Selected Publications



Political Control of America’s Courts: Examining the Facts. ABC-CLIO (under contract).

The Supreme Court. Greenwood Press (2021).

Girls on the Stand:  How Courts Fail Pregnant Minors.  New York University Press (2007).

Unleashing Rights:  Law, Meaning, and the Animal Rights Movement. Ann Arbor, Michigan:  University of Michigan Press (1996).

Articles, Chapters, and Essays

“Citizen Ruff: Do Humans Have Political Obligations to Animals?” Reviewing Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka, Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights and Kimberly K. Smith, Governing Animals: Animal Welfare and the Liberal State. Tulsa Law Review (Volume 49, Issue 2, Winter 2013), pp. 541-556.

“Estrangement and Empowerment in Scheingold’s The Political Novel.Law and Social Inquiry (Volume 37, 2012), pp. 1029-1050.

“Novelty and The Politics of Rights.”  Studies in Law, Politics and Society (Volume 59, 2012) pp. 65–79.

“Justice Bypassed,” with Wayne Fishman. The American Prospect, Online Edition (July 27, 2006).

“All Eyes on Kennedy,” with Wayne Fishman. The American Prospect (July/August 2006), pp. 18-20.

“Judicial Waivers of Parental Consent for Abortion:  Tennessee’s Troubles Putting Policy into Practice,” with Wayne Fishman, Emily Francis,* and Leanne Speitel.* Law & Policy (Volume 27, Number 3, July 2005), pp. 399-428.

“Religious Establishment in Hearings to Waive Parental Consent for Abortion,” with Kathryn Lundwall Alessi. University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law (Volume 7, Number 2, November 2004), pp. 473-532.

“The Symbolic Life of Law: The Instrumental and the Constitutive in Scheingold’s The Politics of Rights.” International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (Volume 16, 2003), pp.  407-23.

“‘Honey, I Have No Idea’:  Court Readiness to Handle Petitions to Waive Parental Consent for Abortion,” with Leanne Speitel.* Iowa Law Review (Volume 88, Number 1, October 2002), pp. 75-120.

“Inconceivable?” Law and Inequality (Volume 20, Winter 2002), pp. 141-55.

“In the Matter of Anonymous, A Minor:  Fetal Protection in Hearings to Waive Parental Consent for Abortion.” Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy (Volume 11, Fall 2001), pp. 69-111.

“Benign Neglect:  Affirmative Action, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Underlying Conservatism of Baehr v. Lewin.”  Studies in Law, Politics and Society (Volume 19, 1999), pp. 39-64.

“Road Closed:  Evaluating the Judicial Bypass Provision of the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act.”  Law and Social Inquiry (Volume 24, Number 1, 1999), pp. 73-96.

“Rethinking Law’s ‘Allurements’:  A Relational Analysis of Social Movement Lawyers in the United States,” with Michael W. McCann.  In Cause Lawyering, Austin Sarat and Stuart Scheingold, eds. (Oxford University Press, 1998), pp. 261-92.

“Social Movements and the American State:  Legal Mobilization as a Strategy for Democratization,” with Michael W. McCann.  In A Different Kind of State?  Popular Power and Democratic Administration, Gregory Albo, David Langille and Leo Panitch, eds. (Oxford University Press, 1993), pp. 131-43.

(*Lafayette College EXCEL Scholar)