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Peter D. Enrich

Professor of Law
Yale University, BA 1972
Harvard University, JD 1983
Office: 79 Cargill Hall
Mail: 400 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-5094
Fax: (617) 373-5056
E-mail: p.enrich@neu.edu

Professor Enrich was general counsel to the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance before joining the law school's faculty. Following law school, Professor Enrich clerked for former Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer during his tenure on the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Professor Enrich frequently serves as an advisor to state and local governments and to advocacy groups interested in state and local fiscal policy, and has served two terms as an elected selectman in Lexington, Massachusetts. Professor Enrich, working together with consumer activist Ralph Nader, is pursuing pathbreaking litigation to challenge the constitutionality of state tax giveaways used to compete for businesses. After achieving a victory in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Professor Enrich argued the case before the Supreme Court in March 2006. The high court overturned the Sixth Circuit's ruling on procedural grounds, returning the case to the Ohio state courts.

Prior to his legal career, Professor Enrich was a doctoral student and instructor of philosophy at Princeton University, and an instructor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, specializing in epistemology and social theory. Professor Enrich teaches Contracts; Legal Skills in Social Context; State and Local Government; and State and Local Taxation.

Fields of Expertise

  • Contracts
  • Education Law and Finance
  • First Amendment
  • Jurisprudence Philosophy
  • Land Use
  • Public Finance
  • Public Regulation
  • State/Local Government
  • Tax Law

Selected Works

Selected Articles

Selected Chapters

  • “State Tax Incentives and Subsidies to Business,” Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, Supplement II. Levy et al, eds. McMillan Reference, 1999
  • “The Rise — and Perhaps the Fall — of Business Tax Incentives,” The Future of State Taxation. Brunori, ed. Urban Institute Press, 1998
  • “Municipal Powers to Regulate the Sale and Use of Tobacco.” Controlling the Sale and Use of Tobacco Products in Massachusetts: A Legal Policy Manual for Municipal Officials and Public Health Officers, Tobacco Free Massachusetts Coalition, 1994

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