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- Baier Hall 326
- Amherst College BA 2002
- New York University JD 2009
- New York University PhD 2014
Nicholas Almendares joined the Maurer School of Law faculty in 2020 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was program director of the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy. He has taught at the Seton Hall University School of Law and Tulane University Law School and clerked for the Honorable Janis Graham Jack in the Southern District of Texas. His research focuses on accountability and democracy across areas of law, such as class actions, separation of powers, collective responsibility, and campaign financing. His work takes an interdisciplinary approach, often drawing upon economics, social science, and philosophy.
Almendares received his law degree from New York University School of Law, where he was a Dwight D. Opperman Scholar and organized the symposium "Tort Law in the Shadow of Preemption." He also earned his PhD in politics from New York University, with specialties in political economy and political theory. He has presented at workshops both in the United States and abroad; in addition to law reviews, his work appears in philosophy and political science journals.
In The Media
- Interviewed in "Trump claimed to have 'total authority' as president. What are the uses, limits of modern U.S. presidential power?," Texas Public Radio ( 03-01-2021 )
- Quoted in "Pence's role during Capitol riots, what's next before inauguration," Fox 59 ( 01-07-2021 )
- Interviewed in "Political Expert Nicholas Almendares discusses the current political climate," ABC 57 ( 01-07-2021 )
- Quoted in "IU experts comment on the recent legal action taken by the Trump campaign," Indiana Daily Student ( 11-18-2020 )
- Quoted in "Top Indiana election attorney rushes to defend Trump's fraud claims, then quietly retreats," The Indianapolis Star ( 11-17-2020 )
- Quoted in "Hill joins other GOP AG's in case against Pennsylvania Supreme Court," WBAA ( 11-12-2020 )
- Quoted in "Pres. Trump and the election court cases," WIBC ( 11-08-2020 )
- Quoted in "Law professor: any voter fraud lawsuit would have move through lower courts first," Indiana Public Media ( 11-06-2020 )
- Interviewed in "Election review: Following results," Indiana Public Media ( 11-04-2020 )
- Quoted in "National groups pour money into 2020 Indiana attorney general race," News and Tribune ( 10-30-2020 )
- Quoted in "Long lines to vote at Monroe County's only early voting location lead to extended hours," Indiana Daily Student ( 10-28-2020 )
- Wrote a blog post titled "Unmarked agents, accountability, and the anti-commandeering doctrine," California Law Review ( 10-01-2020 )
- Foreseeability, Causation, and Guilt in COLLECTIVE ACTION, PHILOSOPHY AND THE LAW (Chiara Valentini and Teresa Marques, eds., Routledge, forthcoming).
- Unmarked Agents, Accountability, and the Anti-Commandeering Doctrine, CAL. L. REV. (2020).
- Comments on Executive Rulemaking and Democratic Legitimacy: "Reform" in the US and the UK’s Route to Brexit, 94 CHI-KENT L. REV. 569 (2019).
- The False Allure of Settlement Pressure, 50 LOY. U. CHI. L.J. 271 (2018).
- Beyond Citizens United, 84 FORDHAM L. REV. 2756 (2016) (with Catherine Hafer).
- Mixed Motives in the Equilibrium View of Joint Intention, 173 PHIL. STUD. 733 (2016) (with Dimitri Landa).
- Increasing Leverage: Judicial Review as a Democracy-Enhancing Institution, 10 Q.J. POL. SCI. 357 (2015) (with Patrick Le Bihan).
- Blame-Shifting, Judicial Review, and Public Welfare, 27 J.L. & POL. 239 (2012).
Areas of Expertise
- Administrative law
- Class actions
- Election law