Dr. John C. Eastman

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

Dr. John C. Eastman is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University Fowler School of Law, and also served as the School's Dean from June 2007 to January 2010, when he stepped down to pursue a bid for California Attorney General. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute. Prior to joining the Fowler School of Law faculty in August 1999, he served as a law clerk with Justice Clarence Thomas at the Supreme Court of the United States and with Judge J. Michael Luttig at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. After his clerkships, Dr. Eastman practiced with the national law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, specializing in major civil and constitutional litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. He earned his JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he graduated with high honors in 1995. He was selected for membership in the Order of the Coif and was a member of the Law Review, a Bradley Fellow for Research in Constitutional History and an Olin Fellow in Law & Economics. Dr. Eastman also has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School, with fields of concentration in Political Philosophy, American Government, Constitutional Law, and International Relations. He has a B.A. in Politics and Economics from the University of Dallas. Prior to law school, he served as the Director of Congressional & Public Affairs at the United States Commission on Civil Rights during the Reagan administration and was the 1990 Republican Nominee for Congress in California's 34th District.

  • 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
Executive Amnesty? Immigration and Executive Power
Yale Student Chapter
March 25, 2015
Executive Action on Immigration and the Constitution
Long Island Lawyers Chapter
March 25, 2015
Publications and Multimedia
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