 Arizona L. Rev. 793 (1996)
  • The Alden Trilogy: Still Searching for a Way to Enforce Federalism, 31 Rutgers L.J. 631 (2000)
  • On Dignity and Deference: The Supreme Court's New Federalism, 68 U. Cin. L. Rev. 245 (2000)
  • Inside the Federalism Case, 574 Annals of the Am. Acad. 132 (2001)
  • Why Talking about States Rights Cannot Avoid the Need for Normative Federalism Analysis, 51 Duke L. J. 363 (2001)
  • Electoral College Reform: Deja Vu, 95 Nw. U. L. Rev. 993 (2001)
  • The Authoritative Lawsaying Power of the State Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court: Conflicts of Judicial Orthodoxy in the Bush-Gore Litigation, 61 Md. L. Rev. 508 (2002)
  • The Vigor of the Anti-Commandeering Doctrine in Times of Terror, 69 Brook. L. Rev. 1231 (2004)
  • Vanguard States, Laggard States: Federalism and Constitutional Rights, 152 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1745 (2004)
  • Chief Justice Rehnquist and the Search for Judicially Enforcable Federalism, 10 Tex. Rev. of L & Pol. 275 (2006)

External links


  1. ^ The Bloggable Life of Professor Ann Althouse, UW Gargoyle Magazine, Winter 2007, pp.28-30
  2. ^ Ernest Young, Institutional Settlement in a Globalizing Judicial System, 54 Duke L. J. 1143, 1149 n.18 and accompanying text (2005).
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  4. ^ See, e.g., Ann Althouse, Stepping Out of Professor Fallon‚Äôs Puzzle Box: A Response to ‚ÄėIf Roe Were Overruled: Abortion and the Constitution in a Post-Roe World‚Äô, 51 St. Louis U. L. Rev. __ (2007).
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