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William M. Wiecek
College of Law
Syracuse University
Syracuse NY 13244
Phone: 315-443-4108
FAX: 315-443-5394

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Maxwell School
Syracuse University
Syracuse NY 13244
Phone: 315-443-4108
FAX: 315-443-5394


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w Legal and Constitutional Historian
w Chester Adgate Congdon Professor of Public Law and Legislation, College of Law, Syracuse University
w Professor of History, Maxwell School, Syracuse University


Wiecek presents Holmes Devise volume to Chief Justice Roberts

Wiecek stands under Syracuse University College of Law archway
Above: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts accepts William M. Wiecek's volume of the Holmes Devise, 2006

Right: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer presents Supreme Court history award to William M. Wiecek

Brief Biography of Professor Wiecek:

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
LL.B. Harvard University
B.A.   Catholic University of America

w Winner of the John Phillip Reid Prize awarded by the American Society for Legal History for the best book in legal history published during the calendar year 2006, Professor Wiecek's most recently published book is a history of the United States Supreme Court from 1941 to 1953, covering the chief-justiceships of Harlan Fiske Stone and Fred Vinson, for the Holmes Devise History of the Supreme Court of the United States  Volume 12, The Birth of the Modern Constitution: The United States Supreme Court, 19411953, New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.

w Professor Wiecek practiced law in New Hampshire and taught legal and constitutional history at the University of Missouri-Columbia for sixteen years before coming to Syracuse.

w He has written extensively on slavery and its abolition, republicanism, nineteenth-century constitutional development, nuclear power, and the United States Supreme Court.

w Teaching Highlights: He has taught courses in legal and constitutional history, constitutional law, property, race and law, corporations, civil procedure, and Roman law. He has experimented with the use of electronic casebooks in the classroom. He holds a joint appointment as Professor of History in the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. As Merriam Distinguished Professor of Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, he taught courses in property and constitutional history Spring 2009. Spring 2010 finds him teaching Constitutional Law and Habeas Corpus and the 11th Amendment at University of California, Davis, School of Law.

w Professor Wiecek received the University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award in 1997 and Chancellor's Citation for Exceptional Academic Achievement in 2001, the university's highest academic award. He was profiled in the Winter 1999-2000 issue of the Syracuse University Magazine and in the Spring 2008 issue of Syracuse Law.  For more information see his Curriculum Vitae and Publications.


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