Lackland H. Bloom, Jr.

Full-time faculty

Larry and Jane Harlan Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Law


Lackland H. Bloom, Jr. is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif, as well as administrative editor of the Michigan Law Review. He clerked for Chief Justice John R. Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He later was associated with the Washington firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. A specialist in constitutional law, he has published articles concerning freedom of speech and the rhetoric of Supreme Court opinions. The Oxford University Press has published Professor Bloom’s book DO GREAT CASES MAKE BAD LAW? (2014), as well as his previous book METHODS OF INTERPRETATION: HOW THE SUPREME COURT READS THE CONSTITUTION (2009). Professor Bloom is also active in the field of copyright.

Areas of Expertise

  • Constitutional Law


B.A.,  Southern Methodist University
J.D.,  University of Michigan Law School


Constitutional Law
Freedom of Speech, Press and Religion



John Stuart Mill and Political Correctness, 56 University of Louisville Law Review 1 (2017)
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Copyright Under Seige: The First Amendment Front, 9 Computer Law Review 41-61 (2004)
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Grutter and Gratz: A Critical Analysis, 40 Houston Law Review 459-513 (2004)
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Interpretive Issues in Seminole and Alden, 55 SMU Law Review 377 (2002)
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Bad Consequences, 55 SMU Law Review 69 (2002)
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NEA v. Finley: A Decision in Search of a Rationale, 77 Washington University Law Quarterly 1 (1999)
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Long Live the Bill of Rights! Long Live Akhil Amar's The Bill of Rights, 33 University of Richmond Law Review 313 (1999)
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Hopwood, Bakke and the Future of the Diversity Justification, 29 Texas Tech Law Review 1 (1998)
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Other Publications

Joe McKnight and the Oxford Summer Program, 71 SMU Law Review 15 (2018)
SMU Repository

A Meeting of the Minds: SMU and NYU Host Historic Summit with Russian, U.S. and Texas Justices, 33 The Brief 3 (Summer 2001)
SMU Repository


Defamation, Privacy and the "Rotten Neighbors" Website
NBC Today Show
(January 22, 2008)