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Mary Sarah Bilder



Mary Sarah Bilder

Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Telephone: 617-552-0648  


















Professor Mary Sarah Bilder teaches in the areas of property, trusts and estates, and American legal and constitutional history at Boston College Law School. She received her B.A. with Honors (English) and the Dean’s Prize from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, her J.D. (magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School, and her A.M. (History) and Ph.D. from Harvard University in the History of American Civilization/American Studies. She was a law clerk to the Hon. Francis Murnaghan, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. Her recent work has focused on the history of the Constitution, James Madison and the Founders, the history of judicial review, and colonial and founding era constitutionalism. She was the Lucy G. Moses Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School in 2001 and was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in the spring of 2008. Professor Bilder is a member of the American Law Institute, the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She is member of the Massachusetts Bar Association (inactive status) and the State Bar of Wisconsin (inactive status). She was given the Emil Slizewski Faculty Teaching Award in 2007 and was named Michael and Helen Lee Distinguished Scholar in 2009. Her most recent book, Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention, is now available for pre-order from Harvard University Press. Richard Beeman, author of Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor, called it "an exceptionally important piece of work that will have a profound impact on all future work on the Constitutional Convention." Read more reviews



B.A. with Honors, University of Wisconsin at Madison
J.D., A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University


Fall 2016: Property
Spring 2015: No courses taught