Nathan S. Chapman

Assistant Professor of Law

B.A., Belmont University
M.T.S., J.D., Duke University

Courses: 

Constitutional Law
Law & Religion
Law & Ethics of Lawyering
History of the Common Law
Georgia Practice & Procedure
Comparative Constitutional Law

Biographical Information: 

Nathan S. Chapman joined the Georgia Law faculty in the fall of 2013. He came from Stanford Law School, where he was the executive director of the Stanford Constitutional Law Center. The Law and Religion Section of the Association of American Law Schools recently honored him with the inaugural Harold Berman Prize for his work on the state action doctrine, the Establishment Clause and religious liberty. He is currently in Oxford, England, where he is the professor in residence for the Georgia Law at Oxford program.

Chapman writes on the history of due process, religious liberty, and Christian theology and law. He is working on a book exploring the theological assumptions of the American disestablishment of religion and the political and legal implications of those assumptions. He is also authoring an article arguing that due process was coextensive with federal law enforcement in the early years of the American republic.

His most recent scholarly publications are:

  • A Reformed Liberalism: Michael McConnell's Contributions to Christian Jurisprudence (forthcoming chapter in a Cambridge University Press book edited by Daniel Driesbach and Mark David Hall)
  • The Adjudication of Religious Sincerity, Wash. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2017)
  • The Jury's Constitutional Judgment, 67 Ala. L. Rev. 189 (2015)
  • The Establishment Clause, State Action, and Town of Greece, 24 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 405 (2015) (awarded the Harold Berman Prize in Law and Religion)
  • Disentangling Conscience and Religion, 2013 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1457
  • Due Process As Separation of Powers, 121 Yale L.J. 1672 (2012) (with Michael W. McConnell)

Before entering the academy, Chapman was an associate at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., and a judicial clerk to the Honorable Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. While a student at Duke Law School, he was an articles editor on the Duke Law Journal and was awarded the Faculty Award for Legal Theory and the Justin Miller Award for Intellectual Curiosity.

 

Publications & Activities

ARTICLES

The Adjudication of Religious Sincerity, Wash. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2017)

The Establishment Clause, State Action, and Town of Greece, 24 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 405 (2015).

The Jury's Constitutional Judgment, 67 Ala. L. Rev. 189 (2015).

Disentangling Conscience and Religion, 2013 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1457 (2013).

Due Process As Separation of Powers, 121 Yale L.J. 1672 (2012) (with M. McConnell).

Law Asks for Trust, 85 St. John's L. Rev. 521 (2011)

ONLINE

The Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Clause, National Constitution Center (with Kenji Yoshino)

Substantive Due Process: Text, History, and Experience, National Constitution Center