Michael McConnell

Senior Fellow
Awards and Honors:
American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Michael W. McConnell is the Richard and Frances Mallery Professor and Director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. From 2002 to the summer of 2009, he served as a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. McConnell has held chaired professorships at the University of Chicago and the University of Utah, and visiting professorships at Harvard and NYU. He has published widely in the fields of constitutional law and theory, especially church and state, equal protection, and the founding. In the past decade, his work has been cited in opinions of the Supreme Court second most often of any legal scholar. He is co-editor of three books: Religion and the Law, Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought, and The Constitution of the United States. McConnell has argued fifteen cases in the Supreme Court. He served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. and is Of Counsel to the appellate practice of Kirkland & Ellis.

Filter By:



Recent Commentary

Michael McConnell bio photo
In the News

Phoenix: Lunch Discussion With Professor Michael McConnell

mentioning Michael McConnellvia Stanford Law School
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

In celebration of Constitution Day, we hope you join us for lunch with Professor Michael McConnell. An expert in constitutional law and theory, equal protection, and the founding, Professor McConnell serves as Director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.


Michael McConnell On Bound By Oath

interview with Michael McConnellvia Bound By Oath
Monday, August 26, 2019

(2:00) Hoover Institution fellow Michael McConnell discusses the Bill of Rights.

Analysis and Commentary

The Supreme Court And The Schools

by Michael McConnellvia Education Next
Monday, August 5, 2019

The Schoolhouse Gate, by University of Chicago law professor Justin Driver, is the first book to provide close descriptions of the Supreme Court’s major cases involving public education across the issues of race, religion, speech, funding, gender, and student discipline.


Michael McConnell On 'Separation Of Church And State': Framers Said Nothing Wrong With Religion In Culture

interview with Michael McConnellvia Fox News
Sunday, June 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McConnell discusses  the separation of church and state and notes that while Congress is prohibited from enacting a state religion, the Constitution says nothing about banishing religion from the public square.


What If 2020 Election Is Disputed?

by Edward Foley, Michael McConnellvia The Hill
Friday, May 24, 2019

Speaker Nancy Pelosi was correct when she recently said that the best way to avoid a disputed election is for the result to be a blowout. But that is a hope, and we need a plan. If the midterm elections are any indication, the number of states with razor thin majorities is increasing. With partisan distrust on the rise, the result could be a constitutional standoff, a loss of democratic legitimacy for the outcome, and even violence stemming from anger. 


Michael McConnell On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Michael McConnellvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McConnell discusses his National Review article "William Barr vs. Eric Holder: A Tale of Two Attorneys General."


William Barr Vs. Eric Holder: A Tale Of Two Attorneys General

by Michael McConnellvia The National Review
Friday, May 10, 2019

The differences between the cases are informative.

In the News

McConnell And Chafetz On Trump's Resistance To Congressional Oversight

featuring Michael McConnellvia Reason
Friday, May 3, 2019

Two notable scholars debate whether there is anything particularly troubling with the way the Trump Administration is refusing to cooperate with Congressional investigations.


Trump Resists Congressional Subpoenas. That’s What Presidents Do.

by Michael McConnellvia The Washington Post
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Never before have so many congressional committees issued so many subpoenas demanding documents and testimony from so many executive-branch officials, with so little attempt at negotiation or accommodation.

In the News

What Should Free Speech Mean In College?

featuring Michael McConnellvia Stanford Magazine
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Universities must cultivate a climate in which students feel comfortable taking intellectual risks. Four faculty members weigh in on why setting that culture is hard.