Bridget Fahey teaches constitutional and contract law. Her research focuses on the theory and practice of federalism. Her first article, “Consent Procedures and American Federalism” in the Harvard Law Review, documents and critically analyzes the federal government’s practice of proscribing who speaks for state governments in federal-state negotiations. Her most recent article, “Federalism by Contract” in the Yale Law Journal, shows that domestic governments use contract-like instruments to structure intergovernmental programs and transact in a wide range of governmental powers.
Before joining the academy, Fahey served as a litigator, representing cities and Native American tribes in disputes with the federal government, including representing the City of Chicago in its successful defense of its Welcoming City Ordinance.
Fahey graduated from the University of Chicago with an AB in political science and holds a JD from Yale Law School. She has worked at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (WilmerHale), held a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and served as a law clerk, most recently for Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.