Professor Gregory Sisk

Professor Gregory Sisk Ranks Among Top Legal Scholars Nationwide

Professor Gregory Sisk, Laghi Distinguished Chair in Law, is recognized in two recent studies as one of the most prominent legal scholars in the nation.

He is ranked among the top 100 law authors in the country for the most downloads of his scholarly articles on the Social Science Research Network (in its SSRN Top 3,000 Law Authors report), and among the top 100 legal scholars for citations to his legal articles by the courts (in the Judicial Impact of Law School Faculties study).

“Professor Sisk is an excellent representative of our faculty—a group of scholars who take their research seriously because they take their teaching seriously,” said Robert Vischer, dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. “When students have regular contact with faculty scholarship in law school, they are more likely to see themselves as a change agent, as a member of a profession engaged in the development and improvement of laws and legal institutions. The dynamic process by which a scholarly community builds and sustains itself over time – collaborative research, dialogue, debate, reflection – is itself conducive to a broader and deeper formation than is possible in a law school focused solely on classroom teaching.”

A leading national scholar on civil litigation with the federal government, Sisk also directs the St. Thomas Law Federal Appellate Clinic, which for three years in a row has won appeals cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on behalf of prisoners. His West Academic hornbook, Litigation with the Federal Government, was published in 2016.

The judicial impact study was done by St. Thomas Law research librarians Valerie Aggerbeck, Nick Farris and Megan McNevin, and Sisk.