John Roberts Faces A Legacy-Defining Predicament On 'Obamacare'

Brian Fitzpatrick
Nashville, TN

Justice & Law Politics


Brian Fitzpatrick
Assistant Professor of Law
Vanderbilt University
As Assistant Professor of Law at Vanderbilt, Brian Fitzpatrick is ready to discuss judicial politics and judicial selection and is an expert on the Senate confirmation process.
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Nashville, TN 37203
United States
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Brian Fitzpatrick's research at Vanderbilt has focused on class action litigation, judicial selection, and constitutional law. Professor Fitzpatrick joined Vanderbilt's law faculty in 2007, after serving as the John M. Olin Fellow at New York University School of Law. He graduated first in his class from Harvard Law School and went on to clerk for the Honorable Diarmuid O'Scannlain on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. After his clerkships, Professor Fitzpatrick practiced commercial and appellate litigation for several years at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C., and served as Special Counsel for Supreme Court Nominations to U.S. Senator John Cornyn. Professor Fitzpatrick graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He received the Hall-Hartman Outstanding Professor Award, which recognizes excellence in classroom teaching for his Civil Procedure course for the 2008-09 academic year.

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Recent Publications/Appearances


June 29, 2012 TPM "John Roberts Faces A Legacy-Defining Predicament On 'Obamacare'"

May 21, 2012 Business Weekly "Consumers May See New Limits on Mandatory Arbitration"

April 24, 2012 Fox Business "Can You Get Rich in a Class-Action Lawsuit?"

January 31, 2012 National Review Online "Tennessee Republicans Carry Water for Soros and the Trial Lawyers"

January 25, 2012 "Big fish in BP claims reel in suckers"

September 26, 2011 Reuters "States debate judicial elections versus appointed bench"

September 12, 2011 ABC News "9/11 Families, Except One, Receive Over $7 Billion"

September 7, 2011 Mentioned in The National Review "Missouri: Trial-Lawyer Heaven"

Jan 20, 2011 Lexington Herald-Leader "Judge opposes class action in TVA coal ash suits"

Nov 8, 2010 Wall Street Journal "Is D-Day Approaching for Class-Actions Lawsuits?"

Oct 28, 2010 Des Moines Register "Judicial retention issue raises a quesion of balance"

Oct 7, 2010 The Republic "Big payoff, case control awaits handful of lawyers seeking lead positions in massive BP case"

Oct 5, 2010 USA Today "Three Iowa judges may face voters' retaliation"

June 18, 2010 AP Syndication "Law school deans endorse Kagan for Supreme Court"

July 20, 2009 Politico "Confirmation 'kubuki' does no justice"

"The End of Objector Blackmail?" 63 Vanderbilt Law Review (2009) (forthcoming)

"The Politics of Merit Selection,” 74 Missouri Law  Review (2009) (forthcoming)

"Election by Appointment: The Tennessee Plan Reconsidered," 75 Tennessee Law Review 473 (2008)

"Errors, Omissions, and the Tennessee Plan," 39 University of Memphis Law Review 85 (2008)

"Can Michigan Universities Use Proxies for Race After the Ban on Racial Preferences?", 13 Michigan Journal of Race and Law 277 (2007)


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