Leah Litman

Assistant Professor of Law

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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.

Current Courses:

Constitutional Analysis

Federal Courts

Prior Courses:
Post-Conviction Justice

Recent Publications

  • 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).

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