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Daniel Epps

Treiman Professor of Law

Professor Daniel Epps writes at the intersection of constitutional law and theory, criminal law and procedure, and federal courts. His scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the NYU Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review, and his writing for popular audiences has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The GuardianThe Boston Globe, Vox, The Atlantic, and the Washington Monthly.

Professor Epps is a nationally recognized expert on the Supreme Court who is regularly quoted in the media. He has particular expertise in Supreme Court reform, where his work is influencing major policy debates. After Presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg endorsed his and Ganesh Sitaraman’s proposal to restructure the Supreme Court, the plan received widespread attention in the popular press. A pioneering legal podcaster, he currently co-hosts (with William Baude) Divided Argument, a podcast that analyzes the Court’s decisions. Professor Epps is also an experienced Supreme Court litigator; his notable practice experience includes serving as co-counsel for the defendant in Ocasio v. United States, which addressed the scope of criminal conspiracy liability for public-sector extortion, and the successful petition for certiorari and merits briefing in Walden v. Fiore.

Professor Epps received his A.B. summa cum laude with highest distinction in Philosophy from Duke University and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was Articles Co-Chair of the Harvard Law Review and won the John M. Olin Law & Economics prize. After law school, he clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States. He then spent several years as an appellate specialist at King & Spalding LLP in Washington, D.C. While in practice, he also co-taught  Supreme Court Decisionmaking at the University of Virginia School of Law. Immediately prior to joining Washington University Law, he was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.

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