Kurt T. Lash

Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law
Director, Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and Law

One of the nation’s leading scholars of constitutional law, Professor Kurt T. Lash is honored as the newest recipient of the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he directs the Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and Law.

The author of The Fourteenth Amendment and the Privileges and Immunities of American Citizenship (Cambridge University Press 2014), Professor Lash has written numerous books and articles on constitutional law and American legal history, including The Lost History of the Ninth Amendment (Oxford University Press 2009) and The American First Amendment in the Twenty-First Century: Cases and Materials (5th edition, Foundation Press) (with William A. Van Alstyne). His articles appear in some of the top law reviews in the United States, including the Stanford Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Northwestern Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review and Texas Law Review, and his scholarship has been cited by both state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court.  Prof. Lash has also published on-line essays for the Chicago Law Review and the Yale Law Journal.

Professor Lash has appeared on a number of local and national news programs, including guests appearances on "On Point with Tom Ashbrook" (NPR Boston, national syndication), and he served as an "expert and advisor" for the four-part PBS series, Constitution USA with Peter Sagal (2013) (Prof. Lash appears in episodes III & IV). 

During the fall semester 2012, Professor Lash was a visiting professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law.

Follow Professor Lash on Twitter @kurtlash1