Joel B. Grossman Memorial Fund Announced

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We are grateful to announce the Joel B. Grossman Memorial Fund, which will be used for purposes related to constitutional law, the Supreme Court, or public law, including activities relating to Constitution Day.

This generous gift, honoring Professor Emeritus and Academy Professor Joel Grossman—who died June 2, 2018—was made by his wife, Mary H. Grossman, and family. A renowned scholar of courts and the Constitution, Professor Grossman came to Johns Hopkins in 1996. He was the author or editor of five books, including The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. He also authored a number of widely influential articles on courts and constitutional law. Professor Grossman served as editor of the Law & Society Review and received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association in 2005. In 2007, Professor Grossman was recognized with the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, and he remained active as a member of The Academy after his retirement from the department in 2013. In retirement, Professor Grossman took great pleasure in teaching in continuing education programs and sharing his encyclopedic knowledge of the American legal system and the Supreme Court with new audiences.

“Joel was a cherished colleague who taught generations of students that the study of law, courts, and the Constitution was crucial to understanding the American political system,” said Adam Sheingate, professor and chair. “This gift will help to insure this continues through Constitution Day programming and other department activities that were so central to Joel’s research and teaching in Political Science.”

To donate to the Joel B. Grossman Memorial Fund, email Nancy Gregoire at or visit