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Leslie Gielow Jacobs

Leslie Gielow Jacobs

Director, Capital Center for Law & Policy
Professor of Law
B.A., Wesleyan University
J.D., University of Michigan


Phone: 916.739.7217
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Selected Publications (Books, Teaching Materials, Law Reviews)

First Amendment/Government Speech

  • Regulating Marijuana Advertising and Marketing to Promote Public Health: Navigating the Constitutional Minefield, 21 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 1081 (2018)
  • Making Sense of Secondary Effects Analysis After Reed v. Town of Gilbert, 57 Santa Clara L. Rev. 385 (2017)
  • Memo to Cannabis Regulators: The Expressions Hair Design Decision Does Not Limit Your Broad Authority to Restrict All Forms of Discounting, 49 U. Pac. L. Rev. 67 (2017)
  • Government Identity Speech Programs – Understanding and Applying the New Walker Test, 44 Pepperdine L. Rev. 305 (2017).
  • Compelled Commercial Speech as Compelled Consent Speech, 29 Journal of Law & Politics 517 (2014).
  • Bush, Obama and Beyond: Observations on the Prospect For Fact Checking Executive Department Threat Claims, 26 Const. Comment. 433 (2010).
  • What the Abortion Disclosure Cases Have to Say About the Constitutionality of Persuasive Government Speech on Product Labels, 87 Denv. U. L. Rev. 855 (2010).
  • Clarifying the Content-Based/Content Neutral and Content/Viewpoint Determinations, 34 McGeorge L. Rev. 595 (2003).
  • Who's Talking? Disentangling Government and Private Speech, 36 Univ. of Mich. J.L. Reform 1 (2002).
  • The Public Sensibilities Forum, 95 Northwestern L. Rev. 1357 (2001).
  • Free Speech and the Limits of Legislative Discretion: The Example of Specialty License Plates, 53 Fla. L. Rev. 419 (2001).
  • The Link Between Student Activity Fees and Campaign Finance Regulations, 33 Ind. L. Rev. 435 (2000).
  • Pledges, Parades and Mandatory Payments: Creating Coherency in Compelled Expression, 52 Rutgers L. Rev. 123 (1999).
  • Is There An Obligation To Listen?, 32 Univ. of Mich. J.L. Reform 489 (1999).
  • Applying Penalty Enhancements to Civil Disobedience: Clarifying the Free Speech Clause Model to Bring the Social Value of Political Protest into the Balance, 59 Ohio St. L.J. 185 (1998).
  • Supplementing the Assumed Definitions: A Commentary on Professor Brownstein's Analysis of Abortion Protest Restrictions, 29 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 639 (1996).
  • Nonviolent Abortion Clinic Protests: Reevaluating Some Current Assumptions About the Proper Scope of Government Regulations, 70 Tul. L. Rev. 1359 (1996).
  • Even More Honest Than Ever Before: Abandoning Pretense and Recreating Legitimacy in Constitutional Interpretation, 1995 Ill. L. Rev. 363 (1995).

Comparative Constitutional Law

  • Global Issues in Freedom of Speech and Religion (Thomson West 2009), with Alan Brownstein.
  • Global Issues in Constitutional Law (Thomson West 2007), with Brian K. Landsberg.
  • Comparative Free Expression and Access to Information in the Americas (unpublished teaching materials 2010).


  • Retooling Law Enforcement to Investigate and Prosecute Entrenched Corruption: Key Criminal Procedure Reforms for Indonesia and Other Nations, 30 Univ. of Penn. J. Int'l. Law 183 (Fall 2008), with Benjamin B. Wagner.
  • Limits to the Independent Anti-Corruption Commission Model of Corruption Reform: Lessons from Indonesia, 20 Global Business & Development Law Journal 327 (2007), with Benjamin B. Wagner.

Bioterrorism and National Security

  • United States Legislation and Presidential Directives, Encyclopedia of Bioterrorism Defense (J. Wiley, 2d ed. 2010), with Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker.
  • Bioterrorism Defense: Current Components and Continuing Challenges, William Nicholson (ed.), Homeland Security: Law and Policy (Charles C. Thomas, 2005).
  • Sensitive But Unclassified: The Constitutionality of Secrecy Clauses as a Condition to Government-Funded Scientific Research, 1 J. Nat'l Sec. L. & Pol. 113 (2005).
  • Governmental Controls and Information and Scientific Inquiry, 1 Biosecurity & Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice & Science 83 (2003), with Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker.

Short Pieces

  • Snow White, one of ten winners of the first Journal of Legal Education short story legal fiction contest (Feb. 2013).
  • Book Review: A Republic of Statutes by William Eskridge and John Ferejohn, 27 Const. Comment. 647 (Winter 2011).

Courses: Constitutional Law, Remedies & Principles of Law

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