Areas of Specialization
Constitutional Law; Constitutional Law--14th Amendment; Constitutional Law--1st Amendment (Speech); Constitutional Law--Federalism
Constitutional Law; Constitutional Theory; First Amendment; Law and Religion
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements
Professor Zick graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University in 1989 and summa cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1992, where he received the Francis E. Lucey, S.J. Award for graduating first in his class. While at Georgetown, Professor Zick was a Notes and Comments editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Following law school, Professor Zick was an associate with the law firms of Williams and Connolly in Washington, D.C., where he assisted in the defense of congressional term limits in the Supreme Court of the United States, and Foley Hoag in Boston. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Levin H. Campbell of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Professor Zick also served as a Trial Attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the United States Department of Justice, where he defended the constitutionality and legality of a variety of federal programs and statutes.
Professor Zick has written on a wide variety of constitutional issues, with a special focus on issues of free speech and federalism. His first book, Speech Out of Doors: Preserving First Amendment Liberties in Public Places (Cambridge University Press 2009), examined the dynamic intersection of place and the First Amendment. Professor Zick's second book, The Cosmopolitan First Amendment: Protecting Transborder Expressive and Religious Liberties (Cambridge University Press 2013), examines the First Amendment's relationship with international borders.
Professor Zick has been a frequent commentator in local, national, and international media regarding public protests and other First Amendment concerns. He testified before Congress on the Occupy Wall Street protests and rights of free speech, assembly, and petition. Professor Zick has been the recipient of the Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence in 2011, 2013 and 2017.
In the News
- Op-ed, What Trump Misses About Free Speech, U.S. News & World Report, Sept. 26, 2017. Online.
- Op-ed, Protests In Peril, U.S. News & World Report, Nov. 20, 2017. Online.
- Op-ed, The First Amendment and the World, Washington Monthly, Jan. 23, 2016 Online.
- Steven Nelson, Calling Police ‘Pigs’ Lands Teen in Jail, U.S. News & World Report, Aug. 17, 2015. Online.
- Dante Ramos, Dictating the Terms of Free Speech, Boston Globe, Jan. 21, 2015. Online. For additional recent press interviews, click here.
- The Dynamic Free Speech Clause: Freedom of Speech and Its Relation to Other Constitutional Rights (under contract with Oxford U. Press, forthcoming 2018).
- The Cosmopolitan First Amendment: Protecting Transborder Expressive and Religious Liberties (Cambridge U. Press 2014). Purchase.
- Speech Out of Doors: Preserving First Amendment Liberties in Public Places (Cambridge U. Press 2009). Purchase.
- Justice Scalia and Abortion Speech, 15 First Amend. L. Rev. 288 (2017) (invited essay: symposium on "The First Amendment Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia"). SSRN.
- Restroom Use, Civil Rights, and Free Speech Opportunism, ___ Ohio St. L.J. ___ (forthcoming 2017) (invited essay: symposium on "The Expanding First Amendment"). SSRN.
- Rights Dynamism, 19 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 791 (2017). SSRN.
- The Dynamic Relationship Between Freedom of Expression and Equality, 12 Duke J.L. & Pub. Pol. 13 (2016) to be reprinted in First Amendment Law Handbook: 2017-2018 Edition (Rodney A. Smolla ed., Thompson/West 2018. SSRN.
- First Amendment Cosmopolitanism, Skepticism, and Democracy, 76 Ohio St. L.J. 705 (2015) (Book Review Reponse). SSRN.
- Professional Rights Speech, 47 Ariz. St. L.J. 1289 (2015) (reprinted in First Amendment Law Handbook: 2016-2017 Edition (Rodney A. Smolla ed., Thompson/West 2017). SSRN.
- Rights Speech, 48 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1 (2014) (reprinted in First Amendment Law Handbook: 2015-2016 Edition (Rodney A. Smolla ed., Thompson/West 2016)). SSRN.
- Falsely Shouting Fire in a Global Theater: Emerging Complexities of Trans-Border Expression, 65 Vand. L. Rev. 125 (2012) (reprinted in First Amendment Law Handbook: 2012-2013 Edition (Rodney A. Smolla ed., Thompson/West 2013)). SSRN.
- Recovering the Assembly Clause, 91 Tex. L. Rev. 375 (2012) (reviewing John D. Inazu, Liberty's Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly (2012)).
- The First Amendment in Trans-Border Perspective: Toward a More Cosmopolitan Orientation, 52 B.C. L. Rev. 941 (2011), reprinted in First Amendment Law Handbook: 2011-2012 Edition (Rodney A. Smolla ed., Thompson/West 2012). SSRN.
- Summum, The Vocality of Public Places, and the Public Forum, 2010 BYU L. Rev. 2203 (2010) (Symposium on Government Speech). SSRN.
- Property As/And Constitutional Settlement, 104 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1361 (2010). SSRN.
- Territoriality and the First Amendment: Free Speech At -- and Beyond -- Our Borders, 85 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1543 (2010). SSRN.
- "Duty-Defining Power" and the First Amendment's Civil Domain, 109 Colum. L. Rev. Sidebar 116 (2009). SSRN.
- Constitutional Displacement, 86 Wash. U. L. Rev. 515 (2009). SSRN.
- Active Sovereignty, 20 St. John's J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 541 (2007) (Symposium on the Rehnquist Court and Federalism). SSRN.
- Clouds, Cameras, and Computers: The First Amendment and Networked Public Places, 59 Fla. L. Rev. 1 (2007), reprinted in First Amendment Law Handbook: 2007-2008 Edition (Rodney A. Smolla ed., Thompson/West 2007). SSRN.
- Property, Place, and Public Discourse, 21 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 173 (2006) (Symposium on the Rehnquist Court and the First Amendment). SSRN.
- Space, Place, and Speech: The Expressive Topography, 74 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 439 (2006). SSRN.
- Speech and Spatial Tactics, 84 Tex. L. Rev. 581 (2006). SSRN.
- Are the States Sovereign?, 83 Wash. U. L.Q. 229 (2005). SSRN.
- Cross Burning, Cockfighting, and Symbolic Meaning: Toward A First Amendment Ethnography, 45 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 2261 (2004). SSRN.
- Statehood as The New Personhood: The Discovery of Fundamental "States' Rights," 46 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 213 (2004). SSRN.
- Constitutional Empiricism: Quasi-Neutral Principles and Constitutional Truths, 82 N.C. L. Rev. 115 (2003). SSRN.
- Marbury Ascendant: The Rehnquist Court and the Power to "Say What The Law Is," 59 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 839 (2002). SSRN.