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Our History: Former Faculty: Magill, M. Elizabeth (1997-2012)

Tenured faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law through its history.

M. Elizabeth Magill, 1997-2012

Magill, M. Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth Magill joined the Law School faculty in 1997, where she served as a scholar of administrative and constitutional law for fifteen years. After she earned her B.A. at Yale University in 1988, she spent four years as a senior legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Kent Conrad, who represented her home state of North Dakota. In 1992, she began studies at the Law School, where she earned several academic awards and served as the articles development editor of the Virginia Law Review. Upon graduating in 1995, Magill clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and then for the Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

While a professor at U.Va., Magill taught courses in administrative law, food and drug law, and constitutional law with a focus on separation of powers and federalism while serving as the Joseph Weintraub-Bank of America Distinguished Professor of Law, the Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Professor, and Vice Dean of the Law School. In 2005, Magill was the recipient of the Annual Award for Administrative Scholarship, given by the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section of the American Bar Association. In 2010, she was elected a member of the American Law Institute. Dean Paul Mahoney hailed Magill’s leadership style as “inclusive and collegial, but decisive.” In 2012, Magill was named the Dean of the Stanford Law School.


Articles and Book Chapters

The Real Separation in Separation of Powers Law, 86 Va. L. Rev. 1127-1198 (2000).

Beyond Powers and Branches in Separation of Powers Law, 150 U. Pa. L. Rev. 603-660 (2001); excerpts reprinted in 9 Va. J. 33-35 (2006).

Judicial Review, in 2001-02 Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice 113-132 (Jeffrey S. Lubbers ed., American Bar Association, 2003).

Agency Choice of Policymaking Forum, 71 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1383-1447 (2004); excerpts reprinted in 9 Va. J. 36-38 (2006).

The Revolution That Wasn’t, 99 Nw. U.L. Rev. 47-76 (2004).

Images of Representation, 2005 Issues in Legal Scholarship: The Reformation of American Administrative Law, article 5.

Step Two of Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council, in A Guide to Judicial and Political Review of Federal Agencies 85-102 (John F. Duffy & Michael Herz eds., American Bar Association, 2005).

Can Process Cure Substance?: A Response to Neal Katyal’s “Internal Separation of Powers,” 116 Yale L.J. Pocket Part 126-130 (2006).

The First Word, 16 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 27-53 (2007).

Agency Self-Regulation, 77 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 859-903 (2009).

Standing for the Public: A Lost History, 95 Va. L. Rev. 1131-1199 (2009).

Comparative Positive Political Theory (with Daniel R. Ortiz), in Comparative Administrative Law 134-147 (Susan Rose-Ackerman & Peter L. Lindseth eds., Edward Elgar, 2010).

Allocating Power within Agencies (with Adrian Vermeule), 120 Yale L J. 1032-1083 (2011).


Testimony, in The 60th Anniversary of the Administrative Procedure Act: Where Do We Go from Here?, at 69-77, 99-103, 107-111 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, Hearing, July 25, 2006).

A Tribute to Richard A. Merrill, 93 Va. L. Rev. 835-839 (2007).

Temporary Accidents? (reviewing Croley, Regulation and Public Interests), 106 Mich. L. Rev. 1021-1040 (2008).