Lash named Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Professor Kurt T. Lash, one of the nation’s leading scholars of constitutional law, has been named 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.

A nationally recognized authority on the U.S. Constitution – with particular expertise in the First, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Reconstruction Era Amendments – Lash is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Lost History of the Ninth Amendment (Oxford University Press) and The American First Amendment in the Twenty-First Century: Cases and Materials (5th edition, Foundation Press) (with William A. Van Alstyne).  He has published pathbreaking articles in the nation’s leading law journals, including the Stanford Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Texas Law Review, and is the author of the forthcoming American Privileges and Immunities: Federalism, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Rights of American Citizenship (Cambridge University Press).  Recently, he accepted an invitation to edit The Fourteenth Amendment and the Privileges and Immunities of Citizens of the United States (University of Chicago Press), a two-volume set of historical materials relating to the adoption and early understanding of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments.  The publication is designed as a successor to The Founders' Constitution, the influential five-volume set of documents and commentary that has largely defined the canon of legal-historical materials relating to the original adoption of the U.S. Constitution.  

A graduate of Yale Law School, Lash clerked for the Honorable Robert R. Beezer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He joined the Illinois faculty in 2010 as the Alumni Distinguished Professor of Law, having formerly served on the faculty of the Loyola Law School, Los Angeles as the James P. Bradley Professor of Constitutional Law.  

“Kurt is a superb scholar, a revered teacher, and a significant voice in public debates about constitutional history and interpretation,” observed Dean Bruce P. Smith.  “He approaches all of these roles with the qualities for which he has become recognized and respected:  expansive vision; clarity of expression; legal-historical sophistication; and an eye for important – but often underappreciated – constitutional puzzles.  Holders of endowed chairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are scholars of truly national and international stature.  Kurt Lash undeniably merits inclusion in that illustrious group.”