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Lorianne Updike Toler
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Areas of Expertise
  • Constitutional Law
  • Federal Indian Law
  • Comparative and Domestic Constitutional Law

Lorianne Updike Toler

Faculty Fellow


MS University of Oxford, JD Brigham Young University, BA Brigham Young University

Professional Background

Professor Lorianne Updike Toler is a Faculty Fellow who specializes in constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, Native American law, and legal history. Professor Updike Toler has previously been an Adjunct Professor at New England Law in 2019 and at Brigham Young University in 2004-05. Previous to coming to New England Law, she was a Resident Fellow and the Olin Searle Fellow at Yale Law School in 2018-2021.
In addition to academic pursuits, Professor Updike Toler served as the Founding President and Executive Director of ConSource, or the Constitutional Sources Project from 2005-2009,where she founded the first free online library of the U.S. Constitution’s historical sources. She was also President of Libertas Constitutional Consulting from 2010-2018, where she worked on the Libyan constitutional process and helped to found the Quill Project at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, which has now onboarded ConSource.
Professor Updike Toler has published in The University of Chicago Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the William and Mary Bill of Rights Review, the Cambridge Journal of Public and International Law, and is a contributor to Foreign Policy.

Featured Publications

The Missing Indian Affairs Clause, (2021)

Western Reconstruction and Woman Suffrage, (2019)

First Constitutions: American Procedural Influence, (2019)

Mapping the Constitutional Process: Lessons from 18 Constitution-writing Procedures, (2014)

Pre-“Originalism”, (2012)