Anita S. Krishnakumar

Mary C. Daly Professor of Law
A.B., Stanford University, with distinction (highest honors)J.D., Yale Law School

Professor Krishnakumar is the Mary C. Daly Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law.  She teaches Legislation and Statutory Interpretation, Administrative Law, Trusts and Estates, and Introduction to Law.   

Professor Krishnakumar's scholarship focuses on statutory interpretation and the legislative process. Several of her early articles examine the congressional budget process and lobbying regulations, while her most recent work explores interpretive trends in the Supreme Court's statutory jurisprudence.  Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Stanford Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the New York University Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, and the Harvard Journal on Legislation, among others. Professor Krishnakumar is a past Chair and current Executive Board member of the Legislation Section of the Association of American Law Schools, the current editor of the SSRN eJournal on Legislation and Statutory Interpretation, and a contributor to Rick Hasen's Election Law Blog,  She has received several St. John's Dean's Teaching Awards, Dean's Scholarship Awards, and the University's Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award.  From 2016-2020, Professor Krishnakumar served as the law school's Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship.

Professor Krishnakumar holds an A.B. with distinction from Stanford University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.  While at Yale she was Chair of the Notes Committee for the Yale Law Journal, a Senior Editor on the Yale Law and Policy Review, and a Coker Teaching Fellow in Constitutional Law. 

Professor Krishnakumar clerked for the Hon. José A. Cabranes on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  She practiced in the appellate litigation group at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw and in the general litigation group at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.  From 2004 to 2006, she was a visiting professor at Touro Law School, where she was named the "Visiting Professor of the Year" by the Student Bar Association in 2005. 

Cracking the Whole Code Rule, 86 N.Y.U. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2021)

Response, Ordinary Meaning Meta-Rules, 134 Harv. L. Rev. F. __ (forthcoming 2020)

Backdoor Purposivism, 69 Duke L.J. 1275 (2020) (ssrn)

Passive Avoidance, 71 Stan. L. Rev. 513 (2019) (ssrn)

The Canon Wars, 97 Tex. L. Rev. 163 (book review) (2019) (with Victoria F. Nourse) (ssrn

How Long Is History's Shadow?, 127 Yale L.J. 880 (2018) (book review) (ssrn)

Textualism and Statutory Precedents, 104 Va. L. Rev. 157 (2018) (ssrn

Reconsidering Substantive Canons, 84 U. Chi. L. Rev. 825 (2017) (ssrn)

Dueling Canons, 65 Duke L. J. 909 (2016) (ssrn)

The Sherlock Holmes Canon, 84 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1 (2016) (ssrn)

Longstanding Agency Interpretations, 83 Fordham L. Rev. 1823 (2015) (ssrn)

Interpretive Divergence All the Way Down:  A Response to Aaron-Andrew P. Bruhl and Ethan J. Leib, Electing Judges and Statutory Interpretation, 79 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1215 (2012), in Dialogue:  The University of Chicago Law Review Online (February 2013)

The Anti-Messiness Principle in Statutory Interpretation, 87 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1465 (2012) (ssrn)

Passive Voice References in Statutory Interpretation, 76 Brooklyn L.Rev. 941 (2011) (symposium contribution by invitation)

Statutory Interpretation in the Roberts Court's First Era: An Empirical and Doctrinal Analysis, 62 Hastings L.J. 221 (2010) (ssrn)

The Hidden Legacy of Holy Trinity Church:  The Unique National Institution Canon, 51 William & Mary L. Rev. 1053 (2009) (ssrn)

Representation Reinforcement:  A Legislative Solution to a Legislative Process Problem, 46 Harv. J. on Legisl. 1 (2009) (ssrn)

Towards A Madisonian, Interest-Group-Based Approach To Lobbying Regulation, 58 Ala. L. Rev. 513 (2007) (ssrn)

In Defense of the Debt Limit Statute, 42 Harv. J. on Legisl. 135 (2005) (ssrn)

On the Evolution of the Canonical Dissent in Supreme Court Jurisprudence, 52 Rutgers L.R. 781 (2000) (ssrn)

Note, Reconciliation & The Fiscal Constitution:  The Anatomy of the 1995-96 Budget Train Wreck, 35 Harv. J. on Legisl. 589 (1998) (ssrn)