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Evolving Doctrine Series

The series aims to provide social and historical context to 1L doctrinal courses and to give students a better understanding of the past and present impact of legal doctrine on society, with a focus on marginalized groups.

Faculty Bio

Leah Litman, Professor of Law, University of Michigan School of Law

Leah Litman, is a professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School. She teaches and writes on constitutional law, federal courts, and federal post-conviction review. Her research examines unidentified and implicit values that are used to structure the legal system, the federal courts, and the legal profession.

In 2023, the American Law Institute named Litman a recipient of its Early Career Scholars Medal, which is awarded every other year to “two outstanding early-career law professors whose work is relevant to public policy and has the potential to influence improvements in the law.” Also in 2023, the American Constitution Society recognized Litman with the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholar Award, a yearly award given to an outstanding scholar in the early stages of an academic career who has demonstrated "scholarly excellence, the ability to imagine how society might be more just and more equal," as well as other qualities exemplified by Justice Ginsburg.

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For more scholarship, visit Professor Litman's Google Scholar Profile page