Laura K. Ray
Professor of Law

A.B., Bryn Mawr College
M.Phil., Yale University
Ph.D., Yale University
J.D., Yale Law School 

E-mail: lkray@widener.edu
Phone: 302.477.2266

Laura K. Ray is Professor of Law at Widener's Delaware campus. Professor Ray was the H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law for 2001-2003. Professor Ray received an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College in 1967; an M.Phil. from Yale University in 1969; a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1971; and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1981.

Following graduation from law school, Professor Ray clerked for Associate Justice Ellen Peters, Connecticut Supreme Court, from 1981-82; practiced with Waller, Smith & Palmer, New London, Connecticut, from 1982-85; and served as Executive Assistant to Chief Justice Ellen Peters, Connecticut Supreme Court, from 1985-88.

Professor Ray joined the faculty at Widener in 1988 and served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Law from 1988-89; Assistant Professor of Law from 1989-91; Associate Professor of Law from 1991-97; and Professor of Law since 1997.

Professor Ray, who is admitted to practice in Connecticut, teaches and writes in the areas of the Supreme Court, Civil Procedure, Legislation, Constitutional Law, and Election Law.

Professor Ray has been active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the Association of American Law Schools and the Delaware Bar Association. She has served as Reporter for the Delaware Superior Court Study Committee and was an instructor in the Legal Issues in Retirement Course organized by the Delaware Bar Association.

Selected Recent Publications

Articles
  • Clerk and Justice: The Ties That Bind John Paul Stevens and Wiley B. Rutledge, forthcoming, Connecticut Law Review, fall 2008.
  • The Style of a Skeptic: The Opinions of Chief Justice Roberts, 83 IND. L. J. 996 (2008).
  • Laughter at the Court: The Supreme Court as a Source of Humor, 79 S. CAL. L. REV. 1397 (2006).
  • America Meets the Justices: Explaining the Supreme Court to the General Reader, 72 TENN. L. REV. 573 (2005).
  • Lives of the Justices: Supreme Court Autobiographies, 37 CONN. L. REV. 233 (2004).
  • Justices at Home: Three Supreme Court Memoirs, 101 MICH. L. REV. 2103 (2003) (reviewing SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR & H. ALAN DAY, LAZY B: GROWING UP ON A CATTLE RANCH IN THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST (2002); THE FORGOTTEN MEMOIR OF JOHN KNOX: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A SUPREME COURT CLERK IN FDR’S WASHINGTON (Dennis J. Hutchinson & David J. Garrow eds., 2002); and MALVINA SHANKLIN HARLAN, SOME MEMORIES OF A LONG LIFE, 1854-1911 (2002)).
  • Judging the Justices: A Supreme Court Performance Review, 76 TEMP. L. REV. 209 (2003).
  • Justice Ginsburg and the Middle Way, 68 BROOK. L. REV. 629 (2003).