The Federalist Society

Prof. William N. Eskridge, Jr.

John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence, Yale Law School

Professor William N. Eskridge, Jr. is the John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School. His primary legal academic interest has been statutory interpretation. Together with Professor Philip Frickey, he developed an innovative casebook on Legislation. In 1990-95, Professor Eskridge represented a gay couple suing for recognition of their same-sex marriage. Since then, he has published a field-establishing casebook, three monographs, and dozens of law review articles articulating a legal and political framework for proper state treatment of sexual and gender minorities. The historical materials in the book on Gaylaw formed the basis for an amicus brief he drafted for the Cato Institute and for much of the Court's (and the dissenting opinion's) analysis in Lawrence v. Texas (2003), which invalidated consensual sodomy laws. His most recent book is Gay Marriage: For Better or For Worse? (with Darren Spedale). Professor Eskridge received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Davidson College, his masters in History from Harvard, and his J.D. from Yale.


Education

  • J.D., Yale, 1978
  • M.A., Harvard, 1974
  • B.A., Davidson College, 1973

Upcoming Events

Second Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
Executive Branch Review Project
May 7, 2014

Publications

Employment Non-Discrimination Act - Podcast
Religious Liberties Practice Group Podcast
February 21, 2014
Showcase Panel IV: Textualism and Statutory Interpretation - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 25, 2013
A Federal Sunset Law - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 12, 2011
Tradition and the People's Constitution - Event Audio/Video
University of Michigan Student Chapter
March 8, 2008
Are Constitutional Changes Necessary to Limit Government? - Event Audio
2006 National Lawyers Convention - "Limited Government"
November 18, 2006

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