Charlton Copeland

Professor of Law, Dean's Distinguished Scholar, and Associate Dean for Intellectual Life

Litigation and Dispute Resolution Concentration Affiliated Faculty
J.D. 2003, Yale Law School
M.A.R. 2002, Yale Divinity School
A.B. 1996, Amherst College

Phone: (305)284-2376
Office: G271

Charlton Copeland joined the faculty in 2007. He teaches Civil Procedure I and II, Federal Courts, Administrative Law, and the Regulatory State. In addition, he has served as the Faculty Coordinator of the Florida Supreme Court Internship Program, and the Law School’s Washington, DC Externship Program, where he teaches Federal Policy Making: Legislation, Regulation and Litigation. He is a 2015 recipient of the Richard Hausler Golden Apple Award for the faculty member contributing the most to the student body both academically and through his or her extracurricular activities.

His scholarship has focused primarily on the ways in which federalism as a constitutional and political structure is mediated in: the relationship between federal and state courts, the jurisprudence of remedies for state violations of federal law, and the relationship between state and federal implementation of federal policy.  In addition, he has written about the intersection between law and theology as they relate to religion’s role in American democracy and the framing of liberationist critiques of same sex marriage.  He is a recipient of the 2013 Dukeminier Award and the Michael Cunningham Prize, from the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School, for the best law review articles published on sexual orientation and gender identity law issues in the previous year.  His current scholarly interests explore the relationship between race and American political institutions and structures, particularly how attention to race and American political institutions informs federal courts jurisprudence, and the implications of federalism’s survival of the demise of formal racial apartheid in America.  He is also interested in the ways in which federalism shape the development of American public policy, particularly health policy.

In addition to his academic commitments, Professor Copeland has served the larger Miami-Dade community as a member of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, an independent county agency with advisory and quasi-judicial authority, from 2010-2014.  He served as Chair of the Commission from 2012-2013.  He has also served as Chair of the Law and Humanities Section of the American Association of Law Schools.

Prior to joining the Law School faculty, Professor Copeland served as a visiting assistant professor of law at Northwestern University Law School.  He was an associate at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) in Washington, DC, where he focused on litigation (appellate and insurance) and regulatory (communications) matters.  In addition, he served as a law clerk to Justices Richard J. Goldstone and Catherine O’Regan of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and as a clerk to Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Professor Copeland is a graduate of Amherst College, Yale Divinity School, and Yale Law School.


Building a Litigation Coalition: Business Interests and the Transformation of Personal Jurisdiction, in A Guide to Civil Procedure: Integrating Critical Legal Perspectives (Brooke Coleman, et al., eds.) (2022).

Seeing Beyond Courts: The Political Context of the Nationwide Injunction, 91 U. Colo. L. Rev. 789 (2020).

Criminalization as Governance in the American Racial State, 52 Tulsa L. Rev. 643 (2017).

Response: Means, Ends, and Institutions, 89 Tul. L. Rev. 369 (2014).

Wrestling with Health Care Law: Supreme Court Honors States' Rights, 1 Miami L. Mag. 10 (2013).

Beyond Separation in Federalism Enforcement: Medicaid Expansion, Coercion, and the Norm of Engagement, 15 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 91 (2012).

Creation Stories: Stanley Hauerwas, Same-Sex Marriage, and Narrative in Law and Theology, 75 Law & Contemp. Probs. 87 (2012).

Federal Law in State Court: Judicial Federalism Through a Relational Lens, 19 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 511 (2011).

"Fists and the Voices of Sorrowful Women": Race, Gender, Violence, and the Reconstruction of the Word in Toni Morrison’s "Jazz”, African American Culture and Legal Discourse 131 (2009).

Ex parte Young: Sovereignty, Immunity, and the Constitutional Structure of American Federalism, 40 U. Tol. L. Rev. 843 (2009).

God-Talk in the Age of Obama: Theology and Religious Political Engagement, 86 Denv. U. L. Rev. 663 (2009).

Ripeness, 4 Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States 256 (2008).

Private Pathologies and Public Policies: Race, Class, and the Failure of Child Welfare, 20 Yale L. & Pol'y Rev. 513 (2002).

 Media Appearances

Newspaper: Boston Globe, local Florida newspapers (commentary) 2016 addressing ethics in public service, voting rights, the Affordable Care Act

TV: NPR, C-Span, Local Miami News Affiliates May 16 2014 addressing the Affordable Care Act, Voting Rights, Marriage Equality Litigation

 Presentations & Awards

Race, the Republican Party and the Marketing of Voter Fraud (March , 2022)

Race, the Republican Party and the Marketing of Voter Fraud (June , 2022)

The Exceptional South: Race and Twentieth Century American Federalism (January , 2022)

The Jurisprudence of Crisis and the Maintenance of American Federalism (October , 2021)

Federalism, Presidential Policy Ambition and Health Policy (October , 2021)

Race, the Republican Party and the Marketing of Voter Fraud (May , 2021)

Race, the Republican Party and the Marketing of Voter Fraud (March , 2021)

Qualified Immunity's Strange Bedfellows (February , 2021)

The Exceptional South: Race and Twenty-First Century American Federalism (September , 2019)

Litigating Health Policy (May , 2019)

Seeing Beyond Courts: The Political Context of the Nationwide Injunction (April , 2019)

AALS Constitutional Law Section Panel (January , 2016)

Legal Theory Workshop (April , 2016)

“Race, Federalism and Anti-Monopolization,” (January , 2014)

“The Spending Clause in Context: The Eleventh Circuit, Justice Breyer, and National Federation’s Missed Moment,” (January , 2013)

“Race, Trust and American Federalism: Reconsidering the Warren Court,” (November , 2012)

“Reconsidering the Warren Court’s Federalism,” (January , 2012)

“From Allocation to Engagement in Tenth Amendment Jurisprudence: Medicaid Expansion and the Bureaucratic Life of Federalism Enforcement,” (January , 2012)

“Federalism’s Global Generality,” (February , 2012)

“Reconsidering the Warren Court’s Federalism,” (February , 2012)

“Race, Trust and American Federalism,” (October , 2011)

Phone: (305)284-2376
Office: G271
Faculty Assistant

Hernandez, Alina

Phone: (305) 284-9211
Office: C223