John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law
Concurrent Professor of Political Science
Concurrent Professor of History
Barry Cushman came to Notre Dame in 2012 following fifteen years on the faculty at the University of Virginia, where he was the James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of History. Cushman’s scholarship examines the relations among constitutional law, political economy, and social reform movements in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His book, Rethinking the New Deal Court: The Structure of a Constitutional Revolution (Oxford University Press), was awarded the American Historical Association's Littleton-Griswold Prize in American Law and Society.
Cushman has taught in a wide variety of subject-matter areas, including Constitutional Law, Property, Trusts & Estates, Estate & Gift Taxation, Estate Planning, American Intellectual & Cultural History, and numerous courses and seminars in American Legal and Constitutional History. In 2003, he was honored with the University of Virginia’s All-University Teaching Award. At Notre Dame Cushman also holds appointments in the Department of History and the Department of Political Science.
Before entering teaching, Cushman practiced as an estate planning and probate attorney with the Los Angeles firm of Riordan & McKinzie. He has held research fellowships at New York University School of Law and in the Politics Department at Princeton University, and has served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the American Society for Legal History.
Courses TaughtAdvanced Trusts and Estates
American Constitutional History Before the Civil War
American Constitutional History From the Civil War to World War II
American Intellectual and Cultural History to 1865
American Legal History
Colloquium in American Legal History
Estate and Gift Taxation
Trusts and Estates
American Expansion and American Law (seminar)
The Constitution and Reform Movements (seminar)
The Family in 19th-Century America (seminar)
Judicial Biography (seminar)
Law and Political Economy in the Antebellum United States (seminar)
The Lochner Era (seminar)
Modern American Legal History (seminar)
The New Deal and the Transformation of the American Legal Order (seminar)
Slavery and the Law (seminar)
Rethinking the New Deal Court: The Structure of a Constitutional Revolution (Oxford University Press, 1998).
Articles and Book Chapters:
Carolene Products and Constitutional Structure, 2012 Sup. Ct. Rev. __ (forthcoming, 2013)
Ambiguities of Free Labor Revisited: The Convict-Labor Question in Progressive-Era New York, for Making Legal History: A Festschrift in Honor of William E. Nelson (forthcoming, NYU Press, 2013)
The Health Care Decision and the Lost Generation of Child Labor Reform, 89 Notre Dame L. Rev. __ (forthcoming, 2013) (Constitution Day Lecture)
Court-Packing and Compromise, 29 Const. Comm. __ (forthcoming, 2013)
The Court-Packing Plan as Symptom, Casualty, and Cause of Gridlock, 88 Notre Dame. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming, 2013) (Symposium, "The American Congress: Legal Implications of Gridlock")
The Man on the Flying Trapeze, 15 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 183 (2012) (reviewing Jeff Shesol, Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. The Supreme Court) (Symposium, "FDR and Obama: Are There Constitutional Law Lessons from the New Deal for the Obama Administration?")
The Hughes-Roberts Visit, 15 The Green Bag 2d 125 (2012)
The Limits of the New Deal Analogy, 15 The Green Bag 2d 139 (2012)
Headline Kidnappings and the Origins of the Lindbergh Law, 55 St. Louis U. L. J. 1293 (2011)
The Securities Laws and the Mechanics of Legal Change, 95 Va. L. Rev. 927 (2009).
The Great Depression and the New Deal, in Michael Grossberg & Christopher Tomlins, eds., Cambridge History of Law in America 268 (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
The Structure of Classical Public Law (reviewing Duncan Kennedy, The Rise and Fall of Classical Legal Thought), 75 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1917 (2008).
Regime Theory and Unenumerated Rights: A Cautionary Note, 9 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 263 (2006) (Symposium, "The Future of Unenumerated Rights").
Some Varieties and Vicissitudes of Lochnerism, 85 B. U. L. Rev. 881 (2005) (Symposium, Lochner Centennial Conference).
Clerking for Scrooge (reviewing David J. Garrow & Dennis Hutchinson, eds., The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox: A Year in the Life of a Supreme Court Clerk in FDR’s Washington) 70 U. Chi. L. Rev. 721 (2003).
Continuity and Change in Commerce Clause Jurisprudence, 55 Ark. L. Rev. 1009 (2003) (Symposium, "The Commerce Clause: Past, Present, and Future").
Small Differences?,55 Ark. L. Rev. 1097 (2003) (Symposium, "The Commerce Clause: Past, Present, and Future").
Mr. Dooley and Mr. Gallup: Public Opinion and Constitutional Change in the 1930s, 50 Buff. L. Rev. 7 (2002) (Mitchell Lecture).
Lochner, Liquor and Longshoremen: A Puzzle in Progressive Era Federalism, 32 J. Mar. L. & Com. 1 (2001).
Formalism and Realism in Commerce Clause Jurisprudence, 67 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1089 (2000).
Lost Fidelities, 41 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 95 (1999) (Institute of Bill of Rights Law Symposium, "Fidelity, Economic Liberty, and 1937").
The Hughes Court and Constitutional Consultation, 1998 J. Sup. Ct. Hist. 79 (1998) (Supreme Court Historical Society Lecture).
The Secret Lives of the Four Horsemen, 83 Va. L. Rev. 559 (1997).
Rethinking the New Deal Court, 80 Va. L. Rev. 201 (1994).
Doctrinal Synergies and Liberal Dilemmas: The Case of the Yellow-Dog Contract, 1992 Sup. Ct. Rev. 235 (1992).
A Stream of Legal Consciousness: The Current of Commerce Doctrine from Swift to Jones & Laughlin, 61 Fordham. L. Rev. 105 (1992).
Intestate Succession in a Polygamous Society, 23 Conn. L. Rev. 281 (1991).
Essays and Short Reviews:
Book Review of Shlaes, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, 71 The Historian 383 (2009).
The Supreme Court Encounters the New Deal, 5 Insights on L. & Soc'y., Fall 2004 at 7.
The Supreme Court, in McElvaine, et al., eds., Encyclopedia of the Great Depression (Macmillan, 2004).
The Supreme Court ‘Packing’ Controversy, in McElvaine, et al., eds., Encyclopedia of the Great Depression (Macmillan, 2004).
Homer Cummings, in McElvaine, et al., eds., Encyclopedia of the Great Depression (Macmillan, 2004).
The New Deal's Constitutional Significance, in Levy, Karst & Winkler, eds., Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (Macmillan, 2d ed. 2000).
Edward Terry Sanford, in American National Biography (Oxford University Press, 1999).
The Commerce Clause: The New Deal, in The Constitution and Its Amendments (Macmillan, 1999).
John Hessin Clarke, in Urofsky, ed., The Supreme Court Justices: A Biographical Dictionary (Garland, 1994).
Mahlon Pitney, in Urofsky, ed., The Supreme Court Justices: A Biographical Dictionary (Garland, 1994).
Edward Terry Sanford, in Urofsky, ed., The Supreme Court Justices: A Biographical Dictionary (Garland, 1994).
Book Review of Ross, A Muted Fury: Populists, Progressives, and Labor Unions Confront the Courts, 1890-1937, Constitution Magazine (Spring 1994).
Book Review of Hovenkamp, Enterprise and American Law, 1836-1937, 52 J. Econ. Hist. 968 (1992).