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Michael R. Dimino, Sr
Associate Professor of Law

B.S., State University of New York at Buffalo
J.D., Harvard University

E-mail: mrdimino@mail.widener.edu
Phone: 717.541.3941

Michael R. Dimino, Sr. is an Associate Professor of Law on Widener's Harrisburg Campus. Professor Dimino is an honors-program graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he earned baccalaureate degrees, summa cum laude, in Political Science and History (1998); and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D., 2001), where he was Articles Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.

After graduating from law school, Professor Dimino served as Chief Clerk to Associate Judge Albert M. Rosenblatt of the New York State Court of Appeals, and then clerked for Senior Circuit Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge Paul L. Friedman of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Professor Dimino joined the Widener faculty in July 2004 and teaches in the areas of constitutional law, election law, the First Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, legislation, constitutional criminal procedure, federal courts and Supreme Court politics. His scholarship focuses on rights of political participation and judicial selection methods.
Professor Dimino is the 2011 Recipient of the Douglas E. Ray Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship.

Selected Recent Publications


  • Police Paternalism: Community Caretaking, Assistance Searches, and Fourth Amendment Reasonableness, 66 Washington & Lee Law Review 1485 (2009)
  • Accountability Before the Fact, 22 Notre Dame J. L. Ethics & Pub. Pol’y 541 (2008).
  • Counter-Majoritarian Power and Judges’ Political Speech, 58 Fla. L. Rev. 53 (2006).
  • The Non-Political Branch, 10 Tex. Rev. L. & Pols. 449 (2006) (reviewing Lee Epstein & Jeffrey A. Segal, Advice and Consent: The Politics of Judicial Appointments (2005).
  • The Worst Way of Selecting Judges - Except All the Others That Have Been Tried, 32 N. Ky. L. Rev. 267 (2005)
  • The Futile Quest for a System of Judicial "Merit" Selection, 67 Alb. L. Rev. 803 (2004)
  • Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Robe: Judicial Elections, the First Amendment, and Judges as Politicians, 21 Yale L. & Poly Rev. 301 (2003).
  • & Bradley A. Smith, Michael E. Solimine, Voting Rights and Election Law (Lexis-Nexis 2010)
  • & Michael Cozzillio, Mark S. Levinstein & Gabe Feldman, Sports Law: Cases and Materials (Carolina Academic Press 2d ed. 2007)