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Nicholas R. Parrillo

Professor of Law
Nicholas R. Parrillo is a Professor of Law at Yale, with a secondary appointment as Professor of History. 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 Hurst Prize of the Law and Society Association for the year’s best book on socio-legal history, as well as the Annual Scholarship Award of the ABA Section on Administrative Law for the year's best book or article on administrative law. 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 “Leviathan and Interpretive Revolution: The Administrative State, the Judiciary, and the Rise of Legislative History, 1890-1950,” which appeared in the Yale Law Journal in 2013 and received the Cromwell Article Prize of the American Society for Legal History for the year’s best article on American legal history by an early-career scholar. (Read the article here.) 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