This week's guest blogger is David Stras, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota. Professor Stras teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, federal courts and jurisdiction, constitutional law, and law and economics. His current research focuses on the federal judiciary and the Supreme Court of the United States. Using a variety of methodological tools, including empirical and historical analyses, Professor Stras's research has examined a variety of issues relating to the Supreme Court. Professor Stras is a frequent television and radio commentator on issues relating to the federal judiciary, particularly with respect to the Supreme Court of the United States. He is also an adjunct faculty member of the University of Minnesota Political Science Department, and is the co-editor of a new SSRN journal on "Law and Politics."
Professor Stras received his B.A. degree, with highest distinction, and his MBA from the University of Kansas. He received his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1999, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Criminal Procedure Edition of the Kansas Law Review. Following law school, Professor Stras clerked for The Honorable Melvin Brunetti of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then for The Honorable J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. From 2001 to 2002, he practiced white-collar criminal and appellate litigation with the Washington, D.C. office of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. Following his year in practice, he clerked for The Honorable Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States.
In addition, he a frequent and regular contributor to SCOTUSblog.