Professor Paul Finkelman, the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow in the Government Law Center, is the ninth most cited legal historian according to "Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings." The study which measures the scholarly impact of faculty work was based on citations from 2000-2007.
Professor Finkelman is a specialist in American legal history, race and the law, He is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and more than twenty books, and an expert in areas such as the law of slavery, constitutional law, and legal issues surrounding baseball. He was a Fellow in Law and the Humanities at Harvard Law School and received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago. He has published extensively and was the chief expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case. His scholarship on religious monuments in public space was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in
Van Orden v. Perry (2005). He was also a key witness in the suit over who owned Barry Bonds' 73rd home run ball.
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