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Derek Muller, J.D.
Associate Professor of Law

Office: School of Law (SOL)

  • J.D., University of Notre Dame, 2007, summa cum laude
  • B.A., Hillsdale College, 2004, summa cum laude

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Professor Muller's research and writing focus on election law, particularly federalism and the role of states in the administration of elections. His work has appeared in the Arizona Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, the Arizona State Law Journal, the Florida State University Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Fordham Law Review, and the peer-reviewed Election Law Journal.

At Pepperdine, he teaches in the areas of election law, civil procedure, complex litigation, admininstrative law, and evidence. Before that, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor and Shughart Scholar at the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law. He clerked for the Honorable Raymond W. Gruender on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and practiced as a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago.


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Book Chapters

  • Derek T. Muller, Compact Clause, in 1 AMERICAN GOVERNANCE 355 (S. Schechter et al. eds., Macmillan 2016).
  • Articles

  • Derek T. Muller, Legislative Delegations and the Elections Clause, 43 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. 717 (2016) SSRN
  • Derek T. Muller, Perpetuating 'One Person, One Vote' Errors, 39 HARV. J.L. & PUB. POL'Y 371 (2016) SSRN
  • Derek T. Muller, Complexity Confronting State Judges and the Right to Vote, 77 OHIO ST. L.J. FURTHERMORE 65 (2016) SSRN
  • Derek T. Muller, Ballot Speech, 58 ARIZ. L. REV. 693 (2016) SSRN
  • Derek Muller, "Natural Born" Disputes in the 2016 Presidential Election, 85 FORDHAM L. REV. 1097 (2016) SSRN
  • Derek T. Muller, Scrutinizing Federal Electoral Qualifications, 90 IND. L.J. 559 (2015) SSRN
  • Derek T. Muller, The Play in the Joints of the Election Clauses, 13 ELECTION L.J. 310 (2014) (peer reviewed) (solicited) SSRN
  • Derek T. Muller, Judicial Review of Congressional Power Before and After Shelby County v. Holder, 8 CHARLESTON L. REV. 287 (2013) (solicited) SSRN
  • Derek T. Muller, Disfavored Candidates and the Democracy Canon, 65 FLA. L. REV. FORUM 1 (2013) (solicited) SSRN
  • Derek T. Muller, Invisible Federalism and the Electoral College, 44 ARIZ. ST. L.J. 1237 (2012) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Derek T. Muller, More Thoughts on the Compact Clause and the National Popular Vote: A Response to Professor Hendricks, 7 ELECTION L.J. 227 (2008) (peer reviewed) (solicited) SSRN
  • Derek T. Muller, The Compact Clause and the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, 6 ELECTION L.J. 372 (2007) (peer reviewed) SSRN
  • Derek T. Muller, Note, "As Much Upon Tradition As Upon Principle": A Critique of the Privilege of Necessity Destruction Under the Fifth Amendment, 82 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 481 (2006) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Popular Press

  • Derek T. Muller, Natural-Born Mess: What Would It Take to Kick Ted Cruz Off the Ballot?, REUTERS, JAN. 15, 2016.
  • Derek T. Muller, The Electoral College Could Still Stop Trump, Even If He Wins the Popular Vote, WASHINGTON POST, MAR. 17, 2016 .
  • Derek T. Muller, Don't Force Electors to Vote for Trump or Hillary, DETROIT NEWS, JUNE 16, 2016 .
  • Derek T. Muller, Awarding Presidential Delegates by Congressional Districts Is Unfair, SACRAMENTO BEE, JUNE 6, 2016.
  • Derek T. Muller, GOP Nomination Process 101: Candidates' Remedial Edition, REUTERS, APR. 14, 2016 .
  • Derek Muller, A New Attempt to Define "One Person, One Vote", GEO. WASH. L. REV. DOCKET, APR. 05, 2016.
  • Derek T. Muller, Libertarians and Greens Can Win - Even If They Lose, WALL ST. J., OCT. 13, 2016 .
  • Derek T. Muller, An Outstanding Choice for U.S. Supreme Court Vacancy, ST. LOUIS TODAY, DEC. 13, 2016.
  • Derek T. Muller, Faithless Electors: Now It's Up to Congress, WALL ST. J., DEC. 20, 2016.
  • Babette Boliek and Derek T. Muller, The Donald on "SNL": Equal Time Isn't Needed, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, NOV. 4, 2015.
  • Derek T. Muller, Fix Michigan Election Law, DETROIT NEWS, MAY 19, 2014.
  • Derek T. Muller, Mary Landrieu's Residency Isn't Up to Courts, It's Up to Congress, NEW ORLEANS TIMES-PICAYUNE, SEPT. 1, 2014.

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