Matthew Steilen


Research Focus: Separation of Powers, History of the Common Law, Due Process, Complex Litigation, Civil Procedure

Links: Curriculum Vitae, SSRN

Contact Information

724 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
Phone: 716-645-8966

Faculty Assistant: Anita M. Gesel

Biography Publications

Journal Articles and Working Papers

“The Constitutional Convention and Constitutional Change: A Revisionist History,” LEWIS AND CLARK LAW REVIEW 24 (forthcoming, 2020)

“The Legislature at War: Bandits, Runaways and the Emergence of a Virginia Doctrine of Separation of Powers,” LAW AND HISTORY REVIEW 37, no. 2 (2019), 493-538

“The Security Court,” MARYLAND LAW REVIEW ONLINE 78 (2018), 1-13

“How to Think Constitutionally About Prerogative: A Study of Early American Usage,” BUFFALO LAW REVIEW 66 (2018), 557-668

Constitutional Law: Sources and Problems (2017) (digital casebook).

The Josiah Philips Attainder and the Institutional Structure of the American Revolution, HOWARD LAW JOURNAL vol. 60 (forthcoming 2017) (Selected for the 2016 Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop)

On the Place of Judge-Made Law in a Government of Laws, CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF LAW vol. 3 (2016)
Website    SSRN

Due Process as Choice of Law, WILLIAM & MARY BILL OF RIGHTS JOURNAL vol. 24: 1047 (2016)

Bills of Attainder, HOUSTON LAW REVIEW vol. 53: 767 (2016)

Judicial Review and Non-Enforcement at the Founding, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW vol. 17 :479 (2014) (Selected for the 2014 Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum)
Website     SSRN

Collaborative Departmentalism, BUFFALO LAW REVIEW vol. 61: 345-411 (2013)
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Reason, the Common Law, and the Living Constitution (review of David Strauss' THE LIVING CONSTITUTION), LEGAL THEORY vol. 17 p. 279 (2011)
Catalog Record      Website      SSRN

The Democratic Common Law, JOURNAL JURISPRUDENCE vol. 10 p. 454 (2011) 

Minimalism and Deliberative Democracy: A Closer Look at the Virtues of "Shallowness", SEATTLE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW vol. 33 p. 391 (2010) 
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Parental Rights and the State Regulation of Religious Schools, BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY EDUCATION AND LAW JOURNAL vol. 2009 p. 269 (2009) 
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