Randy Beck joined the University of Georgia School of Law faculty in 1997 and was named the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2018. He has held the Justice Thomas O. Marshall Chair of Constitutional Law since 2011 and was the 2016-17 Garwood Visiting Fellow in Princeton University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.
Beck’s constitutional law scholarship includes: “Qui Tam Litigation Against Government Officials: Constitutional Implications of a Neglected History” in the Notre Dame Law Review (2018); “Twenty-Week Abortion Statutes: Four Arguments” in the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly (2016); “Transtemporal Separation of Powers in the Law of Precedent” in the Notre Dame Law Review (2012); “Self-Conscious Dicta: The Origins of Roe v. Wade’s Trimester Framework” in the American Journal of Legal History (2011); “Gonzales, Casey and the Viability Rule” in the Northwestern University Law Review (2009); “The Heart of Federalism: Pretext Review of Means-End Relationships” in the University of California-Davis Law Review (2003); and “The New Jurisprudence of the Necessary and Proper Clause” in the Illinois law Review (2002). His law and religion scholarship includes the chapter “The Biblical Foundations of Law: Creation, Fall, and the Patriarchs” in Law and the Bible: Justice, Mercy and Legal Institutions (InterVarsity Press, 2013) (with D. VanDrunen) and “God the Judge and Human Justice” in the Journal of Law & Religion (Cambridge University Press, 2016).
A dedicated teacher as well as scholar, Beck has twice received the C. Ronald Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching and has also been honored by the graduating class on four occasions as the recipient of the John C. O’Byrne Memorial Faculty Award for Furthering Student-Faculty Relations.
Prior to his law school appointment, Beck worked for more than five years as a general litigation associate with the law firm Perkins Coie in Seattle, Washington. He also has government experience from service as an attorney-advisor in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.
Beck has served as a judicial clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. He graduated first in his class at Southern Methodist University School of Law and earned his undergraduate degree from Baker University.
Host Dan Loney is joined by Randy Beck (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Marshall Chair of Constitutional Law, University of Georgia School of Law), Daniel Kelemen (Professor of Political Science, Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics, Rutgers University), Katherine Hempstead (Senior Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), Erik Jones (Director of European and Uraisan Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, Johns Hopkins University), Carmine Gallo (Author), and Theodore Ruger (Deputy Dean; Dean-designate, University of Pennsylvania – Law School) on the Friday, June 29, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.