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Dr. John Eastman

Professor, Henry Salvatori Professor of Law and Community Service
Director, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence
Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Expertise: U.S. Supreme Court; Constitutional Law; Freedom of Religion
Office Location: Kennedy Hall 431
Phone: (714) 628-2587
Scholarly Works:
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University of Dallas, Bachelor of Arts
The Claremont Graduate University, Master of Arts
University of Chicago, Juris Doctor
The Claremont Graduate University, Ph.D.


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. Professor Eastman is also affiliated with the Claremont Institute as a Senior Fellow and Director of the Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, which sponsors Chapman’s constitutional jurisprudence clinic.. 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

“‘Religiously Scrupulous’: Freedom of Conscience at the Founding,” Ave Maria L. R., Vol. 14 (2019)
“Deference Meets Delegation: Which is the Most Dangerous Branch?,” transcript of panel debate, 2015 Federalist Society Lawyers Convention, with C. Boyden Gray, David Rivkin, Neal Katyal, moderated by Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Dayton L. Rev. (2018)
“Live by the Executive Pen, Die by the Executive Pen?”, 65 Drake L. Rev. 997 (2017)
“Trump Has Clear Authority for Order,” Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals (Feb. 8, 2017)
“Attorney General Headed Down Dangerous Road,” Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals (Apr. 6, 2017)
“When Words Have No Meaning,” Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals (May 3, 2017)
“Judicial Double Standards,” Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals (June 7, 2017)
The American Constitutional Order: History, Cases, and Philosophy, 4th Edition, 2014 Supplement (co-editor with Douglas W. Kmiec and Stephen B. Presser) (LexisNexis, 2014)
“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