Luke M. Milligan

Associate Professor of Law

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Luke Milligan currently teaches courses in public law and jurisprudence at the University of Louisville.

Professor Milligan writes at the intersection of criminal law, constitutional law, and judicial behavior (with an emphasis on the contending interpretations of the Fourth Amendment). His articles have appeared in the Boston University Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Georgia Law Review, and Washington and Lee Law Review, among others. Milligan's latest article, "To Be Secure," is forthcoming in the Hastings Law Journal.  "To Be Secure" argues that the prevailing interpretation of the Fourth Amendment (identifying a right to be merely "spared" unreasonable searches and seizures) is inconsistent with constitutional structure, founding-era discourse, and, most notably, the original meaning of the "to be secure" text of the Fourth Amendment. Milligan has been a visiting professor at the University of Turku (Finland), the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), and Emory Law School. The University of Louisville law alumni named Milligan teacher of the year in 2013.

Milligan was previously a litigator at the Williams & Connolly law firm in Washington, D.C.  He also served as law clerk to Judge Edith Brown Clement of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge Martin L.C. Feldman of the U.S. District Court in New Orleans.  Raised in Ohio, Milligan holds degrees from Miami University (of Ohio) and Emory Law School.  Milligan is admitted to the bars of Ohio, Kentucky, and the District of Columbia.    

Courses Taught

Criminal Law  

Criminal Procedure I & II



Selected Publications

To Be Secure, 65 Hastings Law Journal __ (forthcoming 2014)

Congressional End-Run: The Ignored Constraint on Judicial Review, 45 Georgia Law Review 211 (2010)

A Theory of Stability: John Rawls, Fetal Homicide, and Substantive Due Process, 87 Boston University Law Review 1177 (2007)

University and Community Service

Dean Search Committee, University of Louisville School of Law, 2013-Present

Faculty Senate, University of Louisville, 2013-Present 

Commissioner, Department of Public Advocacy, Commonwealth of Kentucky, 2010-Present