Introducing Guest Blogger Brian Kalt

Kalt-Brian.jpgI’m delighted to introduce Professor Brian Kalt, who will be guest blogging with us this month.

Brian is an associate professor at Michigan State University College of Law, where he has taught since 2000. He teaches constitutional law, torts, and administrative law. He has also had visiting positions at the University of Ottawa and Vytautas Magnus University (in Kaunas, Lithuania).

Brian earned his A.B. in history at the University of Michigan. His honors thesis became a book, Sixties Sandstorm: The Fight over Establishment of a Sleeping Dunes National Lakeshore, 1961-1970. Brian got his J.D. at Yale, followed by a clerkship with Judge Danny J. Boggs on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and a stint as an associate at Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C.

His research interests are primarily in constitutional law, with emphasis on two separate areas. The first is how and where jurors are found. That interest led to his 2004 article, The Perfect Crime, which theorized that there is a 50-square mile swath of Idaho where one can commit crimes with impunity, and which was honored by the Green Bag in its first annual volume of “Exemplary Legal Writing.”

Brian’s second area of interest is structural constitutional standards for such things as pardons, impeachment, and presidential appointments.

He is currently finishing a book for Yale University Press (Constitutional Cliffhangers: A Legal Guide for Presidents and Their Enemies) that explores some possible presidential constitutional controversies (self-pardons, prosecuting presidents, impeaching ex-presidents, loopholes in term limits, etc.), as well as the nature of such controversies in general.

Some of Brian’s recent publications include:

* Tabloid Constitutionalism: How a Bill Doesn’t Become a Law, 96 Geo. L.J. 1971 (2008).

* Keeping Tillman Adjournments in Their Place: A Rejoinder to Seth Barrett Tillman, 101 Nw. U. L. Rev. Colloquy 108 (2007)

* Keeping Recess Appointments in Their Place, 101 Nw. U. L. Rev. Colloquy 88 (2007)

* Crossing Eight Mile: Juries of the Vicinage and County-Line Criminal Buffer Statutes, 80 Wash. L. Rev. 271 (2005)

* The Perfect Crime, 93 Geo. L.J. 675 (2005).

He has also published a book, Sixties Sandstorm: The Fight over Establishment of a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 1961-1970.

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