Jack M. Balkin
Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment
Director, The Information Society Project at Yale Law School
The Last Days of Disco: Why The American Political System is Dysfunctional, 94 B.U. L. Rev. 1159 (2014), pdf, SSRN, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2403508.
Why Are Americans Originalist?, in LAW, SOCIETY AND COMMUNITY: SOCIO-LEGAL ESSAYS IN HONOUR OF ROGER COTTERRELL, David Schiff and Richard Nobles, eds. (Ashgate Publishing, forthcoming 2015), SSRN, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2379587.
Old School/New School Speech Regulation, 127 Harv. L. Rev. 2296 (2014), pdf, SSRN, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2377526.
The New Originalism and the Uses of History, 82 Fordham L. Rev. 641 (2013), pdf, SSRN, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2303980.
Verdi's High C, 91 Tex. L. Rev. 1687 (2013), pdf, SSRN, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2240496.
The Court Affirms the Social Contract, in The Health Care Case: The Supreme Courts Decision and Its Implications (Nathaniel Persily, Gillian E. Metzger, and Trevor W. Morrison, eds., Oxford University Press, 2013, Forthcoming), SSRN, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2234739.
Must We be Faithful to Original Meaning?, 7 Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies 57 (2013), pdf, SSRN, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2258678.
The American Constitution as "Our Law", 25 Yale J. L. & Human. 113 (2013), pdf, SSRN, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2247584.
Sanford Levinson's Second Thoughts About Constitutional Faith, 48 Tulsa L. Rev. 169 (2012), pdf, SSRN, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2198740.
The Dangerous Thirteenth Amendment, 112 Colum. L. Rev. 1459 (2012)(with Sanford Levinson), pdf, SSRN, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2115222.
The First Amendment is an Information Policy, 41 Hofstra L. Rev. 1 (2012), pdf, SSRN, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2213465.
Room for Maneuver: Julie Cohen's Theory of Freedom in the Information State, 6 Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies 79 (2012), pdf, SSRN, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2134553.
The Roots of the Living Constitution, 92 B.U. L. Rev. 1129 (2012), pdf, SSRN, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2049498.
The Distribution of Political Faith, 71 Univ. of Md. L. Rev. 1144 (2012), pdf, SSRN, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2083246.
Nine Perspectives on Living Orignalism, 2012 Univ. of Ill. L. Rev. 815 (2012), pdf, SSRN, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2015088.
Information Power: The Information Society from an Antihumanist Perspective, in THE GLOBAL FLOW OF INFORMATION (Eddan Katz and Ramesh Subramanian, eds., N.Y.U. Press 2011), SSRN, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1648624.
Morton Horwitz Wrestles with the Rule of Law, in TRANSFORMATIONS IN AMERICAN HISTORY: LAW, IDEOLOGY, POLITICS, AND METHOD, Daniel W. Hamilton and Alfred L. Brophy, eds. (Harvard University Press, 2011)(with Sanford Levinson). [pdf]
Constitutional Dictatorship: Its Dangers and Its Design, 94 Minnesota L. Rev. 1789 (2010)(with Sanford Levinson), pdf, SSRN, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1508666.
The Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate for Health Insurance, New England Journal of Medicine, 10.1056/NEJMp1000087, January 13, 2010, http://healthcarereform.nejm.org/?p=2764&query=home.
The Constitutionality of an Individual Mandate for Health Insurance, Parts I and II, PENNumbra, November 2009, at http://www.pennumbra.com/debates/debate.php?did=23#rebuttal and http://www.pennumbra.com/debates/debate.php?did=23#closing2.
Constitutional Crises, 157 U. Pa. L. Rev. 427 (2009)(with Sanford Levinson), SSRN, http://ssrn.com/abstract=1290869.
Critical Legal Theory Today, in Francis Jay Mootz, ed., ON PHILOSOPHY IN AMERICAN LAW (Cambridge University Press 2009), SSRN, http://ssrn.com/abstract=1083846.
Media Access: A Question of Design, 76 George Washington L. Rev. 933 (2008), SSRN, http://ssrn.com/abstract=1161990.
The Constitution in the National Surveillance State, 93 Minnesota L. Rev. 1 (2008), SSRN, http://ssrn.com/abstract=1141524.
Constitutional Hardball and Constitutional Crises, 26 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 579 (2008), SSRN, http://ssrn.com/abstract=1141538.
Brown, Social Movements, and Social Change, in CHOOSING EQUALITY: ESSAYS AND NARRATIVES ON THE DESEGREGATION EXPERIENCE, Robert L. Hayman Jr. and Leland Ware, eds. (Penn State Press, 2008). [pdf]
Original Meaning and Constitutional Redemption, 24 Const. Commentary 427 (2007), SSRN, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=987060
Abortion and Original Meaning, 24 Const. Commentary 291 (2007), SSRN, http://ssrn.com/abstract=925558.
13 Ways of Looking at Dred Scott, SSRN, 82 Chicago Kent L. Rev. 49 (2007)(with Sanford Levinson), http://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=968975
How New Genetic Technologies Will Transform Roe v. Wade, SSRN, 56 Emory L. Rev. 843 (2007), http://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=964508
The Processes of Constitutional Change: From Partisan Entrenchment to the National Surveillance State, 75 Fordham Law Review 489 (2006)(with Sanford Levinson), SSRN, http://ssrn.com/abstract=930514
Roe v. Wade: An Engine of Controversy, in Jack M. Balkin, ed. What Roe v. Wade Should Have Said: The Nation's Top Legal Experts Rewrite America's Most Controversial Decision 3-27 (New York University Press, 2005).
Judgment of the Court and Comment in Jack M. Balkin, ed. What Roe v. Wade Should Have Said: The Nation's Top Legal Experts Rewrite America's Most Controversial Decision 31-62, 232-36 (New York University Press, 2005).
What are the Facts of Marbury v. Madison?, 20 Const. Comm. 255 (2003)(with Sanford Levinson). [pdf]
The American Civil Rights Tradition: Anticlassification or Antisubordination?, 58 U. Miami L. Rev. 9 (2003)(with Reva Siegel). [abstract pdf]. Earlier version published in Issues in Legal Scholarship, The Origins and Fate of Antisubordination Theory (2003): Article 11, http://www.bepress.com/ils/iss2/art11. [abstract pdf]
Would African Americans Have Been Better Off Without Brown v. Board of Education?, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, 35:102-06 (Spring 2002). [pdf]
Brown v. Board of Education: A Critical Introduction, in Jack M. Balkin, ed. What Brown v. Board of Education Should Have Said: The Nation's Top Legal Experts Rewrite America's Landmark Civil Rights Decision 3-74 (New York University Press, 2001).
Judgment of the Court and Comment, in Jack M. Balkin, ed. What Brown v. Board of Education Should Have Said: The Nation's Top Legal Experts Rewrite America's Landmark Civil Rights Decision 77-91, 203-205 (New York University Press, 2001).
Filtering the Internet: A Best Practices Model, in Protecting Our Children on the Internet: Towards a New Culture of Responsibility, (Jens Waltermann and Marcel Machill, eds., Bertelsmann Foundation Publishers)(2000)(with Beth Simone Noveck and Kermit Roosevelt). [abstract exec summary rtf pdf]
Legal Canons: An Introduction, in J.M. Balkin and Sanford Levinson, eds. Legal Canons 3-44 (New York University Press 2000)(with Sanford Levinson).
Constitutional Canons and Constitutional Thought, in J.M. Balkin and Sanford Levinson, eds. Legal Canons 400-433 (New York University Press 2000)(with Sanford Levinson).
Free Speech and Hostile Environments, 99 Colum. L. Rev. 2295 (1999). (Another version published in Directions in Sexual Harassment Law, (Catharine A. MacKinnon and Reva B. Siegel eds., Yale University Press 2003). [abstract html pdf]
Entitlements as Auctions: Property Rules, Liability Rules, and Beyond, 106 Yale L. J. 703, (1996)(with Ian Ayres).
A Night in the Topics: The Reason of Legal Rhetoric and the Rhetoric of Legal Reason, in Law's Stories: Narrative and Rhetoric in the Law 211-224 (P. Brooks and P. Gewirth, eds., Yale Univ. Press, 1996). [abstract html]
Taking Text and Structure Really Seriously: Constitutional Interpretation and the Crisis of Presidential Elligibilty, 74 Tex. L. Rev.237 (1995)(with Jordan Steiker and Sanford Levinson). [abstract pdf]
Ideology as Cultural Software, 16 Cardozo L. Rev. 1221 (1995).
The American System of Censorship and Free Expression, in Patterns of Censorship Around the World 155-72 (I. Peleg, ed., Westview Press, 1993).
(A) Just Rhetoric?, 55 Mod. L. Rev. 746 (1992).
Ideological Drift, in Action and Agency (1991)(R. Kevelson, ed.).
The Rhetoric of Responsibility, 76 Va. L. Rev. 197 (1990).
The Hohfeldian Approach to Law and Semiotics, 44 U. of Miami L. Rev. 1117 (1990); earlier version published as The Hohfeldian Approach to Legal Semiotics, 3 Law and Semiotics 31 (1989). [abstract pdf]
Turandot's Victory, 2 Yale J. of Law and the Humanities 299 (1990).
The Domestication of Law and Literature, 14 Law and Social Inquiry 787 (1989).
The Rule of Law as a Source of Constitutional Change, 6 Const. Comm. 21 (1989).
Too Good To Be True: The Positive Economic Theory of Law, 87 Colum. L. Rev. 1447 (1987).
Federalism and the Conservative Ideology, 19 The Urban Lawyer 459 (1987).
Taking Ideology Seriously: Ronald Dworkin and the CLS Critique, 55 U.M.K.C. L. Rev. 392 (1987).
Learning Nothing and Forgetting Nothing: Richard Epstein and the Takings Clause, 18 The Urban Lawyer 707 (1986).
Ideology and Counter-Ideology
from Lochner to Garcia,
54 UMKC L. Rev. 175 (1985).
Balkinization (Weblog), http://balkin.blogspot.com (since 2003).
Op-eds, Speeches and Other Writings
Appointing Advisers No Fast Task, Atlanta Journal Constitution, November 26, 2008 [html]
Obama and the Imperial Presidency, Guardian Online, November 12, 2008 [html]
What We Hold in Common, Keynote Address, Third Annual Conference on Access to Knowledge, September 8, 2008 [html]
With Boumediene, the Court Reaffirmed a Basic Principle, U.S. News and World Report, June 23, 2008 [html]
Questions of Justice, New York Times, October 17, 2007 [html]
Should Liberals Stop Defending Roe?, Legal Affairs, November 28th, 2005 (with Sanford Levinson) [html]
Alive and Kicking: Why No One Truly Believes in a Dead Constitution. Slate, August 29th, 2005. [html]
A Nominee After Bush's Own Heart. First published in Newsday, July 21st, 2005. [html]
Justice O'Connor's Final Defense. First published in the Hartford Courant, July 8th, 2005. [html]
Bush and the Fear Factor. First published in the Hartford Courant, Sunday, November 7th, 2004. [html]
No Blank Check for Bush. First published in the Hartford Courant, Sunday, May 16th, 2004. [html]
The Passionate Intensity of the Confirmation Process, First Published in Jurist, Thursday, April 15th, 2004. [html]
Don't Use Those Words: Fox News Owns Them. First published in the Los Angeles Times, Thursday, August 14, 2003 [html]
A Great Gamble, By a Man Many Don't Trust, Hartford Courant, March 18, 2003. [html]
A Dreadful Act II, Los Angeles Times, February 13, 2003. [html]
A Ruling the G.O.P. Loves to Hate, New York Times, January 25, 2003. [html]
Actions Speak Louder Than Apologies, Hartford Courant, December 17, 2002. [html]
The Truth About Our Institutions, The Responsive Community, October 2002. [html]
Is there a Slippery Slope from Single-Sex to Single-Race Education? The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Fall 2002. [html]
The Most Dangerous Person on Earth, Hartford Courant, September 22, 2002. [html]
In Giving Up Our Rights, We'd Lose the War, New Orleans Times-Picayune, September 11, 2002 [html]
Who's Next?, Hartford Courant, June 20, 2002 [html]
Diversity Offers Everyone a Stake, L.A. Times, May 17, 2002. [html]
History Lesson, Legal Affairs 44-49 (July/August) 2002. [pdf]
Using Our Fears to Justify a Power Grab, L.A. Times, November 29, 2001. [html]
Bush's Negative Mandate Narrows His Nominees, L.A. Times, January 12, 2001. [html]
How Do We Measure The Will of the People?, L.A. Times, Monday, December 11, 2000. [html]
The Supreme Court Compromises Its Legitimacy, Boston Globe, December 12, 2000. [html]
Eyes, Robots (review of Ken Goldberg, ed, The Robot in the Garden: Telerobotics and Telepistemology in the Age of the Internet, New Republic Online, August 28, 2000. [html (Netmind) html (New Republic Online)]
The Court Defers to a Racist Era, New York Times, May 17, 2000. [html]
An Implosion of Democracy, Boston Globe, January 17, 1999, at C07. [html]
Senate: Return Impeachment Articles to Sender, Los Angeles Times, January 6, 1999. [html]
Book Review of Richard Taruskin, Text and Act: Essays on Music in Performance, Notes 53 (December 1996): 419-23 (with Sanford Levinson).
Book Review of J.H. Schlegel, American Legal Realism and Empirical Social Science, Law and History Review, 1996. [html]
Give Us Liberty to Give Them Death?, The Washington Monthly 24-25 (October 1995).
Book Review of Walker, Hate Speech: The History of an American Controversy, Journal of American History, Oct. 1994. [html]
Book Review of Walker, In Defense of American Liberties: A History of the ACLU, Public Law, Spring 1992, at 176-77.
Book Note of Arkes, Beyond the Constitution, 102 Ethics 428 (1992).
Book Review of Shiffrin, The First Amendment, Democracy, and Romance (1991), Journal of American History, Sept. 1991, at 628.
updated February 12, 2009
Copyright 1996-2009 by Jack M.
Balkin. All rights reserved.