- J.D., Northwestern University School of Law
- M.A., City University of New York – Brooklyn College
- B.A., University of Notre Dame
Professor Birk joined the Chicago-Kent faculty in 2018 as a visiting assistant professor of law. Most recently, he was a partner at Eimer Stahl LLP in Chicago, where he focused on antitrust litigation and other complex civil and criminal matters. During his time in private practice, he took a lead role in the defense of several large antitrust class actions; wrote dozens of briefs and petitions in federal district and circuit courts and the U.S. Supreme Court; argued before state and federal courts and represented clients before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission; and represented a prisoner seeking a new trial on the grounds that his murder confession was coerced by police torture. Previously, he clerked for the Honorable Kenneth F. Ripple of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Professor Birk's research focuses on the jurisdiction of federal courts, civil procedure, and the history of judicial institutions and influences in Great Britain, continental Europe, and the United States. He has published articles in the Yale Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, and Villanova Law Review and has contributed chapters about antitrust law to American Bar Association publications and a chapter about non-contentious jurisdiction in the United States to Voluntary (Non-Contentious) Jurisdiction Around the World (Gorodets 2017).
Professor Birk graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law, where he earned the Raoul Berger Prize for the best senior research project and was elected to the Order of the Coif. During law school, he was managing colloquy editor of the Northwestern University Law Review and was an extern for the Honorable Milton I. Shadur of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Professor Birk earned his bachelor's degree in English and German from the University of Notre Dame (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and completed a master's degree in English education from the City University of New York’s Brooklyn College. He taught English in Vienna, Austria, as a Fulbright Fellow and in Brooklyn, NY, as a New York City Teaching Fellow.
The Common-Law Exceptions Clause: Congressional Control of Supreme Court Appellate Jurisdiction in Light of British Precedent, 63 Villanova Law Review 189 (2018).
Adverse Interests and Article III: A Reply, 111 Northwestern University Law Review 1067 (2017) (with James E. Pfander).
Article III Judicial Power, The Adverse Party Requirement, and Non-Contentious Jurisdiction, 124 Yale Law Journal 1346 (2015) (with James E. Pfander)
Article III and the Scottish Judiciary, 124 Harvard Law Review 1613 (2011) (with James E. Pfander)