William N. Eskridge

Prof. William N. Eskridge, Jr.

John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence, Yale Law School

Born and raised in Princeton, West Virginia in 1951, Professor Eskridge is the son of William Nichol and Elizabeth DeJarnette Eskridge. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Davidson College in 1973 and his Masters in History from Harvard University in 1974. His Honors thesis at Davidson focused on the fideism of Hugenot exile Pierre Bayle (1647-1715). At Harvard, his primary Masters thesis analyzed the political thought of the Marian exiles (1553-58). Professor Eskridge earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was the Note & Topics Editor of The Yale Law Journal (1977-78). After clerking for Judge Edward Weinfeld and practicing law at Shea & Gardner, he became a law professor. His primary academic homes have been the Georgetown University Law Center (1987-98) and the Yale Law School (1998-present), but Professor Eskridge has also taught at NYU, Stanford, Toronto, Harvard, Columbia, Virginia, and Vanderbilt. His primary legal academic interest has been statutory interpretation. Together, Professor Eskridge and Professor Philip Frickey (a friend from Shea & Gardner) developed an innovative casebook on Legislation. Professor Eskridge has also published a monograph and several dozen law review articles (many with Frickey) on statutory interpretation theory and practice. Professors Eskridge and Frickey's project has been to understand the dynamics of statutory evolution, and the proper methodology judges should apply when construing statutes. In 1990-95, Professor Eskridge represented a gay couple suing for recognition of their same-sex marriage.  Since then, he has published a field-establishing casebook, three monographs, and dozens of law review articles articulating a legal and political framework for proper state treatment of sexual and gender minorities.  The historical materials in his book on Gaylaw formed the basis for an amicus brief he drafted for the Cato Institute and for much of the Court’s (and the dissenting opinion’s) analysis in Lawrence v. Texas (2003), which invalidated consensual sodomy laws.



  • J.D., Yale, 1978
  • M.A., Harvard, 1974
  • B.A., Davidson College, 1973
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 T. 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 Stokes PaulsenMark Sheldon PerryRoger PilonSaikrishna B. PrakashWilliam H. PryorDeborah L. RhodeNicholas Quinn RosenkranzAllan RostronBill SamuelJoshua SarnoffBen SasseEugene ScaliaKannon K. ShanmugamJerry E. SmithLawrence SolumIlya SominLuther StrangeDavid R. StrasKimberley A. StrasselNadine StrossenJeffrey S. SuttonDiane S. SykesClarence ThomasJonathan R. TurleyMichael UhlmannStephen I. VladeckEugene VolokhRichard E. WileyDon WillettTodd Zywicki
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Federalism & Separation of Powers
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Second Annual Executive Branch Review Conference

Second Annual Executive Branch Review Conference

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Federalism & Separation of Powers • Religious Liberties
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2013 National Lawyers Convention

2013 National Lawyers Convention

Textualism and the Role of Judges

The Mayflower Hotel
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 H. 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 R. 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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Civil Rights • Free Speech & Election Law • Criminal Law & Procedure • Corporations, Securities & Antitrust • Labor & Employment Law • Religious Liberties • Intellectual Property • Administrative Law & Regulation • Federalism & Separation of Powers • Environmental Law & Property Rights • International & National Security Law • Telecommunications & Electronic Media • Litigation • Professional Responsibility & Legal Education
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