Ilya Somin
Professor of Law
George Mason University 
School of Law
3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
Voice - (703) 993-8069
Fax - (703) 993-8124
E-mail - isomin@gmu.edu

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CURRICULUM VITAE

Education | Publications | Teaching Experience
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Education

Yale Law School, J.D., February 2001

Honors

Benjamin N. Cardozo Prize for Best Moot Court Brief, 1999.
Humane Studies Fellowship (nationwide fellowship competition for graduate and law study), 2000.
Humane Studies Fellowship, 1998.
Semifinalist, Morris Tyler Moot Court of Appeals, 2000.
Semifinalist, Morris Tyler Moot Court of Appeals, 1999.
Teaching Fellowship, Yale Political Science Dept., 2000.

Activities  

Yale Law Journal - Editor.

Yale Journal on Regulation - Editor.

Non-Profit Organizations Clinic.

Moot Court.

Harvard University, M.A., Political Science, 1997.

Honors       

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (top national fellowship for political science), 1996.
Fund for Scholars Research Grant, 2001.
Program on Constitutional Government Grant, 2000.
Humane Studies Fellowship, 1996.
Raymond Atherton Fellowship, 1996.
Finalist, Jacob Javits Fellowship, 1995.

Amherst College,  B.A., Summa Cum Laude, in Political Science and History, 1995

Honors       

Phi Beta Kappa, 1994.
Alfred F. Havighurst Prize (awarded to top senior history major), 1995.
George Plimpton Fellowship for Graduate Study, 1995.
Earl Latham Fellowship in Political Science, 1994.
Armstrong Prize for Best English Essay by a Freshman Student, 1992.

Activities  

Amherst Spectator - Senior Editor.  

Cambodian Refugee Tutoring Program.

Publications

       

         BOOKS

        ARTICLES

          MONOGRAPHS

        TESTIMONY BEFORE GOVERNMENT BODIES

 

Teaching Experience

2003-present  George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA.  

Taught Constitutional Law I, Constitutional Law II, Property, Legislation, and Seminar on Federalism.

Summer 2010    University of Torcuato Di Tella, Law Faculty, Buenos Aires, Argentina.  

Taught course on “The Political Economy of Constitutions.”

Fall 2008  University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.

           Taught Property and Seminar on Federalism.

Summer 2007  University of Torcuato Di Tella, Law Faculty, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

           Taught course on “The Political Economy of Constitutions.”

Summer 2004  University of Hamburg, Institute for Law and Economics, Hamburg, Germany.  

Made presentations on research. Worked with German graduate students.

Spring 2003     Northwestern University Law School, Chicago, IL.

Co-taught Introduction to Constitutional Law. Co-Leader, student International Training Program expedition to Russia to study Russian law.

Employment Experience

2003-Present       George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA.

 Professor of Law.  Associate Professor of Law with tenure (2009-2012); Assistant Professor of Law (2003-2009).

Summer 2010     University of Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina.  

Visiting Professor. Taught Course on "Political Economy of Constitutions."

Fall 2008       University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.

            Visiting Assistant Professor of Law. Taught Property and Seminar on Federalism.

Summer 2007      University of Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina.  

Visiting Professor.

Summer 2004      University of Hamburg, Institute for Law and Economics, Hamburg, Germany.  

Visiting Scholar.

2002-2003             Northwestern University Law School, Chicago, IL.

John M. Olin Fellow in Law.  Conducted research. Led student group on trip to study Russian law.

2001-2002             Judge Jerry E. Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, Houston, TX.

            Law Clerk. Helped judge analyze cases and prepare opinions.

Summer 2001        Mayer, Brown & Platt, Washington, DC.

Summer Associate. Wrote First Amendment amicus brief for US Supreme Court in Thomas v. Chicago Park District (case on constitutionality of demonstration permit system for public parks). Wrote takings case amicus brief for Connecticut Supreme Court. Developed legal strategy for Full Faith and Credit Clause case in California Supreme Court. Offered permanent position.

Summer 1999         Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New York, NY.

Summer Associate.  Briefed arguments in case representing Japan in Law of the Sea Treaty dispute with Australia. Assisted in restructuring of Russian Federation debt. Offered permanent position.

1998-99                 Professor Bruce Ackerman, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT.

Research Assistant.  Researched separation of powers, constitutional law, and comparative law.

Academic Speeches and Presentations

Peer Reviewer Service

           JOURNALS

        PUBLISHERS

Amicus Briefs Authored

Bar Memberships

Massachusetts, admitted July 2001; United States Supreme Court, admitted October 2011.

Personal