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John Charles Eastman

John Charles Eastman

Practice areas:

Appeals, Constitutional, Election Campaigns & Political Law

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. Constitutional: 45%
    18 years, 20 cases
  2. Appeals: 45%
    18 years, 60 cases
  3. Election Campaigns & Political Law: 10%
    16 years, 10 cases

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • No photo

    I endorse this lawyer. A great professor very knowledgeable enjoyable lecturer


    Ryan Carrigan Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Henry Daniel Lively

    I endorse this lawyer. When it comes to constitutional issues John Eastman is the go to attorney. The media often looks to his views whenever there is a constitutional issue in the press. You could not ask for better representation. John is at the top of his game.


    Henry Lively Tax Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact Info

Chapman Univ. School Of Law
1 University Dr
Orange, CA, 92866-1005




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
J. Reuben Clark Lawyer of the Year AwardJ. Reuben Clark Society of Orange County2010
Lawyer of the YearSt. Thomas More Society of Orange County2010
St. Thomas More AwardFranciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio2010
Citizen of the YearBoy Scouts of America, Orange County Council2010
Professor's Professor of the YearChapman University Law Faculty2006
Distinguished AlumnusUniversity of Dallas2005
Professor of the YearChapman University School of Law2002

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
DeanChapman University School of Law2007 - 2010
Founding DirectorCenter for Constitutional Jurisprudence1999 - Present
Donald P. Kennedy Chair in LawChapman University School of Law1999 - Present
AssociateKirkland & Ellis1997 - 1999
Law Clerk to Justice Clarence ThomasSupreme Court of the United States1996 - 1997
Law Clerk to Judge J. Michael LuttigU.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit1995 - 1996
Director of Congressional & Public AffairsU.S. Commission on Civil Rights1987 - 1989


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Federalist SocietyChairman, Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group2005 - Present
Boy Scout Troop 29Assistant Scoutmaster2004 - Present
Ashbrook Center for Public AffairsAdjunct Fellow2001 - Present
St. Monica's AcademyFounding Member, Board of Advisors2001 - Present
Warren J. Ferguson Inn of CourtFounding Master of the Bench2000 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
The Claremont InstituteSenior Fellow1999 - Present
Federalist Society, Orange County Lawyers ChapterMember, Executive Committee1999 - Present
Federalist Society, Los Angeles Lawyers ChapterMember1997 - 1999
Supreme Court Historical SocietyMember1996 - 1997
Rotary Club, West Covina SunriseCharter Member and Board Member1991 - 1992

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Town of Castle Rock v. GonzalesWon, 7-2

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Publication NameTitleDate
Oxford Encyclopedia of Legal HistoryThe Spending Clause2008


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Univ of Chicago Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Claremont Graduate SchoolGovernmentPhD - Doctorate1993
Claremont Graduate SchoolGovernmentMA - Masters1989
University of DallasPolitics and EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1982

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
2010 Summit for Appellate JudgesFull Faith and Credit Clause and the Defense of Marriage Act2010
2010 States & Nation Policy SummitUnderstanding the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause2010