Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
 

Faculty Profile

Joerg W. Knipprath

Joerg W. Knipprath

Professor of Law

B.A., magna cum laude, Government, 1973, Pomona College; J.D., 1978, Stanford University; Member, California State Bar

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Phone: (213) 738-6759
Office: BW325

An expert on constitutional law, Joerg Knipprath has been interviewed by print and broadcast media on a number of related topics ranging from recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions to presidential succession. He has written opinion pieces and articles on business and securities law as well as constitutional issues, and has focused his more recent research on the effect of judicial review on the evolution of constitutional law. He has also spoken on business law and contemporary constitutional issues before professional and community forums.

"Students will find that there are certain fundamental constitutional law issues that have been argued for centuries and continue to be argued to this day."

A member of the Southwestern faculty since 1987, Professor Knipprath says he finds teaching constitutional law "a great source of personal satisfaction as it enables me to delve further into this fascinating subject matter and its intricacies with my students than I could in practice." He points out that regardless of the historical and philosophical influences on constitutional law, it seems "the more things change, the more they stay the same."  He says, "Students will find that there are certain fundamental constitutional law issues that have been argued for centuries and continue to be argued to this day." In 2003, Professor Knipprath was named as the Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law and in 2009, received Southwestern's Excellence in Teaching Award.

Professor Knipprath began his academic career as a teaching assistant in Stanford University's political science department while working on his J.D. Following graduation from law school, he joined the Los Angeles office of the law firm of Latham & Watkins and later Poindexter & Doutré. During that time, he also taught on the adjunct faculty at Southwestern and in the Business School of Economics at California State University, Northridge, for several years before his full-time appointment at Southwestern in 1987.

Publications

Books and Chapters

Instructor's Manual and Test Bank in CONTEMPORARY BUSINESS LAW 4th ed. (McGraw-Hill, 1990)

Instructor's Manual and Test for Reitzel, et al in CONTEMPORARY BUSINESS LAW 4th ed. (McGraw-Hill, 1989)

Instructor's Manual and Test Manual for Lyden, et al in BUSINESS AND THE LAW (McGraw-Hill, 1985)

Articles

Shoot-out at the Supreme Court Corral, Round Two, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (September 2010)

Justice John Paul Stevens' Automythology, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (September 2010)

Guantanamo Detainees to Resettle in the U.S.? LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (December 2009)

Judicial Review of 187 Necessary, GLENDALE NEWS PRESS (January 1995)

Jurors Can't Nullify Law to Find Guilt, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (May 1992)

Troop Demands Ignored Legal Complexities, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (June 1992)

Nonsense About Prayer, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (September 1992)

If Clinton And/Or Gore Died Now, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (December 1992)

The Judicial Appointment Process: An Appeal for Moderation and Self-Restraint, 7 ST. JOHN'S JOURNAL OF LEGAL COMMENTARY 179 (1991)

The Myth of a Balanced Court, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (October 1991)

The Souter Hearings: Much Smoke, No Fire, THE COMMENTATOR (October 1990)

The Separation of Powers Game: Independent Counsels Threaten Presidential Authority, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (February 1989)

The Abortion Agreement and the Mirage of Legal Precedent, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (May 1989)

Affirmative Action: Does It Serve Diversity?, POMONA COLLEGE TODAY (Fall 1989)

Our National Religion: Despite Rhetoric, High Court Has Established Constitutionalism, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (January 1988)

Rethinking Abortion After 'Roe', LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (May 1988)

The Case for Impeaching Federal Judges, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (September 1988)

Morrison v. Olson: 'A Spirited Dialogue on the Constitutionality of the Independent Counsel Law', SOUTHWESTERN LAW (with W. Grimes; Winter 1988)

Regulation D: Rationalizing the Exemptions Under the 1933 Securities Act, 7 GLENDALE LAW REVIEW 97 (1987)

To See the Trees But Not the Forest in Constitution-making: A Commentary on Professor Miller's Proposed Constitution, 17 SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 239 (1987)

The Missing Element in the Bork Confirmation Debate: Judicial Ideology Should Be Primary, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL 4 (August 1987)

Book Review, The Tempting Of America: The Political Seduction Of The Law, 6 ADELPHIA LAW JOURNAL 137 (1990)

Book Review, The Supreme Court's Constitution: An Internationalist's Indictment Of The Judiciary's Role In American Constitutional Evolution, 18 SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 213 (1987)

Other
2009 Excellence in Teaching Award