Areas of expertise: Constitutional Law, Law and Religion, Gender and Law.
Recent courses taught: Constitutional Law II, Criminal Law, Seminar in Law and Religion, Equal Justice Applied Research, Family Law.
View Professor Failinger's research: SSRN Author Page -- Marie Failinger
View Professor Failinger's CV: Marie Failinger CV
Before coming to Hamline, Professor Failinger was a staff attorney and managing attorney at Legal Services Organization of Indiana and a clinical fellow at Valparaiso University School of Law. She earned her J.D. from Valparaiso and her LL.M. from Yale Law School and is admitted to the Minnesota bar. Professor Failinger was the editor-in-chief of the internationally recognized Journal of Law and Religion for 25 years. She has continued her work on behalf of the disadvantaged and equal rights for all as a founding member of the Infinity Project, MiCAEL, the National Equal Justice Library, the AALS Poverty Law Section, Law Teachers for Legal Services, and the American Indian Policy Center. She is also a long-time board member of Central Minnesota Legal Services, and has served on other committees and boards related to adoption, children and the law, fair housing, and civil rights of American Muslims. She has also served church-related organizations such as the online Journal of Lutheran Ethics, Church Innovations Institute and Lutheran Innovations. She has been professionally active in the American Association of Law Schools and Minnesota Women Lawyers, and has served on nonprofit boards or committees on legal services to the poor, adoption, fair housing, medical ethics, children and the law, and human rights issues.