» Dr. John C. Eastman
Professor, Henry Salvatori Professor of Law and Community Service; Former Dean (2007-2010); Director, Center of Constitutional Jurisprudence

Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Dr. John C. Eastman
Office Location:
Kennedy Hall 431
Phone:
(714) 628-2587
Email:
Education
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
Biography
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.

Courses Taught: Constitutional Law, Property, Legal History, First Amendment, Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic.

List of Scholarly Publications

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
“The States Enter the Illegal Immigration Fray,” in Carissa Byrne Hessick and Gabriel J. Chin, eds., Strange Neighbors: The Role of States in Immigration Policy, New York Univ. Press (2013)
“Arizona v. U.S.: Immigration Policy and the Economy,” conference proceedings published in Vol. XLVII, Interamerican Law Review (Revista Juridica), Interamerican University of Puerto Rico (2013).
“Decoding the Constitutional Challenges to Traditional Marriage,” 14 Engage: J. Federalist Soc’y Prac. Groups 4 (Feb. 2013)
“The States Enter the Illegal Immigration Fray,” chapter in The Role of the States in Immigration Enforcement and Policy (Carissa Hessick and Jack Chin, eds., NYU Press, forthcoming 2012)
“Hidden Gems in the Historical 2011-12 Term, and Beyond,” Charleston Law Review (forthcoming, 2012).
“From Plyler to Arizona: Have the Courts Forgotten about Corfield v. Coryell?” Univ. of Chic. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2012).
“Papers, Please: Does the Constitution Permit the States a Role in Immigration Enforcement,” 35 Harv. J. L. Pub. Policy 1 (2012)
“Reflections on Justice Thomas’s Twenty Years on the Bench,” Univ. of Detroit Mercy L. Rev. 101 (2012).
The American Constitutional Order: History, Cases, and Philosophy, 3d Edition, 2011 supplement (co-editor with Douglas W. Kmiec, Stephen B. Presser, and Raymond Marcin) (LexisNexis, 2011)
“Writ of Error,” Book Review, The Conservative Assault on the Constitution, by Erwin Chemerinsky, in Claremont Review of Books, vol. XI, No. 3 (Summer 2011)
“Debate on Birthright Citizenship,” with Ediberto Roman, 6 Florida International Univ. L. Rev. 293 (2011).
“Will Mrs. Bond Topple Missouri v. Holland?”, 2011 Cato Supreme Court Review.
“Arizona’s Immigration Storm,” with Karen J. Lugo, Engage, vol. 12, no. 1 (June 2011)
The American Constitutional Order: History, Cases, and Philosophy, 3d Edition, 2010 supplement (co-editor with Douglas W. Kmiec, Stephen B. Presser, and Raymond Marcin) (LexisNexis, 2010)
Book Review, Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power from George Washington to George Bush, by John Yoo, in Engage, vol. 11, no. 1 (Spring 2010), available at http://www.fed-soc.org/doclib/20100331_EastmanEngage 11.1.pdf
“Linda Chavez’s Misunderstanding of the 14th Amendment,” The Daily Caller (August 20, 2010)
Individual Rights and the American Constitution, 3d Edition (co-editor with Douglas W. Kmiec, Stephen B. Presser, and Raymond Marcin) (LexisNexis, 2009)
The History, Philosophy, and Structure of the American Constitution, 3d Edition (co-editor with Douglas W. Kmiec, Stephen B. Presser, and Raymond Marcin) (LexisNexis, 2009)
The American Constitutional Order: History, Cases, and Philosophy, 3d Edition (co-editor with Douglas W. Kmiec, Stephen B. Presser, and Raymond Marcin) (LexisNexis, 2009)
“The Roberts Court and Federalism,” 4 NYU J. L. & Liberty 330 (2009) (transcript of debate with Paul Clement, Walter Dellinger, Jeffrey Rosen, moderated by Judge David Sentelle, at Federalist Society national convention, Nov. 21, 2008)
“The Founders' Intent, Constitutional Provisions, and Limits on Spending Power and Delegation,” transcript of debate with Georgetown law professor Louis Seidman, Engage Vol. 10, No. 2 (July 2009), available at http://www.fed-soc.org/doclib/20090720_EastmanEngage102.pdf.
Point/Counterpoint, “The Enemy Among Us,” Orange County Lawyer (May 2009)
“Flags of Caution over Sotomayor,” Christian Science Monitor (May 27, 2009)
“In Defense of John Yoo,” op-ed column in Los Angeles Times (April 9, 2009)
The American Constitutional Order: History, Cases, and Philosophy, 2d Edition, 2008 supplement (co-editor with Douglas W. Kmiec, Stephen B. Presser, and Raymond Marcin) (LexisNexis, 2008)
“The Spending Clause,” in Oxford Encyclopedia of Legal History
“Born in the U.S.A.? Re-assessing Birthright Citizenship in the Wake of 9/11”. Congressional testimony reprinted in Spring 2008 issue of Richmond Law Review.
“Born in the U.S.A.? Re-assessing Birthright Citizenship in the Wake of 9/11”. Congressional testimony reprinted in January 2008 issue of Texas Review of Law & Politics