Prof. Kurt T. Lash

Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law; Co-Director, Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and Law, University of Illinois College of Law
Kurt Lash

One of the nation’s leading scholars of constitutional law, Professor Kurt T. Lash is honored as the newest recipient of the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he directs the Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and Law.

The author of The Fourteenth Amendment and the Privileges and Immunities of American Citizenship (Cambridge University Press 2014), Professor Lash has written numerous books and articles on constitutional law and American legal history, including The Lost History of the Ninth Amendment (Oxford University Press 2009) and The American First Amendment in the Twenty-First Century: Cases and Materials (5th edition, Foundation Press) (with William A. Van Alstyne). His articles appear in some of the top law reviews in the United States, including the Stanford Law ReviewVirginia Law ReviewGeorgetown Law JournalNorthwestern Law ReviewNotre Dame Law Review and Texas Law Review, and his scholarship has been cited by both state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court.  Prof. Lash has also published on-line essays for the Chicago Law Review and the Yale Law Journal.

Professor Lash has appeared on a number of local and national news programs, including guests appearances on “On Point with Tom Ashbrook” (NPR Boston, national syndication), and he served as an “expert and advisor” for the four-part PBS series, Constitution USA with Peter Sagal (2013) (Prof. Lash appears in episodes III & IV).

During the fall semester 2012, Professor Lash was a visiting professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law.

Follow Professor Lash on Twitter @kurtlash1

  • J.D., Yale University
  • B.A., Whitman College

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Publications and Multimedia
Corpus Linguistics and Legal Interpretation - Event Audio/Video
19th Annual Faculty Conference
January 23, 2017
Does the Fourteenth Amendment Protect Unenumerated Rights?
Engage Volume 12, Issue 2, September 2011
September 12, 2011
The Establishment Clause
Engage Volume 12, Issue 2, September 2011
September 12, 2011
McDonald v. City of Chicago – Cert Granted SCOTUScast Debate
SCOTUScast 11-09-2009 featuring Kurt Lash, Nelson Lund, and Clark Neily
November 09, 2009
Judicial Philosophy/Originalism-The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law - Event Video
A Conference Discussing the Contributions of Judge Robert H. Bork
June 26, 2007