William & Mary
Tara Leigh Grove

Tara Leigh Grove

Mills E. Godwin, Jr., Professor of Law and Cabell Research Professor
Degrees: J.D., Harvard Law School; B.A., Duke University
Email: [[tlgrove]]
Office phone: (757) 221-2482
Office location: Room 245
Full resume: here (.pdf in new window)
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. During the Fall Semester 2017, Grove was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School.

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 Chicago Law Review, New York University Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Cornell Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review.

Professor Grove’s articles are cited and discussed in leading Federal Courts casebooks, and her scholarship has received other national recognition. For example, 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 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 was also elected to serve as the Chair of the Federal Courts Section of the Association of American Law Schools from 2014-2015. In 2016, Grove received the Paul M. Bator Award, which is conferred annually by the Federalist Society on a legal scholar under the age of forty who has demonstrated excellence in legal scholarship, a commitment to teaching, a concern for students, and whose research has made a significant public impact.

In 2018, Professor Grove received the Walter L. Williams, Jr., Memorial Teaching Award, which is conferred by the graduating law school class for excellence in teaching. In both 2014 and 2017, Grove received the Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence from the College of William and Mary. In 2016, Grove received the Alumni Fellowship Award, which is conferred annually on one graduate school professor at the College for excellence in teaching. Grove was also awarded the Robert and Elizabeth Scott Research Professorship for the 2015-2016 academic year, and the Cabell Research Professorship for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Professor Grove participated 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.

Scholarly Publications
  • Sacrificing Legitimacy in a Hierarchical Judiciary, 121 Colum. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2021). SSRN.
  • Presidential Laws and the Missing Interpretive Theory, 168 U. Pa. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2020). SSRN.
  • The Supreme Court's Legitimacy Dilemma, 132 Harv. L. Rev. 2240 (2019) (invited essay) (reviewing Richard H. Fallon, Jr., Law and Legitimacy in the Supreme Court (2018)). SSRN.
  • Government Standing and the Fallacy of Institutional Injury, 167 U. Pa. L. Rev. 611 (2019). SSRN.
  • Some Puzzles of State Standing, 94 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1883 (2019) (invited essay: Foreword to Symposium on Federal Courts, Practice and Procedure) (2019). SSRN.
  • The Origins (and Fragility) of Judicial Independence, 71 Vand. L. Rev. 465 (2018). SSRN.
  • The Power of "So-Called Judges," 93 N.Y.U. L. Rev. Online 14 (2018) (invited essay: Symposium on "Courts Under Pressure: Protecting the Rule of Law"). SSRN.
  • Justice Scalia's Other Standing Legacy, 84 U. Chi. L. Rev. (2017) (invited essay: Special Issue on Justice Antonin Scalia's jurisprudence). SSRN.
  • When Can a State Sue the United States?, 101 Cornell L. Rev. 851 (2016). SSRN.
  • Tiers of Scrutiny in a Hierarchichal Judiciary, 14 Geo. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 475 (2016) (invited essay: Symposium on "Is the Rational Basis Test Unconstitutional?"). SSRN.
  • The Lost History of the Political Question Doctrine, 90 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1908 (2015). SSRN.
  • Article III in the Political Branches, 90 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1835 (2015) (invited essay: Symposium on Federal Courts, Practice & Procedure). SSRN.
  • Standing Outside of Article III, 162 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1311 (2014). SSRN.
  • 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.
  • A (Modest) Separation of Powers Success Story, 87 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1647 (2012) (symposium on Federal Courts, Practice & Procedure) (essay).
  • 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.
  • Commentary on marriage grants: Article III & same-sex marriage, SCOTUSblog (2012) (with Neal E. Devins). Online.
  • Palazzolo v. Rhode Island, 115 Harv. L. Rev. 447 (2001) (case comment).
  • The International Judicial Dialogue: When Domestic Constitutional Courts Join the Conversation, 114 Harv. L. Rev. 2049 (2001).

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