Assistant Professor of Law
Constitutional law, federalism, federal post-conviction review, habeas corpus, federal courts
Prof. Leah Litman researches and writes on constitutional law with a particular focus on federalism and federal post-conviction review. Her recent work has appeared or will appear in the Michigan Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Northwestern Law Review, and the Federal Sentencing Reporter as well as several online journals including the Columbia Law Review Sidebar.
After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, she clerked for Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Following her clerkships, she worked at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where she specialized in appellate litigation. Prof. Litman was also a Climenko Fellow & Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and received one of the inaugural HLS Student Government Teaching & Advising Awards.
Prof. Litman maintains an active pro bono practice. Most recently, she was on an amicus brief in Beckles v. United States. She was also on the merits briefs in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt and an amicus brief in Welch v. United States. She also assisted arguing counsel in DeBoer v. Snyder and assisted with drafting the opening brief in Obergefell v. Hodges.
Prior Courses:Post-Conviction Justice
- Leah M. Litman, Inventing Equal Sovereignty, 114 Mich. L. Rev. 1207 (2016).
- Leah M. Litman, Taking Care of Federal Law, 101 Va. L. Rev. 1289 (2015).
- Leah M. Litman, Resentencing In The Shadow Of Johnson v. United States, 28 Fed. Sent’g Rep. 45 (2015).
- Leah M. Litman, Residual Impact: Resentencing Implications of Johnson’s Potential Ruling on ACCA’s Constitutionality, 115 Colum. L. Rev. Sidebar 55 (2015).
- Boston Globe: Prof. Litman writes: We'll defend govt. workers who ignore Trump's immigration order
- Slate: Prof. Litman recognized as a professor offering legal services to those ignoring Trump's immigration orders
- Yahoo News: Prof. Litman quoted: The travel ban won't be the last illegal order
- The Washington Post: Dean Chemerinsky and 17 UCI Law professors among more than 1,200 law school faculty nationwide opposing nomination of Sessions as Attorney General
- First Mondays Podcast: Prof. Litman discusses oral arguments of SCOTUS case Beckles v. United States (starts at 19:04)
- First Mondays Podcast: Prof. Litman discusses SCOTUS case Beckles v. United States on podcast
- Bloomberg BNA: Prof. Litman quoted re: SCOTUS ruling on retroactivity of Johnson v. United States
- Harvard Law Today: Prof. Litman co-authors petitioner’s brief for clinics and doctors in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case re: Texas law on abortion clinic operations
- MSNBC: Prof. Litman’s briefs in Whole Woman’s Health quoted in news coverage of oral arguments at SCOTUS
- Casetext: Prof. Litman’s writings on SCOTUS cases get noticed by legal readers, including high court itself