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Nicholas R. Parrillo ’04 Appointed Associate Professor of Law

Nicholas R. Parrillo ’04 will join the Yale Law School faculty in July 2008 as Associate Professor of Law. Professor Parrillo will teach in the fields of Administrative Law and American Legal History. 

A member of the New York bar, Professor Parrillo received his J.D. in 2004 from Yale Law School, followed by a clerkship with Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In Law School, he was Articles Editor of the Yale Law Journal and twice won the Parker Prize for best paper on legal history, as well as winning the Scharps Prize for the best paper by a third-year student and the Townsend Prize for the best paper by a second-year student.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, class of 2000, in History and Literature, where he won the Cumming Prize for best senior thesis by a History and Literature major and the Hoopes Prize for outstanding senior thesis. He received his M.A. in American Studies from Yale University in 2001 and expects to receive his Ph.D. from Yale in 2009 for his dissertation on The Rise of Non-Profit Government in America. He has been awarded the Golieb Fellowship from NYU Law School, awarded each year to promising young legal historians; the Cromwell Research Fellowship, awarded competitively to young scholars of American legal history; Yale’s Whiting Fellowship, given to advanced Ph.D. candidates of exceptional merit in the humanities; and the Franke Fellowship, for entry-level Ph.D. candidates of exceptional academic promise in the humanities.

Said Dean Harold Hongju Koh, “We are delighted to welcome back Nick Parrillo, an extraordinarily promising young legal historian, who will join Bruce Ackerman, Bob Gordon, Owen Fiss, John Langbein, Robert Post, Reva Siegel, Jim Whitman, and many others of our faculty who comprise the deepest collection of legal historians at any law school.”

Professor Parrillo is the author, inter alia, of “The De-Privatization of American Warfare: How the U.S. Government Used, Regulated, and Ultimately Abandoned Privateering in the Nineteenth Century,” 19 Yale J. L. & Humanities (2007); and “‘The Government at the Mercy of Its Contractors’: How the New Deal Lawyers Reshaped the Common Law to Challenge the Defense Industry in World War II,” 57 Hastings L. J. 93 (2005).