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Stephen Siegel

  • Distinguished Research Professor of Law
  • Full-time
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  • (312) 362-8144
  •  721 O'Malley Place

Professor Siegel's long-standing research interest is American legal history, although he also is highly regarded in the areas of property and constitutional law. Over the past decade, his articles have appeared in leading law journals, including law reviews published by Texas, Virginia and Southern California, and recently, he published major studies of jurisprudence and affirmative action as lead articles in the law reviews of Iowa and Northwestern and in the Law & History Review. Professor Siegel served as associate dean for research, scholarship and faculty development from 2001 to 2009.


BA, Columbia University; JD and LLM, Harvard University

Courses Taught

  • Constitutional Law
  • Land-Use Control
  • Legal History
  • Property
  • Property Rights & Economic Liberties
  • Supreme Court Litigation Seminar
  • Constitutional Torts & Section 1983
  • Articles
  • Books
  • Book Chapters
  • Book Reviews
  • Miscellaneous


2013 Textualism on Trial: Article III’s Jury Trial Provision, The 'Petty Crime' Exception, and Other Departures From Clear Constitutional Text, 51 Hous. L. Rev. 1 (2013) string;#Click Here
2012 The Constitution on Trial: Article III’s Jury Trial Provision, Originalism, and the Problem of Motivated Reasoning, 52 Santa Clara L. Rev. 373 (2012) string;#Click Here
2008 Injunctions for Defamation, Juries, and the Clarifying Light of 1868, 56 Buff. L. Rev. 655 (2008). string;#Click Here
2006 The Origin of the Compelling State Interest Test and Strict Scrutiny, 48 Am. J. Legal Hist. 355 (2006). string;#Click Here
2005 Justice Holmes, Buck v. Bell, and the History of Equal Protection, 90 Minn. L. Rev. 106 (2005). string;#Click Here
2004 The Conscientious Congressman’s Guide to the Electoral Count Act of 1887, 56 Fla. L. Rev. 541 (2004). string;#Click Here
2004 Francis Wharton’s Orthodoxy: God, Historical Jurisprudence, and Classical Legal Thought, 46 Am. J. Legal Hist. 422 (2004). string;#Click Here
2002 Comment, The Revision Thickens, 20 Law & Hist. Rev. 631 (2002) string;#Click Here
2001 John Chipman Gray and the Moral Basis of Classical Legal Thought, 86 Iowa L. Rev. 1513 (2001). string;#Click Here
2000 Rebalancing Professor Ely’s Reappraisal of the Marshall Court and Property Rights, 33 J. Marshall L. Rev. 1165 (2000). string;#Click Here
1998 The Federal Government's Power to Enact Color-Conscious Laws: An Originalist Inquiry, 92 Nw. U. L. Rev. 477 (1998). string;#Click Here
1995 Joel Bishop's Orthodoxy, 13 Law & Hist. Rev. 215 (1995). string;#Click Here
1991 Lochner Era Jurisprudence and the American Constitutional Tradition, 70 N.C. L. Rev. 1 (1991). string;#Click Here
1990 Historism in Late Nineteenth Century Constitutional Thought, 1990 Wis. L. Rev. 1431 (1990). string;#Click Here
1986 Understanding the Nineteenth Century Contract Clause: The Role of the Property-Privilege Distinction and "Takings" Clause Jurisprudence, 60 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1 (1986). string;#Click Here
1984 Understanding the Lochner Era: Lessons from the Controversy Over Railroad and Utility Rate Regulation, 70 Va. L. Rev. 187 (1984). string;#Click Here
1982 John Chipman Gray, Legal Formalism, and the Transformation of Perpetuities Law, 36 U. Miami L. Rev. 439 (1982). string;#Click Here
1981 The Aristotelian Basis of English Law: 1450-1800, 56 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 18 (1981). string;#Click Here
1979 The Future of Classified Real Property Taxation in Illinois: The Wake of Hoffman v. Clark, 11 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 21 (1979). string;#Click Here
1976 Illinois Zoning: On the Verge of a New Era, 25 DePaul L. Rev. 616 (1976). string;#Click Here
1975 Is the Modern Lease a Contract or a Conveyance? - A Historical Inquiry, 52 J. Urb. L. 649 (1975). string;#Click Here


2012 A Student’s Guide to Easements, Real Estate Covenants and Equitable Servitudes (3d ed., Lexis/Nexis, 2012) string;#
1999 A Student's Guide to Easements, Real Covenants and Equitable Servitudes (Student Guide Series) (2nd Edition, Matthew Bender, 1999). string;#
1988 A Student's Guide to Easements, Real Covenants and Equitable Servitudes (Student Guide Series) (Matthew Bender, 1988). string;#

Book Chapters

2008 The Death and Rebirth of the Clear and Present Danger Test, in Transformations in American Legal History: Essays in Honor of Professor Morton J. Horwitz 211 (Alfred Brophy & Daniel Hamilton eds., Harvard University Press, 2008). string;#Click Here

Book Reviews

2014 Book Review, 32 Law. & Hist. Rev. 451 (2014) (reviewing James R. Hackney, Jr., Legal Intellectuals in Conversation (New York University Press, 2012)) string;#
2012 Book Review, 30 Law. & Hist. Rev. 639 (reviewing Kunal M. Parker, Common Law, History, and Democracy in America, 1790-1900: Legal Thought before Modernism (Cambridge University Press, 2011)) string;#
2011 Book Review, 29 Law & History Rev. 644 (2011) (reviewing Victoria Nourse, Victoria F. Nourse, In Reckless Hands: Skinner v. Oklahoma and the Near Triumph of American Eugenics (2008)) string;#Click Here
2010 Book Review, 28 Law & Hist. Rev. 1094 (2010) (Reviewing Matthew Finkin & Robert Post, For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom, Yale University Press, 2009) string;#Click Here
2010 Book Review, Federalism: How Many Critiques Must Historians Write?, 45 Tulsa L. Rev. 823 (2010) (Reviewing Edward A. Purcell, Jr., Originalism, Federalism, and the American Constitutional Enterprise: A Historical Inquiry (Yale University Press, 2007)) string;#Click Here
2009 Book Review, 28 Law & Hist. Rev. 282 (2010) (reviewing Stuart Banner, Who Owns the Sky?: The Struggle to Control Airspace from the Wright Brothers on (Harvard University Press, 2008)). string;#Click Here
2008 Book Review, 26(1) Law & Hist. Rev. 213 (2008) (reviewing The Limits of Sovereignty: Property Confiscation in the Union and the Confederacy During the Civil War (2007)). string;#Click Here
2007 Book Review, 25(3) Law & Hist. Rev. 684 (2007) (reviewing Constructing Civil Liberties: Discontinuities in the Development of American Constitutional Law (2004)). string;#Click Here
2007 Book Review, 25(2) Law & Hist. Rev. 404 (2007) (reviewing Double Character: Slavery and Mastery in the Antebellum Southern Courtroom (2000)). string;#Click Here
2007 Book Review, 25(2) Law & Hist. Rev. 404 (2007) (reviewing From Bondage to Contract: Wage, Labor, Marriage, and the Market in the Age of Slave Emancipation (1998)). string;#Click Here
2007 Book Review, 25(2) Law & Hist. Rev. 404 (2007) (reviewing Labor of Innocents: Forced Apprenticeship in North Carolina, 1715-1919 (2005)). string;#Click Here
2006 Book Review, 24 Law & Hist. Rev. 238 (2006) (reviewing Mark Warren Bailey, Guardians of the Moral Order: The Legal Philosophy of the Supreme Court, 1860 – 1910 (2004)). string;#Click Here
2005 Book Review, 23 Law & Hist. Rev. 213 (2005) (reviewing Paul O. Carrese, The Cloaking of Power: Montesquieu, Blackstone, and the Rise of Judicial Activism (2003)). string;#Click Here
2001 Book Review, 36 Irish Jurist 380 (2001) (reviewing Albert W. Alschuler, Law Without Values: The Life, Work, and Legacy of Justice Holmes (2000)). string;#
1999 Book Review, 17 Law & Hist. Rev. 410 (1999) (reviewing Jack N. Rakove, Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution (1996)). string;#Click Here
1998 Book Review, 103 Am. Hist. Rev. 1707 (1998) (reviewing Paul Kens, Justice Stephen Field: Shaping Liberty from the Gold Rush to the Gilded Age (1997)). string;#Click Here
1998 Book Review, 26 Reviews in Am. Hist. 743 (1998) (reviewing David Rabban, Free Speech in its Forgotten Years (1997)). string;#Click Here
1996 Book Review, 101 Am. Hist. Rev. 1302 (1996) (reviewing John Henry Schlegel, American Legal Realism and Empirical Social Science (1995)). string;#Click Here
1995 Book Review, Let Us Now Praise Infamous Men, 73 Tex. L. Rev. 661 (1995) (reviewing Owen M. Fiss, History of the Supreme Court of the United States : Troubled Beginnings of the Modern State, 1888-1910 (1993)). string;#Click Here
1989 Book Review, The Marshall Court and Republicanism, 67 Tex. L. Rev. 903 (1989) (reviewing G. Edward White, History of the Supreme Court of the United States: the Marshall Court and Cultural Change, 1815-35 (1988)). string;#Click Here


2012 The Stock Issuer’s Dilemma: How Duties to Shareholders Limit an Issuer’s Options in Employee Disputes, Business Law Today (October, 2012) string;#Click Here
2009 Encyclopedia Entry, Joel Prentiss Bishop, John Chipman Gray, and Francis Wharton, in The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (Roger K. Newman ed., Yale University Press, 2009). string;#
2009 Enyclopedia Entry, The Contract Clause, in the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History (Stanley Katz ed., Oxford University Press 2009) string;#
2008 Encyclopedia Entry, Strict Scrutiny, in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (David Tanenhaus ed., MacMillan, 2008). string;#
2006 Encyclopedia Entry on John Chipman Gray, in The Encyclopedia of New England (Burt Feintuch and David Waters, eds., Yale University Press, 2005). string;#
2006 Encyclopedia Entry on the Contract Clause, in The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History (Stanley Katz ed., Oxford University Press, 2008). string;#
2002 Encyclopedia Entry on William Prosser, in The Oxford Companion to American Law (Kermit Hall ed., 2002). string;#
2002 Encyclopedia Entry on Sociological Jurisprudence, in The Oxford Companion to American Law (Kermit Hall ed., 2002). string;#
2000 Encyclopedia Entry, Classical Legal Thought in Religion and American Law: An Encyclopedia (Paul Finkelman ed., 2000). string;#
1999 Encyclopedia Entry, Joel Bishop, in American National Biography (Oxford University Press, 1999). string;#
1998 Encyclopedia Entry, The Contract Clause in The Constitution and Its Amendments (1998). string;#
1992 Encyclopedia Entry, late nineteenth century constitutional cases for The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (1992). string;#
1991 Encyclopedia Entry, Judicial Review and Thomas McIntyre Cooley for the Readers’ Companion to American History (1991). string;#
1987 On the College of Law's History and Traditions, DePaul L. Mag., Fall, 1987 at 10. string;#