Nathan S. Chapman

Assistant Professor of Law

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


Law & Ethics of Lawyering
Law & Religion
Georgia Practice

Biographical Information: 

Nathan S. Chapman joined the Georgia Law faculty in the fall of 2013 as an assistant professor teaching Law & Ethics of Lawyering, Law & Religion and Georgia Practice.

Chapman came to UGA from Stanford Law School, where he served as the executive director of the Constitutional Law Center. He taught Freedom of the Press in U.S. & Latin America, for which he was given the Knight Favorite Professor Award by the John S. Knight Journalism Fellows Class of 2012.

Chapman writes in constitutional law, with an emphasis on the relationship of structure and procedural rights, and the First Amendment. He also writes on theology and law. His most recent publications are:

  • Due Process as Separation of Powers, 121 Yale L. J. 1662 (2012) (with Michael W. McConnell), which argues that due process from the founding through Reconstruction was understood to prohibit the legislature from depriving individuals of rights through insufficiently general and prospective legislation.
  • Disentangling Conscience and Religion, 2013 U. Ill. L Rev. ___ (forthcoming), which argues that conscience should be distinguished from religion for purposes of understanding religious liberty and liberty of conscience, and proposing a concept of conscience as a moral judge, one that is sometimes but not always influenced by one's religious views, and is coherent and worthy of protection in its own right.

He previously served as a litigation associate for Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Washington, D.C., and as a judicial clerk for Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Belmont University, his master's degree from Duke Divinity School and his law degree from Duke Law School, where 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


Translating Thayer: Balancing Judicial Restraint and the Duty to Decide, Fla. St. L. Rev. (forthcoming).

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)