Eastman
Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service and former Dean, Chapman University Fowler School of Law • Senior Fellow, The Claremont Institute
2019 Speaker

Orange, California

John Eastman is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law and Community Service and former dean at Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1999, specializing in constitutional law, legal history and property. He also leads the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute that he founded in 1999. He has a PhD in government from the Claremont Graduate School, a JD from the University of Chicago Law School and a BA from the University of Dallas. He serves as chairman of the Federalist Society’s Federalism and Separation of Powers Practice Group.

Prior to joining the Chapman faculty, Eastman served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court of the United States, and to Judge J. Michael Luttig, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. He practiced with the national law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. Eastman has represented numerous clients in constitutional law matters and has argued before the Supreme Court. On behalf of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, he has participated as amicus curiae before the Supreme Court in more than 140 cases, including Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, Zelman v. Simmons-Harris (school vouchers), Kelo v. New London, Connecticut (eminent domain), and Van Orden v. Perry (the Ten Commandments). He has also appeared as an expert legal commentator on television and radio including C-SPAN, Fox News, NPR and PBS NewsHour.