Professor of Law
Professor Thomas Healy writes about freedom of speech, the methods of judicial decision-making, and the role of courts in a democracy. He recently published an article exploring the scope of First amendment protection for terrorist speech and is currently working on a book about the origins of the American Conception of free speech.
Professor Healy received his B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Book Review and Essay Editor of the Columbia Law Review. Prior to joining Seton Hall, he clerked for Judge Michael Daly Hawkins on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and was an associate at Sidley Austin Brown and Wood in Washington D.C., where he practiced trial and appellate litigation and worked on several cases before the United States Supreme Court. He also worked for many years as a newspaper reporter, first in North Carolina and later as Supreme Court Correspondent for the Baltimore Sun.
Professor Healy's scholarship focuses on freedom of speech and the role of courts in a democracy. He teaches the first-year course in Constitutional Law and upper-year electives in First Amendment, Federal Courts, and Criminal Procedure. He is also a regular contributor to Dorf on Law, a blog that focuses on issues of public law.
LAW REVIEW ARTICLES
Brandenburg in a Time of Terror, 84 Notre Dame L. Rev. 655 (2009)
Stare Decisis and the Constitution: Four Questions and Answers, 83 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1173 (2008)
Stigmatic Harm and Standing, 92 Iowa L. Rev. 417 (2007)
The Rise of Unnecessary Constitutional Rulings, 83 North Carolina L. Rev. 847 (2005)
Stare Decisis as a Constitutional Requirement, 104 W. Va. L. Rev. 43 (2001)
A Review of “The Battle Over School Prayer: How Engel v. Vitale Changed America”, 123 Pol. Sci. Q. 1 (Spring 2008)