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Nicholas R. Parrillo

Professor of Law
Nicholas R. Parrillo is a Professor of Law at Yale. He teaches administrative law, legislation, remedies, and American legal history, as well as seminars on public management and privatization. His book, Against the Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013), received the J. Willard Hurst Prize of the Law and Society Association for the year’s best book on socio-legal history. The book shows how American lawmakers remade governance by shifting public officers’ monetary compensation away from profit-seeking arrangements—such as fees-for-service and bounties—and toward fixed salaries. (Visit the book’s webpage, where you can read the introductory chapter. Watch a talk about the book.) Parrillo’s published articles include a large historical study tracing how judicial use of legislative history—currently the most controversial aspect of American statutory interpretation—originally became a common practice, due mainly to the efforts of federal government lawyers in the New Deal era. In addition, Parrillo is a co-author of the seventh edition of the casebook Administrative Law: The American Public Law System: Cases and Materials (West, 2014). A member of the New York bar, he holds a J.D. and Ph.D. from Yale and an A.B. from Harvard, and served as a clerk to Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Ph.D. (American Studies), Yale, 2012
J.D., Yale, 2004
M.A., Yale, 2001
A.B., Harvard, 2000

Courses Taught
Administrative Law
American Legal History