Prof. Carl T. Bogus

Roger Williams University School of Law

Professor Bogus has achieved national prominence in two areas -- (1) tort law, and especially, products liability; and (2) gun control, including issues involving the Second Amendment.

His work in the first area includes Why Lawsuits Are Good for America: Disciplined Democracy, Big Business and the Common Law (NYU Press). His Constitutional Law research proposes the thesis that James Madison wrote the Second Amendment to ensure that the federal government could not subvert the slave system by disarming the militia, on which the South relied for slave control. Professor Bogus has testified before Congress and spoken about and debated these subjects at many venues across the country, including at Harvard, Columbia, Chicago, Stanford, and Vanderbilt law schools, and his writings on these subjects have been published by law reviews, as well as opinion journals such as The Nation and The American Prospect, and newspapers including USA Today, Boston Globe, Washington Times, and the Providence Journal. Most recently, he was interviewed by National Public Radio. One of his interests is how ideology influences the law, and he is presently at work on a biography of William F. Buckley, Jr. and the conservative movement.

  • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law
  • A.B., Syracuse University

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Publications and Multimedia
Equality, Liberty, and Risk - Event Audio/Video
2010 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2010
District of Columbia v. Heller
Online Debate
June 26, 2008
Firearms Litigation, Tort Liability, and the Second Amendment - A Symposium
Civil Rights Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3, Winter 2000
February 01, 2000