William Forbath
Lloyd M. Bentsen Chair in Law
University of Texas School of Law
Board of Directors, American Society for Legal History

Professor Forbath came to Texas in 1997 after more than a decade on the faculties of law and history at UCLA. Among the nation's leading legal and constitutional historians, he is the author of Law and the Shaping of the American Labor Movement, the forthcoming Social and Economic Rights in the American Grain and Courting the State: Law in the Making of the Modern American State and about one hundred articles, book chapters, and essays on legal and constitutional history and theory. His scholarly work appears in Yale Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Law and Social Inquiry, and the Journal of American History; his journalism at and in American Prospect and the Nation. His current research concerns social and economic rights in the courts and social movements of South Africa. Professor Forbath visited at Columbia Law School in 2001-02 and at Harvard Law School in 2008-09. He is on the Editorial Boards of Law & History, Law & Social Inquiry: Journal of the American Bar Foundation, and other journals, and on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Legal History, Texas Low-Income Housing Information Services, and other public interest organizations.

Not So Simple Justice: Frank Michelman on Social Rights, 1969-Present [Symposium: The Scholarship of Frank I. Michelman], 39 Tulsa Law Review 597 (2004).
Social and Economic Rights in the American Grain: Reclaiming Constitutional Political Economy, in The Constitution in 2020 55 (Jack M. Balkin & Reva B. Siefel eds.; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

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