Wayne State University
William Ortman
William Ortman
Assistant Professor of Law
Room 3259
(313) 577-3962


J.D., University of Chicago Law School
B.A., Swarthmore College


William Ortman joins the faculty of Wayne State University Law School as an assistant professor of law beginning with the fall 2016 semester. For fall 2016, he will be teaching Administrative Law.

Ortman comes to Wayne Law from Harvard Law School, where he served as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law since 2013.

His teaching and research interests include criminal law, criminal procedure and administrative law.

Previously, Ortman was a partner at Weinhardt & Logan in Des Moines, Iowa, and prior to that was a partner with Berlin McCormick in Des Moines. His practice at both firms focused on criminal defense and complex civil litigation.

He clerked for Hon. David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Ortman earned a bachelor of arts degree with highest honors in political science with a minor in philosophy in 2002 from Swarthmore College. He earned his law degree with highest honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 2006.

Selected Publications

The Lottery Docket, 116 Michigan Law Review, (forthcoming) (with Daniel Epps)

The Yates Memo Versus Administrative Law, 165 University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online (forthcoming)

Rulemaking's Missing Tier, 68 Alabama Law Review 225 (2016)

Probable Cause Revisited, 68 Stanford Law Review 511 (2016)

Chevron for Juries, 36 Cardozo Law Review 1287 (2015)

In The News

September 7, 2016
William Ortman was featured in the Macomb County Legal News for its report, "High stakes: New professor enjoys challenges of criminal law."

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August 22, 2016
William Ortman was featured in the Detroit Legal News for its report, "Lecturer from Harvard Law joins Wayne Law as assistant professor."

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