John C. Eastman
Chairman of the Board
John C. Eastman is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community at Chapman University School of Law, where he was also Dean from 2007 to 2010 before stepping 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. He was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Fourth Circuit Judge J. Michal Luttig, the Director of Congressional and Public Affairs at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and an attorney with the national law firm of Kirkland & Ellis before entering the academy in 1999.
A nationally recognized expert in constitutional law, Dr. Eastman has published extensively, including as co-author of a major constitutional law textbook; entries in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Legal History and the Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court; and more than three dozen book chapters and scholarly articles in such journals as the University of Chicago Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the American Journal of Legal History, the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, the BYU Journal of Public Law, and the Cato Supreme Court Review.
He has participated in over 60 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, as amicus curiae or on behalf of parties, including in such landmark cases as Boy Scouts of America v. Dale; Zelman v. Simmons-Harris (the Ohio school vouchers case); Newdow v. U.S. Congress (the Pledge of Allegiance case); and Gonzales v. Carhart (the partial birth abortion case). He has a J.D. from the University of Chicago, where he was an Olin Fellow in Law & Economics, a Bradley Fellow in Constitutional History, a member of the Law Review and Order of the Coif; a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School; and a B.A. in Politics and Economics from the University of Dallas