Brian C. Kalt
Before coming to MSU College of Law, Professor Kalt worked at the Washington D.C. office of Sidley and Austin in one of the top appellate law practices in the country. He earned his juris doctor from Yale Law School, where he was an editor on the Yale Law Journal. After law school, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Professor Kalt's research focuses on structural constitutional law and juries. At MSU Law, Professor Kalt teaches Constitutional Law, Torts, and Administrative Law.
J.D. Yale Law School, 1997; A.B., with Highest Distinction, University of Michigan, 1994
- Administrative Law
(Formerly DCL 300) This course examines the place of administrative agencies in American government, and surveys the legal rules and principles governing agency regulation, adjudication, investigation, and enforcement; agency structure; and judicial review of agency action.
- Constitutional Law I
(Formerly DCL 171) An introduction to American constitutional law. This course surveys the distribution of national powers among the Congress, the president and the federal judiciary. After examining the fundamentals of judicial review and its limitations, the course considers the delegated powers of Congress and the tensions between Congress and the president in the exercise of national powers. The course concludes with an overview of governmental immunities. Some sections of Regulatory State and constitutional Law I are taught as a combined class.
- Torts I
(Formerly DCl 141) The study of the protection that the law affords against interference by others with one's person, property or intangible interest. It is broadly divisible into three areas of liability: intentional interference, negligence and strict liability. Specific tort actions and defenses are analyzed. Each is examined in the context of underlying social and economic factors that provide the framework in which law develops and social conflict is managed.
- Torts II
(Formerly DCL 434) This course is a continuation of the required Torts course. Building on the basic tort causes of action based on intent, negligence and strict liability, this course will survey a wide variety of specialized tort topics including workers' compensation, social security disability benefits, no-fault automobile insurance, defamation, privacy, malicious prosecution, trademark infringement, misrepresentation and tort actions created under civil rights law. It also will focus on practical problems in torts cases such as settlement, contribution and indemnification. The course includes a practice component. Students will interview a client in an automobile negligence or slip-and-fall case, draft a complaint based upon the interview and draft a case evaluation summary.
Michigan; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Sixth Circuit
Constitutional Cliffhangers: A Legal Guide for Presidents and Their Enemies (Yale University Press, 2012).
Sixties Sandstorm: The Fight over Establishment of a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Michigan State University Press 2001).
Law Review Publications
Winning Recounts: Essential Mathematical and Statistical Insights for Election Lawyers, 30 Journal of Law & Politics 141 (2015).
The Application of the Disqualification Clause to Congress: A Response to Benjamin Cassady, “You’ve Got Your Crook, I’ve Got Mine”: Why the Disqualification Clause Doesn’t (Always) Disqualify, 33 Quinnipiac Law Review 7 (2014).
The Ninth Amendment in Congress, 40 Pepperdine Law Review 75 (2012).
Explaining, Defending, and Exporting the Socratic Method, 27 Soongsil Law Review 309 (2012) (partially translated into Korean).
Politics and the Federal Appointments Process, 5 Harvard Law & Policy Review (Online), Apr. 5, 2011, http://hlpronline.com/2011/04/politics-and-the-federal-appointments-process/.
Tabloid Constitutionalism: How a Bill Doesn't Become a Law, 96 Georgetown Law Journal 1971 (2008).
Keeping Recess Appointments in Their Place, 101 Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy 88 (2007), http://www.law.northwestern.edu/lawreview/colloquy/2007/3/; and Keeping Tillman Adjournments in Their Place: A Rejoinder to Seth Barrett Tillman, 101 Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy 108 (2007), http://www.law.northwestern.edu/lawreview/colloquy/2007/6/.
Crossing Eight Mile: Juries of the Vicinage and County-Line Criminal Buffer Statutes, 80 Washington Law Review 271 (2005).
The Perfect Crime, 93 Georgetown Law Journal 675 (2005).
Three Levels of Stare Decisis: Distinguishing Common-Law, Constitutional, and Statutory Cases, 8 Texas Review of Law & Politics 277 (2004).
The Exclusion of Felons from Jury Service, 53 American University Law Review 65 (2003).
“American Perspective,” in MSU–DCL Tri-Panel on the Election Process: A Discussion of the 2000 Elections in The United States, Canada, and Mexico, 10 Michigan State University Detroit College of Law Journal of International Law 109 (2001).
The Constitutional Case for the Impeachability of Former Federal Officials: An Analysis of the Law, History, and Practice of Late Impeachment, 6 Texas Review of Law & Politics 13 (2001).
The People’s Forest and Levy’s Trees: Popular Sovereignty and the Origins of the Bill of Rights, 17 Constitutional Commentary 119 (2000).
Death, Ethics, and the State, 23 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 487 (2000).
Wade H. McCree, Jr., and the Office of the Solicitor General, 1977–1981, 1998 Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University Law Review 703.
The Presidential Privilege Against Prosecution, 2 Nexus 11 (1997) (with Akhil Reed Amar).
Note, Pardon Me?: The Constitutional Case Against Presidential Self-Pardons, 106 Yale Law Journal 779 (1996).