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Richard Boldt

T. Carroll Brown Professor of Law

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AB, 1979 Columbia University
JD, 1982, Yale University

Biography | Selected Publications

Richard Boldt has been on the University of Maryland faculty since 1989. He teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, criminal law, mental disability law and torts. Professor Boldt has a special research interest in the legal issues surrounding drug use and drug use disorders. He has written extensively on drug treatment courts and other problem-solving courts.  His work has been published in leading law journals, including the Maryland Law Review, the Journal of Health Care Law & Policy, the Washington University Law Quarterly, Criminal Justice Ethics, the Michigan Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal, and the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.

Boldt received an A.B. summa cum laude from Columbia College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He obtained his law degree from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law and Policy Review. After practicing at the Legal Action Center, a public interest law firm in New York City, Professor Boldt began his academic career at the Northern Illinois University College of Law. He also held a faculty position at the City University of New York Law School at Queens College and was a visiting professor at Brooklyn Law School. Professor Boldt served as associate dean at the School of Law from 2002 to 2006.

Book Chapters

Problem-Solving Courts, in Academy for Justice: Reforming Criminal Justice, Vol. 3: Pretrial and Trial Processes (Erik Luna ed., 2017).

A Circumspect Look at Problem-Solving Courts, in Problem-Solving Courts: Justice for the Twenty-first Century? 13 (Paul Higgins & Mitchell B. Mackinem eds., 2009) [Full Text]

The Adversary System and Attorney Role in the Drug Treatment Court Movement, in Drug Courts in Theory and in Practice 115 (James L. Nolan ed., 2001).


Emergency Detention and Involuntary Hospitalization: Assessing the Front End of the Civil Commitment Process, 10 Drexel Law Review 1 (2018).

Constitutional Incorporation: A Consideration of the Judicial Function in State and Federal Constitutional Interpretation, 76 Maryland Law Review 309 (2017) (with Dan Friedman). [Full Text]

The “Voluntary” Inpatient Treatment of Adults Under Guardianship, 60 Villanova Law Review 1 (2015). [Full Text]

Perspectives on Outpatient Commitment, 49 New England Law Review 39 (2014). [Full Text]

Problem-Solving Courts and Pragmatism, 73 Maryland Law Review 1120 (2014). [Full Text]

Decisional Minimalism and the Judicial Evaluation of Gun Regulations, 71 Maryland Law Review 1177 (2012). [Full Text]

Adolescent Decision Making: Legal Issues with Respect to Treatment for Substance Misuse and Mental Illness, 15 Journal of Health Care Law & Policy 75 (2012). [Full Text]

Drug Policy in Context: Rhetoric and Practice in the United States and the United Kingdom, 62 South Carolina Law Review 261 (2011). [Full Text]

Confidentiality of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Treatment Information for Emergency Department and Trauma Center Patients, 20 Health Matrix 325 (2010). [Abstract]

The "Tomahawk" and the "Healing Balm": Drug Treatment Courts in Theory and Practice, 10 University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender & Class 45 (2010) [Full Text]

Introduction: Obstacles to the Development and Use of Pharmacotherapies for Addiction, 13 Journal of Health Care Law & Policy 1 (2010). [Full Text]

Juristocracy in the Trenches: Problem-Solving Judges and Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Drug Treatment Courts and Unified Family Courts, 65 Maryland Law Review 82 (2006) (with Jana Singer). [Full Text]

Review Essay: Excuse Theory Through a Liberal Lens, 25 Criminal Justice Ethics 39 (2006). [Full Text]

Public Education as Public Space: Some Reflections on the Unfinished Work of Marc Feldman, 61 Maryland Law Review 13 (2002). [Full Text]

Evaluating Histories of Substance Abuse in Cases Involving the Termination of Parental Rights, 3 Journal of Health Care Law & Policy 135 (1999). [Full Text]

Rehabilitative Punishment and the Drug Treatment Court Movement, 76 Washington University Law Quarterly 1205 (1998). [Full Text]

Book Review: The Relationship Between Theory and Practice in the Study of Punishment, 7 Criminal Law Forum 435 (1996) (reviewing A Reader on Punishment, R.A. Duff & David Garland, eds. 1994) [Abstract]

A Study in Regulatory Method, Local Political Cultures, and Jurisprudential Voice: The Application of Federal Confidentiality Law to Project Head Start, 93 Michigan Law Review 2325 (1995). [Full Text]

The Faces of Law in Theory and Practice: Doctrine, Rhetoric, and Social Context, 43 Hastings Law Journal 1111 (1992) (with Marc Feldman). [Full Text]

The Construction of Responsibility in the Criminal Law, 140 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 2245 (1992), reprinted in part in Readings in Criminal Law 80 (Russell L. Weaver et al. eds., 1998). [Full Text]

Restitution, Criminal Law, and the Ideology of Individuality, 77 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 969 (1986). [Full Text]


Dickerson v. United States, in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (David S. Tanenhaus ed., 2008).

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