Dmitry Bam

Vice Dean/Provost
Professor of Law

Associate Professor Dmitry Bam


B.S., summa cum laude, Syracuse University
B.A., summa cum laude, Syracuse University
J.D., with distinction, Stanford Law School

Current Courses

  • Changing Laws and Policies
  • Constitutional Law
  • Employment Law
  • Federalist Papers
  • Law Review
  • Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic

Research Interests

  • Civil Rights
  • Constitutional Law
  • Election Laws
  • Professional Responsibility

Dmitry Bam writes and teaches in the fields of constitutional law, professional responsibility, employment law, and the judiciary. He is recognized as a scholar and commentator on judicial ethics, judicial selection, and constitutional interpretation. Professor Bam served as interim dean of Maine Law from July 2019 to April 2020. Before that he served as the associate dean for academic affairs.

From 2005 to 2009, Professor Bam practiced with the law firms of Morrison & Foerster and Jones Day. His practice focused on employment law, securities law, and appellate litigation. His extensive pro bono work has ranged from ensuring indigent civil litigants the right to counsel in Colorado to litigating cases involving discrimination claims and constitutional issues. From 2009 to 2011, Professor Bam served as a Research Fellow at the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession and taught at Stanford Law School.

Professor Bam graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University and earned a law degree with distinction from Stanford Law School. He served as Articles Editor of the Stanford Law Review and on the editorial board of the Stanford Technology and Law Review. He clerked with the Honorable Barry G. Silverman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Phoenix, Arizona.

Selected Publications

Legal Process Theory and Judicial Discipline in the United States, book chapter in DISCIPLINING JUDGES (2021).

Judicial Partisanship in a Partisan Era, 70 FLORIDA L. REV. F. 148 (2019).

Seen and Heard: A Defense of Judicial Speech, 11 LIBERTY U. L. REV. 765 (2017). [PDF]

Tailored Judicial Selection, 39 UALR L. REV. 521 (2017). [PDF]

Partisan Judicial Speech and Recusal Procedure, 10 LEGAL ETHICS 131 (2017). [PDF]

Restoring the Civil Jury in a World Without Trials, 94 NEB. L. REV. 862 (2016). [PDF]

Recusal Failure, 18 N.Y.U. J. LEGIS. & PUB. POL’Y 587 (2015). [PDF]

Our Unconstitutional Recusal Procedure, 84 MISS. L.J. 1135 (2015). [PDF]

Voter Ignorance and Judicial Elections, 102 KY. L.J. 553 (2013). [PDF]

Remarks: Caperton’s Next Generation — Beyond the Bank, 18 N.Y.U. J. LEGIS. & PUB. POL’Y 587 (2015). [PDF]

Making Appearances Matter: Recusal and the Appearance of Bias, B.Y.U. L. REV. 943 (2011). [PDF] [SSRN]

Understanding Caperton: Judicial Disqualification Under the Due Process Clause, 42 McGEORGE L. REV. 65 (2010). [PDF] [SSRN]

A ROADMAP TO JUSTICE (2010) (White Paper with Prof. Deborah Rhode). [SSRN]