Carl W. Tobias

Williams Professor of Law

Profile

Professor Carl Tobias holds the Law School’s prestigious Williams Chair and writes in a number of areas, with a particular emphasis on federal judicial selection. A prolific scholar, Professor Tobias is the author of over 120 law review articles and the author or co-author of more than 80 essays, commentaries, and other shorter works in law reviews. He has published in the country’s top law journals, including the Stanford, Columbia, California, and Cornell Law Reviews, among others. Professor Tobias is also a frequent commentator in the media and has written several hundred opinion pieces published in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Slate and Politico, among other high-profile media outlets. He has served as a Legal Consultant to the Food and Drug Administration and the American Bar Association’s Commission on the Twenty-First Century Judiciary as well as a member of the District Court Local Rules Review Committee of the Ninth Circuit Chief District Judges Conference, the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group for the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, and the Study Committee to Review the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure. Professor Tobias has been a member of the prestigious American Law Institute since 1994.

Memberships

Member, American Law Institute (1994-present)

Member, Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group, United States District Court for the District of Montana (1994-present)

Reporter, National Conference on Appellate Justice (2005)

Legal Consultant, ABA Commission on the Twenty-First Century Judiciary (2002-2003)

Member, Study Committee to Review the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure (1999-2003)

Member, District Court Local Rules Review Committee, Ninth Circuit Judicial Council (1994-1997)

Reporter, Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government, Task Force on Science and Technology in Judicial and Regulatory Decision Making, Data Collection Discussion Group (1992)

Legal Consultant, Administrative Conference of the United States (1990-1995)

Director, Montana Natural Resources Clinic (Environmental Law Clinic under National Wildlife Federation auspices) (1980-1982)

Legal Consultant. Office of General Counsel, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (1976-1982 - Summers)

Counsel, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Separation of Powers, 1975

Counsel, Virginia Wetlands Study Commission and Virginia Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, 1971 to 1972

Professional Experience

Williams Professor of Law (2004-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Visiting Williams Professor of Law (2003-2004)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Professor of Law (1998-2004)
William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nev.

Professor of Law (1975-1998)
University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Mont.

General Civil Litigation and General Environmental Work (1972-1975)
Hunton and Williams, Richmond, Va.

Publications

Articles

Southern California Law Review Postscript92 S. Cal. L. Rev. Postscript 83 (2019).

Appointing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Judges in the Trump Administration, 95 Wash. U. L. Rev. Online 11 (2018).

Marriage Equality Comes to the Fourth Circuit, 75 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. No. 4 (forthcoming 2018).

President Donald Trump and Federal Bench Diversity, 74 Wash. & Lee. L. R. Online (2018).

Senate Blue Slips and Senate Regular Order, 36 Yale L. & Pol'y Rev. Inter Alia (2018).

Curing the Federal Court Vacancy Crisis, 53 Wake Forest L. Rev. 883 (2018).

Filling the Seventh Circuit Vacancies, 2017 Wis. L. Rev. 225 (2017).

Confirming Supreme Court Justices in a Presidential Election Year, 94 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1093 (2017).

Nominating Judge Koh to the Ninth Circuit Again, 74 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 64 (2017).

Filling the Texas Federal Court Vacancies, 95 Texas L. Rev. See Also 170 (2017).

Marriage Equality Comes to the Fourth Circuit, 95 N.C. L. Rev. No. 6 (forthcoming 2017).

Combatting the Ninth Circuit Judicial Vacancy Crisis, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 678 (2017).

Confirming Judge Restrepo to the Third Circuit, 88 Temple Law Review Online (2017).

Recalibrating Judicial Renominations in the Trump Administration, 74 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 678 (2017).

Confirming Circuit Judges in a Presidential Election Year, 84 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. Arguendo 160 (2016). 

Confirm Judge Koh for the Ninth Circuit, 73 Wash. & Lee. L. Rev. Online 449 (2016).

Confirming Judges in the 2016 Senate Lame Duck Session, 19 U. Pa. J. Const. L. Online 1 (2016).

Confirm Myra Selby for the Seventh Circuit, 92 Ind. L.J. (2016).

Transforming the Thurmond Rule in 2016, 66 Emory L.J. Online 2001 (2016).

Filling the Federal Court Vacancies in a Presidential Election Year, 50 U. Rich. L. Rev. No. 4 (May 2016).

Electing Justice Roush to the Supreme Court of Virginia, 72 Wash. & Lee. L. Rev. Online 360 (2015).

Marriage Equality Comes to Wisconsin, 2015 Wis. L. Rev. Forward 81 (2015).

Marriage Equality Comes to America, 6 HLRe 13 (2015).

Implementing Marriage Equality in America, 65 Duke L. J. Online 25 (2015).

Filling the D.C. Circuit Vacancies, 91 Indiana L.J. No. 1 (2015).

Judicial Selection in Congress’ Lame Duck Session, 90 Ind. L.J. Supp. 52 (2015).

Filling the Federal Appellate Court Vacancies, 17 U. Pa. J. Const. L. Online 1 (2015).

Certiorari and the Marriage Equality Cases, 4 U. Mich. J. L. Ref. 28A (2015).

Marriage Equality Comes to Virginia, 49 U. Rich. L. Rev. 1193 (2015).

The Republican Senate and Regular Order, 101 Iowa L. Rev. Bull. Online.

Considering Patricia Millett for the D.C. Circuit, 4 Wake Forest L. Rev. Online 11 (2014).

Filling the District of Arizona Vacancies, 56 Ariz. L. Rev. Syl. 4 (2014). 

Salvaging the 2013 Federal Law Clerk Hiring Season, 91 Wash. U. L. Rev. 243 (2013).

Senate Gridlock and Federal Judicial Selection, 88 Notre Dame L. Rev. 2233 (2013). 

Tips for Capturing 2014 Federal Court Clerkships, 66 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 145 (2013).

Commentary, Considering Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Bisexual Nominees for the Federal Courts, 90 Wash. U. L. Rev. 577 (2012).

Filling the Judicial Vacancies in a Presidential Election Year, 46 U. Rich. L. Rev. 985 (2012).

Justifying Diversity in the Federal Judiciary, 106 Nw. U. L. Rev. Colloquy 283 (2012). 

Saluting Judge Philip Pro's Quarter Century of Judicial Service, 12 Nev. L. J. 511 (2012).

Filling the Fourth Circuit Vacancies, 89 N.C. L. Rev. 2161 (2011).

Judge Thompson and the Appellate Court Confirmation Process, 91 B.U. L. Rev. 727 (2011).

Diversity and the Federal Bench, 87 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1197 (2010).

A Fourth Circuit Photograph, 45 Wake Forest L. Rev. 1373 (2010).

Fourth Circuit Judicial Appointments,  61 S.C. L. Rev. 445 (2010).

Counsel, Virginia Wetlands Study Commission and Virginia Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, 1971 to 1972

Postpartisan Federal Judicial Selection, 51 B.C. L. Rev. 769 (2010).

Filling Federal Appellate Vacancies, 41 Ariz. St. L.J. 829 (2009).

Resolving Amicus Curiae Motions in the Third Circuit and Beyond, 1 Drexel L. Rev. 125 (2009).

The Tragedy of the Commons: The Case of the Blue Crab, 19 S. Cal. Interdis. L.J. 73 (2009).

Dear President Bush: Leaving a Legacy on the Federal Bench, 42 U. Rich. L. Rev. 1041 (2008).

FDA Regulatory Compliance Reconsidered, 93 Cornell L. Rev. 1003 (2008).

Reconsidering Virginia Judicial Selection, 43 U. Rich. L. Rev. 37 (2008).

Assessing the Revised Arizona Local Rules of Federal Procedure, 39 Ariz. St. L.J. 521 (2007).

The Process Due Indefinitely Detained Citizens, 85 N.C. L. Rev. 1687 (2007).

Fourth Circuit Publication Practices, 62 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1733 (2005).

The Federal Appellate Court Appointments Conundrum, 2005 Utah L. Rev. 743.

Education

B.A., Duke University 1968

LL.B., University of Virginia 1972

Contact Information

Room 323 Law School
(804) 287-6440
(Mobile)
(804) 289-8683 (Fax)

Areas of Expertise

Federal Courts and Judicial Selection
Constitutional Law
Torts
Product Liability