Prof. Brian T. Fitzpatrick
Brian Fitzpatrick's research at Vanderbilt has focused on class action litigation, federal courts, judicial selection, and constitutional law. Professor Fitzpatrick joined Vanderbilt's law faculty in 2007, after serving as the John M. Olin Fellow at New York University School of Law. He graduated first in his class from Harvard Law School and went on to clerk for the Honorable Diarmuid O'Scannlain on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. After his clerkships, Professor Fitzpatrick practiced commercial and appellate litigation for several years at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C., and served as Special Counsel for Supreme Court Nominations to U.S. Senator John Cornyn. Professor Fitzpatrick graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He received the Hall-Hartman Outstanding Professor Award, which recognizes excellence in classroom teaching, for his Civil Procedure course for the 2008-09 academic year.