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James Hart

Adjunct Professor


Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure

Professional Biography

James Hart started teaching Constitutional Law courses at DU Law in 2017. Professor Hart graduated from DU Law in 2006, receiving the Faculty Prize. Prior to teaching at DU, Professor Hart was a partner in the litigation firm of Choquette & Hart LLP. He now devotes his legal career entirely to teaching and writing.

In addition to his legal career, Professor Hart is a classically trained violinist, and attended The Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, and The Peabody Institute. Professor Hart has performed chamber music concerts throughout the United States and Europe, and has been a violinist in the Colorado Symphony since 1991.

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J.D., 2006, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
M.M., violin performance, Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University
B.M., violin performance, Oberlin Conservatory

Featured Publications


  • Our Conflicting Liberty Heritage from England and France, 54 Creighton  L. Rev. 19 (2020).
  • Revisiting Incitement Speech, 38 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 111 (2019).
  • When the First Amendment Compels an Offensive Result: Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd., v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 79 La. L. Rev. 420 (2018).
  • In Search of History: Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, 82 Denv. U. L. Rev. 79 (2004).
  • Jan Laitos and James Hart, Takings Law in Coloradoin Environmental Regulation of Colorado Real Property 461–86 (Stephen A. Bain ed., 2007).