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David J. Langum 

Research Professor

Department: Cumberland School of Law

Degrees and Certifications

  • S.J.D., University of Michigan Law School, legal history, 1985
  • LL.M., University of Michigan Law School, legal history, 1981
  • J.D., Stanford University Law School, 1965
  • M.A., San Jose State University, history, 1976
  • A.B., Dartmouth College, history, 1962
  • Biography

    Joined faculty in 1985

    Teaching & Research Interests: Evidence; Property; Legal History, including the History of the American West

    Practice Experience:

    • Partner, Christenson, Hedemark, Langum & O'Keefe, San Jose, Calif., 1968-78 
    • Associate, Dunne, Phelps & Mills, San Francisco, 1966-68.
    • Clerk, Judge Murray Draper, California Court of Appeals, 1965-66

    Academic Experience:

    • Dean and Professor, Nevada School of Law, 1983-85
    • Professor of Law, Detroit College of Law, 1978-83
    • Adjunct Professor, Lincoln University School of Law, 1968-78
    • Adjunct Professor, San Francisco Law School, 1966-67

    Expert in law and morality in America; author of Crossing Over the Line: Legislating Morality and the Mann Act (University of Chicago Press, 1994)

    Expert in 19th- and 20th-century American legal history; author of William M. Kunstler: The Most-Hated Lawyer in America (New York University Press, 1999)

    Scholar in Residence, Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming, spring 1998. Golieb Fellow, New York University Law School, fall 1991

    President, American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, 2000-2002.

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    • $128k

      Awarded in the summer 2014 Public Interest Fellowship Program to 78 students