Legal Interpretation & Legal Philosophy

I’m a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. My research focuses on legal interpretation and legal philosophy, especially statutory interpretation, precedential reasoning, and the nature of law. My work appears in law reviews, as well as peer-reviewed journals such as Legal Theory and Law and Philosophy.

I received my JD from the University of Chicago Law School, my PhD in Philosophy from Cornell University, and my BA from the University of Saint Thomas. Following law school, I practiced commercial litigation with Kirkland & Ellis and clerked for Judge Jay Bybee on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. I’m admitted to the Illinois State Bar.

I live in Cambridge, Massachusetts with my wife, Kate Blackwood, and our son. Outside of my research and teaching, I enjoy running, hiking, and reading nineteenth-century realist fiction. Follow the links below to learn more about my work or to connect with me online.