Patricia L. Bellia

Patricia L. Bellia

William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Professor of Law

Office: 3157 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-3866
Fax: 574.631.8078
Staff Assistant: Mary Juckett
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Patricia L. Bellia teaches and researches in the areas of constitutional law, administrative law, cyberlaw, electronic surveillance law, and copyright law. She is co-author of a leading cyberlaw casebook and has published several articles on internet law (particularly surveillance and privacy issues) and separation of powers. Bellia joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2000 and has also served as a visiting professor at the University of Virginia Law School (2007). 

Bellia earned her A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1991, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Before attending the Yale Law School, she worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, serving as an editor for Foreign Policy magazine and co-authoring a book on self-determination movements. At Yale, she served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal, executive editor of the Yale Journal of International Law, and student director of the Immigration Legal Services clinic. Upon graduation in 1995, she clerked for Judge José A. Cabranes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the Supreme Court of the United States. Following her clerkships, Bellia worked for three years as an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice. 

Since 2009, Bellia has served as the chair of the University’s Faculty Board on Athletics (FBA), the principal advisory group to the President on educational issues related to intercollegiate athletics. The committee monitors data on the admission of student-athletes and their academic performance, progress toward degrees, and graduation rates. It also assesses the effectiveness of institutional support for student-athletes. In addition to chairing the FBA, Bellia serves as Notre Dame’s faculty athletics representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Courses Taught

LAW70315, Administrative Law

LAW60307, Constitutional Law

LAW70135, Cyberlaw

LAW70904, Telecommunications Law Seminar


Scholarly Articles and Chapters 

WikiLeaks and the Institutional Framework for National Security Disclosures, 121 YALE L.J. 1448 (2012). 

Designing Surveillance Law, 43 ARIZ. ST. L.J. 293 (2011) (contribution to symposium honoring Sandra Day O’Connor). 

Federalization in Information Privacy Law, 118 Yale L.J. 868 (2009). 

The Story of the Steel Seizure Case, in Presidential Power Stories 233-285 (Curtis Bradley & Christopher Schroeder eds., Foundation Press 2008). 

Fourth Amendment Protection for Stored E-Mail, 2008 U. Chi. Legal F. 121 (with Susan Freiwald). 

The Memory Gap in Surveillance Law, 75 U. Chi. L. Rev. 137 (2008). 

The 'Lone Wolf' Amendment and the Future of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Law, 50 Vill. L. Rev. 425 (2005). 

Spyware and the Limits of Surveillance Law, 20 Berkeley Tech. L.J.1283-1344 (2005). 

Defending Cyberproperty, 79 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 2164 (2004). 

Surveillance Law through Cyberlaw's Lens, 72 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1375 (2004). 

Executive Power in Youngstown's Shadows, 19 Const. Comm. 87 (2002). 

Chasing Bits Across Borders, 2001 U. Chi. Legal F. 35. 

Works in Progress 

PCAOB and the Persistence of the Removal Puzzle, 80 GEORGE WASHINGTON LAW REVIEW __ (forthcoming 2012) 

Books and Book Segments 

Cyberlaw: Problems of Policy and Jurisprudence in the Information Age (West Group, 4th ed. 2011
Teacher's Manual (3d ed. 2007) 
(with Paul Schiff Berman, Brett M. Frischmann and David G. Post) 

The Law of Electronic Surveillance (West Group, 2002) (with semi-annual Supplements) 
(with Judge James G. Carr) 

Self-Determination in the New World Order (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1992) 
(with Morton H. Halperin and David J. Scheffer) 

Other Articles 

The Fourth Amendment Status of Stored E-Mail: The Law Professors' Brief in Warshak v. United States, 41 U.S.F. L. Rev. (2007) (with Susan Freiwald) 

The Fourth Amendment and Emerging Communications Technologies, 4 Security & Privacy 20-28 (May-June 2006). 

Legal Briefs 

Brief for Amici Curiae Professors of Electronic Privacy Law and Internet Law Opposing the Petition of the United States for Rehearing En Banc, Warshak v. United States, No. 06-4092 (6th Cir. tendered Sep. 6, 2007) (with Susan Freiwald) 

Brief on Rehearing En Banc for Senator Patrick J. Leahy as Amicus Curiae Supporting the United States and Favoring Reversal, United States v. Councilman, No. 03-1383 (1st Cir. filed Nov. 12, 2004) (with Professor Peter P. Swire, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University) 

Brief for Professors of Electronic Privacy Law and Internet Law as Amici Curiae Supporting the Appellee and Urging Affirmance, United States v. Warshak, No. 06-4092 (6th Cir. filed Nov. 22, 2006) (with Professor Susan Freiwald, University of San Francisco School of Law)

Areas of Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Cyberlaw
  • Electronic Privacy
  • Executive Power
  • Separation of Powers