Tara Leigh Grove
Associate Professor of Law
Office phone: (757) 221-2482
Office location: Room 245
Areas of Specialization
Civil Procedure; Constitutional Law; Federal Courts; Statutory Interpretation
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements
Tara Leigh Grove received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Duke University, where she majored in political science. After teaching English in Japan for a year, she attended Harvard Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude and served as the Supreme Court Chair of the Harvard Law Review. Grove clerked for Judge Emilio Garza on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and then spent four years as an appellate attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where she argued fifteen cases in the courts of appeals. Prior to joining the William and Mary Law School faculty in 2011, Grove was Assistant Professor of Law at Florida State University College of Law. During the Fall Semester 2012, Grove was a visiting professor at Northwestern University School of Law.
Professor Grove’s research focuses on the federal judiciary and the constitutional separation of powers. She has published with such prestigious law journals as the Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Cornell Law Review.Professor Grove’s article, The Article II Safeguards of Federal Jurisdiction, 112 Colum. L. Rev. 250 (2012), received the award for Best Article of 2012 by an untenured professor from the Federal Courts Section of the Association of American Law Schools. Her recent article, Standing Outside of Article III, 162 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1311 (2014), was one of three papers selected for the New Voices in Civil Justice Workshop at Vanderbilt University Law School. Grove’s articles are cited and discussed in leading Federal Courts casebooks. Professor Grove currently serves as the Chair of the Federal Courts Section of the Association of American Law Schools. In 2014, Professor Grove received the Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence from the College of William and Mary. Grove was also invited to participate in a TEDx Event at the College of William and Mary in April 2014, where she gave a talk entitled The Executive's Duty to Enforce the Law.
Professor Grove’s teaching and research interests include federal courts, constitutional law, civil procedure, bankruptcy, and statutory interpretation.
- Standing Outside of Article III, 162 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1311 (2014). SSRN.
- Co-author, Congress's (Limited) Power to Represent Itself in Court, 99 Cornell L. Rev. 571 (2014) (with Neal Devins). SSRN.
- The Exceptions Clause as a Structural Safeguard, 113 Colum. L. Rev. 929 (2013). SSRN.
- The Article II Safeguards of Federal Jurisdiction, 112 Colum. L. Rev. 250 (2012). SSRN.
- The Structural Safeguards of Federal Jurisdiction, 124 Harv. L. Rev. 869 (2011). SSRN.
- Standing as an Article II Nondelegation Doctrine, 11 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 781 (2009). SSRN.
- The Structural Case for Vertical Maximalism, 95 Cornell L. Rev 1 (2009). SSRN.
- Symposium, Essay, A (Modest) Separation of Powers Success Story, 87 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1647 (2012) (symposium on Federal Courts, Practice & Procedure ).
- Case Comment, Palazzolo v. Rhode Island, 115 Harv. L. Rev. 447 (2001).
- Developments in the Law (Part VI), 114 Harv. L. Rev. 2049 (2001) (in The International Judicial Dialogue: When Domestic Constitutional Courts Join the Conversation).