Michal R. Belknap
Earl Warren Professor of Law
Courses Taught: Criminal Law, American Legal History II, Constitutional Law I & II, Constitutional Law Seminar
Professor Belknap is an historian-turned-lawyer. After earning his Bachelor of Arts, he studied American Legal History at the University of Wisconsin. While teaching history at the University of Texas, he earned his Juris Doctor at its law school. Before joining the California Western faculty in 1986, Belknap also taught history at the University of Georgia and law at the University of Houston and Seton Hall University, where he was the Richard J. Hughes Distinguished Visiting Professor.
Belknap is an adjunct professor of history at the University of California, San Diego, and taught public law in New Zealand as part of California Western's exchange program with Victoria University. His particular interest is the history of civil rights and civil liberties in 20th century America, an area in which he has written extensively. This includes teaching a seminar commemorating the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, as well as writing an article on the topic. In addition to his regular law school courses, Belknap teaches the special Summer Enrichment Program for newly admitted students.