Jeffrey Abramson

Visiting Professor of Law
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
j.abramson@law.msu.edu

  • Biography

    Jeffrey Abramson is Visiting Professor of Law for Spring 2022. He is teaching Housing Law and the Public Interest.

    Professor Abramson's regular appointment is as Professor of Law and Government and Fellow of the Frank Erwin Chair in Government, University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses on constitutional law and jury practice. He is the author of several books, including Minerva’s Owl: The Tradition of Western Political Thought (Harvard, 2009) and We, the Jury: The Jury and the Ideal of Democracy (Harvard, 2000).

    Professor Abramson has written numerous law review articles on civil rights, jury discrimination, freedom of the press, and election law.

    Professor Abramson has also served as a jury expert in challenges to federal jury selection practices in the District of Massachusetts, the Southern District of California, the Middle District of Florida, and the Northern District of Illinois. Professor Abramson served as a special assistant attorney general in Massachusetts, an assistant district attorney, and as law clerk to the late Chief Justice Rose Bird of the California Supreme Court.

  • Courses

    Housing Law and the Public Interest
    This is an introductory course that focuses on the significant laws, cases and policies formulated in the 21st century to address housing issues in the United States. The focus is on laws that were a response to economic, racial, and immigration issues and laws and policies designed to provide more access and opportunity to obtain safe, fair, and affordable housing. The course will examine legal and policy areas relating to housing and the problem of providing housing to the population in an effort to bring the issue of a society providing housing for its citizens full circle.