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John C. Eastman

Dr. John C. Eastman is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University School of Law, specializing in Constitutional Law and Legal History.

John C. Eastman

He is also the Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. He has a Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

 

Prior to joining the Chapman law faculty, Dr. Eastman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, and to the Honorable J. Michael Luttig, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He practiced law with the national law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, representing major corporate clients in federal and state courts and with respect to State Attorneys General investigations, in complex commercial contract litigation, and in consumer litigation.  Dr. Eastman has also represented various pro bono clients in matters involving property rights, economic opportunity, and first amendment freedom of speech, freedom of association, and freedom of religion issues.  On behalf of the Claremont Institute Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, he has participated as amicus curiae before the Supreme Court of the United States in several cases of constitutional significance, including Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, United States v. Morrison, Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Zelman v. Simmons-Harris (the Ohio School Voucher case), Grutter v. Bollinger (the Michigan affirmative action case), Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow (the Pledge of Allegiance case), Van Orden v. Perry (the Ten Commandments case), and Kelo v. New London, Connecticut (eminent domain abuse).

 

Dr. Eastman has a weekly segment on the nationally-syndicated Hugh Hewitt show debating current legal issues with Duke Law Professor Erwin Chemerinsky. He has appeared as an expert legal commentator on numerous television and radio programs, including C-SPAN, Fox News, OCN, NPR, KNX in Los Angeles, KFWB in Los Angeles, WABC in New York, the Michael Reagan Show, the Jane Chastain Show, the Michael Jackson show, Airtalk with Larry Mantle, L.A. Live with Duffy, the O'Reilly Factor (Fox), and the Newshour with Jim Lehrer (PBS).  He provided commentary on the Supreme Court's decision in the Boy Scouts case that was carried by CBS Radio in New York, CNS Radio, The Associated Press, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Fox Television and Reuters News Service, and his testimony before the Florida Legislature's Select Committee on the 2000 Election was carried live by major media outlets around the world.  Eastman publishes a periodic column entitled "First Principles" in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, and he has published numerous op-eds in newspapers around the country, including the Washington Post, the Orange County Register, and the Wall Street Journal.

 

Dr. Eastman also serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster in his son's Boy Scout Troop and enjoys camping, golfing, and travel with his wife and two children.

Articles on this Site

Institute to Honor Edwin Meese III

Posted on January 10, 2007 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Eastman & Meese Team with Hadley Arkes on Partial Birth Abortion Brief

Posted on August 10, 2006 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Eastman Testifies Before House Intelligence Committee

Posted on May 26, 2006 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Be Very Wary of Restricting President's Power

Posted on February 21, 2006 in Writings

Eating Up the Bread of Our Children

Posted on February 7, 2006 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Citizens by Right, or by Consent?

Posted on January 2, 2006 in Writings

Constitution's Citizenship Clause Misread

Posted on December 10, 2005 in Writings

Eastman to Appear on CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight and Fox News's Big Story Weekend

Posted on November 4, 2005 in Precepts

The End of Federalism?

Posted on October 24, 2005 in Writings

Colorblind Justice

Posted on September 15, 2005 in Claremont Review of Books

Claremont Institute at the Supreme Court

Posted on July 1, 2005 in Precepts

Claremont Property Rights Brief

Posted on April 26, 2005 in Projects

Altered States

Posted on October 8, 2004 in Claremont Review of Books

The American-Citizen-as-Enemy-Combatant Case

Posted on March 31, 2004 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Wrong Question in Hamdi

Posted on February 2, 2004 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Recall Ruling Creates More Confusion

Posted on August 5, 2003 in Writings

The New Glass Ceiling

Posted on June 3, 2003 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Judicial Nominations, Filibusters, and the Constitution: When a Majority is Denied its Right to Consent

Posted on May 9, 2003 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Justice Delayed

Posted on May 1, 2003 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Local Legal

Posted on March 19, 2003 in Projects

"In the President Alone"

Posted on March 5, 2003 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Eastman on Patronizing Diversity

Posted on February 5, 2003 in Writings

Justice at Christmas

Posted on December 24, 2002 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Homeland Security: The Deeper Issues

Posted on October 3, 2002 in Writings

The Administrative State Goes to War

Posted on October 3, 2002 in Writings

The Senate Is Supposed to Advise And Consent, Not Obstruct and Delay

Posted on September 6, 2002 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

The Principled Vice President Cheney

Posted on July 18, 2002 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

The Federalism Side of School Vouchers

Posted on July 3, 2002 in Precepts

Judge Shopping by . . . Judges?

Posted on June 17, 2002 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

The Vanishing Right to Property

Posted on May 22, 2002 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

The Federalism Issue Underlying The Vouchers Case

Posted on February 25, 2002 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Moral Equivalency in International Law

Posted on February 1, 2002 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Saving the Legal Services Corperation From Itself

Posted on December 26, 2001 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

The Forgotten, Newest Amendment

Posted on October 22, 2001 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

To Defend America

Posted on September 24, 2001 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Deadly Sucker Fish

Posted on August 27, 2001 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Colorblind Equality

Posted on August 9, 2001 in Precepts

Morality Without God?

Posted on August 1, 2001 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Bad News for Good News Clubs?

Posted on July 7, 2001 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Balancing the Ninth

Posted on June 19, 2001 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Out From The Shadows

Posted on April 23, 2001 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

With God, All Things Are Possible - At Least In Ohio

Posted on March 29, 2001 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

The "Undercount" Fallacy

Posted on December 11, 2000 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Deciding Not to Decide

Posted on December 5, 2000 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Saving the Legal Services Corperation From Itself

Posted on November 27, 2000 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Hand-to-Hand Combat

Posted on November 20, 2000 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

You Can't Put Dollar Limits on Free Speech

Posted on October 29, 2000 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Frenzied Spending and the "General Welfare"

Posted on October 24, 2000 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Is the EPA "The Very Definition of Tyranny"?

Posted on September 25, 2000 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Beware Migratory Birds

Posted on August 28, 2000 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Thoughts On Liberty On The Fourth of July

Posted on August 27, 2000 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

First Amendment Doesn't Protect Virtual Kiddie Porn

Posted on July 31, 2000 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Boy Scouts' Victory Is A Victory For Freedom

Posted on June 26, 2000 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

The 20th Century's Twin Relics of Barbarism

Posted on June 26, 2000 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

The Constitution Still Limits Congress

Posted on May 22, 2000 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Sending Boy Back To Cuba Means A Return To Slavery

Posted on May 1, 2000 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Politics and Virtue

Posted on April 25, 2000 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Fair Interpretation

Posted on March 27, 2000 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

A School Board's Dilemma

Posted on February 8, 2000 in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Eastman and the Battle Over the Establishment Clause

Posted in Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence


The Remedy on this Site

Other People's Money

Posted on December 2, 2006 in The Remedy

Is the New York Times next?

Posted on August 10, 2006 in The Remedy

Justice Kennedy Moves to Center Chair

Posted on June 19, 2006 in The Remedy

Even Romania Carries Claremont Scholars!

Posted on June 11, 2006 in The Remedy

"Anchors Away"

Posted on May 31, 2006 in The Remedy

New Arrogance at City Hall

Posted on March 5, 2006 in The Remedy

Ninth Circuit Hears Boy Scouts Appeal

Posted on February 15, 2006 in The Remedy

Modern-Day Japanese Relocation

Posted on January 19, 2006 in The Remedy

Only 2 law clinics in the country support property rights!

Posted on January 15, 2006 in The Remedy

WSJ Debate on Birthright Citizenship

Posted on December 7, 2005 in The Remedy

Washington Times or WSJ: Who's Right on Illegal Immigration?

Posted on November 19, 2005 in The Remedy

Ruckus Over Our Solomon Amendment Brief

Posted on September 29, 2005 in The Remedy

10 Commandments

Posted on June 28, 2005 in The Remedy

Kansas Supreme Court adopts the Nevada Gambit

Posted on June 6, 2005 in The Remedy

Restoration of Spending Clause Limits is LAUNCHED

Posted on May 31, 2005 in The Remedy

"Fifty-six Deceits in Fahrenheit 911"

Posted on July 1, 2004 in The Remedy

Kerry charged with heresy

Posted on July 1, 2004 in The Remedy

Terrorists in California?

Posted on July 1, 2004 in The Remedy

Ronald Reagan, Statesman

Posted on June 5, 2004 in The Remedy

Slandered Military

Posted on May 13, 2004 in The Remedy

Newdow's "Absolute" Right

Posted on March 26, 2004 in The Remedy

Bill Clinton as VEEP???

Posted on March 4, 2004 in The Remedy

Old Rights, New Rights

Posted on March 3, 2004 in The Remedy

Friend of Claremont Steve Cambone featured

Posted on February 23, 2004 in The Remedy

ACLU Targets Declaration of Independence

Posted on February 15, 2004 in The Remedy

The Nevada Cancer Spreads

Posted on February 15, 2004 in The Remedy

Internet Voting, Factions, and the Public Good

Posted on January 28, 2004 in The Remedy

So Much for the State's Rights Revolution

Posted on January 21, 2004 in The Remedy

Strange Bedfellows, Good Claim

Posted on January 12, 2004 in The Remedy

Wrong Question in Hamdi

Posted on January 10, 2004 in The Remedy

Oops. We forgot the warrant!

Posted on December 17, 2003 in The Remedy

Executive Privilege

Posted on December 16, 2003 in The Remedy

A Limo that UNDERCHARGES?

Posted on December 14, 2003 in The Remedy

Kiddie Porn and Political Speech

Posted on December 10, 2003 in The Remedy

Sniping

Posted on December 5, 2003 in The Remedy

Racism and Obstruction of Justice in the Judicial Confirmation Process

Posted on November 21, 2003 in The Remedy

Deliberate Undervoting

Posted on November 7, 2003 in The Remedy

Thoughts on Today's Hearing

Posted on September 22, 2003 in The Remedy

Don't Count The Chickens Just Yet

Posted on September 20, 2003 in The Remedy

Ninth Circuit Grants Rehearing

Posted on September 19, 2003 in The Remedy

Trouble on the litigation front

Posted on September 12, 2003 in The Remedy

Praise for Constitution Center, Contra Masugi

Posted on September 6, 2003 in The Remedy

Another Suit to Block the Recall Fails

Posted on August 20, 2003 in The Remedy

Who's Defending Against the Recall Suits?

Posted on August 16, 2003 in The Remedy

Federalism, or Paleocon States Rights?

Posted on August 15, 2003 in The Remedy

O'Reilly Transcript Now Available

Posted on August 13, 2003 in The Remedy

Will the recall be decided by voters, or judges?

Posted on August 13, 2003 in The Remedy

Felons Voting?

Posted on August 12, 2003 in The Remedy

Say it Ain't So, Willie

Posted on August 10, 2003 in The Remedy

Arnold the Magician

Posted on August 8, 2003 in The Remedy

Federal Court restraint?

Posted on August 7, 2003 in The Remedy

More Judicial Misconduct at the 6th Circuit

Posted on August 4, 2003 in The Remedy

Summer Entertainment

Posted on July 25, 2003 in The Remedy

Score One for the Fox

Posted on July 21, 2003 in The Remedy

I Got Bumped for Kobe?

Posted on July 18, 2003 in The Remedy

Justice Scalia and the Declaration

Posted on June 23, 2003 in The Remedy

Charles Schumer's Short List

Posted on June 19, 2003 in The Remedy

No More "GAG" Rule

Posted on June 12, 2003 in The Remedy

Filibuster Debate Moves to the Airwaves

Posted on June 10, 2003 in The Remedy

There They Go Again

Posted on June 10, 2003 in The Remedy

Shenanigans in Michigan

Posted on June 6, 2003 in The Remedy

Robbie George on Rick Santorum

Posted on May 28, 2003 in The Remedy

Lawyers on Nietzsche

Posted on May 22, 2003 in The Remedy

Senate Rules Change

Posted on May 14, 2003 in The Remedy

Senator Frist Proposes Filibuster Rules Change

Posted on May 9, 2003 in The Remedy

Senate Judiciary Hearing

Posted on May 8, 2003 in The Remedy

Incest, Homosexuality, and other Taboos

Posted on April 30, 2003 in The Remedy

Senate Hearing on the Filibuster

Posted on April 30, 2003 in The Remedy

Robert Alt's "Is Federalism Conservative?"

Posted on April 29, 2003 in The Remedy

The Real Santorum Crisis

Posted on April 29, 2003 in The Remedy

Arroyo Toads in Commerce

Posted on April 2, 2003 in The Remedy

Carolyn Kuhl's questioners

Posted on April 2, 2003 in The Remedy

Inferior Courts, Inferior Judges

Posted on March 17, 2003 in The Remedy

Part I: A Display of Statesmanlike Prudence?

Posted on January 28, 2003 in The Remedy

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