Katherine Mims Crocker

Olin-Smith Fellow and Postdoctoral Associate

Katherine Mims Crocker’s research focuses on the relationship between the structural features of government inherent in the constitutional system—like separation of powers and federalism—and the protection of individual rights and institutional prerogatives.  Much of her work critically reevaluates doctrines that prevent parties from vindicating their interests in litigation against government defendants for reasons grounded in structural concerns.

Crocker served as a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States and to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2012 and earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 2009.  She also practices appellate and civil litigation as a counsel at McGuireWoods LLP.



Qualified Immunity and Constitutional Structure, 117 Michigan Law Review (forthcoming 2019)

A Prudential Take on a Prudential Takings Doctrine (Essay), 117 Michigan Law Review Online (forthcoming 2018)

Articles and Essays

Justifying a Prudential Solution to the Williamson County Ripeness Puzzle, 49 Georgia Law Review 163 (2014)

Securing Sovereign State Standing (Note), 97 Virginia Law Review 2051 (2011)