Garrett West ’18 to Join Yale Law School Faculty

Garrett West

Dean Heather K. Gerken has announced that Garrett West ’18 will be joining the Yale Law School faculty as an Associate Professor of Law on July 1, 2024.

West’s scholarly interests include torts, remedies, federal courts, and administrative law. His scholarship focuses on the uses of private law theory in public law and on the problems of constitutional interpretation and doctrinal coherence through constitutional change. His work has been or will be published in the Yale Law Journal, Virginia Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and Administrative Law Review, exploring topics such as constitutional torts, the Appointments Clause of the Constitution, and contempt of Congress.

“Garrett has produced an astonishing amount of insightful scholarship while working full-time as a lawyer, and every paper showcases his creativity and brilliance,” said Dean Heather K. Gerken. “His presence on the faculty will enrich our conversation and enhance our intellectual life.” 

West received his B.A. from Hillsdale College in 2015 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2018, where he served as Articles and Essays Editor on the Yale Law Journal and as Submissions Editor for the Yale Journal on Regulation. During law school, West received the Thomas I. Emerson Prize in 2017 and 2018, awarded annually to a distinguished student paper on legislation. 

After law school, West clerked for Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Judge Thomas B. Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Justice Samuel Alito ’75 of the U.S. Supreme Court.

West is currently an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he is a member of the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation Group.