Professor of Law
Justin Driver is Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He teaches and writes in the area of constitutional law and is the author of The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind.FULL BIOGRAPHY
Education & Curriculum Vitae
J.D., Harvard Law School, 2004
M.S., Oxford University, 2000
M.A., Duke University, 1998
B.A., Brown University, 1997
- Constitutional Law
- Education Law
- Narratives from Prison
- The Law of Racial Inequality
Justin Driver is Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He teaches and writes in the area of constitutional law and is the author of The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind. The book was selected as a Washington Post Notable Book of the Year, an Editors’ Choice of the New York Times Book Review, and received an honorable mention, Silver Gavel Award, American Bar Association, 2019.
A recipient of the American Society for Legal History’s William Nelson Cromwell Article Prize, Driver has a distinguished publication record in the nation’s leading law reviews. He has also written extensively for general audiences, including pieces in Slate, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Republic, where he was a contributing editor. A member of the American Law Institute and of the American Constitution Society’s Academic Advisory Board, Driver is also an editor of the Supreme Court Review.
Previously, Driver was the Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. Driver is a graduate of Brown, Oxford (where he was a Marshall Scholar), Duke (where he received certification to teach public school), and Harvard Law School (where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review). After graduating from Harvard, Driver clerked for Judge Merrick B. Garland, Justice Stephen Breyer, and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Monday, October 19, 2020
Originalism in a diverse America: How does Amy Coney Barrett’s judicial philosophy square with who was left out of the Constitution?
Professor of Law Justin Driver is quoted in a Washington Post article about constitutional originalism.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Professor of Law Justin Driver is quoted in a Diverse Issues in Higher Education article about Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Friday, July 10, 2020
Professor of Law Justin Driver is quoted in The New York Times about the most recent Supreme Court decisions.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
‘A momentous decision’: What the resolution of Detroit’s literacy case could mean for American schools
Professor of Law Justin Driver was interviewed by Chalkbeat regarding the recent federal court decision that found that students in the Detroit public school system have a constitutional right to basic education.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Professor of Law Justin Driver appeared on the public radio show The Takeaway to discuss a decision by a federal court that declared American public school students have a constitutional right to an adequate education.
Monday, April 27, 2020
Professor of Law Justin Driver is quoted in the New York Times about a decision by a federal court that declared American public school students have a constitutional right to an adequate education. His book, The Schoolhouse Gate, was cited in the underlying decision.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Professor of Law Justin Driver is quoted in Education Week about a recent decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit (Cincinnati), that recognizes a fundamental federal right to a basic minimum education and access to literacy.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Justin Driver accepted a tenured appointment as Professor of Law at Yale Law School on July 1, 2019. Upon Professor Driver’s arrival in New Haven, the Yale Law Report sat down with him to discuss The Schoolhouse Gate’s contributions to legal scholarship.
Friday, November 15, 2019
'This Isn't Just About a Pronoun.' Teachers and Trans Students Are Clashing Over Whose Rights Come First
Professor of Law Justin Driver is quoted in an article about cases pending against public schools in Indiana, Virginia, and Ohio brought by teachers who say they were disciplined for refusing to use the preferred names or pronouns of transgender students.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Professor of Law Justin Driver is quoted in an article about the legacy of Milliken v. Bradley in Detroit.
Monday, March 18, 2019
Dean Heather K. Gerken has announced the appointment of Justin Driver to the Yale Law School faculty as Professor of Law effective July 1, 2019.