The Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program

Directors' Articles and Book Chapters on Civil Liberties

Helen Hershkoff, Chief Judge Kaye’s Dynamic Legacy, 92 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 101 (2017).

Sylvia A. Law, Judge Kaye’s 1991 Solomonic Dissent in Alison D. v. Virginia M., 92 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 72 (2017).

Scott Skinner-Thompson, Sylvia A. Law and Hugh Baran, Marriage, Abortion and Coming Out, 116 Colum. L. Rev. Online 126 (2016).

Helen Hershkoff, Privatizing Public Rights: Common Law and State Action in the United States, in Boundaries of State, Boundaries of Rights: Human Rights, Private Actors, and Positive Obligations 129 (Tsvi Kahana & Anat Scolnicov, eds., Cambridge Univ. Press, 2016).

Michael Waldman, Barry Friedman, Helen Hershkoff, and Kenji Yoshino, How Does Legal Change Happen? Perspectives from the Academy, in Legal Change: Lessons from America's Social Movements (Jennifer Weiss-Wolf & Jeanine Plant-Chirlin, eds., Brennan Center for Justice, 2015).

Sylvia A. Law, Current Issues in Physician Payment in the United States and the Republic of South Korea, 13 J. Korean L. 335 (2014).

Helen Hershkoff and Stephen Loffredo, Tough Times and Weak Review: The 2008 Economic Meltdown and Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights in US State Courts, in Economic and Social Rights After the Global Financial Crises (Aoife Nolan, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Helen Hershkoff, Lecture—The Private Life of Public Rights: State Constitutions and the Common Law, 88 N.Y.U. L. Rev. Online 1 (2013).

Sylvia A. Law, Dean Alfange Jr. Lecture—Health Care Reform and the Constitution, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2012).

Lois Uttley, Sheila Reynertson, Ronnie Pawelko, Sylvia A. Law, Patricia Hasbrouck, and Kathryn Gottschalk, Merging Catholic and Non-Sectarian Hospitals: New York State Models for Addressing the Ethical Challenges, 17 N. Y. St. B.A. Health L. J. 38 (2012). 

Helen Hershkoff, Horizontality and the "Spooky" Doctrines of American Law, 59 Buff. L. Rev. 455 (2011).

Helen Hershkoff, State Common Law and the Dual Enforcement of Constitutional Norms, in New Frontiers of State Constitutional Law: Dual Enforcement of Norms (James A. Gardner and Jim Rossi, eds., Oxford University Press, 2011).

Helen Hershkoff and Stephen Loffredo, State Courts and Constitutional Socio-Economic Rights: Exploring the Underutilization Thesis, 115 Penn St. L. Rev. 923 (2011).

Sylvia A. Law, Inaugural Lecture—Taxpayer Conscience and Health Care Reform, Health Policy Program, Northeastern Law School (2011).

Helen Hershkoff, "Just Words": Common Law and the Enforcement of State Constitutional Social and Economic Rights, 62 Stan. L. Rev. 1521 (2010).

Rhonda Copelon and Sylvia A. Law, "Nearly Allied to Her Right to Be" Medicaid Funding for Abortion; The Story of Harris v. McRae, in Women and the Law Stories (Elizabeth M. Schneider & Stephanie M. Wildman, eds., Foundation Press, 2010).

Helen Hershkoff, Public Law Litigation: Lessons and Questions, 10 (2) Hum. Rts. Rev. 157 (2009).

Norman Dorsen and Susan N. Herman, American Federalism and the American Civil Liberties Union, in Why the Local Matters: Federalism, Localism, and Public Interest Advocacy (Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School & the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School, 2008).

Sylvia A. Law, Childbirth: An Opportunity for Choice That Should Be Supported, 32 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 345 (2008).

Sylvia A. Law, Brigitte M. Bodenheimer Lecture—Human Papillomavirus Vaccination, Private Choice, and Public Health, 41 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1731 (2008).

Helen Hershkoff, Transforming Legal Theory in the Light of Practice: The Judicial Application of Social and Economic Rights to Private Orderings, in Courting Social Justice: Judicial Enforcement of Social and Economic Rights in the Developing World (Varun Gauri & Daniel M. Brinks, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2008). Excerpts reprinted in Property and Human Rights (Florence Wagman Roisman, ed., Carolina Academic Press, 2012).

Sylvia A. Law, Who Gets to Interpret the Constitution?: The Case of Mayors and Marriage Equality, 3 Stan. J. Civ. Rts. & Civ. Liberties 1 (2007) (Winner Dukeminier Award: Best Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law Review Articles of 2007, The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy).

Lois Bloom and Helen Hershkoff, Federal Courts, Magistrate Judges, and the Pro Se Plaintiff, 16 Notre Dame J. of Law, Ethics & Public Pol'y 475 (2002).

Helen Hershkoff, Public Interest Litigation: Selected Examples, available electronically at World Bank Legal Institutions,; reprinted in Sourcebook on Access to Justice (Prepared for World Bank Empowerment Retreat 2002); translated into French and distributed at the Workshop on Human Rights Litigation (sponsored by the International Commission of Jurists, Kenyan and Swedish Sections, 2002); translated into Russian and distributed by the ABA Central and East European Law Inititative to lawyers from the formerly Communist world (2003).

Helen Hershkoff, State Courts and the "Passive Virtues": Rethinking the Judicial Function, 114 Harv. L. Rev. 1833 (2001).

Helen Hershkoff and Aubrey McCutcheon, Public Interest Litigation: An International Perspective, in Many Roads to Justice (Mary McClymont & Stephen Golub, eds., The Ford Foundation, 2000).

Helen Hershkoff and David Hollander, Rights into Action: Public Interest Litigation in the United States, in Many Roads to Justice (Mary McClymont & Stephen Golub, eds., The Ford Foundation, 2000).