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Jason Mazzone

Jason Mazzone

Primary Affiliation: Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and Law, College of Law | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and Law, College of Law | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Policy Expertise

Access to justice
Policing and police reform
Social Capital
Constitutional Democracy
Electoral Politics
Campus Speech

Experience & Background

Jason Mazzone
About
Experience & Background

Jason Mazzone is the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Professor of Law at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and Director of the Illinois Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and Law.

Professor Mazzone’s primary field of research and teaching is constitutional law and history. He works principally on issues of constitutional structure and institutional design with a particular focus on relationships between structural arrangements and individual rights. Professor Mazzone’s groundbreaking work has appeared in dozens of prominent legal journals. He has written extensively on the rights of criminal defendants, state court processes, judicial selection, voting rights, equality, and freedom of speech, among many other issues. Professor Mazzone has conducted educational programs around the country for judges and lawyers. His scholarship has been cited by many courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a regular media commentator, and he has written about legal issues for The New York Times and other national newspapers.

While a graduate student at Yale University, he worked with Laurence H. Tribe on constitutional cases in the Supreme Court and for Robert D. Putnam on the bestselling book Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. He served also as Rapporteur to the Saguaro Seminar on Civic Engagement in America, a workshop group whose members included then-Illinois State Senator Barack Obama. Before entering law teaching, Professor Mazzone clerked for Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Judge John G. Koeltl of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and he practiced intellectual property law in New York City.

He recently taught a week-long course to Indiana state judges on “The Rule of Law” and he is slated to teach a course on “Federal and State Constitutional Rights” to state judges in Illinois in the fall.

Additional Credentials

University of Illinois, Champaing-Urbana, IL. 

Affiliated Faculty Member at the European Union Center.  

Faculty Advisor of The Federalist Society.

Project Leader (recipient of $125,000 Graduate College Grant), Cultured of Law in Global Contexts, 2014 – 2016. 

Designated Initiative Program at the Center for Advanced Study, 2013 -2014. 

Carroll P. Hurd Award for Scholarly Excellence, 2018. 

Chair at the Illinois-Bologna Conference on Constitutional History: Comparative Perspectives

Co-Chair of the Police Reform: A Discussion Series, 2020 – 2021.

Co-Principal Investigator, COVID-19, Court Operations, and Access to Justice, 2020 to Present. 

Committees:

Visiting Assistant Professor & Faculty Development, 2012 – 2013.

Chair, Faculty Appointments, 2013-14, 2019-20 & 2020-21.

Chair of the Law Library Director Search, 2013 – 2015.

Clerkships, 2014 – 2015.

Promotion & Tenure, 2015-16; 2016-17, chair; 2021- 22

Lectures, 2015-16.

Admissions, 2016-17, chair; 2017-18, chair; 2018-19.

Chairs & Professorships, 2017-18; 2021-22, chair.

Chair of Provost’s Taskforce on Campus Speech, 2018 to Present. 

University Nondiscrimination and Misconduct Violations Appeals Panel, 2020 to Present. 

Professional Affiliations

• American Law Institute (elected member)
• Fellow, European Law Institute
• Research Group, Constitutionalism in Illiberal Democracies (International Association of
Constitutional Law)
• Member of the Board of Trustees & of the Executive Committee, Copyright Society of the
USA (2010-12)
• American Political Science Association
• Social Science History Association
• American Judicature Society
• Research Committee on Sociology of Law
• Contributor, Technology-Academics-Policy
• Advisory Board, H-Law
• Advisory Board, Italian Law Journal
• Advisory Board, Public.Resource.Org

Education

Yale Law School, New Haven, CT; J.S.D., 2004; LL.M., 2001.

Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA; J.D. magna cum laude, 1997.

Stanford University, Stanford, CA; A.M. in Sociology, 1994.

Harvard University, Cambridge, A.B. magna cum laude, 1993.

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