- L.L.M., Harvard Law School, 2005
- Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Chicago, 1986. DISSERTATION: "The Legal Right to Privacy: A Philosophical Inquiry." Committee: Alan
Gewirth (Chair), Cass Sunstein, and Russell Hardin.
- J.D., Syracuse University, 1978. NOTES AND COMMENTS EDITOR, Syracuse University Journal of International Law and Commerce
- M.P.A. (joint with Law), Syracuse University, 1978.
- A.B., cum laude, Major: Political Science, Syracuse University, 1975.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Philosophy of Law, Human
Rights, International Law, Constitutional Law, Social and Political
Philosophy, Ethical Theory, Applied Ethics, and Gender and Sexuality
AREAS OF COMPETENCE: Informal Logic; Symbolic Logic; History of Modern
Philosophy; Issues of Race and Class
- 2008-: Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Loyola University Chicago
- 2003: Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice, St. Xavier University (single semester replacement)
- 2000-: Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Oakton Community College.
- 1990-: Adjunct Professor of Law, IIT Chicago/Kent College of Law.
- 1990-: Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University.
- 1989-90: Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University.
- 1984-89: Lecturer in Philosophy, Loyola University.
- 1982-84: Lecturer in Philosophy, St. Xavier College, Roosevelt University
- Graduate / Undergraduate
Seminar: Privacy Rights and Justice; Philosophy of Law; Political Philosophy; Classical
Modern; International Law; Introduction to Law
- Law School
Jurisprudence; Remedies I; Remedies II; Sexual Orientation and the Law.
Introduction to Philosophy; Ethical Theory and Applied Ethics;
Informal and Symbolic
Logic; Business Ethics; Society: Race, Class, Gender and
Sexuality; Contract Law as part of Criminal Justice.
- Justifying Judgment: Practicing Law and Philosophy. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1998.
xvii + 307.
International Journal of Political and
Legal Philosophy 112.1 (October 2001); Business
Ethics Quarterly 10.3 (July 2000): 761-67; Harvard Law Review 112 (1998): 588; Law and Social Inquiry 23 (1998): 734; Choice 36.1 (1998):
605; National Law Journal (August 3, 1998): A26; Law and Politics Book Review 8.5 (May 1998): 247-49 with author response 8.6 (June 1998):
- The Right to Privacy: Gays, Lesbians, and the Constitution. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1991. xiv +
Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies, ed. Timothy Murphy (Fitzroy- Dearborn Publishers, 2000), 205-206, 470-72,
and 562-63; Sarah Slavin, Women and Politics 19.3 (1998): 111-15; David A. J. Richards, Ethics 103.3 (1993): 615;
Boston College Third World Law Journal 13 (1993): 382-91; American Political Science Review 87 (1993): 222-23; Privacy
Journal (June 1993): 7; Lambda Book Report 3 (July 1992): 47; Choice 29 (1991): 668; The Advocate (September
24, 1991): 95.|
- The Gay Rights Movement. New York Times, Twentieth Century in Review. Introd. Andrew Sullivan. Chicago: Fitzroy-Dearborn,
2001. xvi + 590.
- "Interpreting Hobby Lobby to Not Harm LGBT Civil Rights." South Dakota
Law Review (forthcoming 2014/15).
- "What Impact the Supreme Courts Recent Hobby Lobby Decision Might Have
for LGBT Civil Rights?" The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law
- "Religion /State: Where the Separation Lies." Northern Illinois
University Law Review 33(2013): 1-64.
- "A Preface to World Government: A Comparison of the Current State of
International Governancewith the State of Governance that Followed Adoption of the American Articles of
Connecticut Journal of International Law 27(2011):1-37.
- "The Analytic Aposteriori and a New Understanding of Substantive Due
Process that Is Exhibited in the Lives of Those Seeking to Marry Someone of the Same
St. Louis University Public Law Review 30(2011):377-408.
- "Two Understandings of Supremacy: An Essay." Richmond Journal of
Global Law and Business Studies 9(2010):339-80.
- "The Treaty Power and the Supremacy Clause: Rethinking Reid v.
Covert in a Global Context."
Ohio-Northern Law Review 36(2010):287-357.
"Can a Constitutional Amendment Be Unconstitutional?" Oklahoma City Law
- "Abortion: The Persistent Debate and its Implications for Stem Cell
Research." Journal of Law and Family Studies 11(2009):133-55.
- "The First Amendment and the Mind/Body Problem." Suffolk University Law
- "Throwing Down the International Gaunlet: Same-Sex Marriage as a Human
Right," Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal 6(2007):1-55.
- "Privacy and Same-Sex Marriage: The Case for Treating Same-Sex Marriage
as a Human Right." Montana Law Review 68(2007):335-61.
- "Bowers v. Hardwick" and "Lawrence v. Texas" In Encyclopedia of
Privacy edited by William G. Staples. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishers, 2007.
- "Justifying the Use of International Human Rights Principles in American Constitutional Law."
Columbia Human Rights Law Review
- "Privacy and its Relationship to the Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage Versus Unions." Symposium on "Privacy and Identity: Constructing,
Maintaining and Protecting Personhood." 54 DePaul Law Review 54(2005):783-804.
- "Same-Sex Marriage: The Difficult Road Ahead," Journal of GLBT Family Studies 1.2 (2005): 137-41.
- "Bowers, Lawrence and Same-Sex Marriage: The Problem of Hard and Very Hard Cases," St. Louis University Public Law
Review 24 (2005): 89-112.
- "Autonomy, Gay Rights, and Human Self-Fulfillment: An Argument for a Modified Liberalism in Public Education.
William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law 10.2 (2004): 137-93, revised and reprinted in
Queer Philosophy: Presentations of the Society for Lesbian and Gay Philosophy
, 1998-2008, part of the Value Inquiry Book Series published Editions Rodopi, eds. Raja Halwani, et al (2012).
For an thoughtfully interesting reply to this work, see D. Seipel, "A Response to Vincent J.
Samar's 'Autonomy, Gay Rights, and Human Self-Fulfillment: An Argument for a Modified Liberalism in
Public Education'", presented at the Society for Lesbian and Gay Philosophy Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, Atlanta GA,
December 28. 2001.
- "Gay Rights as a Particular Instantiation of Human Rights." Albany Law Review 64.3 (2001): 983-1030. Nominated for the 2002
American Philosophical Association Berger Award. Rept. in part in Privacy Law: Cases and Materials. Ed. Richard C. Turkington,
Anita L. Allen-Castellitto. St. Paul, MN: West Group, 2002, 142-44
- Privacy Law: Cases and Materials. Ed. Richard C. Turkington, Anita L.
Allen-Castellitto. St. Paul, MN: West Group, 2002, 142-44.
- "Is the Right to Die Dead?" DePaul Law Review 50.1 (2000): 221-64.
- "Social, Cultural, and Philosophical Issues." University of Chicago Law School Roundtable 7 (2000): 5-9 and Q & A: 20-33.
- "Law: Criminal." Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies. Ed. T. Murphy. Chicago: Fitzroy-Dearborn, 2000. 340-41.
- "A Moral Justification for Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights Legislation." Journal of Homosexuality 27.3-4 (1994): 147-78. Rept.
in Gay Ethics: Controversies in Outing, Civil Rights, and Sexual Science. Ed. Timothy F. Murphy. New York: Haworth, 1994, 147-78.
Rept. again in part in Sex, Morality, and the Law. Ed. Lori Gruen and George E. Panichas. New York: Routledge, 1997. 64-74.
- "Privacy and AIDS." HIV/AIDS Symposium. University of West Los Angeles Law Review 22.1 (1991): 1-17.
- "AIDS and the Politician's Right to Privacy." AIDS: Crisis in Professional Ethics. Ed. D. Cohen and Michael Davis.
Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1994. 229-51.
- "Alan Gewirth's Self-Fulfillment." Business Ethics Quarterly 10.3 (2000):743-59.
- "Positive Rights and the Problems of Social Justice. Alan Gewirth=s Community of Rights."
Business Ethics Quarterly 9.2 (1999):361-75.
- "Just Society: John Rawls' Political Liberalism." Business Ethics Quarterly 5.3 (1995):629-645.
- "Judith Jarvis Thomson's The Realm of Rights." Business Ethics Quarterly 2.4(1992):505-17.
- "Privacy and Same-Sex Marriage: The Case for Treating Same-Sex Marriage as
a Human Right." Montana Law Review, Missoula, MT. October 13, 2006.
- "Response to Prof.s Reidy and Baehr's Papers on Hate Crimes Legislation." Eastern Division of the American Philosophical
Association. Boston, MA. December 29, 2004.
- "Autonomy, Gay Rights, and Human Self-Fulfillment: An Argument for Modified Liberalism in Public Education." Gay and Lesbian Group
Meeting at the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association. Philadelphia, PA. December 28, 2001. This paper will also be
delivered at a symposium on "Promoting the Best Interests of Parent-Deprived Children Growing Up In A World of Diversity" that will be
held at the J. Reuben Clark Law School of Brigham Young University on Friday, October 8, 2004.
- "Privacy and its Relationship to the Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage Versus Unions." Invited participant, symposium on "Privacy and
Identity: Constructing, Maintaining and Protecting Personhood." DePaul Law Review. Chicago, March 13, 2004.
- "Gay Rights as a Particular Instantiation of Human Rights." Invited participant, symposium on "Sexual Orientation: Family and the
Political Landscape for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Transsexual People." Albany Law School. October 19, 2000.
- "Social, Cultural and Philosophical Issues." Invited participant, symposium, "Should Government Recognize Same-Sex Marriage?"
University of Chicago. October 22, 1999.
- Justifying Judgment. Invited participant, Gay and Lesbian Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. May 28 1998.
- Privacy, Sodomy, and Society's Political Morality. Invited participant, International Interdisciplinary Conference on Sex, Law, and
Society. John Marshall Law School. March 15, 1996.
- "The Right to Privacy." Invited presentation, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, April 1993.
- "Hate Crimes and Pornography: A Liberal Approach." Invited participant, "Devil's Advocate Society," IIT Chicago/Kent College of Law.
- "Privacy and the Workplace: Theoretical Considerations." Invited participant, "Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, a
subgroup of The Midwest Business Administration Association," Chicago, IL. March 1992.
Journalism And Newspaper Articles
Recent interviews on local topics involving proposals for domestic partnership recognition by the Orlando Weekly and
Cleveland's Plain Dealer.
- "The Supremes & Gay Rights: A Closer Look at Lawrence v. Texas." In These Times (August 11, 2003): 17-18.
- "The Court Takes on Gay Rights." Viewpoint, In These Times (May 9, 2003): 11.
- "Kramer Misses the Point on Philadelphia" (with Howard Kaplan). Editorial, Windy City Times, (February 10, 1994): 12.
- "Buchanan Piece on AIDS Wrong in Fact and Logic." Editorial, Chicago Sun-Times, (December 16, 1987): 36.
WORK(S) IN PROCESS
Potential power of the International Court of Justice to override decisions
of national courts.
- How different characterizations of a legal case effect the result and if a
criterion can be developed to limit indeterminacy.
- "War, Terrorism and LGBT Issues." Joint Session Sponsored by Society
for Lesbian and Gay Philosophy and the APA Committee on Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgendered People in the Profession, Chicago, IL. April
- "Autonomy and Social Construction." Gay and Lesbian Group Meeting at the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association,
Philadelphia, PA. December 28, 2001.
- "Public Safety vs. Individual Rights." Illinois Academy of Criminology, Loyola University Chicago, January 26, 2000.
- "Symposium on Same-Sex Marriage." University of Chicago Law School Roundtable, October 22, 1999.
- "Lavender Law Conference." National Lesbian and Gay Law Association, Chicago, October 1992.
- "Privacy." Loyola University Chicago Law School and Communications Department, September 1988.
- Interviewed regarding "Illinois's New Civil Union's Law,"Chicago Tonight, WTTW, Chicago, December 2, 2010
- Interviewed regarding "Don't Ask/Don't Tell," Cliff KellyShow, WVON, Chicago, October 19,
- Interviewed regarding "Don't Ask/Don't Tell," Charles Butler "The Other Side", WVON, Chicago, March 31, 2010.
- Invited discussant on "Gay Marriage," Jerry Bowyer Talk Show, WPTT, Pittsburgh, August 26, 2003.
- Invited discussant on "Gay Marriage," The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, PBS, July 31, 2003.
- Interviewed regarding Lawrence v. Texas, on WBBM-TV, Chicago. June 24, 2003.
- Interview regarding Hate Crimes, Channel 5, Chicago, January 14, 1998.
- Candidate interview on "Decision Makers," Channel 21, Cable, July 9, 1992.
- Invited discussant on "Passing Chicago's Human Rights Ordinance," Eyewitness Forum with Mike Jackson, July 27, 1986.
TESTIMONY PROVIDED TO
- Chicago City Council, Health Committee in support of increasing the City's Annual AIDS Appropriation. March 23, 1992.
- Cook County Board of Commissioners, Rules Committee in support of passage of a Human Rights Ordinance. April 28, 1991.
- Article Submitted by Vincent J. Samar, attorney, Chicago, IL, re natural
law. Hearings Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on The
Nomination of Clarence Thomas to be Associate Justice of the
Supreme Court of the United States, S. Hrg. 102-1084, Pt. 4, Appendix pp.
644-48, October 11, 12, and 13, 1991.
- Chicago City Council, Human Relations and Consumer Protection Committee in support of passage of Human Rights Ordinance. June
Business Ethics Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, Peter Lang
- New York State Bar, 1980.
- Illinois State Bar, 1983.
- 1986-: Private practice, Chicago.
This includes, most recently, the general practice of law. Engaged previously in motion practice and was counsel in bench and jury
trials; additionally, conducted federal civil rights research and assisted in the preparation of appellate briefs for local attorney as
an independent contractor.
- 1986: Law Clerk, Burke, Griffin, Chomicz & Wienkie, Chicago.
- 1985-86: Law Clerk, Coffield, Ungaretti, Harris & Slavin, Chicago.
- 1983-85:Law Clerk, Foss, Schuman, Drake & Barnard, Chicago (research assistant to Richard S. Kuhlman on two books on transportation
negligence and other matters).
- 1980-84: Misc. Clerkships, Chicago.
- 1977: Summer Law Clerk to the Corporation Counsel, City of Syracuse.
Federal Court Clerkship
- 1980: Summer Clerkship to the Hon. Neal P. McCurn, U.S. District Court for the District of New York.
Helped secure passage of the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance (enacted 1988).
- Board Member, Illinois Chapter, ACLU (1995-97).
- LGBT Civil Rights and AIDS Civil Liberties Committee of ACLU (1997-01).
- American Philosophical Association.
- Candidate for 46th Ward Alderman, City of Chicago, 1991.
- Instructor of Ballroom Dance in Physical Education Department, University of Chicago, 1979
(available on request from Interfolio, the University of Chicago's Placement's Office's
for confidential letters of recommendation and other materials).
- Martha Minow, Harvard Law School, Griswold 407, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 02138. (617)495-4276, email@example.com.
- Cass Sunstein, University of Chicago, Law School, 1111 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL, 60637. (773) 702-9498.
- Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago, Law School, 1111 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL, 60637. (773) 702-3470,
- David A. J. Richards, New York University School of Law, Room 422, 40 Washington Square South, New York, N.Y. 10012. (212) 998-6251,
- Alan Gewirth, University of Chicago, Philosophy Department, 1010 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL, 60637. (773) 643-7794.
- Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law School, Hauser 520, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 02138. (617) 495-4617, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- David Kennedy, Harvard Law School, Hauser 414, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 02138. (617) 495-3132,
- Laurence H. Tribe, Harvard Law School, Hauser 420, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 495-4621, email@example.com.
- Mark Strasser, School of Law, Capital University, Columbus, OH. 43215. (614) 236-6686, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Hollis Graff, Philosophy Department Chair, Oakton Community College, DesPlains, IL, 60016 (847) 376-7033, email@example.com.