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Profile >> Joshua A. Douglas

Robert G. Lawson & William H. Fortune Associate Professor of Law


Election Law
Voting Rights
Civil Procedure
S. Ct. Decison Making



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Professor Joshua A. Douglas is a leading election law expert. His research focuses on the constitutional right to vote, election administration, judicial interaction with the election process, and post-election disputes.

Professor Douglas has published in top journals, including the Vanderbilt Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, and the Election Law Journal. His article Procedural Fairness in Election Contests was a winner of the 2011-12 SEALS Call for Papers, and he has been cited extensively in major law review articles and case books in the field. He is also a co-author of a new Election Law case book (Aspen Publishers, 2014). In addition, his media commentaries have appeared in Reuters, Politico, Huffington Post, and Slate, and he has been cited in major newspapers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. He is also a repeat guest blogger on PrawfsBlawg.

Professor Douglas teaches Election Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law II, and a seminar on Supreme Court decision making. Prior to law school, Professor Douglas clerked for the Honorable Edward C. Prado of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and practiced litigation at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. Professor Douglas earned his J.D. from George Washington University Law School, where he was an articles editor on the Law Review.

Professor Douglas is involved in the local community, serving as President of his neighborhood association. He enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter, training for marathons, watching baseball, and traveling the country and the world.


Case Book
Election Law Litigation (Aspen 2014) (with Edward B. Foley and Michael J. Pitts)

Academic Publications

Law Review Articles
(Mis)trusting States to Run Elections, 92 Washington University Law Review (forthcoming 2015).

The Right to Vote Under State Constitutions, 67 Vanderbilt Law Review 89 (2014).

Election Law Pleading, 81 George Washington Law Review 1966 (2013).

Procedural Fairness in Election Contests, 88 Indiana Law Journal 1 (2013) (winner of the 2011-12 SEALS Call for Papers).

The Procedure of Election Law in Federal Courts, 2011 Utah L. Rev. 433.

Shorter Law Review Essays and Solicited Pieces
The Foundational Importance of Voting: A Response to Professor Flanders, 66 Oklahoma Law Review 81 (2013) (Election Law Symposium Issue).

To HAVA, and Beyond!, 12 Election Law Journal 233 (2013) (reviewing Martha Kropf & David C. Kimball, Helping America Vote (2011)).

Discouraging Election Contests, 47 University of Richmond Law Review 1015 (2013) (Election Law Symposium Issue).

Enlivening Election Law, 56 St. Louis U. L.J. 767 (2012) (Teaching Election Law issue).

Election Law and Civil Discourse: The Promise of ADR, 27 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 291 (2012) (Election Law Symposium Issue).

The Voting Rights Act Through the Justices’ Eyes: NAMUDNO and Beyond, 88 Tex. L. Rev. See Also 1 (2009).

The Significance of the Shift Toward As-Applied Challenges in Election Law, 37 Hofstra L. Rev. 635 (2009).

Is the Right to Vote Really Fundamental? 18 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 143 (2008).

When is a “Minor” also an “Adult”?: An Adolescent’s Liberty Interest in Accessing Contraceptives from Public School Distribution Programs, 43 Williamette Law Review 545 (2007).

Note, A Vote for Clarity: Updating the Supreme Court’s Severe Burden Test for State Election Regulations that Adversely Impact an Individual’s Right to Vote, 75 George Washington Law Review 372 (2007).

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