Thomas W. Merrill

Prof. Thomas W. Merrill

Charles Evans Hughes Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Topics: Environmental Law & Property Rights • Federalism & Separation of Powers

Professor Merrill writes widely in the fields of property and administrative law. In property, he has authored, with Henry Smith of Harvard, a series of articles relating the structure of property rights to information costs (“Optimal Standardization in the Law of Property: The Numerus Clausus Principle," Yale Law Journal 2000), as well as a leading casebook (“Property: Principles and Policies,” 2012); a series of studies, with Joseph Kearney of Marquette, on the role of public property rights in the development of the Chicago lakefront (“The Origins of the American Public Trust Doctrine: What Really Happened in Illinois Central,”U. Chicago L. Rev. 2004); and a variety of writings on constitutional property (“Property: Takings (with David Dana 2002);" “The Landscape of Constitutional Property,” Virginia L. Rev.2000); “The Economics of Public Use,” Cornell L. Rev. 1986). In administrative law, he has written a number of pieces about the history of administrative law (“Article III, Agency Adjudication, and the Origins of the Appellate Review Model of Administrative law,” Columbia L. R. 2011), and about judicial review of agency interpretations of law (“Chevron’s Domain,"Geo. L. J. (with Kristin Hickman 2001)).

Professor Merrill is a graduate of Grinnell College (1971) and Oxford University (1973), where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and the University of Chicago Law School (1977). He clerked for the Hon. David L. Bazelon, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and for the Hon. Harry A. Blackmun, U.S. Supreme Court. From 1987-1990 he was Deputy Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice. Professor Merrill has previously taught at Northwestern Law School (1981-2003) and at Yale Law School (2008-2010). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.



  • University of Chicago, J.D., 1977, cum laude
  • Oxford University, B.A., 1973, first-class honors
  • Grinnell College, B.A., 1971, with honors
2017 National Student Symposium - "The First Amendment in Contemporary Society"
2016 National Lawyers Convention

2016 National Lawyers Convention

The Jurisprudence and Legacy of Justice Scalia

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC 20036
Speakers:
Floyd AbramsSamuel A. AlitoJohn A. AllisonAkhil Reed AmarJohn S. BakerRachel BarkowCarlos T. BeaStephanos BibasSusan G. BradenMark BrnovichRonald A. CassLeonard N. ChaninBradford R. ClarkPaul D. ClementSteven CollotonTed CruzRon DeSantisFrank H. EasterbrookJohn C. EastmanAllison EidE ElliottJennifer Walker ElrodJames W. ElyRichard A. EpsteinWilliam N. EskridgeBrian FitzpatrickMark FloydDavid F. ForteNoel J. FranciscoRichard W. GarnettDeborah A. GarzaDouglas H. GinsburgAbbe R. GluckElizabeth GoiteinHenry GoldbergPhil GrammDeepak GuptaNikki HaleyThomas M. HardimanSeth HarrisJohn C. HarrisonLisa HeinzerlingArthur D. HellmanC HemphillRoderick M. HillsSandra Segal IkutaRandel K. JohnsonEdith H. JonesDavid J. KapposOrin S. KerrRaymond KethledgeAdam KleinWilliam KuntzPaul LarkinJoan LarsenGary LawsonAdam LaxaltNelson LundStephen J. MarkmanWilliam P. MarshallToni MassaroMichael W. McConnellThomas W. MerrillPatrick MorriseyAdam MossoffVincent Phillip MunozVictoria NourseDiarmuid F. O'ScannlainMichael O'SheaPatrick A. ParenteauMichael S. PaulsenMark Sheldon PerryRoger PilonSaikrishna B. PrakashWilliam H. PryorDeborah L. RhodeNicholas Quinn RosenkranzAllan RostronBill SamuelJoshua SarnoffBen SasseEugene ScaliaKannon K. ShanmugamJerry E. SmithLawrence SolumIlya SominLuther StrangeDavid StrasKimberley A. StrasselNadine StrossenJeffrey S. SuttonDiane S. SykesClarence ThomasJonathan R. TurleyMichael UhlmannStephen I. VladeckEugene VolokhRichard E. WileyDon WillettTodd Zywicki
Topics: Federalism & Separation of Powers
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2014 National Lawyers Convention

2014 National Lawyers Convention

Millennials, Equity and the Rule of Law

The Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC 20036
Speakers:
Jonathan H. AdlerDanielle M. AguirreUsman AhmedSamuel A. AlitoWilliam T. AllenPaul S. AtkinsPaul BaileyJohn S. BakerJodi S. BalsamRandy E. BarnettMichael BaroneJack BeermannJohn Bellinger,IKarlyn BowmanRachel L. BrandJamie BrownPaul CamposAaron H. CaplanRonald A. CassAdam CiongoliKim ColbyCharles J. CooperLanny J. DavisEdward J. DeMarcoChristopher C. DeMuthRobert A. DestroNeal E. DevinsHeather DonaldFrank H. EasterbrookRoss EisenbreyJennifer Walker ElrodBert ElyDaniel EpsteinRichard A. EpsteinChai FeldblumDiana Furchtgott-RothSeth GalanterRobert R. GasawayDouglas H. GinsburgTodd P. GravesMichael S. GreveThomas B. GriffithKaren HarnedOrrin HatchGail HeriotNeal K. KatyalElizabeth KregorWilliam KuntzPaul H. KupiecGreg LukianoffGregory E. MaggsJohn G. MalcolmWilliam P. MarshallJohn O. McGinnisDavid M. McIntoshThomas W. MerrillRobert T. MillerThomas D. MorganAlan B. MorrisonMichael B. MukaseyCharles MurrayMichael O'RiellyMaureen K. OhlhausenDavid S. OlsonPatrick OotLee Liberman OtisKatherine A. OyamaRobert V. PercivalDaniel PolsbyWilliam H. PryorVictoria A. RedgraveJulie Goldsmith ReiserSteven A. RosenblumNicholas Quinn RosenkranzAntonin ScaliaChristopher SchroederMark F. SchultzJerry E. SmithDavid StrasNadine StrossenRobert SussmanDavid H. ThompsonE VeaseyRichard K. VedderEugene VolokhDavid WeilDavid A. WeisbachDon WillettStephen F. WilliamsRobin Fretwell WilsonPatrick WyrickChristopher S. Yoo
Topics: Federalism & Separation of Powers
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16th Annual Faculty Conference
2013 National Lawyers Convention

2013 National Lawyers Convention

Textualism and the Role of Judges

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Washington, DC 20036
Speakers:
Jonathan H. AdlerMarvin AmmoriPaul S. AtkinsMartin Neil BailyJohn S. BakerDavid BaltoRachel BarkowRandy E. BarnettThomas O. BarnettDavid BarronCarlos T. BeaPaul J. BeardJohn BeisnerMitchell BermanLillian R. BeVierStephanos BibasSteven G. BradburyJoel F. BrennerTimothy P. CarneyRoger B. CleggEdith Brown ClementPaul D. ClementDavid D. ColeTed CruzJohn F. DuffyKyle DuncanFrank H. EasterbrookJohn C. EastmanJennifer Walker ElrodJohn ElwoodRichard A. EpsteinWilliam N. EskridgeMiguel EstradaJörg FedtkeRichard W. FieldsNoel J. FranciscoEric M. FreedmanJohn FundWilliam A. GalstonRobert P. GeorgeDouglas H. GinsburgAbbe R. GluckNeil GorsuchThomas B. GriffithRandall D. GuynnPhilip A. HamburgerThomas M. HardimanKristin HickmanJames L. HuffmanScott W. JohnsonEdith H. JonesBrett M. KavanaughAshley KellerRaymond KethledgeF. Scott KieffAndrew KoppelmanWilliam KuntzMartin S. LedermanMichael S. LeeLeonard A. LeoAdam LiptakRobert E. LitanMargaret (Peggy) LittleJane MagoKenneth L. MarcusJohn O. McGinnisDavid M. McIntoshThomas W. MerrillEugene B. MeyerRobert MikosJonathan T. MolotThomas D. MorganPatrick MorriseyAlan B. MorrisonMichael B. MukaseyBurt NeuborneVictoria NourseJide Okechuku NzelibeEileen J. O'ConnorDiarmuid F. O'ScannlainMaureen K. OhlhausenWalter K. OlsonAjit V. PaiRichard PrimusWilliam H. PryorJeremy A. RabkinA. Raymond RandolphJohn N. RaudabaughMichelle RichardsonJ RoschNicholas Quinn RosenkranzPaul RosenzweigErin RyanJoshua SarnoffDavid S. SchoenbrodReva SiegelJerry E. SmithStewart E. SterkDavid StrasNadine StrossenDiane S. SykesGeorge J. TerwilligerClarence ThomasJonathan R. TurleyTimothy M. TymkovichVincent VitkowskyEugene VolokhScott WalkerSeth P. WaxmanJ. Harvie WilkinsonJ WilkinsonIStephen F. WilliamsJoshua D. WrightElizabeth WydraWilliam R. YeomansJohn C. Yoo
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