Stewart L. Harris
Professor of Law
276-935-4349, Ext. 1219
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School (1986)
A.B., Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (1983)
Courses Taught: Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, First Amendment Seminar, National Security Law
Professor Harris was graduated from Princeton University in 1983. In his sophomore year, he was selected for admission to the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, a multidisciplinary program spanning the Departments of Politics, History, Sociology and Economics. His independent work at the Wilson School focused primarily upon international security and nuclear weapons policy.
He was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia in 1986, where he won the Law School's Edwin R. Keedy moot court championship.
Professor Harris then worked for the federal government in Washington, DC, where he spent four years on Capitol Hill advising the Army Corps of Engineers on flood control and navigation projects throughout the continental United States. His duties included drafting congressional testimony for the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.
Professor Harris subsequently worked for a large private law firm before establishing his own law practice in Florida with his wife, Priscilla Harris, who is now also on the ASL faculty. In Florida, the Harrises concentrated on environmental, civil rights and First Amendment law, notably obtaining a half-million dollar settlement for a public official who had been libeled by a newspaper.
In 1999, Professor Harris began teaching at the University of Florida College of Law. In 2001, he accepted a position on the faculty of the Appalachian School of Law, where he has earned the Faculty Scholarship Award and multiple awards for teaching. For the past several years he has also taught Constitutional Law during the summer semester at the University of Tennessee College of Law. In 2014, he taught a course on National Security Law at King University's Institute for Security and Intelligence Studies. Since 2013, he has served as a Bays Blackwell Lecturer in Residence at Emory & Henry College, where he has taught undergraduate courses on the First Amendment and Civil Liberties.
As part of ASL's commitment to community service, Professor Harris established and taught an SAT test preparation program at the Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Virginia, a charitable institution for disadvantaged children. He has also spent many happy hours at Mountain Mission reading The Hobbit to fourth graders.
In 2011, Professor Harris created a public radio show, Your Weekly Constitutional, which is produced at WETS-FM, the NPR affiliate in Johnson City, Tennessee, and syndicated nationally. YWC is underwritten by Montpelier, the historic home of the Father of the Constitution, James Madison. The show is on Facebook and Twitter, and podcasts are available on iTunes.
The Harrises have two sons: Tom, an honors graduate of Caltech, and Ben, who is currently a Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia.
Selected Publications and Works in Progress
- How to Fix the State Secrets Doctrine (examining the many problems with this doctrine and proposing a straightforward fix for almost all of them) (in progress).
- The Jew Who Beat Henry Ford (examining anti-Semitism, group defamation and the First Amendment in the context of the 1927 federal case, Sapiro v. Ford) (in progress).
- Constitutional Amendment: The Bill of Rights. Contributing editor of online course offered by Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier. Appear in several videos in the First Amendment portion of the online course, along with Peter Irons, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at UC San Diego. The course was peer-reviewed prior to being made available at this link: http://www.montpelier.org/center/online/billofrights. (2012)
- Which Bible? Which God? 12 App. J.L. 151 (2012).
- Sometimes, We Really Do Suck, 16 The Law Teacher 18 (2009).
- Con Law, Simplified, Nat'l L.J., Vol. 30, No. 21, Feb 4, 2008, 23.
- The First Amendment and the End of the World, 68 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 785 (2007) (lead article).
- Cassandra, Esq., Nat'l L.J., Vol. 29, No. 52, Aug. 27, 2007, 23.
- On Executive Power, Nat'l L.J., Vol. 29, No. 22, Feb. 5, 2007, 23.
- Hamilton's Humiliated Home, Newsletter of the SW. Va. Hist. Soc'y, Aug., 2007.
- The First Amendment and Dangerous Information, Nat'l L.J., Vol. 29, No. 15, Dec. 11, 2006, 22.
- Parsing Lawyer Jokes, Nat'l L.J., Vol. 28, No. 38, May 29, 2006, 23.
- Virginia's Forgotten Framer, Newsletter of the SW. Va. Hist. Soc'y, Aug., 2005.
- Alexander Hamilton: A Fine Lawyer, Too, Nat'l L.J., Vol. 27, No. 20, Jan. 24, 2005, 31.
- Giving Up Grammar and Dumping Derrida, 33 Cap. U. L. Rev. 291 (2005).
- Washington's Potomac: A Vision of Unified Glory, Nat'l L.J., Vol. 26, No. 34, April 26, 2004, 26.
- Benjamin Franklin: Founding Granddad, Nat'l L.J., Vol. 26, No. 18, Jan. 5, 2004, 27.
- A Tale of Two Sites and a Lawsuit, Nat'l L.J., Vol. 25, No. 48, July 28, 2003, 19. Cited in Dimeo v. Max, 433 F. Supp. 2d 523, 525 & n.3 (E.D. Pa. 2006).