Lori A. Ringhand

J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law

B.A., University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire
J.D., University of Wisconsin
B.C.L., University of Oxford


Constitutional Law
Election Law
State and Local Government

Biographical Information

Lori A. Ringhand joined Georgia Law in the fall of 2008 and was promoted to Hosch Professor in 2012. She teaches courses on constitutional law, election law, and state and local government.

Ringhand came to UGA from the University of Kentucky College of Law. She has also served as a visiting scholar at the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law.

Her research focuses on empirical work regarding the voting patterns and practices of U.S. Supreme Court justices, and her work has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Constitutional Commentary, the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. She also co-authored Constitutional Law: A Context and Practice Casebook (Carolina Academic Press, 2013).

In 2010, Ringhand received the C. Ronald Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Ellington Award winner is selected by the graduating class and is given to the faculty member who most effectively conveys his or her knowledge and understanding of what the law is and inspires students to think analytically and critically about what the law can become.

Ringhand earned her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin, where she graduated second in her class and served on the Wisconsin Law Review. Additionally, she obtained her B.C.L., with distinction, in European comparative law from the University of Oxford.

Publications & Activities


Functioning Just Fine: The Unappreciated Value of the Supreme Court Confirmation Process, 61 Drake L. Rev. 1025 (2013) (symposium issue on political dysfunction and the Constitution).

Let's Talk: Judicial Decisions at Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings, 96 Judicature 7 (2012) (with A. Batta et al.).

Aliens on the Bench: Lessons in Identity, Race and Politics From the First "Modern" Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing to Today, 2010 Mich. St. L. Rev. 795 (2011).

May it Please the Senate: An Empirical Analysis of the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings of Supreme Court Nominees, 1939-2009, 60 Am. U. L. Rev. 589 (2011) (with P. Collins).

In Defense of Ideology: A Principled Approach to the Supreme Court Confirmation Process, 18 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 131 (2009).

“I’m Sorry, I Can’t Answer That”: Positive Legal Scholarship and the Supreme Court Confirmation Process, 10 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 331 (2008).

The Rehnquist Court: A By The Numbers Retrospective, 9 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 1033 (2007) (an early draft of this paper was selected from a competitive call for papers and was presented at the First Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, jointly sponsored by NYU, Cornell and the University of Texas law schools).

Judicial Activism: An Empirical Examination of Voting Behavior on the Rehnquist Natural Court, 24 Const. Comment. 43 (2007).

An Empirical Analysis of the Confirmation Hearings of the Rehnquist Court Justices, 24 Const. Comment. 127 (2007) (with Jason Czarnezki and William Ford).

The Roberts Court: Year 1, 73 Tenn. L. Rev. 607 (2006).

UK Election Law: A Critical Examination (book review), 16 L. & Pol. Book Rev. 462 (2006).

Fig Leaves, Fairytales, and Constitutional Foundations: Debating Judicial Review in Britain, 43 Colum. J. Transnat'l L. 865 (2005).

Defining Democracy: The Supreme Court’s Campaign Finance Dilemma, 56 Hastings L.J. 77 (2004).

Concepts of Equality in British Campaign Finance Reform Proposals, 22 Oxford J. Legal Stud. 253 (2002).


Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change (Cambridge University Press, 2013) (with P. Collins).

Constitutional Law: A Context and Practice Casebook (Carolina Academic Press, 2013) (with D. Schwartz).


"The Jurisprudence of Supreme Court Justice Kennedy" in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (Macmillan Reference USA, 2008).

Lori Ringhand

Contact Information

University of Georgia
School of Law
303 Rusk Hall
Athens, GA 30602

Phone: (706) 542-3876
Fax: (706) 542-5556
Email: ringhand@uga.edu

Administrative Support

Stacy Harvey
Phone: (706) 542-1195
Email: snharvey@uga.edu

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