Prof. J. Gordon Hylton
J. Gordon Hylton joined the Marquette Law School faculty in 1995 after teaching at IIT Chicago-Kent and Washington University. He is a native of Giles County, Virginia, and a graduate of Giles High School. He holds a degree in History and English from Oberlin College; a J.D. and an M.A. in History from the University of Virginia; and a PhD in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University. Following law school, he clerked for Justice Albertis S. Harrison and Chief Justice Lawrence I'Anson of the Virginia Supreme Court and worked for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
In addition to teaching at the law school, Professor Hylton also teaches a junior seminar on American Constitutional History in the Marquette undergraduate Honors Program. From 1997 to 2001, he taught courses in legal and constitutional history and the history of sport in the Marquette History Department. He has also been a visiting professor at Washington University, Washington & Lee University, and the University of Virginia. In the Fall of 2000 he was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Law at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kiev, Ukraine. From 2001 to 2003, he taught in the program in comparative and international law offered by Marquette and the University of Queensland.
Professor Hylton was the chair of the committee that created the current MULS Sports Law program, and from 1997 to 1999, he served as interim director of the National Sports Law Institute. He is currently a member of the NSLI Board of Advisers and a member of the Sports Lawyers Association.
His current research interests focus on the history of the legal profession, the history of civil rights, and the legal history of American sports. Beginning in 2009, he will be a visiting professor each fall semester at the University of Virginia where he is also affiliated with the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies.