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Heidi Li Feldman is Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, with a courtesy appointment in the Philosophy Department at Georgetown University. She has written major articles on tort law and on legal ethics. Her scholarly expertise includes the U.S. civil justice system more generally. Currently, Dr. Feldman’s scholarship focuses on how and whether U.S. cities and states can protect civil rights and strengthen civil society. Beyond the academy, Dr. Feldman is politically active in the in the effort to resist Donald Trump and those who enable him.

Dr. Feldman seeks to bring her knowledge of U.S. law, politics and history to a broad public and to bring a grassroots perspective to the legal academy. Dr. Feldman regularly speaks to U.S. and foreign press on topics ranging from U.S. gun regulation efforts to women’s support for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 candidacy to political efforts to oppose the current Republican agenda. She has been quoted by the New York Times, the Washington Post, Reuters, Bloomberg, and CBS News; extensive interviews with her have aired on CBC (Canadian) radio and television.

Dr. Feldman is active on Twitter. She helped start the “Grab Your Wallet” boycott of retailers selling Trump brands and she raised consciousness about the silencing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren during the debate over Jeff Sessions’ nomination as Secretary of State. Dr. Feldman mentors progressive Georgetown law students interested in running for office, especially at the state and local level, and students interested in staffing such campaigns. She is developing a series of workshops for such students, a co-curricular program she intends to serve as a model for other law schools.

Dr. Feldman earned both her J.D. and her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan. She joined the Georgetown University Law Center faculty in 1998.

 

Sub-specialties:

Legal: tort law, U.S. civil justice system, compensation law, gun litigation and legislation, lawsuits pending against Trump administration. Special familiarity with suits brought by state attorneys general; habeas corpus petitions related to immigration enforcement; and complaints arising from breach of the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Politics: current U.S. politics, the interrelationship between state and municipal level political activity and national politics, U.S. political and legal history, political philosophy, governmental and legal ethics. Particular familiarity with law, politics, and history of presidential impeachment in the United States; Democratic Party presidential primary system, presidential nomination system.

 

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