Publications - Thomas B. McAffee



Thomas B. McAffee et al., The Most Dangerous Branch: Why the Constitution Gave the War Power to Congress and Not to Rogue Presidents (Univ. of Ill. Press forthcoming).

Thomas B. McAffee et al., Powers Reserved for the People and the States: A History of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments (Praeger 2006).

Thomas B. McAffee, Inherent Rights, the Written Constitution, and Popular Sovereignty: The Founders’ Understanding (Praeger 2000).


Book Contributions

Thomas B. McAffee, The Legal Protection of Constitutional Rights, in The Legal System and American Constitutional Democracy 132 (M. Frankowska & A. Melone eds., 1993).



Thomas B. McAffee, Nevada Public Policy and Higher Education: The Roles of the Legislature and the Board of Regents Under the Nevada Constitution, 14 Nev. L.J. 833 (2014) (with Justin James McAffee).

Thomas B. McAffee, Setting Us Up For Disaster: The Supreme Court's Decision in Terry V. Ohio, 12 Nev. L.J. 609 (2012).

Thomas B. McAffee, Taking History Seriously: Reflections on a Critique of Amar’s Treatment of the Ninth Amendment in His Work on the Bill of Rights (William S. Boyd Sch. of Law, Univ. of Nev., Las Vegas, Working Paper No. 09-09, 2009).

Thomas B. McAffee et al., The Automobile Exception in Nevada: A Critique of the Harnisch Cases, 8 Nev. L.J. 622 (2008).

Thomas B. McAffee, Overcoming Lochner in the Twenty-First Century: Taking Both Rights and Popular Sovereignty Seriously as We Seek to Secure Equal Citizenship and Promote the Public Good, 42 U. Rich. L. Rev. 101 (2008).

Thomas B. McAffee, Restoring the Lost World of Classical Legal Thought: The Presumption in Favor of Liberty over Law and the Court over the Constitution, 75 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1499 (2007).

Nathan N. Frost et al., Courts over Constitutions Revisited: Unwritten Constitutionalism in the States, 2004 Utah L. Rev. 333.

Thomas B. McAffee, The Constitution as Based on the Consent of the Governed—Or, Should We Have an Unwritten Constitution?, 80 Or. L. Rev. 1245 (2001).

Thomas B. McAffee, Inalienable Rights, Legal Enforceability, and American Constitutions: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Concept of Unenumerated Rights, 36 Wake Forest L. Rev. 747 (2001).

Thomas B. McAffee, The Federal System as Bill of Rights: Original Understandings, Modern Misreadings, 43 Vill. L. Rev. 17 (1998).

Thomas B. McAffee & Michael J. Quinlan, Bringing Forward the Right to Keep and Bear Arms: Do Text, History, or Precedent Stand in the Way?, 75 N.C. L. Rev. 783 (1997).

Thomas B. McAffee, Constitutional Limits on Regulating Private Militia Groups, 58 Mont. L. Rev. 45 (1997).

Thomas B. McAffee, A Critical Guide to the Ninth Amendment, 69 Temp. L. Rev. 61 (1996).

Thomas B. McAffee, Federalism and the Protection of Rights: The Modern Ninth Amendment’s Spreading Confusion, 1996 BYU L. Rev. 351.

Thomas B. McAffee, Originalism and Indeterminacy, 19 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 429 (1996).

Thomas B. McAffee, Substance Above All: The Utopian Vision of Modern Natural Law Constitutionalists, 4 S. Cal. Interdisc. L.J. 501 (1995).

Thomas B. McAffee, The Brown Symposium—An Introduction, 20 S. Ill. U. L.J. 1 (1995).

Thomas B. McAffee, Brown and the Doctrine of Precedent: A Concurring Opinion, 20 S. Ill.U. L.J. 99 (1995).

Thomas B. McAffee, Prolegomena to a Meaningful Debate of the “Unwritten Constitution” Thesis, 61 U. Cin. L. Rev. 107 (1992).

Thomas B. McAffee, Reed Dickerson’s Originalism—What it Contributes to Contemporary Constitutional Debate, 16 S. Ill.U. L.J. 617 (1992).

Thomas B. McAffee, The Bill Of Rights, Social Contract Theory, and the Rights “Retained” by the People, 16 S. Ill. U. L.J. 267 (1992).

Thomas B. McAffee, The Role of Legal Scholars in the Confirmation Hearings for Supreme Court Nominees—Some Reflections, 7 St. John’s J. Legal Comment. 211 (1991).

Thomas B. McAffee, Response, [To Kathryn Abrams, Hiring Woman], 14 S. Ill. U. L.J. 498 (1990).

Thomas B. McAffee, The Original Meaning of the Ninth Amendment, 90 Colum. L. Rev. 1215 (1990).

Thomas B. McAffee, The Illinois Bill of Rights and Our Independent Legal Tradition: A Critique of the Illinois Lockstep Doctrine, 12 S. Ill. U. L.J. 1 (1987).

Thomas B. McAffee, Constitutional Interpretation and the American Tradition of Individual Rights, 27 BYU Studies 139 (1987).

Thomas B. McAffee, Perspectives on the Constitution: Origin, Development, Philosophy, and Contemporary Applications, 27 BYU Studies 3 (1987).

Thomas B. McAffee, Constitutional Interpretation—The Uses and Limitations of Original Intent, 12 U. Dayton L. Rev. 275 (1986).

Thomas B. McAffee, Berger v. The Supreme Court—The Implications of His Exceptions-Clause Odyssey, 9 U. Dayton L. Rev. 219 (1984).

Christopher A. Johnson & Thomas B. McAffee, Note, A Dialogue on the Political Question Doctrine, 1978 Utah L. Rev. 523.


Commentaries, Essays, and Reviews

Thomas B. McAffee, Book Review, 28 Law & Hist. Rev. 1099 (2010) (reviewing Kurt T. Lash, The Lost History of the Ninth Amendment (2009)).

Thomas B. McAffee, The "Foundations" of Anti-Foundationalism—Or, Taking the Ninth Amendment Lightly: A Comment on Farber's Book on the Ninth Amendment, 8 Nev. L.J. 226 (2008) (reviewing Daniel A. Farber, Retained by the People: The “Silent” Ninth Amendment and the Constitutional Rights Americans Don’t Know They Have (2007)).

Thomas B. McAffee, Does the Federal Constitution Incorporate the Declaration of Independence?, 1 Nev. L.J. 138 (2001) (reviewing Douglas W. Kmiec & Stephen B. Presser, The American Constitutional Order: History, Cases, and Philosophy (1998)).

Thomas B. McAffee, Comment, The Augustan Constitution and Our Natural Rights Tradition: Is There a Conflict?, 4 S. Cal. Interdisc. L.J. 693 (1995).

Thomas B. McAffee, Book Review, 36 Am J. Legal Hist. 399 (1992) (reviewing Robert Lowry Clinton, Marbury v. Madison and Judicial Review (1989)).

Thomas B. McAffee, Lawyers and the Abortion Debate: Presenting a Balanced View, 48 Mo. L. Rev. 284 (1983) (reviewing Lynn D. Wardle & Mary A. Wood, A Lawyer Looks at Abortion (1982)).


Practice Oriented Publications

Thomas B. McAffee, Heller, Nevada and the Second Amendment: Minimalism, Tradition and Modern Constitutional JurisprudenceNev. Law., Feb. 2014, at 22.

Thomas B. McAffee, Unenumerated Rights Under the U.S. Constitution, Nev. Law., July 2001, at 27.

Thomas B. McAffee, Shelly v. Kraemer: Herald of Social Progress and of the Coming Debate Over the Limits of Constitutional Change, 34 St. Louis B. J. 14 (1987).


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