Associate Professor of Law
B.A., Yale University
M.Sc., University of Oxford
J.D., Harvard Law School
Miriam Seifter is an Associate Professor of Law and Rowe Faculty Fellow in Regulatory Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Her research and teaching interests include administrative law, federalism, state and local government law, constitutional law, and property law. Her recent work focuses on executive power and the separation of powers at the state and federal levels, and on the role of civil society in public law. Her publications appear or are forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review, the NYU Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, and the Virginia Law Review, among others. In 2017, UW Law students honored Professor Seifter with the Classroom Teacher of the Year Award, and in 2018, she received one of twelve Distinguished Teaching Awards from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For her article Gubernatorial Administration, Seifter was named the 2017 winner of the American Constitution Society's Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law.
Professor Seifter received a B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University, an M.Sc. with distinction from Oxford University, and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was the Environmental Fellow and an Articles Editor on the Harvard Law Review. After law school, she served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Merrick Garland on the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court of the United States. Prior to joining the UW Law faculty, she was a Visiting Researcher and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and worked in private practice at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in San Francisco.
Scholarship & Publications
- Administrative Law
- Separation of Powers
- State and Local Government Law
The 2019 Wisconsin Law Review Symposium, which was chaired by former UW Law Professor Andrew Coan, featured a number of UW Law faculty, including Anuj Desai, Howie Erlanger, Neil Komesar, John Ohnesorge, Asifa Quraishi-Landes, David Schwartz, Miriam Seifter and Rob Yablon. The symposium, titled "Rationing the Constitution: How Judicial Capacity Shapes Supreme Decision-Making,” was held Oct. 24 and 25.
Miriam Seifter's article, "Further from the People? The Puzzle of State Administration," will appear in the April 2018 issue of the New York University Law Review.
News & Media
Wednesday, May 27, 2020Miriam Seifter: All states have empowered executive officials to address public health crises
Thursday, May 7, 2020GOP lawmakers file suit to block governor's stay home order; David Schwartz and Miriam Seifter weigh in
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Monday, May 4, 2020Wisconsin Supreme Court takes up safer-at-home lawsuit; Miriam Seifter comments
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020Coordinating state and federal powers in a pandemic; Miriam Seifter weighs in
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020Miriam Seifter discusses governors' powers during public health crises
Fox 6 News
Monday, Oct 21, 2019Separation of powers case before state Supreme Court could set Wisconsin apart, says Miriam Seifter
Wisconsin State Journal
Friday, Jul 26, 2019A Q&A with Miriam Seifter on the Hastie Fellowship Program at UW Law
Thursday, Jan 24, 2019Governor reverses course on Affordable Care Act lawsuit; Miriam Seifter comments
Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019Miriam Seifter weighs in on recent legal challenges to Wisconsin's lame-duck legislation
Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018Miriam Seifter discusses veto powers held by Wisconsin governor
New York Times
Friday, Jul 8, 2016Miriam Seifter: The nation's legal system needs a full Supreme Court
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wednesday, May 18, 2016Miriam Seifter brings knowledge learned from Ginsburg and Garland clerkships to her classroom
Wisconsin Law Journal
Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016Miriam Seifter discusses the consequences of an eight-justice Supreme Court
Friday, Apr 8, 2016Miriam Seifter, former clerk to Merrick Garland, discusses working for Supreme Court nominee