Judith Resnik

Arthur Liman Professor of Law


Judith Resnik is the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where she teaches about federalism, procedure, courts, prisons, equality, and citizenship.

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Contact Information


Yale Law School

P.O. Box 208215

New Haven, CT 06520

Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., New York University School of Law, 1975

B.A., Bryn Mawr College, 1972

Courses Taught


  • Federal and State Courts
  • Liman Project

Judith Resnik is the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where she teaches about federalism, procedure, courts, prisons, equality, and citizenship.

Professor Resnik's books include Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms (with Dennis Curtis, Yale University Press, 2011); Federal Courts Stories (co-edited with Vicki C. Jackson, Foundation Press, 2010); and Migrations and Mobilities: Citizenship, Borders, and Gender (co-edited with Seyla Benhabib, NYU, 2009). In 2014, Resnik was the co-editor (with Linda Greenhouse) of the Daedalus volume The Invention of Courts.

Recent articles include Diffusing Disputes: The Public in the Private of Arbitration, the Private in Courts, and the Erasure of Rights (Yale Law Journal, 2015); Federalism(s)’s Forms and Norms: Contesting Rights, De-Essentializing Jurisdictional Divides, and Temporizing Accommodations (Nomos LV: Federalism and Subsidiarity, 2014); The Privatization of Process: Requiem for and Celebration of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure at 75 (University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 2014); Globalization(s), privatization(s), constitutionalization and statization: Icons and experiences of sovereignty in the 21st century (11 International Journal of Constitutional Law (I∙CON), 2013).

Professor Resnik now chairs Yale Law School’s Global Constitutional Law Seminar, a part of the Gruber Program on Global Justice and Women’s Rights. She is the editor of the volumes from 2012 forward, including The Reach of Rights (2015) and Sources of Law and of Rights (2014).

Professor Resnik is the founding director of Yale's Arthur Liman Program and Fund, supporting fellowships for law graduates and for undergraduates at certain colleges, and sponsoring colloquia and seminars on the civil and criminal justice systems. From its inception in 1997 through 2016, 115 graduates of the Yale Law School have held Liman Fellowships. During the past few years, the Liman Program has been working on a series of projects related to the isolation of individuals in prison -- in terms of both the geographical placements of prisons and the rules under which prisoners live. In 2015, the Liman Program joined with the Association of State Correctional Administrators in co-authoring Time-in-Cell: The Liman-ASCA 2014 National Survey of Administrative Segregation in Prison. The report is the first to provide updated information, as of the fall of 2014, on both the numbers of people and the conditions in solitary confinement nationwide.

Professor Resnik has chaired the Sections on Procedure, on Federal Courts, and on Women in Legal Education of the American Association of Law Schools. She is a Managerial Trustee of the International Association of Women Judges. Professor Resnik served as a founder and for more than a decade as a co-chair of Yale University’s Women Faculty Forum, begun in 2001.

Professor Resnik is also an occasional litigator; she argued Mohawk Industries, Inc. v. Carpenter, decided in 2009 by the United States Supreme Court; she also argued years earlier in a case about the admission of women to the Rotary Club. Professor Resnik has testified before Congress, before rulemaking committees of the federal judiciary, and before the House of Commons of Canada.

From 2014 to 2016, Professor Resnik was a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, travelling to various liberal arts colleges in the United States. In 2015, she was a visiting professor at Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II, and she also holds a term appointment as an Honorary Professor, Faculty of Laws, University College London.

In 1998, Professor Resnik was the recipient of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the Commission on Women of the American Bar Association. In 2001, she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2002, a member of the American Philosophical Society, where she delivered the Henry LaBarre Jayne Lecture in 2005. In 2008, Professor Resnik received the Outstanding Scholar of the Year Award from the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. In 2010, she was named a recipient of the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Prize, awarded to outstanding faculty in higher education in the fields of psychology or law. That year, Professor Resnik also had a cameo role in the Doug Liman film, Fair Game. In 2013, Professor Resnik was given the Arabella Babb Mansfield Award, the highest honor presented by the National Association of Women Lawyers.

Her books have also received appreciation for their contributions. In 2011, Representing Justice was selected by The Guardian as one of the year’s ten best legal reads; in 2012, by the American Publishers Association as the recipient of two PROSE awards for excellence in social sciences and in law/legal studies, and by the American Society of Legal Writers for the 2012 SCRIBES award. In 2014, Representing Justice won the Order of the Coif award, presented every two years in recognition of a book’s outstanding contributions to legal scholarship.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Prison Officials Join Movement to Curb Solitary Confinement

Arthur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik is quoted, and the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program is mentioned in a New York Times article about a report released by the Association of State Correctional Administrators and Liman Program that calls for limiting solitary confinement. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Liman Program Submits a Statement to Task Force on Women in Detention

On March 2, 2015, the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School submitted a statement to the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Liman Program Submits Testimony to Senate Committee on Women in Detention

The Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School submitted testimony to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights on December 9, 2014. The statement submitted was titled “Women in Detention: The Need for a National Agenda.”

Friday, November 7, 2014


2014 Doctoral Scholarship Conference: Law and Responsibility on November 14–15

Yale Law School will host its 4th Doctoral Scholarship Conference on November 14 and 15, 2014.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Professor Resnik Selected as Visiting Scholar by Phi Beta Kappa Society

The Phi Beta Kappa Society has selected Judith Resnik, the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School, as a 2014-2015 Visiting Scholar.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Professors Judith Resnik, Dennis Curtis ’66 to Receive 2014 Biennial Book Award from the Order of the Coif

Professors Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis ’66 have been selected as winners for the Order of the Coif Book Award for their work, Representing Justice.

Monday, July 29, 2013


Liman Program Publishes Research on Policies Governing Isolation in State and Federal Prisons

The Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School has published research on policies that govern isolation in state and federal prisons.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Professor Judith Resnik to Receive Top Honor from National Association of Women Lawyers

Professor Judith Resnik will receive the Arabella Babb Mansfield Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers for her professional achievement and contribution to the advancement of women's interests under the law.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


YLS Students Collaborate with Corrections Directors to Examine Prison Visitation Policies Nationwide

Working with the Association of State Correctional Administrators, Yale Law students have produced a fifty state survey of prison visitation policies.

Monday, June 11, 2012


Professors Resnik and Curtis ’66 Receive 2012 Scribes Book Award for “Representing Justice”

Yale law professors Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis ’66 have been honored with the Scribes 2012 Book Award for “Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms.”

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


YLS Professors Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis Will Speak to Supreme Court Historical Society

Yale Law School professors Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis will present the annual lecture for the Supreme Court Historical Society on June 4.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Doug Liman Honors His Father with Film for 15th Anniversary of Liman Program

Movie producer Doug Liman honored his father, Arthur Liman, with a short film about his father’s career and commitment to public service at the fifteenth annual Liman Public Interest Law Colloquium March 1-2, 2012.

Friday, February 3, 2012


“Representing Justice” by Professors Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis ’66 Wins Two PROSE Awards, Named Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine

“Representing Justice,” by Yale Law professors Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis ’66, has won two PROSE awards and has been recognized as an outstanding academic title by Choice Magazine.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Professor Resnik and Justice Ginsburg Uphold Women’s Rights in Re-enactment of 19th Century Case

Yale Law Professor Judith Resnik and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg took part in the re-enactment of a 19th century Supreme Court case at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ 2011 Judicial Conference.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Professor Judith Resnik Recipient of Awards for Teaching and Writing

Arthur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik has been named recipient of the 2010 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award.

Friday, October 1, 2010


Professor Judith Resnik Testifies about Access to Courts

Arthur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik testified on September 29 before a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee about access to courts and the under utilization of the federal courts.

Thursday, December 13, 2007


Professor Judith Resnik Named Outstanding Scholar By American Bar Foundation

Arthur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik is the 2008 recipient of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation Outstanding Scholar Award.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005


Deans and Professors Oppose Graham Amendment

Letters circulated among law school deans and law school professors urge the United States Senate to strip the Graham Amendment from the Department of Defense authorization bill. The amendment would prevent federal courts from hearing habeas corpus cases from the detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Both letters argue that the Graham Amendment is a grave threat to the constitutional premise of separation of powers, as it would leave executive actions in holding detainees in the war on terror free from any oversight.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005


Professors Circulate Statement Opposing Use of Military Tribunals

Yale Law School Professors Judith Resnik and Bruce Ackerman joined with their colleagues David Cole, Georgetown University Law Center, Rosa Ehrenreich Brooks, University of Virginia School of Law, and Deena Hurwitz, University of Virginia School of Law, to circulate a statement that was signed by 450 law professors around the country urging the Supreme Court to grant review of Hamdan v.

Monday, September 12, 2005


Panel of YLS Professors to Discuss, "The Roberts Nomination: What's at Stake?" Sept. 14

On Wednesday, September 14, 2005, Yale Law School will host a discussion of the future of the U.S. Supreme Court, titled "The Roberts Nomination: What's at Stake?" The talk will start at 12:10 p.m. and run until 1:30 p.m. in Room 127.