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Eric J. Mitnick - Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor of Law

Eric Mitnick

Ph.D., Princeton University
M.A., Princeton University
J.D., University of Michigan Law School
B.A., Cornell University

Courses & administrative duties

Dean Mitnick serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a Professor of Law, teaching Torts and Administrative Law. His research is in the areas of rights, liberalism, sociolegal and multicultural theory, and procedural due process.

Professional background

Dean Mitnick studied history and government as an undergraduate at Cornell University, law at the University of Michigan Law School, from which he graduated with honors, and American politics, public law, and political theory in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, from which he earned masters and doctoral degrees. 

Dean Mitnick practiced law as an associate with Willkie Farr & Gallagher, a large law firm in New York City, focusing especially on mergers and acquisitions, securities law, directors’ liability, and financial litigation.

Prior to joining UMass Law, Dean Mitnick taught Torts, Administrative Law, Professional Responsibility, and Scholarly Legal Writing at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for six years and was twice recognized as Teacher of the Year by the student body; Legal Research and Writing at the University of Wisconsin Law School; and Constitutional Interpretation and Civil Liberties as a graduate student at Princeton University.  

Dean Mitnick has also served as an outside reviewer for the American Political Science Review, as a member of the Law & Society Dissertation Prize Committee, been named a Top Attorney by the San Diego Daily Transcript, and received research fellowships from Princeton University and the Mellon Foundation.  His doctoral dissertation was published in book form as Rights, Groups, and Self-Invention: Group-Differentiated Rights in Liberal Theory (Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2006).  Dean Mitnick is also the author of several peer-reviewed journal and student-edited law review articles, including Three Models of Group-Differentiated Rights, which was selected for inclusion in the Columbia, Georgetown, UCLA and USC Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop. His article on procedural due process and reputational harm has been cited by the New Hampshire and Vermont Supreme Courts.

Publications

Book

Rights, Groups, and Self-Invention: Group-Differentiated Rights in Liberal Theory (Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2006).

Articles

Rights, in Encyclopedia of Political Thought (Michael Gibbons, ed., Blackwell Publishing Ltd.)  (forthcoming, 2014).

Procedural Due Process and Reputational Harm: Liberty as Self-Invention, 43 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 79 (2009).

Law, Cognition, and Identity, 67 La. L. Rev. 823 (2007).

Differentiated Citizenship and Contextualized Morality, 7 Eth. Theory and Moral Prac. 163 (2004).

Three Models of Group-Differentiated Rights, 35 Columbia Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 215 (2004).

Individual Vulnerability and Cultural Transformation, 101 Michigan L. Rev. 1635 (2003) (reviewing Ayelet Shachar, Multicultural Jurisdictions: Cultural Differences and Women’s Rights (Cambridge, 2001)).

Liberalism and Membership, 4 Univ. of Penn. J. of Const. L. 533 (2002) (reviewing Brian Barry, Culture & Equality (Harvard, 2001)).

Constitutive Rights, 20 Oxford J. of Legal Studies 185 (2000).

Taking Rights Spherically: Formal and Collective Aspects of Legal Rights, 34 Wake Forest L. Rev. 409 (1999).

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