Justin Weinstein-Tull studies federalism, state and local courts and governments, and election law, with a focus on the consequences of decentralizing federal law. Increasing federal reliance on states as administrators both encourages tailoring to local tastes and needs but also activates state and local bureaucracies that frustrate federal law and reinforce inequality. Weinstein-Tull's research illustrates these costs of decentralization by offering accounts of how rights fare—and fail—inside of state and local government.
Before joining ASU, Weinstein-Tull was a Thomas C. Grey Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School. He previously worked as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, where he litigated voting rights cases against states and local governments. He was also a litigation associate in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sidney Thomas of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He graduated from Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School and earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University.
At ASU, Weinstein-Tull teaches Constitutional Law, the Fourteenth Amendment, and Federalism.
The Structures of Local Courts, 106 Virginia L. Rev. (forthcoming 2020)
State Bureaucratic Undermining, 85 U. Chicago L. Rev. 1083 (2018)
Abdication and Federalism, 117 Columbia L. Rev. 839 (2017)
Election Law Federalism, 114 Michigan L. Rev. 747 (2016)
A Localist Critique of Shelby County v. Holder, 11 Stanford J. C.R. & C.L. 291 (2015)