Akram Faizer

Akram Faizer Faculty Photo - Akram Faizer

Professor of Law
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B.A., McGill University
J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School

Courses taught: U.S. Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Administrative Law, Estate Law, and Property

Curriculum Vitae

Professor M. Akram Faizer is Professor of Law at the LMU -  Duncan School of Law, where he teaches U.S. Constitutional Law, First Amendment Law, Administrative Law, Estate Law, and  Property Law. He writes prolifically in the area of Constitutional Law, with special emphasis on the difficulties related to integrating historically marginalized groups such as racial and ethnic minorities, migrants, gender minorities and the poor. He joined the LMU faculty in July 2011, was named Professor of the Year for the 2012-13 academic year, appears frequently on local media and awarded tenure as of July 1, 2017. Prior to joining the LMU faculty, Professor Faizer was a practicing litigator in Buffalo, NY, at the venerable law firm of Barclay Damon LLP. Professor Faizer focused his practice on real estate valuation, with special emphasis on both eminent domain and tax assessment disputes. Professor Faizer was the first person to be awarded the Hanna S. Cohn Young Lawyer Award by the New York State Bar Association for pro bono legal services. The Award was especially meaningful to Professor Faizer in that it is awarded on annual basis to only one attorney in the entire State of New York based on the recommendation of that attorney’s local bar association. Professor Faizer’s scholarship focuses on constitutional law, with a special emphasis on the tension between democracy and its imperative of self-government with western societies’ increased focus on individual autonomy.

Professor Faizer graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in Notre Dame, IN, with a Juris Doctor Degree in June 2000. He holds both a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

He is a member of the New York and Tennessee bars.

Faizer’s teaching philosophy is to be provocative in the classroom to focus on student learning, while at the same time engendering student discussion in an honest and critical manner. He also tries to emphasize a diversity of learning patterns to anticipate and respond to different student learning gaps or styles. “I very much enjoy the subjects I teach for different reasons. Constitutional Law and First Amendment because they are intellectually fascinating, public spirited and focus on the critical thinking side of law,” Faizer says. “I enjoy teaching Wills, Trusts and Estates and Property because they are both intellectually interesting and allow me an opportunity to teach students needed practical skills. I transitioned from practice to teaching notwithstanding my love of practice because I sincerely believe I can make a greater contribution by teaching.”

When he’s not teaching, Faizer likes to indulge his love of coffee, pastries, chocolates, fine cheeses, and classical music. He also loves reading, working out, and has an unfortunate fondness for expensive neckties.


America First: Improving a Recalcitrant Immigration and Refugee Policy, 84 Tenn. L. Rev. 4  (Summer 2017)

The Privileges or Immunities Clause: A Potential Cure for the Trump Phenomenon, 121 Penn State L. Rev. 61 (Summer 2016).

Death Penalty Jurisprudence by Tallying State Legislative Enactments: Harmonizing the Eighth and Tenth Amendments, 51 Crim. L. Bull. No. 4 (co-authored with Professor Charles E. MacLean and Peer Reviewed) (2015).

Reinforced Polarization: How the Roberts’ Court Recent Decision to Invalidate the Voting Rights Act’s Coverage Formula Will Exacerbate the Divisions that Bedevil U.S. Society – Cumberland Law Review, Vol 45, No. 2 (2015).

Exacerbating the Divide – Why the Roberts Court’s Recent Same-Sex Jurisprudence is an Improvident Use of the Court’s Judicial Review Power – the University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, 24 U. Fla. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 395 (2014).

The War on Terror: Lessons from Lincoln - Duncan School of Law Review Inaugural Symposium Issue (2014).

Chief Justice John “Marshall” Roberts – How the Chief Justice’s Majority Opinion Upholding the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 Evokes Chief Justice Marshall’s Decision in Marbury v. Madison - University of New Hampshire Law Review, Volume III, Number 1 (2013).

Supreme Court Mandates Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide – DICTA: The Official Monthly Magazine of the Knoxville Bar Association (September 2015).

The Next Wave of Affordable Care Act Litigation: Part Two and Subsequent Update – DICTA: The Official Monthly Magazine of the Knoxville Bar Association (November 2014 and January 2015).

A Tortured Path to Same Sex Marriage in Tennessee – A Practitioner’s Guide – DICTA: The Official Monthly Magazine of the Knoxville Bar Association (September 2013).

Court Ruling Paves Way for Same-Sex Marriage in Tennessee – Knox News Sentinel (November 4, 2013).

The Obama Economic Record: Stimulus Blocked Deeper Meltdown - Knox News Sentinel (September 8, 2012).


New Scholar Program Participant-Southeastern Association of Law Schools (“SEALS”) Conference, Boca Raton, FL (August 1, 2017)

Panelist for Immigration and Asylum Issues in a Post-Brexit Europe and a Trump Administration - SEALS Conference, Boca Raton, FL (August 1, 2017)

Discussant for Trusts and Estates Workshop - SEALS Conference, Boca Raton, FL (August 1, 2017)

Discussant for Teaching Climate Change in a Post-Trump World - SEALS Conference, Boca Raton, FL (August 3, 2017)

Discussant for the Law of National Security - SEALS Conference, Boca Raton, FL (August 3, 2017)

Panel Speaker on the issue of the Supreme Court’s most recent term – SEALS Conference, Amelia Island, FL (August 4, 2016)

Panel Speaker on the legacy of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia – SEALS Conference, Amelia Island, FL (August 5, 2016)

Discussion Group Participant on the issue of Race and Federalism – SEALS Conference, Amelia Island, FL, (August 4, 2016)

Discussion Group Participant on the issue of Assessment Strategies Wills, Trusts and Estates – SEALS Conference, Amelia Island, FL, (August 6, 2016)

Panel Participant on Prospective Law Teachers’ Workshop – SEALS Conference, Amelia Island, FL, (August 5, 2016)

Inns of Court, Knoxville, TN (guest lecturer to Knoxville Bar Association and Law Faculty on Second Amendment jurisprudence and Federalism) (December 7, 2015)

Discussion Group participant on the issue of Supreme Court Transparency – SEALS Conference, Boca Raton, FL, (July 29, 2015)

Discussion Group participant on the issue of Sex and Gender Classifications and federal judicial review – SEALS Conference, Boca Raton, FL, (July 31, 2015)

Speaker at the Barry University Law School and the American Constitution Society’s Constitutional Law Scholars Conference, Orlando, FL (March 20, 2015)

Speaker at the Southeastern Law Scholars Conference – Charleston School of Law, Charleston, SC: “The Roberts Court and the Voting Rights Act – Exacerbating the Political Divide” (October 4-6, 2013)

Guest Lecturer for the Western New York – Ontario Chapter of the Appraisal Institute’s annual symposium, Ellicottville NY (January 16-17, 2014)

The War on Terror: Lessons from Lincoln at Duncan School of Law’s Inaugural Law Review Symposium “Bridging the Political Divide: Lessons from Lincoln.” (April 20, 2012)

Guest Lecturer for Constitutional Law Day at Pellissippi State College (September 2011)

Guest Lecturer on First Amendment issues at the University of Tennessee’s Journalism Department (Fall 2012, 2013 and 2014)

Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, Paris Landing, TN (October 12-14, 2011)