Bridget A. Fahey

Bridget Fahey

Assistant Professor of Law

Bridget Fahey is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, where she teaches constitutional law and contract law.  Her research focuses on the theory and practice of American federalism, especially the forms of intergovernmental interaction, joint lawmaking, and collaborative governance that challenge traditional paradigms of federal-state interaction.

Her most recent article, Federalism by Contract, 129 Yale L.J. 2326 (2020), shows that domestic governments use contract-like instruments to structure intergovernmental programs and transact in a wide range of governmental powers.  Her earlier work, especially her article Consent Procedures and American Federalism, 128 Harv. L. Rev. 1561 (2015), identifies and theorizes the federal government’s practice of intervening in and reshaping state and local governing processes.

Bridget graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Political Science in 2008 and from Yale Law School in 2014.  Before joining the faculty, she was a litigator at the Washington D.C. office of  WilmerHale, held a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and was a law clerk on the D.C. Circuit and on the Supreme Court of the United States for Justice Sonia Sotomayor.