Award bestowed upon WSU prof


Steven L. Winter, Walter S. Gibbs Professor of Constitutional Law at Wayne State University, is being honored for his work as a philosopher and legal theorist by the Dutch Association of Legal Philosophy, also known as the Vereniging voor Wijsbegeerte van het Recht (VWR), and Rechtsfilosofie & Rechtstheorie (R&R).

Every year, the association and journal collaborate on a special issue “dedicated to an outstanding international scholar who has made significant contributions to legal and political theory,” said Professor Bart van Klink of VU University Amsterdam and chairperson of the VWR.

He said Winter’s work “has attracted considerable attention in the Netherlands and Flanders” and will be honored at a conference hosted by VWR on June 22.

Winter, who is working on a book about consumerism and democracy, is the author of numerous articles on constitutional law and legal theory.

Some of his published works include The Metaphor of Standing and the Problem of Self-Governance; Bull Durham and the Uses of Theory; and, most recently, Reimagining Democracy for Social Individuals.

His book, A Clearing in the Forest: Law, Life and Mind, is the first systematic attempt to assess cognitive science’s implications for law and legal theory.

Winter is a regular participant in the Conference on Philosophy and Social Sciences held annually at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague.

He has served as a consultant for the Helsinki Watch Committee and the Central Intelligence Agency. Winter is Wayne Law’s first faculty member to hold an endowed chair.

A graduate of Yeshiva University and Columbia Law School, Winter began his legal career as a law clerk to the Hon. Paul R. Hays of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

From 1978 to 1986, he served as an assistant counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. (LDF).

During that time, he worked on more than a dozen U.S. Supreme Court cases including brief and argument in Tennessee v. Garner, 471 U.S. 1 (1985), the landmark case holding the common law fleeing felon rule unconstitutional.

Winter held faculty positions at the University of Miami School of Law and Brooklyn Law School before joining the Wayne Law faculty in 2002 as the Walter S. Gibbs Professor of Constitutional Law.

He also taught at American University’s Washington College of Law, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, the Rutgers School of Law-Newark and Yale Law School.

At Wayne Law, Winter has taught constitutional law, federal courts, civil procedure.