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.FULL BIOGRAPHY
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Education & Curriculum Vitae
Ph.D. (American Studies), Yale, 2012
J.D., Yale, 2004
M.A., Yale, 2001
A.B., Harvard, 2000
- Administrative Law
- American Legal History
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.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Yale Law School hosted “Administrative Law From the Inside Out: A Conference on Themes in the Work of Jerry Mashaw” on October 2 and 3, 2015.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Professor Nicholas R. Parrillo ’04 has received the Annual Scholarship Award from the ABA Section on Administrative Law for his book Against the Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780–1940.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Law and Society Association has given the J. Willard Hurst Award, for the year’s best work in English on socio-legal history, to Professor Nicholas R. Parrillo’ 04 for his book Against the Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780–1940 (Yale University Press, 2013).
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
The first ever Yale Health Law and Policy Society Conference will take place on February 8, 2014 at Yale Law School. The conference will examine the implementation of the new Health Insurance Exchange Law.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
In new book, Against the Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780–1940, Professor Nicholas R. Parrillo ’04 shows how American law once authorized government officers to make money from their jobs on a profit-seeking basis in a way that would surprise many observers today.
Against the Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013).
- Received Hurst Prize (Law and Society Association) for the year’s best book on socio-legal history
- Received Annual Scholarship Award (American Bar Association Section on Administrative Law) for the year’s best book or article on administrative law
- Visit the Book Webpage and read the Introductory Chapter
- Watch a Talk About the Book
- Extended Reviews in The Boston Review and the Harvard Law Review
- Featured in Symposium on Balkinization and in interview on New Books in Law (podcast)
- Featured in “On the Take,” an episode of the radio program Back Story with the American History Guys (30:00 mark)
- Received Cromwell Article Prize (American Society for Legal History) for the year’s best article on American legal history by an early-career scholar.
“Testing Weber: Compensation for Public Services, Bureaucratization, and the Development of Positive Law in the United States,” in Comparative Administrative Law, ed. Susan Rose- Ackerman and Peter L. Lindseth (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2010).
“The De-Privatization of American Warfare: How the U.S. Government Used, Regulated, and Ultimately Abandoned Privateering in the Nineteenth Century,” Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 19 (2007): 1-96.
“Lincoln’s Calvinist Transformation: Emancipation and War,” Civil War History 46 (2000): 227- 253. Republished in On Lincoln, ed. John T. Hubbell (Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2014), volume 3 of Civil War History Readers (“a multivolume series reintroducing the most influential articles published in the journal”).
Administrative Law: The American Public Law System: Cases and Materials, 7th ed. (St. Paul, MN: West, 2014) (with Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, M. Elizabeth Magill, Jerry L. Mashaw, Richard A. Merrill, and Peter M. Shane).
Administrative Law from the Inside Out: Essays on Themes in the Work of Jerry Mashaw, ed. Nicholas R. Parrillo (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
“Remarks Accepting the Section’s 2014 Annual Scholarship Award for Against the Profit Motive,” Administrative & Regulatory Law News, 40, no. 2 (Winter 2015): 7-9.
“Impartial Decisionmaker,” in Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties, ed. Paul Finkelman (New York: Routledge, 2006), 2: 798-801.