Faculty Profiles

Robert A. Schapiro

Robert A. Schapiro

Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Federalism

Curriculum Vitae

Robert Schapiro is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory University and co-director of Emory Law’s Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance. He served as dean of Emory University School of Law (2012 to 2017) and interim dean (2011 to 2012). He was previously associate vice provost for academic affairs for Emory University. He served as Emory Law’s associate dean of faculty (2006 to 2008) and as associate faculty director for Emory’s Halle Institute for Global Learning (2008 to 2010).

Schapiro received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009, the Ben F. Johnson Faculty Excellence Award in 2004, the Most Outstanding Professor Award (as voted on by Emory Law’s graduating class) for the 2000–2001 academic year, and the Professor of the Year Award from the Black Law Students Association in 2001.

Previous Experience: Robert Schapiro served as a clerk for Judge Pierre N. Leval, then of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the US Supreme Court. He worked with the law firm of Sidley & Austin in Washington, DC, where he practiced general and appellate litigation. Prior, he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal

Research and Scholarship: Professor Schapiro taught for two years at Duke Law School before coming to Emory. Currently, he teaches federal courts, constitutional law, and civil procedure. 

Select Publications: Polyphonic Federalism: Toward the Protection of Fundamental Rights (University of Chicago Press, 2009); States of Inequality: Fiscal Federalism, Unequal States, and Unequal People, California Law Review (forthcoming 2020); How Federalism Can Promote a National Commitment to the Rule of Law, 79 Studia Iuridica 131 (2019); Monophonic Preemption, Northwestern Law Review (2008); Federalism as Intersystemic Governance: Legitimacy in a Post-Westphalian World, Emory Law Journal (2007); Justice Stevens’ Theory of Interactive Federalism, Fordham Law Review (2006); Toward a Theory of Interactive Federalism, Iowa Law Review (2005); (with William Buzbee) Unidimensional Federalism: Power and Perspective in Commerce Clause Adjudication, Cornell Law Review (2003); (with William Buzbee) Legislative Record Review, Stanford Law Review (2001); Judicial Deference and Interpretive Coordinacy in State and Federal Constitutional Law, Cornell Law Review (2000); Polyphonic Federalism: State Constitutions in the Federal Courts, California Law Review (1999). 

Education: JD, Yale Law School, 1990; MA, Stanford University, 1986; BA, Yale University, 1984


Polyphonic Federalism: Toward the Protection of Fundamental Rights (University of Chicago Press, 2009).

Book Chapters

"Polyphonic Federalism: The United States Experiencein The Future Of Australian Federalism: Comparative And Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Cambridge University Press (2012).

"The Varieties of Federalisms," in Navigating Climate Change Policy in a Federal System (Edella Schlager, Kirsten Engel & Sally Rider eds., Arizona University Press, 2011).

"Interjurisdictional Enforcement of Rights in a Post-Erie World," in New Frontiers of State Constitutional Law: Dual Enforcement of Norms (James A. Gardner & Jim Rossi eds., Oxford University Press, 2011).

"From Dualism to Polyphony," in Preemptive Choice: The Theory, Law, and Reality of Federalism's Core Question (William W. Buzbee ed., Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Journal Articles

"States of Inequality: Fiscal Federalism, Unequal States, and Unequal People," 108 Calif. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2020).

"How Federalism Can Promote a National Commitment to the Rule of Law," 79 Studia Iuridica 131 (2019).

"Randolph W. Thrower: Serving the Public with Principle, Passion, and Poetry," 64 Emory L.J. 277 (2014).

"Judicial Federalism and The Challenges of State Constitutional Contestation," Penn State Law Review (2011).

"Intersystemic Remedies for Governmental Wrongs," 41 University of Toledo Law Review 153 (2009).

"Not Old or Borrowed: The Truly New Blue Federalism," 3 Harvard Law & Policy Review 33 (2009).

"Monophonic Preemption," 102 Northwestern Law Review 811 (2008).

"In the Twilight of the Nation-State: Subnational Constitutions in the New World Order," 39 Rutgers Law Journal 801 (2008) (annual lecture on state constitutional law).

Other Media

"What Justice Stevens Stood For," CNN.com, April 12, 2010.

"Federalism Is No Bar to Health Care Reform," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 2, 2009, at A8. Where School Diversity Stands: Desegregation Faces the Test of Today's Court, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 26, 2006, at A15.

"In Praise of Treachery: The Relevance of Prior Judicial Experience," Jurist, October 13, 2005.