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Dr. John C. Eastman

Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service, Chapman University School of Law
John Eastman

Dr. John Eastman is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service and former Dean at Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1999, specializing in Constitutional Law, Legal History, and Property. He also leads the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute that he founded in 1999. He has a Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, and a B.A. in Politics and Economics from the University of Dallas. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of the National Organization for Marriage and is Chairman of the Federalist Society’s Federalism & Separation of Powers practice group.

Prior to joining the Chapman law faculty, Dr. Eastman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, and to the Honorable J. Michael Luttig, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and practiced law with the national law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. Dr. Eastman has also represented numerous clients in important constitutional law matters and has argued before the Supreme Court. On behalf of the Claremont Institute Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, he has participated as amicus curiae before the Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Courts of Appeals, and State Supreme Courts in more than one hundred cases of constitutional significance, including Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, Zelman v. Simmons-Harris (the school vouchers case), Kelo v. New London, Ct. (eminent domain), and Van Orden v. Perry (the 10 Commandments case). He has also appeared as an expert legal commentator on numerous television and radio programs, including C-SPAN, Fox News, PBS, NewsHour, and The O’Reilly Factor.

Education
  • University of Dallas, Bachelor of Arts
  • The Claremont Graduate University, Master of Arts
  • University of Chicago, Juris Doctor in Law
  • The Claremont Graduate University, Ph.D. in Government

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Upcoming Events
Birthright Citizenship and the Fourteenth Amendment
New York University Student Chapter
February 24, 2016
2016 National Student Symposium - "Poverty, Inequality, and the Law"
University of Virginia School of Law - February 26-27, 2016
February 26, 2016
Publications and Multimedia
U.S. v. Texas - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
February 12, 2016
Texas RFRA and the Houston "HERO" LGBT Referendum - Podcast
Texas Chapters Podcast
October 05, 2015
Implementing Obergefell v. Hodges - Podcast
Religious Liberties Practice Group Podcast
September 21, 2015
Debating Birthright Citizenship - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
September 11, 2015
Obergefell v. Hodges - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 6-26-15 featuring John Eastman and Ilya Shapiro
June 26, 2015
Gay Marriage Cases Decided: Obergefell v. Hodges - Podcast
Religious Liberties Practice Group Podcast
June 26, 2015
Immigration Cases in the Supreme Court - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
June 23, 2015
The Immigration Decision: Who Wins, Who Loses? - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
June 01, 2015
Obergefell v. Hodges - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 4-28-15 featuring John Eastman
April 28, 2015
The Gay Marriage Cases: A Recap of the Supreme Court Oral Argument - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
April 28, 2015
The Texas Immigration Case: What Does it Mean, What Happens Next? - Podcast
Litigation and International & National Security Law Practice Groups Podcast
March 25, 2015
Immigration: The Limits of Executive Authority - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
December 04, 2014
Bond v. U.S. Decided - Podcast
Environmental Law & Property Rights and Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Groups Podcast
June 06, 2014
The Contraceptive Mandate - Event Audio/Video
Second Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
May 14, 2014
Marijuana and the States: How Should Federalism Principles Inform the Federal Government’s Response to State Marijuana Initiatives? - Event Audio/Video
Sponsored by the Center for Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the Practice Groups of the Federalist Society
December 05, 2013
The First Amendment and Government Benefits - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 22, 2013
Competitive versus Cooperative Federalism - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2013
US v. Bond: Expanding Congress' Power? - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure, Federalism & Separation of Powers, and International & National Security Law Practice Groups Courthouse Steps Podcast
November 11, 2013
Supreme Court Update: June 17 Decisions - Podcast
Practice Groups Podcast
June 27, 2013
The Internal Revenue Service - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
June 21, 2013
Same-Sex Marriage Debate - Event Audio
2013 Annual Western Conference
February 13, 2013
Noel Canning Decision on Recess Appointments - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
January 25, 2013
The Spending Clause After the Health Care Decision - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Lawyers Convention
November 19, 2012
Arizona v. U.S.: Immigration Policy & the Economy - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Lawyers Convention
November 19, 2012
Judicial Activism - Podcast
Federalism and Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
July 19, 2012
Arizona v. United States: Enforcing Immigration Laws - Podcast
Civil Rights Practice Group Podcast
July 18, 2012
Knox v. SEIU - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 06-29-12 featuring John Eastman
June 29, 2012
Arizona v. United States - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 06-26-12 featuring John Eastman and Margaret Stock
June 26, 2012
Federalism and State Immigration Policy - Event Audio
Sixth Annual Western Conference
January 28, 2012
Knox v. SEIU - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 1-26-12 featuring John Eastman
January 26, 2012
Meet the New Boss: Continuity in Presidential War Powers - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 10, 2011
Bond v. United States - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 07-28-11 featuring John C. Eastman
July 28, 2011
Arizona's Immigration Storm
Engage Volume 12, Issue 1, June 2011
June 03, 2011
Birthright Citizenship - Podcast
Civil Rights Practice Group Podcast
February 08, 2011
Immigration and the Role of the States - Event Audio/Video
13th Annual Faculty Conference
January 07, 2011
Is There Any Remaining Limit to Federal Power? - Event Audio/Video
2010 National Lawyers Convention
November 18, 2010
The Government’s Duty to Defend the Law in Court - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
October 29, 2010
Judicial Activism - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group
June 04, 2010
The Role of the State Attorney General - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group
May 20, 2010
Federalism and the Economic Crisis - Event Audio/Video
2009 National Lawyers Convention
November 12, 2009
AIG Bonus Payments
New Federal Initiatives Project
April 13, 2009
The Roberts Court and Federalism - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 21, 2008
Competitive and Cooperative Federalism - Event Audio/Video
The Future of Federalism
September 12, 2008
Religion, Early America and the Fourteenth Amendment - Event Audio/Video
2007 National Lawyers Convention
November 15, 2007
SCOTUScast 6-30-07 featuring John Eastman
Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation
June 30, 2007
SCOTUScast 4-20-07 featuring John Eastman and Erwin Chemerinsky
Gonzales v. Carhart et al. and Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., et al.
April 20, 2007
Gay Marriage in California: Legal and Political Prospects - Event Audio/Video
Religious Liberties Practice Group
February 28, 2007
Judicial Decisionmaking: The Case of Life, Liberty & Property in the Modern Technological Age - Transcript
2001 National Lawyers Convention - "Judicial Decisionmaking"
November 15, 2001