John O. McGinnis

Prof. John O. McGinnis

George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law

John O. McGinnis is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He also has an MA degree from Balliol College, Oxford, in philosophy and theology. Professor McGinnis clerked on U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. From 1987 to 1991, he was deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice.  He the author of Accelerating Democracy: Transforming Government Through Technology (Princeton 2013) and Originalism and the Good Constitution (Harvard 2013) (with M. Rappaport). He is a past winner of Paul Bator award given by the Federalist Society to an outstanding academic under 40. He has been listed by the United States on the roster of panelists who may be called upon to decide World Trade Organization Disputes.

  • BA, magna cum laude, Harvard College
  • MA, Balliol College, Oxford
  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard University

2018 National Student Symposium

First Principles of the Constitution

Georgetown Law
Washington, DC 20001
Topics: Constitution • Federalism • First Amendment • Founding Era & History • Fourteenth Amendment • Philosophy • Supreme Court
Fifth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference

Fifth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC 20036
Topics: Federalism & Separation of Powers
2017 National Student Symposium - "The First Amendment in Contemporary Society"