Leading scholar of civil procedure and constitutional law, Stephen Sachs joins HLS faculty

Stephen E. Sachs, a leading expert in civil procedure and constitutional law, will join the faculty of Harvard Law School as the first Antonin Scalia Professor of Law, effective July 1.

Sachs, who is currently the Colin W. Brown Professor at Duke Law School, studies a range of topics, including the law and theory of constitutional interpretation, the jurisdiction of state and federal courts, and the role of the common law. general in the American legal system. system.

“Professor Sachs is a thoughtful, creative, and impactful scholar who has proposed new ways of thinking about law and interpretation, as well as the structure and content of American law,” said John F. Manning ’85, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. “He’s also a great teacher and colleague, and I’m thrilled to have him join the HLS community.”

Said Sachs: “I am delighted to join the faculty of Harvard Law School, where I took my first law course with Charles Donahue as an undergraduate in medieval history, and where I spent many happy hours reading old statutes at Langdell. I am particularly honored to be the first Antonin Scalia Professor, in recognition of Justice Scalia’s legacy in law.

Harvard Law School established the Antonin Scalia Professor of Law in 2017, in honor of the late Justice Antonin Scalia ’60 of the United States Supreme Court. Known for his jurisprudence advancing originalism and textualism, Scalia served as an associate judge for 30 years until his death in 2016.

Sachs joined the Duke faculty in 2011 as an assistant professor, after practicing in Mayer Brown’s litigation group in Washington, DC. He was granted tenure in 2016. He also taught as a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School in the winter of 2020, and at Harvard Law School during the 2015-2016 academic term.

He is a member of the Judicial Conference Appellate Rules Advisory Committee, an elected member of the American Law Institute, and an advisor to ALI’s Restatement of the Law (Third) Project, Conflict of Laws.

Sachs has written numerous articles, essays and book chapters. His work has appeared in Harvard Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, California Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, Law & History Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Texas Law Review , the Virginia Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal, among others. His most recent work, “Originalism: norm and procedure”, is forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review in 2022.

In 2020, Sachs received the Federalist Society Award Joseph’s Story Awardwhich recognizes a young scholar who has demonstrated excellence in legal scholarship, a commitment to teaching, a concern for students, and who has made a significant public impact in a way that makes advance the rule of law in a free society.

In June 2013, Sachs wrote a amicus brief before the Supreme Court on choice of court agreements in civil matters. The Court ordered the parties to the case, Atlantic Marine Construction Co. v. United States District Court, to be ready to respond to the brief, which was discussed during the oral argument and in the opinion of the Court. The memoir was later named among the “Exemplary legal drafting of 2013” by the legal journal Green Bag Almanac & Reader.

Sachs worked for Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. ’79 during the Supreme Court’s tenure from 2009 to 2010 and for the late Justice Stephen F. Williams ’61 of the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit in 2007-2008.

Sachs earned his JD from Yale Law School, where he served as editor of the Yale Law Journal and served as both editor and articles editor for the Yale Law & Policy Review. A Rhodes Scholar, he graduated from Oxford University in 2004 with a First Class BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. In 2002, he received his AB summa cum laude in history from Harvard University, winning the Sophia Freund Prize.

At HLS, Sachs will teach civil procedure, conflict of laws, and other public law courses.