Lori A. Ringhand

J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law

B.A., University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire
J.D., University of Wisconsin
B.C.L., University of Oxford


Courses

Constitutional Law
Election Law
State and Local Government


Biographical Information

Lori A. Ringhand teaches courses on constitutional law, election law, and state and local government law. She has been a member of the Georgia Law faculty since 2008 and was promoted to Hosch Professor in 2012.

She is a nationally known Supreme Court scholar and the author of the book Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change (with Paul M. Collins) published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press.  She also is the co-author of Constitutional Law: A Context and Practices Casebook, which is part of a series of casebooks dedicated to incorporating active teaching and learning methods into traditional law school casebooks. Her work has been published in journals such as the Constitutional Commentary, the American University Law Review, the Election Law Journal and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. Ringhand’s work also has been recognized by a Congressional Research Grant awarded by The Dirksen Congressional Center.

Ringhand graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she served as an articles editor on the Wisconsin Law Review. She also holds a Bachelor of Civil Law degree, awarded with distinction, from the University of Oxford.

Before coming to UGA, Ringhand served on the faculty of the University of Kentucky College of Law and as a visiting scholar at the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law. She maintains her connections to Oxford by serving as the director of the law school’s semester-long study abroad program at Oxford.

Ringhand also is the proud recipient of the 2010 C. Ronald Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching.


Publications & Activities

ARTICLES

Voter Viewpoint Discrimination: Reconsidering a First Amendment Challenge to Voter Participation Restrictions, 13 Election L.J. 288 (2014) (peer reviewed).

Functioning Just Fine: The Unappreciated Value of the Supreme Court Confirmation Process, 61 Drake L. Rev. 1025 (2013) (symposium issue on political dysfunction and the Constitution) (with P. Collins).

Let's Talk: Judicial Decisions at Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings, 96 Judicature 7 (2012) (with A. Batta et al.).

Aliens on the Bench: Lessons in Identity, Race and Politics From the First "Modern" Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing to Today, 2010 Mich. St. L. Rev. 795 (2011).

May it Please the Senate: An Empirical Analysis of the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings of Supreme Court Nominees, 1939-2009, 60 Am. U. L. Rev. 589 (2011) (with P. Collins).

In Defense of Ideology: A Principled Approach to the Supreme Court Confirmation Process, 18 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 131 (2009).

“I’m Sorry, I Can’t Answer That”: Positive Legal Scholarship and the Supreme Court Confirmation Process, 10 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 331 (2008).

The Rehnquist Court: A By The Numbers Retrospective, 9 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 1033 (2007) (an early draft of this paper was selected from a competitive call for papers and was presented at the First Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, jointly sponsored by NYU, Cornell and the University of Texas law schools).

Judicial Activism: An Empirical Examination of Voting Behavior on the Rehnquist Natural Court, 24 Const. Comment. 43 (2007).

An Empirical Analysis of the Confirmation Hearings of the Rehnquist Court Justices, 24 Const. Comment. 127 (2007) (with Jason Czarnezki and William Ford).

The Roberts Court: Year 1, 73 Tenn. L. Rev. 607 (2006).

UK Election Law: A Critical Examination (book review), 16 L. & Pol. Book Rev. 462 (2006).

Fig Leaves, Fairytales, and Constitutional Foundations: Debating Judicial Review in Britain, 43 Colum. J. Transnat'l L. 865 (2005).

Defining Democracy: The Supreme Court’s Campaign Finance Dilemma, 56 Hastings L.J. 77 (2004).

Concepts of Equality in British Campaign Finance Reform Proposals, 22 Oxford J. Legal Stud. 253 (2002).

BOOKS

Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change (Cambridge University Press, 2013) (with P. Collins).

Constitutional Law: A Context and Practice Casebook (Carolina Academic Press, 2013) (with D. Schwartz).

CHAPTERS

"The Jurisprudence of Supreme Court Justice Kennedy" in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (Macmillan Reference USA, 2008).

Lori Ringhand

Contact Information

University of Georgia
School of Law
303 Rusk Hall
Athens, GA 30602

Phone: (706) 542-3876
Fax: (706) 542-5556
Email: ringhand@uga.edu


Administrative Support

Stacy Harvey
Phone: (706) 542-1195
Email: snharvey@uga.edu


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