David E. Bernstein

George Mason University Foundation Professor

George Mason University School of Law

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Last Updated: May 12, 2014





George Mason University School of Law
George Mason University Foundation Professor, 2009-present

Professor, 2003-2009

Associate Professor, September 1998-2003 
Assistant Professor, August 1995-August 1998
Courses: Constitutional Law I & II, Evidence, Expert and Scientific  Evidence, Products Liability
Research: Expert Evidence, Products Liability, Tort and Civil Justice Issues, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law

Visiting Professor: William and Mary Law School, Spring 2014 (short course); Brooklyn Law School, Fall 2006; University of Michigan School of Law, Fall 2005-Spring 2006; Georgetown University Law Center, Spring 2003


Julius Silver Program in Law, Science and Technology,
Columbia Law School

Mellon Foundation Research Fellow, August 1994 - July 1995


A Conspiracy against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Healthcare Case (Palgrave 2013) (coauthor with several others)

Rehabilitating Lochner: Defending Individual Rights Against Progressive Reform (University of Chicago Press 2011)

You Can't Say That! The Growing Threat to Civil Liberties from Antidiscrimination Laws (Cato Institute Oct. 2003; paperback Oct. 2004) (for reviews, click here)

The New Wigmore: Expert Evidence (Aspen Law & Business 2004) (and annual supplements) (with David Kaye and Jennifer Mnookin); Second Edition (2010).

Only One Place of Redress:  African-Americans, Labor Regulations and the Court from Reconstruction to the New Deal (Duke University Press 2001) (for reviews, click on the link above)

Phantom Risk: Scientific Inference and the Law (MIT Press 1993) (co-editor and author or co-author of several chapters, with Kenneth Foster and Peter Huber)


The (Continued) Appeal of Classical Liberalism in American Law, L. & Contemp. Probs. (forthcoming, with Ilya Somin)

From Progressivism to Modern Liberalism: Louis D. Brandeis as a Transitional Figure,  89 Notre Dame L. Rev. ___ (2014) (forthcoming)

The Misbegotten Judicial Resistance to the Daubert Revolution, 89 Notre Dame L. Rev 27 (2013)

The Progressive Origins of Conservative Hostility to Lochner v. New York, in Toward an American Conservatism: Constitutional Conservatism during the Progressive Era (Joseph W. Postell & Johnathan O'Neill, eds., 2013)

Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action and the Failed Attempt to Square a Circle, 8 NYU J. L. & Lib. 237 (2013)

The Conservative Origins of Strict Scrutiny, 19 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 861 (2012) (symposium)

Brandeis Brief Myths, 15 Green Bag 2d 9 (2011)

Lochner and Constitutional Continuity, 36 J. Sup. Ct. Hist. 116 (2011)

Excluding Unfit workers: Social Control Versus Social Justice in the Age of Economic Reform, 72 L. & Contemp. Probs. 177 (2009) (with Thomas C. Leonard)

Expert Witnesses, Adversarial Bias, and the (Partial) Failure of the Daubert Revolution, 93 Iowa L. Rev. 451 (2008)

Revisiting Yick Wo v. Hopkins, 2008 Ill. L. Rev. 1393 (symposium)

Getting to Causation in Toxic Tort Cases, 74 Brook. L. Rev. 51 (2008)

The Red Menace Revisited, 100 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1295 (2006) (review essay of Martin H. Redish, The Logic of Persecution)

Learning the Wrong Lessons from an American Tragedy, 104 Mich. L. Rev. 1961 (2006)

Judicial Power and Civil Rights Reconsidered, 114 Yale L.J. 593 (2004) (review essay of Michael Klarman, From Jim Crow to Civil Rights) (co-authored with Ilya Somin)

Bolling, Equal Protection, Due Process, and Lochnerphobia, 83 Geo. L.J. 1253 (2005) (symposium)

Lochner v. New York: A Centennial Retrospective, 83 Wash. U. L.Q. 1469 (2005)

Thoughts on Hodges v. United States: , 82 B.U. L. Rev. 811 (2005) (symposium)

Expressive Association After Dale, 21 Social Philosophy and Policy 195 (2004), also published in Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred D. Miller, Jr. & Jeffrey Paul, eds., Freedom of Speech (Cambridge U. Press 2004)

The Daubert Trilogy in the States, 44 Jurimetrics 351 (Spring 2004)

The Story of Lochner v. New York: Impediment to the Growth of Regulatory State, in Constitutional Law Stories (Michael Dorf, ed. 2004)

Lochner's Feminist Legacy, 101 Mich. L. Rev. 2140 (2003) (Review essay, Julie Novkov, Constituting Workers, Protecting Women: Gender, Law and Labor in the Progressive Era and New Deal Years)

Lochner's Legacy's Legacy, 92 Tex L. Rev. 1 (2003)

Lochner Era Revisionism, Revised: Lochner and the Origins of Fundamental Rights Constitutionalism, 82 Geo. L.J. 1 (2003)

Defending Civil Liberties from Antidiscrimination Laws, 82 N.C. L. Rev. 100 (2003)

Keeping Junk Science Out of Asbestos Litigation, 31 Pepp. L. Rev. 11 (2003) (symposium)

Improving the Qualifications of Experts in Medical Malpractice Cases, 1 Law, Probability & Risk 9 (2002) (peer-reviewed, Oxford U. Press)

Frye, Frye, Again: The Past, Present, and Future of the General Acceptance Test, 41 Jurimetrics 385 (2001) (peer-reviewed) (winner of the Loevinger Prize for the best contribution to the field of Law, Science, and Technology in Volume 41 of Jurimetrics)

The Right of Expressive Association and Private Universities' Racial Preferences and Speech Codes, 9 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. L.J. 619 (2001) (symposium) 

Anti-Discrimination Laws and the First Amendment, 66 Mo. L. Rev. 83 (2001) (symposium)

Railroad Unions, Racism, and Labor Regulations, 5 Independent Rev. 237 (2000) (peer-reviewed)

Lochner vs. Plessy: The Berea College Case 25 J. Sup. Ct. Hist. 93 (2000) (peer-reviewed)

Sex Discrimination Laws vs. Civil Liberties, 1999 U. Chi. Leg. Forum 133 (symposium)

Lochner, Parity, and the Chinese Laundry Cases, 41 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 211 (1999) (symposium)

The Breast Implant Fiasco, 87 Calif. L. Rev. 457 (1999)

Assessing the Social and Legal Consequences of Scientific Ambiguity, in Cutting Green Tape: Tort Law, Bureaucracy, and the Environment (Meiners & Stroup eds.) (Independent Institute 1999) (with Kenneth Foster and Peter Huber)

Two Asian Laundry Cases, 24 J. Sup. Ct. Hist. 95 (1999) (peer-reviewed)

Philip Sober Restraining Philip Drunk: Buchanan v. Warley in Historical Perspective, 51 Vand. L.  Rev. 799 (1998) (symposium)

The Law and Economics of Post-Civil War Restrictions on Interstate Migration by African-Americans, 74 Tex. L. Rev. 781 (1998)

The Abuse of Opening Statements and Closing Arguments in Civil Litigation, Court Rev.: Journal of the American Judges Association, Fall/Winter 1997, at 16 (also published as Manhattan Institute Civil Justice Memo No. 38, Aug. 1999)

Lessons from the American Experience, in Law and Markets (Robson & Lippert eds. 1997)

The Shameful, Wasteful History of New York's Prevailing Wage Law, 7 George Mason Civ. Rts. L.J. 1 (1997)

Leading Expert Evidence: A U.S. Perspective, 3 James Cook U. L. Rev. 170 (1996)

Loser-Pays: Where Next? 55 Md. L. Rev. 1161 (1996) (with Walter Olson) (symposium)

Procedural Tort Reform: Lessons from Other Nations, Regulation, No. 1, 1996, at 67

Junk Science in the United States and the Commonwealth, 21 Yale J. Int'l L. 123 (1996)

The Science of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 2 Psychology, Psychiatry & L. 75 (1995) (peer-reviewed)

The Davis-Bacon Act: Vestige of Jim Crow,13 Nat'l Black L.J. 276 (1994)

The Admissibility of Scientific Evidence After Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, 15 Cardozo L. Rev. 2139 (1994) (symposium)

Licensing Laws: A Historical Example of the Use of Government Regulatory Power Against African-Americans, 30 San Diego L. Rev. 89 (1994) (symposium)

Roots of the "Underclass": The Decline of Laissez-faire Jurisprudence and the Rise of Racist Labor Legislation, 43 Am. U. L. Rev. 85 (1993)

Science and the Toxic Tort: New Guidelines for the Admissibility of Scientific Evidence, 261 Science 1509 (1993) (with Foster and Huber) (peer-reviewed)

Daubert Plaintiffs Won Battle, Lost War, Product Safety and Liability Rep. (BNA) Special Report: Daubert: What Next?, Summer/Fall 1993, at 16 (co-author) (symposium) (article also appeared in Shepard’s Scientific and Expert Evidence Quarterly)

Privatization in Great Britain: Motives, Methods, and Lessons, The World & I, Aug. 1991, at 519.

From Pesthouses to AIDS Clinics: Neighbors’ Irrational Fears of Treatment Centers for Contagious Diseases, 23 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 1 (1990)

Note, The Supreme Court and "Civil Rights," 1886-1908, 100 Yale L.J. 725 (1990)

Note, Out of the Fryeing Pan and into the Fire: The Expert Witness Problem in Toxic Tort Litigation," 10 Rev. Litig. 117 (1990)

Note, A Contractual Solution to the Contraceptive Crisis, 8 Yale L. & Pol'y Rev. 146 (1989)


Disinterested in Daubert: State Courts Lag Behind in Opposing "Junk" Science, Washington Legal Foundation, Legal Opinion Letter (June 21, 2002) (pdf)

"Non-Scientific" Expert Witnesses: What Degree of Judicial Scrutiny Should They Face?,  Washington Legal Foundation Working Paper, Oct. 1998 (discusses Kumho Tire v. Carmichael)

Breast Implants: A Study in Phantom Risks, Manhattan Institute Research Memorandum No. 5 (April 1995)

Scientific Evidence in the Courtroom: Admissibility and Statistical Significance After Daubert, Washington Legal Foundation (1993) (with Robert Charrow)

"It's Time to Reform New York's Prevailing Wage Law," Empire Foundation for Public Policy Research (September 1993)

The Davis Bacon-Act: Let's Put an End to Jim Crow, Cato Institute (January 1993)

Equal Protection for Economic Liberty: Is the Court Ready?, Cato Institute (October 1992)


Short Book Reviews

Review of Ira Katznelson, Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Times, Reason.com May 21, 2013

Review of Paul Moreno, Black Americans and Organized Labor: A New History, Independent Rev., Dec. 2006

Review of Ken Kersch, Constructing Civil Liberties, American Historical Rev., October 2005

Review of Barbara Welke, Recasting American Liberty: Gender, Race, Law, and the Railroad Revolution, 1865-1920, American Journal of Legal History (2003)

Review of Richard C. Cortner, Civil Rights and Public Accommodations: The Heart of Atlanta Motel and McClung Cases, Ideas on Liberty (Oct. 2002)

Review of Michael J. Phillips, The Lochner Court Myth and Reality: Substantive Due Process from the 1890s to the 1930s, 21 Law and History Review 231 (2003)

Review of Julie Novkov, Constituting Workers, Protecting Women: Gender, Law and Labor in the Progressive Era and New Deal Years (Eh.net--economic historians' listserv)

Review of Science on Trial, Litigation News, Spring 1997, at 4

Opinion Columns

Affirmative Action after Fisher: Back to the Future?, Scotusblog, Sept. 6, 2012,

Is this 1936?, Scotusblog, June 29, 2012

The Role of Lochner in the Health Care Litigation, Jurist, March 2012, http://jurist.org/forum/2012/03/david-bernstein-lochner.php

Lochner v. New York, the Judiciary, and Legitimate Constitutionalism, Claremont Review of Books (Dec. 2011)

Response to George W. Liebmann, 21 L. & Pol. Book Rev. 441 (2011)

Oliver Wendell Breyer, Newark Star-Ledger, July 12, 2011 (co-authored with Josh Blackman)

Human Rights Watch Needs to Clean House, Washington Examiner, Nov. 5, 2009

Human Rights Watch Goes to Saudi Arabia, OpinionJournal.com, July 15, 2009

What About Larry?, L. A. Times, Sept. 19, 2007

Quackspertise, Wall St. J., Sept. 30, 2006

Does Japan Have the Right to Exist as a Japanese State?, OpinionJournal.com, Aug. 24, 2006

Affirmative Blackmail, Wall St. J., Feb. 11, 2006

Davis-Bacon: Racist Pork, Human Events, Oct. 13, 2005

Hostile Work Environment at "Friends"?, Orange County Register, Aug. 13, 2004

Canadian Thought Police on the March, National Review Online, Dec. 2, 2003

The 'Human Stain' on America's Campuses, Cato Daily Commentary, Nov. 18, 2003.

Solomon Fight Reveals Free Association Duplicity, Harv. Law Record, Nov. 20, 2003

Isn't That Fascism? No, Because We Don't Call It Fascism, Tech Central Station, October 22, 2003.

Can Antidiscrimination Laws Corrupt Religious Schools? FoxNews.com, Oct. 16, 2003

Codes Out: The Department of Education Cuts the Tape on Speech Restrictions, National Review Online, Aug. 21, 2003

Firing Racist Police Officers is Justified, Cato Daily Commentary, July 20, 2003

Let Private Colleges Practice Affirmative Action, Cato Daily Commentary, June 23, 2003

Casey Martin Ruling is Par for the Course, Wall St. J., May 30, 2001

The ACLU Has Lost Its Way, Cin. Enquirer, May 16, 2000, at 8

Anti-Bias Laws vs. Civil Liberties, Wash. Times, Aug. 15, 1999

A Breast Bone of Contention, Los Angeles Daily J., Aug. 26, 1998 (op-ed on the Boxer breast implant research bill)

Good Science Wins a Victory in the Courtroom, Charlotte Observer, Jan. 24, 1997, at 13A (also published in Seattle Times, Los Angeles Daily News, Tulsa World, and Journal of Commerce)

Hauling Junk Science Out of the Courtroom, Wall St. J., July 14, 1993, at A16

Junk Science in the Courtroom, Wall St. J., March 24, 1993, at A15

Miscellaneous Short Writings

Lochner v. New York, The Judiciary, and Legitimate Constitutionalism, Claremont Review of Books (Dec. 2011)

Response to George W. Liebmann, 21 L. & Pol. Book Rev. 441 (2011)

Context Matters: A Better Libertarian Approach to Antidiscrimination Laws, Cato Unbound, June 16, 2010

The Neglected Case of Buchanan v. Warley, SCOTUS Blog, Feb. 10, 2010

Rufus Peckham, in The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (Roger K. Newman ed. 2009)

The Unfinished Daubert Revolution, Engage, Feb. 2009, at 35.

Roberts v. Jaycees, in Encyclopedia of the First Amendment (John R. Vile et al. eds. 2008) 

Right to Petition, in Encyclopedia of the First Amendment (John R. Vile et al. eds. 2008)

Liberty of Contract, in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (David S. Tanenhaus ed. 2008)

Meyer v. Nebraska, in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (David S. Tanenhaus ed. 2008)

Allgeyer v. Louisiana, in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (David S. Tanenhaus ed. 2008)

Liberty of Contract, in the Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (Paul Finkelman ed. 2006)

The Right to Petition, in the Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (Paul Finkelman ed. 2006)

Buchanan v. Warley, in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (Charles Reagan Wilson ed. 2008)

Emigrant Agent Laws, in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (Charles Reagan Wilson ed. 2008)

The Right to Petition, in The Heritage Guide to the Constitution (2005)

Robert A. "Peg-Leg" Williams, in Melvin Urofsky, ed., One Hundred Americans Making Constitutional History (2004)

Junk Science in the Asbestos Litigation, Mealey's Asbestos Reporter (Sept. 2002)

Junk Expert Testimony: The Battle Rages On, 3 Engage: The Journal of the Federalist Society's Practice Groups 112 (2002)

Tort Reform Lessons, Aetna 2001 Annual Report (2002)

Comment on Kumho Tire, AALS Section on Evidence Newsletter, Spring 1999, at 3

Comment on Gary Edmond and David Mercer, "The Politics of Jury Competence," in Technology and Public Participation (Xlibris 1999).

Scientific Evidence After Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Health & Environment Digest, April 1994, at 3

Journalism/Magazine Articles

Why Johnny Can't Pray, Reason, Feb. 1992, at 56 (argues for school choice on religious freedom grounds)

Exclusionary Rule: Something's Not Kosher About Davis-Bacon, Reason, Aug./Sept.1991, at 32

Blocking the Lights, Reason, Nov. 1990, at 40 (about the regulation of AIDS hospices)

Regulating What Children Watch, Liberty, Jan. 1990, at 63


Yale Law School, New Haven, CT
J.D., May 1991
Honors (highest grade) awarded in two-thirds of classes
Senior Editor, Yale Law Journal
John M. Olin Fellow in Law, Economics, and Public Policy

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
B.A. 1988; summa cum laude with honors in History
G.P.A. 3.91 (top 1% of class); Phi Beta Kappa


Listed as one of fifty most-cited faculty who entered law teaching since 1992 

Law and Economics Center Prize, 2000, for "Best Book in Law and Economics"

Prize for "Best Article on Law, Science, and Technology" in Volume 41 of Jurimetrics                

John M. Olin Junior Faculty Fellow, 1998-99 (one of five awarded nationwide to scholars in all humanities fields)

Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute

Runner Up, AALS Scholarly Papers Competition, 1996-1997



AALS Evidence Section -- Chair, 2005, Chair-Elect 2004, Secretary 2003; Member: American Society for Legal History; American Law and Economics Association; District of Columbia Bar
Referee: Oxford University Press, Independent Review; Journal of American History; Law and History Review; Law and Social Inquiry; Law and Society Review, Supreme Court Economic Review, Accounting Horizons, Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Yale University Press
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