Emily Calhoun

Professor of Law
Civil Rights; Federal Courts; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Tort Law

University of Colorado Law School
Wolf Law Building
401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0401
Office: 400B
Phone: (303) 492-7592
E-mail: emily.calhoun@colorado.edu

Curriculum Vitae:  View (PDF format)

Educational Background:
J.D.   University of Texas School of Law   1971  
M.A.   Texas Tech University   1968  
B.A.   Texas Tech University   1967   Phi Kappa Phi
Prior to becoming a law professor, Emily Calhoun was a staff attorney with the Southern Regional Office of the American Civil Liberties Union. She has continued to explore civil and human rights as a professor, first at the University of Georgia Law School and then at the University of Colorado Law School. Professor Calhoun's articles on executive detention and habeas corpus, employment discrimination, voting rights, prisoners' rights, standing, and the right to petition government have appeared in a variety of journals across the country, and her article on attorneys' fee awards was cited by the United States Supreme Court. Professor Calhoun has authored a book on Colorado products liability law and, most recently, a book on Supreme Court decisions that inflict a second loss on constitutional losers. The latter book received the Jules Milstein award for outstanding faculty scholarship. Professor Calhoun believes that civil rights work is never truly finished, so in addition to her research and writing she has done a considerable amount of public service work. She has consulted with public interest attorneys and organizations like the ACLU, the Colorado Lawyers Committee, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Native American Rights Fund. Professor Calhoun's professional accomplishments have been recognized in many ways. For example, in 1974, Professor Calhoun served as an advisor to the United States delegation to the first United Nations International Women's Year Conference. In 1985, she was selected to present the annual Austin Scott Lecture, which addressed the issue of voting rights and the First Amendment. In 1989, she received the University of Colorado's prestigious Robert L. Stearns Award. In addition to being a faculty member, Professor Calhoun has served the University of Colorado in a number of other capacities. She chaired the University's Faculty Council for two years, served as an associate vice president of CU for three years, and currently works both as a faculty mediator for the CU System's Privilege and Tenure Committee and as a faculty ombudsperson for the CU-Boulder campus.

Published Books



Beyond the Pale: The Supreme Court Opinion in Rights Disputes, 48 ENGLISH LANGUAGE NOTES 179 (Fall/Winter 2010).
The Accounting: Habeas Corpus and Enemy Combatants, 79 U. Colo. L. Rev. 77 (2008).
Academic Freedom: Disciplinary Lessons from Hogwarts, 77 U. Colo. L. Rev. 843 (2006).
Workplace Mediation: The First-Phase, Private Caucus in Individual Discrimination Disputes, 9 Harv. Neg. L. Rev. 187 (2004).
The Professional Responsibility of Affirmative Action in Higher Education, 12 Temple Political & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 1 (2002).
Initiative Petition Reforms and the First Amendment, 66 Colo. L. Rev., 129 (1995).

Other Publications

Voice in Government: The People, 8 Notre Dame J. of Law, Ethics & Pub. Pol. 427 (1994).
Attorney-Client Conflicts of Interest and the Concept of Non-Negotiable Fee Awards Under 42 U.S.C. -- 1988, 55 Colo. L. Rev. 341 (1984).

Book Reviews

The Myth of Judicial Activism: Making Sense of Supreme Court Decisions, 43 Trial 62 (June 2007) (2007).
Bearing Witness, Women's Rev. Books, June 2003, at 10 (reviewing Cathy Winkler, One Night: Realities of Rape (2002)) (2003).


Fall 2013 Torts LAWS 5425-802
Fall 2012 Torts LAWS 5425-802
Fall 2012 Seminar: Special Problems in Conflict Resolution and Management LAWS 8409-001