Assistant Professor of Law
B.A. 2000, University of Pennsylvania
M.A. 2003, Johns Hopkins University
J.D. 2004, The George Washington University
Member of the Maryland Bar
Dawinder "Dave" S. Sidhu joined the law school faculty in 2011. He teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, criminal law, national security, and civil rights.
Sidhu's teaching and scholarship have been enriched by his academic, government, and pro bono service. He has taught at the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Baltimore, and has held research posts at Oxford, Georgetown, Harvard, and Stanford. In addition to participating in the Supreme Court Fellows Program, he has worked at the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights and served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell. Sidhu has drafted, on a volunteer basis, several amicus briefs in constitutional and civil rights cases before the Supreme Court and federal courts of appeal. His writings have appeared in various academic journals and popular publications, including the Washington Post, SCOTUSblog, USA Today, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Baltimore Sun. He was elected into the Order of the Coif.
Sidhu was a legal observer of military commissions at Guantanamo, an opportunity now available to current UNM law students. He founded the law school chapter's of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project and serves as faculty advisor to both the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society student groups. In his spare time, Sidhu enjoys traveling and supporting the Montreal Canadiens.
This course involves an in-depth inquiry into the building blocks of civil rights law; freedom of expression (speech and press), equal protection, due process, and religious freedom. There will be discussion of litigation strategy and the decision-making processes of the U.S. Supreme Court.
This course is an introduction to the study of Constitutional Law. The focus will be on the structural framework established by the Constitution, including principles of federalism and the role of the Supreme Court in policing the constitutional order. Among other things, we will study the doctrine of judicial review, the reach of federal legislative power, limits on the reach of state power, the workings of the Supreme Court, and separation of powers and limits on the exercise of federal judicial power.
This seminar explores the fundamental constitutional and legal issues that arise in the national security context. It examines, among other things, the scope of executive wartime power, the role of the courts in times of war, the use of the writ of habeas corpus to challenge unlawful detention, and the rights and experiences of those targeted by governmental national security initiatives. Students will study historical moments, such as the Civil War and World War II, in which these issues are implicated, as well as important post-9/11 developments in the national security arena.
The Unconstitutionality of Urban Poverty, 62 DePaul L. Rev. ____ (forthcoming, 2013).
Religious Freedom and Inmate Grooming Standards, 66 U. Miami L. Rev. 923 (2012).
Shadowing the Flag: Extending the Habeas Writ Beyond Guantánamo, 20 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 39 (2011).
A Crisis of Confidence and Legal Theory: The Economic Downturn and the End of the Doctrine of Efficient Breach, 24 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 357 (2011).
Are Blue and Pink the New Brown? The Permissibility of Sex-Segregated Education as Affirmative Action, 17 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 579 (2008).
Oak Creek and the Future of Sikhs in America, Washington Post, Oct. 2, 2012.
Violence against Sikhs Stems from Ignorance and Fear, Baltimore Sun, Aug. 6, 2012.
In the Wake of the Temple Shootings, a New Call for Sikh Leadership, Center for Public Leadership, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Aug. 6, 2012.
A Decade After 9/11, Ignorance Persists,Albuquerque Journal, Dec. 16, 2011.
Civil Rights and the Wartime Supreme Court, SCOTUSBlog, Feb. 22, 2010.
Civil Rights In Wartime: The Post-9/11 Sikh Experience (Ashgate, 2009) (with Neha Singh Gohil).