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John C. Eastman

Dr. John C. Eastman is Founding Director of the Claremont Institute's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, and currently serves as the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University's Dale E. Fowler School of Law. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute.

Dr. Eastman received his B.A. from the University of Dallas, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Claremont Graduate School. He completed his studies at the University of Chicago Law School, earning his J.D. in 1995 and immediately took a position clerking for Judge Michael Luttig in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. From 1996 to 1997 he served as a law clerk with the Honorable Justice Clarence Thomas in the United States Supreme Court. After concluding his clerkships, Dr. Eastman took a position with Kirkland & Ellis in Los Angeles until 1999.

Upon leaving Kirkland & Ellis, Dr. Eastman took up his current post, teaching at Chapman University where he served as dean from 2007 to 2010. He also founded the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence in 1999, and has served as its Director since that time.

Dr. Eastman also serves as the chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, and is on the Advisory Board for the St. Thomas More Society of Orange County. He has been recognized by Chapman University as Professor of the Year (2002) and for Faculty Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activity (2013). Additionally, he received the St. Thomas More Award from Franciscan University (2010) and the J. Reuben Clark Award from the J. Reuben Clark Society of Orange County (2010).

Dr. Eastman is a prolific author. A selection of his scholarly publications include “The Moral Conditions of Liberty” in Freedom and the Rule of Law (2009), “The Roberts Court and Federalism,” in the New York University Journal of Law and Liberty (2009), and “Full Faith and Republican Guarantees: Gay Marriage, FMPA, and the Courts,” in the BYU Law Journal (2006).

Dr. Eastman has been invited several times to address various committees of Congress, on topics including President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration and the IRS’s felonious disclosure of tax returns.

In the courtroom, Dr. Eastman has represented seventeen parties before the Supreme Court of the United States. He has also represented over 75 amici before the Supreme Court in cases such as Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores (2014), Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell (2014), Harris v. Quinn (2014), National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning (2014), National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius (2012), Gonzales v. Carhart (2007), and Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000).

Dr. Eastman has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN, BBC World News, and PBS. His writings and commentary on the courts and the constitution have appeared in the New York TimesWall Street JournalWashington PostLos Angeles TimesNational Review the Economist, the Atlantic,Slate, the National Catholic Register, and the ABA Journal.


Articles found on this site:
Consistently Original
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: February 20, 2019
This article appeared in: Volume XIX, Number 1, Winter 2019

Antonin Scalia's lasting effect on jurisprudence.

The Court Will Consider Justice Scalia’s Invitation, Posthumously
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: December 14, 2018
A full reconsideration of Auer is now on the Supreme Court’s docket....
The President's Power to Keep Congress at Work
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: June 6, 2018
It might be time to cancel the Senate's August recess. ...
The Supreme Court vs. The Wild, Wild, West
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: March 9, 2018
The 9th Circuit is out on a lawless limb. ...
The Self-Perpetuating Swamp
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: December 11, 2017
The progressive movement's longstanding goal is to create governing agencies that are not accountable to elected officials....
Misdirection by Indictment?
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: November 3, 2017
Mueller, Manafort, and Podesta....
Napolitano’s Chutzpa
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: September 14, 2017
DACA today. ...
Damaging Information
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: July 21, 2017
The accusations against Trump Jr. are laughably erroneous....
The Politics of Personal Destruction
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: June 22, 2017
Calls for civility fall on deaf ears. ...
President Trump, Meet the Real President Jackson
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: March 2, 2017
President Trump, Meet the Real President Jackson...
The Constitutionalist Revolution
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: November 10, 2016
Washington still doesn't get it. ...
Abood: The Ghoul Lives to See Another Day
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: April 4, 2016
Justice Scalia's absence from the Supreme Court is keenly felt. ...
Justice Antonin Scalia RIP
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: February 17, 2016
John C. Eastman remembers Justice Antonin Scalia....
Birthright Citizenship
By: John C. Eastman, Linda Chavez
Posted: February 10, 2016
John C. Eastman and Linda Chavez discuss the 14th Amendment and birthright citizenship....
Fiat Lex
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: January 5, 2016
President Obama is advancing his radical gun-control agenda with nothing more than his executive pen....
Unsettled Resettlement
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: November 18, 2015
Can the States Prevent Immigration of Potential Jihadists? Lessons from the Import-Export Clause...
Why Not Choose a Rhinoceros to be Speaker?
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: October 16, 2015
Think just anyone can be Speaker of the House? Think again...
Down to the Bare Wood
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: November 3, 2014
This article appeared in: Vol. XIV, Number 4, Fall 2014

Understanding Clarence Thomas is Ralph Rossum’s second study of the jurisprudence of “originalist” Justices on the Supreme Court. It will have to be next to his last, until there are some changes on the Court.

Restoring the general to the general welfare clause
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: March 27, 2014
4 Chap. L. Rev. 63 Chapman Law Review Spring 2001 Spending Clause Symposium RESTORING THE “GENERAL” TO THE GENERAL WELFARE CLAUSE John C. Eastman1 Copyright (c) 2001 Chapman Law Review; John C. Eastman Over the past decade, the Supreme Court of the United States ...
We are a religious people...
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: March 27, 2014
We are a religious people....
Judicial review of unenumerated rights
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: March 27, 2014
28 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 713 | Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy | Summer, 2005 JUDICIAL REVIEW OF UNENUMERATED RIGHTS: DOES MARBURY’S HOLDING APPLY IN A POST-WARREN COURT WORLD? John C. Eastmana1 Copyright © 2005 by the Harvard Society for Law &a...
Writ of Error
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: September 22, 2011
This article appeared in: Vol. XI, Number 3 - Summer 2011

A review of The Conservative Assault on the Constitution, by Erwin Chemerinsky

Kennedy's Partial Birth Abortion Decision Invites Long-Overdue Dialogue
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: May 2, 2007
This article appeared as a Forum Column in the May 2, 2007 edition of the Los Angeles Daily Journal.  Reprinted with permission. Ever since the Supreme Court's decision on April 18 upholding the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act enacted by Congress in 2003, proponents of abortion ...
Be Very Wary of Restricting President's Power
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: February 21, 2006
John C. Eastman argues against Richard Epstein and the contention that the president cannot conduct warrantless surveillance of enemy communications. ...
Colorblind Justice
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: September 15, 2005
This article appeared in: Vol. V, Number 3 - Summer 2005
Examining Justice Clarence Thomas's jurisprudential philosophy.
Altered States
By: John C. Eastman
Posted: October 8, 2004
This article appeared in: Vol. III, Number 2 Spring 2003

A review of Narrowing the Nation'sThe lesson drawn by Judge Noon is that the Court should more or less abdicate its responsibility for enforcing the Constitution's limits. Power: The Supreme Court Sides with the States, by John T. Noonan, ...