William Baude

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor 
Law School

William Baude’s research covers a range of topics in constitutional law, federal courts, and conflicts of law, and focuses on issues of procedure and structure. One of his two most recent articles, “Beyond DOMA: State Choice of Law in Federal Statutes,” addressed some of the procedural consequences that would result if the Supreme Court invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act. His other article, “Rethinking the Federal Eminent Domain Power,” argues for a significant re-understanding of the federal government’s powers under the necessary and proper clause. Using constitutional history, he argues that the Constitution sometimes requires the federal government to cooperate with the states in order to implement some of its powers—even, or especially, when that power is a “great” or “important” one. This historical understanding was dominant for the first 100 years of constitutional history, and his article suggests ways in which it could remain relevant or important today. 

In addition to his scholarship, Baude also actively comments on a wide range of legal issues, especially involving the Supreme Court and/or constitutional law, through his contributions to SCOTUSBlog and The Volokh Conspiracy, two widely read legal blogs. 

Baude previously served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. He earned his JD from Yale Law School, as well as a BS in mathematics with a specialization in economics from the University of Chicago. 

Baude joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2013.

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