David Steinberg

David Steinberg
David Steinberg
Professor of Law
J.D., Stanford Law School;
B.A., Northwestern University
Phone: (619) 961-4345

After a clerkship with the Southern District of New York federal court, Professor Steinberg practiced with a Chicago law firm. Professor Steinberg has taught at the University of Pittsburgh Law School and Vermont Law School. He has served as co-chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Civil Rights and has served on the Executive Committee of the Association’s Section on Law and Religion.

Professor Steinberg has published numerous articles exploring law and religion, civil procedure and criminal procedure issues. He regularly provides analysis on criminal and constitutional law issues for The San Diego Union-Tribune, the Los Angeles Daily Journal and several regional television and radio news programs. Professor Steinberg’s current research interests focus on criminal procedure, law and religion, and constitutional history.

Courses include:

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Law and Religion, Supreme Court Advocacy, Scholarly Legal Writing

Articles, Book Chapters, And Article-Length Works

Zealous Officers and Neutral Magistrates: The Rhetoric of the Fourth Amendment, 43  Creighton L. Rev. 1019 (2010)

Probable Cause, Reasonableness, and the Importance of Fourth Amendment History: A Response to Professor Arcila, 10 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 1211 (2008)

The Uses and Misuses of Fourth Amendment History, 10 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 581 (2008)

Sense-Enhanced Searches and the Irrelevance of the Fourth Amendment, 16 Wm. & Mary Bill of Rights J. 465 (2007)

Restoring the Fourth Amendment:The Original Understanding Revisited, 33 Hastings Const. L. Q. 47 (2006)

An Original Misunderstanding: Akhil Almar and Fourth Amendment History, 42 San Diego L. Rev. 227 (2005)

The Original Understanding of Unreasonable Searches and Seizures, 56 Fla. L. Rev. 1051 (2004)

High School Drug Testing and the Original Understanding of the Fourth Amendment, 30 Hastings Const. L.Q. 263 (2003)

More of the Same: Elitism and Exclusion at the AALS Annual Meeting, 54 Me. L. Rev. 252 (2002)

Book Review, Martin S. Sheffer, God Versus Caesar: Belief, Worship, and Proselytizing Under the First Amendment, (SUNY Press, 1999), 16 J.L. & Religion 265 (2001)

Children and Spiritual Healing: Having Faith in Free Exercise, 76 Notre Dame L. Rev. 179 (2000)

The Drive Toward Warrantless Auto Searches: Suggestions From a Back Seat Driver, 80 B.U.L. Rev. 545 (2000)

Simplifying the Choice of Forum: A Response to Professor Clermont and Professor Eisenberg, 75 Wash. U. L.Q. 1479 (1997)

Gardening at Night: Religion and Choice,  74 Notre Dame L. Rev. 987 (1999) (reviewing Steven D. Smith, Foreordained Failure: The Quest for a Constitutional Principle of Religous Freedom (1995))

Rejecting the Case Against the Free Exercise Exemption: A Critical Assessment, 75 B.U. L. Rev. 241 (1995)

Alternatives to Entanglement, 80 Ky. L.J. 691 (1992)

Religious Exemptions as Affirmative Action, 40 Emory L.J. 77 (1991)

The Motion to Transfer and the Interests of Justice, 66 Notre Dame L. Rev. 443 (1990)

Making Sense of Sense-Enhanced Searches, 74 Minn. L. Rev. 563 (1990)

Church Control of a Municipality: Establishing a First Amendment Institutional Suit, 38 Stan. L Rev. 1363 (1986)

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty is highly prolific in the field of legal scholarship and our professors are in demand as speakers and panelists at legal events in the U.S. and abroad.

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