Nicholas R. Parrillo
Professor of Law
(on leave, fall 2016)
Nicholas R. Parrillo is a Professor of Law at Yale, with a secondary appointment as Professor of History. He writes and teaches on the subjects of administrative law, government bureaucracy, remedies, legislation, and American legal history.FULL BIOGRAPHY
Yale Law School
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520
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Education & Curriculum Vitae
Ph.D. (American Studies), Yale University, 2012
J.D., Yale Law School, 2004
M.A., Yale University, 2001
A.B., Harvard University, 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 writes and teaches on the subjects of administrative law, government bureaucracy, remedies, legislation, and American legal history. His article “The Endgame of Administrative Law: Governmental Disobedience and the Judicial Contempt Power” is forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review. His book, Against the Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013), received the Annual Scholarship Award of the ABA Section on Administrative Law for the year's best book or article on administrative law, as well as the 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. (Read the book's introductory chapter. Watch a talk about the book.) Parrillo’s article “Leviathan and Interpretive Revolution: The Administrative State, the Judiciary, and the Rise of Legislative History, 1890-1950” 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. In 2016, Parrillo received Yale Law School's annual teaching award, which is conferred by Yale Law Women according to a competitive vote of the student body. Parrillo is one of forty public members of the Administrative Conference of the United States and is currently a consultant to the Conference to conduct a study of federal agencies’ use of guidance documents.
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 Annual Scholarship Award (American Bar Association Section on Administrative Law) for the year’s best book or article on administrative law
- Received Hurst Prize (Law and Society Association) for the year’s best book on socio-legal history
- 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)
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
“Jerry Mashaw’s Creative Tension with the Field of Administrative Law” in 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).
- 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.