Steven D. Jamar

Professor of Law

J.D., 1979, Hamline College of Law
LL.M., 1994, International and Comparative Law, Georgetown University Law Center
B.A., 1975, Carleton College

Professor Steven D. Jamar’s new textbook, Constitutional Law: Power, Liberty, Equality, recently published by Wolters Kluwer is a hefty volume of over 1200 pages written in an easy to  understand style. According to the publisher, the book uses “short, clear hypotheticals that help students confirm their ability to articulate the rules and then to apply them in a straightforward way.”  The textbook is accompanied by a teacher’s manual, syllabus, author letter, and student materials.  

Jamar’s use of social justice examples in the book is one of its hallmark features. As the publisher points out, “Occasional sections highlight social justice in constitutional interpretation and doctrine to help students see things in cases that traditional focus on doctrine, interpretation, and political aspects may miss.”


Professor Jamar has taught at Howard University School of Law for over 25 years. He has written dozens of scholarly articles, many that infuse a social justice and intellectual property perspective. He has also been a contributor to other books and scholarly works. Read more about Professor Jamar’s new textbook at



Prof. Jamar joined the Howard University School of Law faculty in 1990 as the director of the Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing Program, a position he held until 2002. He taught at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota and the University of Baltimore School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland before coming to Howard.

At Howard Prof. Jamar has taught a variety of courses including among others Constitutional Law I & II; Copyrights; International Law of Human Rights; the International Moot Court Team course; Introduction to Intellectual Property; Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing I & II; Drafting; Computer Law; Law and Religion; Licensing; and Interviewing, Counseling, & Negotiation.

Prof. Jamar is the Associate Director of the Howard Intellectual Property Program at the law school which works to prepare students to be effective lawyers in the intellectual property field.

He is also the Associate Director for International Programs of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, Inc., an NGO  created by Prof. Mtima with assistance from Prof. Jamar in 2002.  IIPSJ works to improve access, inclusion, and empowerment of people from historically and currently disadvantaged, excluded, or marginalized communities in the field of intellectual property. To that end, IIPSJ addresses the relationship between intellectual property and social justice in practice as well as in theory.

Prof. Jamar’s scholarly work is wide ranging with published articles in the areas of constitutional law, comparative law and intellectual property, legal rhetoric, work related to Brown@50, copyright and social justice, and various human rights topics. His course book on constitutional law was published in 2017. Constitutional Law: Power, Liberty, Equality (Wolters Kluwer 2017). 

Many of his writings are available to be downloaded through his SSRN page and through ResearchGate.


Representative Publications

Professional Contributions

Prof. Jamar was the president of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) from January 1997 to July 1998 and served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) in 1996-1997. He was the co-chair of the ALWD Citation Manual Committee which oversaw the publication of the ALWD Citation Manual (Aspen Publishing 2000).

Professor Jamar consulted with the Law Library of Congress on its GLIN (Global Legal Information Network) project. In that effort he was one of the authors of an early version of an xml dtd for GLIN. At the 2003 GLIN Annual Meeting of member countries from throughout the world, he was the moderator of a panel on the right of access to legal information.

Between 1998 and 2002 he consulted with NASA on the ELIS (Environmental Legal Information System) project. The ELIS investigators explored the use of computer-related technology and the Internet to link environmentally-related data, including both GIS information and remote sensing data (such as satellite-generated images), to environmental treaties, laws, and regulations in order to make the information more accessible to environmental policy makers, environmental planners, and environmental law enforcement offices worldwide.

As a cofounder of the Institute of Intellectual Property and Social Justice, Prof. Jamar has contributed to various projects it has undertaken including continuing legal education seminars, an academic symposium, and various outreach programs.

Prof. Jamar worked on the Howard University commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. Prof. Jamar was a member of the Brown@50 Planning Committee and is the webmaster for the HUSL Brown@50 website.