Christopher J.(C.J.) Peters

Christopher J.(C.J.) Peters

Title: C. Blake McDowell, Jr. Professor of Law
Office: Room 330 C. Blake McDowell Law Building
Phone: 330-972-7343
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Christopher J. ("C.J.") Peters has been a legal educator for more than twenty-five years.  He taught at the law schools of the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Loyola Marymount University, the University of Toledo, and the University of Baltimore before joining Akron Law.  A Michigan native, Peters earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Amherst College and his law degree cum laude from the University of Michigan, where he served on the Law Review.  He practiced in civil litigation with the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins before beginning his teaching career.

Peters teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, legal and constitutional theory, civil procedure, and law and leadership.  He has won multiple teaching awards, and his articles have been published in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, and many other journals.  He also has published two books, Precedent in the United States Supreme Court (Springer 2013) and A Matter of Dispute: Morality, Democracy, and Law (Oxford University Press 2011).  He and his family live in Hudson, Ohio.


Books and Book Chapters

Precedent in the United States Supreme Court (Christopher J. Peters ed., 2014)

Introduction, in Precedent in the United States Supreme Court (Christopher J. Peters ed., 33 Ius Gentium 1 (2014))

Originalism, Stare Decisis, and Constitutional Authority, in Precedent in the United States Supreme Court 189 (Christopher J. Peters ed., 33 Ius Gentium 189 (2014))

A Matter of Dispute: Morality, Democracy, and Law (Oxford University Press 2010)

Alexander Bickel and the New Judicial Minimalism (with Neal Devins), in Kenneth D. Ward & Cecilia R. Castillo, The Judiciary and American Democracy: Alexander Bickel, The Countermajoritarian Difficulty, and Contemporary Constitutional Theory (SUNY Press, 2005)

Articles and Essays

What Are Constitutional Rights for? The Case of the Second Amendment, 68 Oklahoma Law Review 433 (2016)

What Lies Beneath: Interpretive Methodology, Constitutional Authority, and the Case of Originalism, 2013 B.Y.U. Law Review 1251

Under-the-Table Overruling, 54 Wayne Law Review 1067 (2009)

Adjudicative Speech and the First Amendment, 51 UCLA Law Review 185 (2002)

Participation, Representation, and Principled Adjudication, 8 Legal Theory 185 (2002)

Persuasion: A Model of Majoritarianism as Adjudication, 96 Northwestern University Law Review 1 (2001)

Assessing the New Judicial Minimalism, 100 Columbia Law Review 1454 (2000)

Outcomes, Reasons, and Equality, 80 Boston University Law Review 1095 (2000)

Slouching Towards Equality, 84 Iowa Law Review 801 (1999)

Equality Revisited, 110 Harvard Law Review, 1210 (1997)

Adjudication As Representation, 97 Columbia Law Review 312 (1997)

Foolish Consistency: On Equality, Integrity, and Justice in Stare Decisis, 105 Yale Law Journal 2031 (1996)