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Lawrence Solum
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  • Georgetown University
    Professor Law, 2011 - present
  • University of Illinois
    Professor of Law & Philosophy, 2006 - 2011
  • Loyola Marymount University, University of San Diego, Georgetown University, University of Southern California, Boston University
    Professor of Law, 1985 - 2001
  • University of San Diego
    Professor of Law, 2001 - 2006
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Lawrence Solum is Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.  Professor Solum is an internationally recognized expert on Legal Theory, who works on the Philosophy of Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Theory, Internet Governance, and a variety of other topics. He is the author of Legal Theory Blog-widely recognized as one of the most influential sources of commentary about the world of legal ideas.

Professor Solum recently edited the first anthology on the relationship between virtue theory and the law, "Virtue Jurisprudence," with Dr. Colin Farrelly. His forthcoming work includes a book on the theory of procedure with Oxford University Press,  a book chapter entitled "Models of Internet Governance" for an anthology (also published by Oxford), a short monograph on constitutional theory with Cornell University Press, an article entitled "The Construction Zone," to be published in the Northwestern University Law Review, and a monograph in Spanish entitled "Originalism Semántico" to be published by El Departamento de Publicaciones de la Universidad Externado de Colombia.   His recent papers have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, Metaphilosophy, the Virginia Law Review, and the Washington University Law Review.  Solum's current research focuses on two areas: (1) the relationship between the philosophy of language and constitutional theory and (2) the intersection between virtue ethics and the philosophy of law.

At the 2008 annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, he participated in the Section on Constitutional Law's panel on the "New Originalism and Its Critics" and presented a paper entitled "Zombies," for the panel on legal personhood organized by the Section on Jurisprudence. His recent appearances at scholarly meetings also include the American Political Science Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, and the Law and Society Association.  His recent conference and workshop presentations include appearances at Georgetown University, Harvard University, the Sorbonne, Stanford University, the Universidad Externado de Colombia, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, and University of Minnesota, and the University of Virginia.

Prior to arriving at Illinois, Professor Solum was Professor of Law and the Herzog Endowed Scholar at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he also co-directed the Institute on Law and Philosophy.  Solum has been a visiting professor at Georgetown University, the University of Southern California, and Boston University.  He was nominated in 2004 as among the country's top 20 most influential and important legal thinkers by Legal Affairs Magazine.  His contributions to Moore's Federal Practice have been cited by the United States Supreme Court and, among numerous others, by every Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. His book, Destruction of Evidence (with Jamie Gorelick and Stephen Marzen), has been cited by a wide array of federal and state courts.  His working papers are among those most frequently downloaded from the Social Science Research Network (SSRN): Solum currently ranking 21st among all legal academics and 2nd among residents of Champaign, Illinois (Professor Ribstein is 1st) for all-time SSRN downloads.

A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, Solum served as editor of the Harvard Law Review.  After law school, he did a brief stint at Cravath, Swaine and Moore in New York, and then clerked for Judge William Norris of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Los Angeles prior to beginning his teaching career at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.  Solum adores music (from the White Stripes and Ali Farka Toure to Tord Gustavson and Mahler).  He loves to cook with the incredible fresh local ingredients found at the Farmers Market in Urbana and is famous for Raspberries Three Ways.  He  is an avid photographer: his online galleries of photographs from around the world can be found on PBase.  [Link = http://www.pbase.com/lsolum/root]  Solum's heroes include Aristotle, Hiroshi Sugimoto, John Rawls, Alice Waters, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.  His office is hard to find.

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Achieved ambition of my 14 year old self to become a professor of constitutional law. Cited multiple times by John Rawls in Political Liberalism. Cited by the United States Supreme Court.
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Very helpful for legal academics!
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Last week the Supreme Court decided, in the Hosanna-Tabor case, that as a constitutional matter a church’s decisions regarding hiring and firing of ministers can't give rise to liability under federal antidiscrimination-in-employment laws (specifically, the Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA]). Originalist-oriented writers such as Ed Whelan and Richard Garnett have applauded the decision. But at Dorf on Law, Mike Dorf raises this question: how ...
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Alba Osteria combines a warm and casual atmosphere with truly excellent Piemontese cuisine. I've been there five times and tried several dishes. The Chicken Soup (Zuppa della Regina) is very special--flavorful and rich. The pizza's are top notch; I especially enjoyed the Piemontese. Many of the other dishes are quite distinctive--rich earthy flavors that avoid the cliches of red-sauce southern Italian. One of the very best restaurants in Washington, but very reasonable and not welcoming.
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Superb New York style pizza!
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Amazing food, but you must love pig! Great spot for interesting food at very reasonable prices. Plus great mixology.
Food: ExcellentService: ExcellentDecor: Very Good
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Great for breakfast, but very crowded on weekends. Terrific neighborhood spot.
Food: ExcellentService: ExcellentDecor: Very Good
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consistent and casual. particularly nice for single diners.
Decor: ExcellentFood: ExcellentService: Excellent
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Fab burgers. Beautiful setting. And by NYC standards, almost a bargain.
Food: Very GoodService: Very GoodDecor: Very Good
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Yummy food, friendly staff, and it doesn't suffer from gastropub pretentiousness. The only downside is the long flight of steep stairs.
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