A specialist in American legal history, race and the law. Paul Finkelman is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and more than twenty books. He is an expert in areas such as the law of slavery, constitutional law, and legal issues surrounding baseball. He was a Fellow in Law and the Humanities at Harvard Law School and received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago. He has published extensively and was the chief expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case. His scholarship on religious monuments in public space was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Van Orden v. Perry (2005). He was also a key witness in the suit over who owned Barry Bonds' 73rd home run ball. His work on legal history and constitutional law has been cited by numerous courts and in many appellate briefs.
Prior to accepting a position at Albany Law School, Paul Finkelman was Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa College of Law since 1999. He also held chairs at the University of Akron Law School, Cleveland- Marshall Law School, and the University of Miami and had taught at Hamline Law School, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Brooklyn Law School, and the University of Texas at Austin.