Louise Weinberg is Professor of Law and holder of the Bates Chair at the University of Texas School of Law. She teaches and writes in the fields of constitutional law and federal courts.
Weinberg was born in New York and educated at Cornell University and Harvard Law School. She clerked for Hon. Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr., and practiced in Boston at Bingham, Dana, as the firm was then known. She has taught at Harvard Law School, Brandeis University, Suffolk Law School, and Stanford Law School. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, The Philosophical Society of Texas, and Phi Beta Kappa. She has served as a Forum Fellow of the World Economic Forum, Davos. Over time she has come to chair three different sections of the Association of American Law Schools (the law professors’ learned society): the sections on Admiralty, on the Conflict of Laws, and on Federal Courts, twice chairing this last. A frequently invited public speaker, Weinberg recently appeared in the Public Broadcasting Service's four-part series, “The Supreme Court.”
Weinberg’s current writings in constitutional law include the book, "The Supreme Court and the Coming of the Civil War" (in preparation); and law-review articles, Overcoming Dred (Constitutional Commentary 2007); Dred Scott and the Crisis of 1860 (Symposium, Chicago-Kent Law Review 2007); Our Marbury (Virginia Law Review 2003); and When Courts Decide Elections: The Constitutionality of Bush v. Gore (Symposium, Boston University Law Review 2002).
In the field of federal courts, Weinberg is author of Federal Courts: Judicial Federalism and Judicial Power (1994) (revised edition in preparation). Her recent articles in this field include Back to the Future: The New General Common Law, (Symposium, Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 2004); Of Sovereignty and Union: The Legends of Alden (Notre Dame Law Review 2001); and The Article III Box, (Symposium, Texas Law Review 2000). She has contributed the entry on United States: Federal Courts for the Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Legal History (forthcoming).
In the field of conflict of laws, Weinberg is co-author, with William Richman and William Reynolds, of The Conflict of Laws (1990) (2d ed., 2002). Her recent writings in this field include Theory Wars in the Conflict of Laws (Michigan Law Review 2005).
Weinberg has also worked in legal theory and jurisprudence, most recently contributing Of Theory and Theodicy: The Problem of Immoral Law, in Law and Justice in a Multistate World (2002) and Choosing Law, Giving Justice (Symposium, Louisiana Law Review 2000).
Louise Weinberg has written such classics in the canon of legal literature as Federal Common Law (Northwestern Law Review 1989) and The New Judicial Federalism (Stanford Law Review 1977), and such provocative essays as Holmes’ Failure (Michigan Law Review 1997) and Against Comity (Georgetown Law Journal 1991). Her pieces for the general public have appeared in The American Scholar, The Public Interest, and Daedalus, including 'Is It All Right to Read Trollope?' in "The American Scholar" (1993).
Louise Weinberg's faculty profile page at the University of Texas School of Law.