August 9, 2022


Let'S Talk Law

Leading scholar of civil process, constitutional regulation, Stephen Sachs joins HLS college

Stephen E. Sachs, a major scholar of civil procedure and constitutional law, will be part of the faculty of Harvard Regulation University as the inaugural Antonin Scalia Professor of Regulation, successful July 1.

Sachs, who is currently the Colin W. Brown Professor at Duke Regulation Faculty, researches a variety of subjects together with the law and theory of constitutional interpretation, the jurisdiction of point out and federal courts, and the position of the normal widespread legislation in the U.S. legal procedure.

“Professor Sachs is a thoughtful, innovative, and impactful scholar who has made available contemporary ways of imagining about legislation and interpretation and about the structure and content material of U.S. legislation,” explained John F. Manning ’85, the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Regulation at Harvard Legislation College. “He is also a excellent teacher and colleague, and I am delighted that he is joining the HLS local community.”

Said Sachs: “I am delighted to be part of the college of Harvard Regulation Faculty, in which I took my initially legislation school class from Charles Donahue as a medieval record undergraduate, and where by I used numerous delighted hrs looking at as a result of old statutes in Langdell. I am notably honored to serve as the inaugural Antonin Scalia Professor, in recognition of Justice Scalia’s legacy in the regulation.”

Harvard Legislation College set up the Antonin Scalia Professorship of Law in 2017, in honor of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ’60. Recognised for his jurisprudence advancing originalism and textualism, Scalia served as an affiliate justice for 30 yrs until eventually his dying in 2016.

Sachs joined the Duke school in 2011 as an assistant professor, following practicing in the litigation group of Mayer Brown in Washington, D.C. He obtained tenure in 2016. He also taught as a going to professor at the College of Chicago Legislation University in the Winter of 2020, and at Harvard Legislation Faculty in the course of the 2015–2016 educational term.

He is a member of the Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committee on Appellate Regulations, an elected member of the American Legislation Institute, and an adviser to the ALI’s project on the Restatement of the Legislation (Third), Conflict of Laws.

Sachs has written many articles or blog posts, essays, and e-book chapters. His work has appeared in the Harvard Regulation Evaluate, the Harvard Journal of Law and General public Policy, the California Regulation Overview, Constitutional Commentary, the Legislation & Background Critique, the Notre Dame Regulation Review, the Northwestern University Law Overview, the Texas Regulation Critique, the Virginia Regulation Evaluate, and the Yale Regulation Journal, amongst other folks. His most recent get the job done, “Originalism: Standard and Process,” is forthcoming in the Harvard Legislation Critique in 2022.

In 2020, Sachs been given the Federalist Society’s Joseph Story Award, which acknowledges a younger educational who has demonstrated excellence in lawful scholarship, a commitment to educating, a problem for students, and who has produced a considerable community affect in a method that advancements the rule of regulation in a absolutely free society.

In June 2013, Sachs wrote an amicus short to the Supreme Court on discussion board selection agreements in civil instances. The Court docket purchased the functions in the situation, Atlantic Maritime Design Co. v. U.S. District Court, to be well prepared to handle the short, which was mentioned at oral argument and in the Court’s viewpoint. The transient was later named amid the “Exemplary Authorized Writing of 2013” by the Inexperienced Bag Almanac & Reader authorized journal.

Sachs clerked for Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. ’79 all through the 2009–2010 Supreme Courtroom term, and for the late Judge Stephen F. Williams ’61 of the U.S. Court docket of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2007–2008.

Sachs acquired his J.D. from Yale Legislation University, in which he was government editor of the Yale Regulation Journal and served both equally as executive editor and article content editor of the Yale Regulation & Plan Review. A Rhodes Scholar, he graduated from Oxford College in 2004 with a very first-course BA (Hons) degree in politics, philosophy, and economics. In 2002, he gained his A.B. summa cum laude in history from Harvard College, earning the Sophia Freund Prize.

At HLS, Sachs will instruct Civil Method, Conflict of Legal guidelines, and other community regulation programs.