Justin Driver

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Justin Driver is the Robert R. Slaughter Professor of Law and Counselor to the Dean at Yale Law School. He teaches and writes in the area of consitutional law and is the author of The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind, which was selected as a Washington Post Notable Book of the Year and an Editors' Choice of The New York Times Book Review.

Driver received his undergraduate degree from Brown University, a master's degree in teaching from Duke University, and a master's degree in modern history from Magdalen College, University of Oxford, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar. In 2004, he graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was an Articles Editor and Book Reviews Chair of the Harvard Law Review. Driver served as a law clerk to Judge Merrick B. Garland, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (ret.) and Justice Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court of the United States. He joined the faculty of the University of Texas School of Law in 2009, and was subsequently the Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law at the University of Chicago before joining the faculty of Yale Law in 2019. 

Driver's scholarly work has appeared in California Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, Supreme Court Review, and Texas Law Review. He has also written extensively for general audiences, including pieces in Slate, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, and The New Republic, where he was a contributing editor.

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Professional Activities


June 1, 2012

Presented "The Constitutional Conservatism of the Warren Court" at the Junior Faculty Forum

Harvard Law School

May 10, 2012

Presented “The Constitutional Conservatism of the Warren Court” at the Culp Colloquium

Duke Law School

April 27, 2012

Presented "Ignoble Specificities" as part of a panel at Constitutional Interpretation and Change: A Conference on Jack Balkin’s Living Originalism

Yale Law School

February 21, 2012

Presented "Recognizing Race"

Columbia Law School Faculty Colloquium