Failinger,-Marie

Marie Failinger

Professor
Email: mfailinger@hamline.edu
Phone: 651-523-2124

 

BA, Valparaiso University
JD, Valparaiso University School of Law
LLM, Yale University Law School

 


Areas of expertise: Constitutional Law, Law and Religion, Gender and Law.

Recent courses taught: Constitutional Law I and II, Criminal Law, Seminar in Law and Religion, Equal Justice Applied Research, Family Law, Property Law.

View Professor Failinger's research: SSRN Author Page -- Marie Failinger

Professor Failinger's Professional Resume (PDF)


Before coming to Hamline, Professor Marie Failinger was a staff attorney and managing attorney at Legal Services Organization of Indiana and a clinical fellow at Valparaiso University School of Law. She earned her JD from Valparaiso and her LLM from Yale Law School and is admitted to the Minnesota bar. Failinger was the editor-in-chief of the internationally recognized Journal of Law and Religion for 25 years. She has continued her work on behalf of the disadvantaged and equal rights for all as a founding member of the Infinity Project, MiCAEL, the National Equal Justice Library, the AALS Poverty Law Section, Law Teachers for Legal Services, and the American Indian Policy Center. She is also a long-time board member of Central Minnesota Legal Services, and has served on committees on legal services to the poor, adoption, fair housing, medical ethics, children and the law, the civil rights of Muslims, and other human rights issues. She has served church-related organizations such as Church Innovations Institute, the Journal of Lutheran Ethics, and Lutheran Innovations. She has also been professionally active in Minnesota Women Lawyers and the American Association of Law Schools.

Marie was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa by Valparaiso University in 2014. She is the recipient of the Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award, Minnesota Women Lawyer Myra Bradwell Award and Service to MWL awards, the Journal of Law and Religion Achievement Award, and the Minnesota Justice Foundation Law School Professor award.

 

Publications


Moving Toward Human Rights Principles for Intercountry Adoption, 39 N.C. J. Int'l L. & Comm. Reg. 523 (2014).
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Parallel Justice: Creating Causes of Action for Mandatory Mediation, 47 U. Mich. J. of Law Reform 359 (2014), reprinted in The Romanian Judges' Forum Review (2014).
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Twenty-five Years of Law and Religion Scholarship: Some Reflections, 30 Touro Law Rev. 9 (2014).
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Co-editor and contributor, Feminism, Law and Religion, (Ashgate Press, 2013).
 
Co-Creating Adoption Law: A Lutheran Perspective, 51 DIALOG: A JOURNAL OF THEOLOGY 266 (2012).
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Finding a Voice of Challenge: The State Responds to Religious Women and Their Communities, 21 S. CAL. REV. VEO SOC. JUST. 137 (2012).
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Islam in the Mind of American Courts: 1800-1960, 32 B.C. J.L. & SOC. JUST. 1 (2012).
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Lutheran and Yet Not Lutheran: A Church School Tests the Dilemma of Church and State, 75 THE CRESSET 19 (2012).
 
The Paradox in Madness: Vulnerability Confronts the Law, 1 MENTAL HEALTH L. & POL'Y J. 1 (2012).
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Talking Chalk: Defacing the First Amendment in the Public Forum, 115 WEST VIRGINIA L. REV. 755 (2012).
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Yick Wo at 125: Four Simple Lessons for the Contemporary Supreme Court, 17 MICH. J. RACE & L. 217 (2012).
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Levinas, Law Schools and the Poor: They Stand Over Us, 35 OKLA. CITY U. L. REV. 115 (2010).
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Ophelia with Child: A Restorative Approach to Legal Decision-making by Teen Mothers, 28 LAW & INEQ. 255 (2010).
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United States v. Ballard, in LAW AND RELIGION CASES IN CONTEXT (Leslie Griffin, ed., Aspen Press 2010).
 
The Lesser Violence Than Murder and the Face-to-Face: “Illegal” Immigrants Stand Over American Law, in ESSAYS ON LEVINAS AND LAW: A MOSAIC (Desmond Manderson, ed., Palgrave MacMillan Press 2009).
 
Sex and the Statehouse: The Law and the American Same-Sex Marriage Debate, 48 DIALOG: A JOURNAL OF THEOLOGY 19 (2009).
 
In Praise of Contextuality - Justice O'Connor and the Establishment Clause, 29 HAMLINE L. REV. 7 (2006).
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A Truly Good Work: Turning to Restorative Justice for Answers to the Welfare-to-Work Dilemma, 15 GEO. J. ON POVERTY L. & POL'Y 209 (2008).
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A Home of Its Own: The Role of Poverty Law in Furthering Law Schools' Mission, 34 FORDHAM URB. L.J. 1173 (2007).
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Pondering Conscience: Civil Disobedience in American Law and Same-Sex Dissent in the ECLA, 70 THE CRESSET 28 (2007).
 
Recovering the Face-to-Face in American Immigration Law, 16 S. CAL. REV. LAW & SOC. JUST. 319 (2007).
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Women’s Work: A Lutheran Feminist Critique, 4 U. ST. THOMAS L.J. 405 (2007).
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Against Idols: The Court as Symbol-maker or Rhetorical Institution?, 8 U. PA. J. CONST. L. 367 (2006).
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Conscience and Commitment: A Problem for the Modern Church, in GOSPEL BLAZES IN THE DARK: A FESTIVAL OF WRITING SPARKED IN HONOR OF EDWARD HENRY SCHROEDER (Steven C. Kuhl, B. Sherman Lee & Robin J. Morgan, eds., 2006).
 
Lessons Unlearned: Women Offenders, the Ethics of Care, and the Promise of Restorative Justice, 33 FORDHAM URB. L.J. 487 (2006).
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No More Deaths: On Conscience, Civil Disobedience, and a New Role for Truth Commissions, 75 U.M.K.C. L. REV. 401 (2006).
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Can Good Judges Be Good Politician? Judicial Elections from a Virtue Ethics Approach, 70 MO. L. REV. 433 (2005).
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A Peace Proposal for the Same-Sex Marriage Wars: Restoring the Household to Its Proper Place, 10 WM. & MARY J. WOMEN & L. 195 (2004).
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Pilgrimage or Exodus: Responding to Faculty Faith Diversity at Religious Law Schools, 81 U. DET. MERCY L. REV. 719 (2004).
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Virtuous Judges and Electoral Politics: A Contradiction?, 67 Albany Law Review 769 (2004).
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Not Mere Rhetoric: On Wasting or Claiming your Legacy, Justice Scalia, 34 U. TOL. L. REV. 425 (2003).
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Voices Protesting and Affirming: Engaging the Culture of Law, 1 U. ST. THOMAS L.J. 307 (2003).
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We Must Spare No Diligence: The State and Childhood Education, in CHURCH AND STATE: LUTHERAN PERSPECTIVES (John Stumme & Robert Tuttle, eds., 2003).
 
A Word-and-Flesh Profession: A Response to White and Brueggemann, 53 MERCER L. REV. 1035 (2002).
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Is Tom Shaffer a Covenantal Lawyer?, 77 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 705 (2002).
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Making our Home in the Works of God, in CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVES ON LEGAL THOUGHT (Michael McConnell, Robert Cochran & Angela Carmella, eds., 2001). (with Patrick R. Keifert).
 
Remembering Mrs. Murphy: A Remedies Approach to the Conflict between Gay/Lesbian Renters and Religious Landlords, 29 CAP. U. L. REV. 383 (2001).
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Wondering after Babel: Power, Freedom and Ideology, in U.S. SUPREME COURT INTERPRETATIONS OF THE RELIGION CLAUSES, IN LAW AND RELIGION (Rex Ahdar, ed., 2001).
 
Gender, Justice and the Left Hand of God: A Lutheran Perspective, 9 S. CAL. REV. L. & WOMEN'S STUD. 45 (2000).
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Searching for the Crown of Feathers: An Essay on Psychology, Ethics and Truth in Constitutional Law, 9 S. CAL. INTERDISC. L.J. 381 (2000).
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Unmasking the Stranger: American Welfare Residency Rules and the Encounter with the Other, 5 LAW TEXT CULTURE 223 (2000).
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Face-ing the Other: An Ethics of Encounter and Solidarity in Legal Services Practice, 67 FORDHAM L. REV. 2071 (1999).
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Five Modern Notions in Search of an Author: The Ideology of the Intimate Society in Constitutional Speech Law, 30 U. TOL. L. REV. 251 (1999).
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Keeping Faith: An Essay on the Right to Travel, the Poor and the Ethical Demands of Constitutional Stare Decisis, 5 LOY. POVERTY L.J. 27 (1999).
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Jocasta Undone: Constitutional Courts in the Midst of Life and Death, in CONSTITUTIONAL STUPIDITIES AND CONSTITUTIONAL TRAGEDIES (Sanford Levinson and William Eskridge, eds. 1998).
 
The Justice Who Wouldn't Be Lutheran: Toward Borrowing the Wisdom of Faith Traditions, 46 CLEV. ST. L. REV. 643 (1998).
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Necessary Legends: The National Equal Justice Library and the Importance of Poverty Lawyers’ History, 17 ST. LOUIS U. PUB. L. REV. 265 (1998).
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New Wine, New Bottles: Private Property Metaphors and Public Forum Speech, 71 ST. JOHN'S L. REV. 217 (1997).
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Constitutional and Legal Aspects of Educational Choice, in TWO ESSAYS ON EDUCATIONAL CHOICE: LUTHERAN PERSPECTIVES (1996).
 
H. Jefferson Powell on the American Constitutional Tradition: A Conversation, 72 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 11 (1996) (participant).
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Can Wrongs Be Rights?: Why a Conservative Might Support Legal Protections for Gay and Lesbian People, 14 WORD & WORLD 270 (1994).
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Gentleman as Hero: Atticus Finch and the Lonely Path, 10 J.L. & RELIGION 303 (1993-1994).
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Contract, Gift, or Covenant?: A Review of the Law of Overpayments, 36 LOY. L. REV. 89 (1990).
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Home at Last: Poverty Law Returns to the Academy, 34 LOY. L. REV. 1 (1988).
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Equality Versus the Right to Choose Associates: A Critique of Hannah Arendt's View of the Supreme Court's Dilemma, 49 U. PITT. L. REV. 143 (1987).
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An Offer She Can't Refuse: When Fundamental Rights and Conditions on Government Benefits Collide, 31 VILL. L. REV. 833 (1986).
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The Minnesota Revenue Recapture Act: Little Brother Makes Good?, 7 HAMLINE J. PUB. L. & POL’Y 1 (1986).
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Litigating against Poverty: Legal Services and Group Representation, 45 OHIO ST. L.J. 1 (1984). (with Larry May).
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