Areas of Specialization
Civil Procedure; Conflict of Laws; Constitutional Law; Continental Philosophy; Federal Courts; Jurisprudence; Philosophy of Law; Professional Responsibility
Civil Procedure; Conflicts; Philosophy of Law
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements
Joined the faculty in 2006 after teaching law at George Mason Law School. Clerked for Judge Richard A. Posner on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Practiced law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City. Was assistant professor of philosophy at Tufts University and visiting lecturer in philosophy at the University of Alabama (Huntsville), Wesleyan University and Yale University.
Author of Nietzsche and the Transcendental Tradition (2002) and numerous articles and essays, including publications in the Duke Law Journal, the Michigan Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, and the Virginia Law Review.
- Nietzsche and the Transcendental Tradition (International Nietzsche Studies Series, U. Ill. Press 2002).
- Symposium, On Hart's Category Mistake, 19 Legal Theory ___ (forthcoming 2014).
- Symposium, Was Afrikan Spir a Phenomenalist (and What Difference Does It Make for Understanding Nietzsche)?, 44 Journal of Nietzsche Studies ___ (forthcoming 2014). SSRN.
- Erie's International Effect, 107 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1485 (2013) (previously published at 107 Nw. U. L. Rev. Colloquy 165 (2012)). SSRN.
- Symposium, Felix Cohen on Legislation, 1 The Theory and Practice of Legislation 113 (2013).
- Symposium, Law's Dark Matter, 54 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 845 (2013) (solicited). SSRN.
- The Twin Aims of Erie, 88 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1865 (2013). SSRN.
- Erie's Suppressed Premise, 95 Minn. L. Rev. 1111 (2011). SSRN.
- Horizontal Erie and the Presumption of Forum Law, 109 Mich. L. Rev. 1237 (2011). SSRN.
- Symposium, Leiter on the Legal Realists, 30 Law & Phil. 381 (2011). SSRN.
- Does Dworkin Commit Dworkin's Fallacy?, 28 Oxford J. Legal Stud. 33 (2008). Online.
- Why Protect Private Arms Possession? Nine Theories of the Second Amendment, 84 Notre Dame L. Rev. 131 (2008). SSRN.
- Symposium, Dworkin v. The Philosophers, 2007 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1477 (2007). SSRN.
- Symposium, Explaining Tort Law, 48 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1953 (2007) (introduction).
- Halpin on Dworkin's Fallacy: A Surreply, 91 Va. L. Rev. 187 (2005). SSRN.
- Legal Realism as Theory of Law, 46 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1915 (2005). SSRN.
- Legal Revolutions: Six Mistakes About Discontinuity in the Legal Order, 83 N.C. L. Rev. 331 (2005). SSRN.
- Symposium, White and Clark on Nietzsche and the Transcendental Tradition: A Response, 36 Int'l Stud. Phil. 169 (2005).
- Book Review, Nietzsche's Place in Nineteenth Century German Philosophy, 47 Inquiry 168 (2004). Online.
- Copyrighting Facts, 78 Ind. L.J. 919 (2003). SSRN.
- Dworkin's Fallacy, Or What the Philosophy of Language Can't Teach Us About the Law, 89 Va. L. Rev. 1897 (2003). SSRN.
- Hans Kelsen and the Logic of Legal Systems, 53 Ala. L. Rev. 365 (2003). SSRN.
- The Paradox of Auxiliary Rights: The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, 52 Duke L.J. 113 (2002). SSRN.
- The Privilege's Last Stand: The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination and the Right to Rebel Against the State, 65 Brook. L. Rev. 627 (1999). Online.
- Note, Legal Realism, Lex Fori, and the Choice-of-Law Revolution, 104 Yale L.J. 967 (1995). Online.
- Nietzsche on Pity and Ressentiment, 24 Int'l Stud. Phil. 63 (1992).
- Choice of Law as General Common Law: A Reply to Professor Brilmayer, in The Role of Ethics in Private International Law (Donald Earl Childress III (ed.), Cambridge U. Press 2011). Online.
- Kelsen, Quietism, and the Rule of Recognition, in The Rule of Recognition and the United States Constitution (Matthew D. Adler & Kenneth E. Himma eds., Oxford U. Press 2009). SSRN.
- Two Fallacies about Copyrighting Factual Compilations, in Intellectual Property Protection of Fact-Based Works: Copyright and It's Alternatives (Robert Brauneis ed., Edward Elgar Press 2009). SSRN.