Faculty

Brian Z. Tamanaha

William Gardiner Hammond Professor of Law

Education

B.S., 1980, University of Oregon
J.D., 1983, Boston University
S.J.D., 1992, Harvard University

Curriculum Vitae

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Publications

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Assistant

Nancy Cummings - (314) 935-7967

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-8242
E-mail: btamanaha@wulaw.wustl.edu  

Office

Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 583

Courses Taught

Comparative Law
Jurisprudence
Legal Profession
Torts

Profile

Professor Brian Z. Tamanaha is a renowned jurisprudence and law and society scholar, and the author of eight books and numerous scholarly articles. Three of his books have received book awards, including A General Jurisprudence of Law and Society, which won two prizes, one in legal theory one in law and society. His book, On the Rule of Law, has been translated into five languages, and altogether his publications have been translated into eight languages. He has delivered public lectures in a dozen countries, including the Kobe Memorial Lecture in Japan, the Julius Stone Lecture in Australia, and the Montesquieu Lecture in The Netherlands, as well as four endowed lectures at U.S. law schools. He spent a year in residence as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where he completed Beyond the Formalist-Realist Divide. In 2013, a National Jurist poll of 300 law deans and professors voted Professor Tamanaha #1 Most Influential Legal Educator, owing to his critical examination of the legal academy, Failing Law Schools. Professor Tamanaha has twice been selected Professor of the Year by student vote. Before becoming a law professor, he clerked for the Hon. Walter E. Hoffman, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Hawaii, was an Assistant Attorney General for Yap State in Micronesia, and was Legal Counsel for the 1990 Micronesian Constitutional Convention. After these varied practice experiences, he earned a Doctorate of Juridical Science with a focus on legal theory at Harvard Law School.