Akram Faizer ProfPhotos_DSOL_PMR-56

Associate Professor of Law

B.A., McGill University
J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School

Courses taught: U.S. Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Wills, Trusts and Estates and Property

Professor M. Akram Faizer joined the LMU faculty in July 2011 and was named Professor of the Year for the 2012-13 academic year. Prior to teaching, Faizer was a practicing litigator in Buffalo, New York, at the venerable law firm of Barclay Damon LLP. Faizer focused his practice on real estate valuation, with special emphasis on both eminent domain and tax assessment disputes. Professor Faizer was the first person to be awarded the Hanna S. Cohn Young Lawyer Award by the New York State Bar Association for pro bono legal services. The award is given on annual basis to only one attorney in the State of New York based on the recommendation of that attorney’s local bar association.

Faizer’s scholarship focuses on constitutional law, with a special emphasis on the tension between democracy and its imperative of self-government with western societies’ increased focus on individual autonomy. Faizer graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in June 2000. He holds both a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is a member of the New York and Tennessee bars.

Faizer’s teaching philosophy is to be provocative in the classroom to focus on student learning, while at the same time engendering student discussion in an honest and critical manner. He also tries to emphasize a diversity of learning patterns to anticipate and respond to different student learning gaps or styles. “I very much enjoy the subjects I teach for different reasons. Constitutional Law and First Amendment because they are intellectually fascinating, public spirited and focus on the critical thinking side of law,” Faizer says. “I enjoy teaching Wills, Trusts and Estates and Property because they are both intellectually interesting and allow me an opportunity to teach students needed practical skills. I transitioned from practice to teaching notwithstanding my love of practice because I sincerely believe I can make a greater contribution by teaching.”

When he’s not teaching, Faizer likes to indulge his love of coffee, pastries, chocolates, fine cheeses, and classical music. He also loves reading, working out, and has an unfortunate fondness for expensive neckties.


Supreme Court Mandates Nationwide Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage, DICTA: The Official Monthly Magazine of the Knoxville Bar Association (September 2015)

Death Penalty Jurisprudence by Tallying State Legislative Enactments: Harmonizing the Eighth and Tenth Amendments, 51 Crim. L. Bull. No. 4 (2015) (with Charles E. MacLean)

Reinforced Polarization: How the Roberts’ Court Recent Decision to Invalidate the Voting Rights Act’s Coverage Formula Will Exacerbate the Divisions that Bedevil U.S. Society, Cumberland Law Review, Vol 45, No. 2 (2015)

The Next Wave of Affordable Care Act Litigation: Part Two and Subsequent Update, DICTA: The Official Monthly Magazine of the Knoxville Bar Association (November 2014, January 2015)

Exacerbating the Divide: Why the Roberts Court’s Recent Same-Sex Jurisprudence is an Improvident Use of the Court’s Judicial Review Power, 24 U. Fla. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 395 (2014)

The War on Terror: Lessons from Lincoln, Duncan School of Law Review Inaugural Symposium Issue (2014)

Chief Justice John “Marshall” Roberts: How the Chief Justice’s Majority Opinion Upholding the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 Evokes Chief Justice Marshall’s Decision in Marbury v. Madison, University of New Hampshire Law Review, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2013)

A Tortured Path to Same Sex Marriage in Tennessee: A Practitioner’s Guide, DICTA: The Official Monthly Magazine of the Knoxville Bar Association (September 2013)

Court Ruling Paves Way for Same-Sex Marriage in Tennessee, Knoxville News Sentinel (Nov. 4, 2013)

The Obama Economic Record: Stimulus Blocked Deeper Meltdown, Knoxville News Sentinel (Sept. 8, 2012)


Panel Speaker at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Boca Raton, Fla. (July 2015)

Speaker at the Barry University Law School and the American Constitution Society’s Constitutional Law Scholars Conference, Orlando, Fla. (March 2015)

Guest Lecturer, Western New York – Ontario Chapter of the Appraisal Institute’s annual symposium, Ellicottville N.Y. (January 2014)

“The Roberts Court and the Voting Rights Act – Exacerbating the Political Divide,” Southeastern Law Scholars Conference, Charleston School of Law, Charleston, S.C. (October 2013)

“The War on Terror: Lessons from Lincoln,” Duncan School of Law’s Inaugural Law Review Symposium, “Bridging the Political Divide: Lessons from Lincoln” (April 2012)

Guest Lecturer, First Amendment issues, the University of Tennessee’s Journalism Department (Fall 2012, 2013 and 2014)

Guest Lecturer, Constitutional Law Day, Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, Tenn. (September 2011)

Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, Paris Landing, Tenn. (October 2011)

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