Robert C. Post

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law


Robert Post is Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Dean Post’s subject areas are constitutional law, First Amendment, legal history, and equal protection.

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Contact Information


Yale Law School

P.O. Box 208215

New Haven, CT 06520

Education & Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Harvard University, (History of American Civilization), 1980

J.D., Yale Law School, 1977

A.B., Harvard University, 1969

Courses Taught


  • Constitutional Law
  • First Amendment
  • Interpretation in Law and Literature
  • Legislative and Popular Constitutionalism
  • Rethinking Sovereignty
  • Comparative Constitutionalism
  • Democratic Constitutionalism

Robert Post is Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Before coming to Yale, he taught at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. Dean Post’s subject areas are constitutional law, First Amendment, legal history, and equal protection. He has written and edited numerous books, including Citizens Divided: A Constitutional Theory of Campaign Finance Reform (2014), which was originally delivered as the Tanner Lectures at Harvard in 2013. Other books include, Democracy, Expertise, Academic Freedom: A First Amendment Jurisprudence for the Modern State (2012); For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom (with Matthew M. Finkin, 2009); Prejudicial Appearances: The Logic of American Antidiscrimination Law (with K. Anthony Appiah, Judith Butler, Thomas C. Grey & Reva Siegel, 2001); and Constitutional Domains: Democracy, Community, Management (1995).

He publishes regularly in legal journals and other publications; recent articles and chapters include “Theorizing Disagreement: Reconceiving the Relationship Between Law and Politics” (California Law Review, 2010); “Constructing the European Polity: ERTA and the Open Skies Judgments” in The Past and Future of EU Law: The Classics of EU Law Revisited on the 50th Anniversary of the Rome Treaty (Miguel Poiares Maduro & Loïc Azuolai eds., 2010); “Roe Rage: Democratic Constitutionalism and Backlash” (with Reva Siegel, Harvard Civil-Rights Civil-Liberties Law Review, 2007); “Federalism, Positive Law, and the Emergence of the American Administrative State: Prohibition in the Taft Court Era” (William & Mary Law Review, 2006); “Foreword: Fashioning the Legal Constitution: Culture, Courts, and Law” (Harvard Law Review, 2003); and “Subsidized Speech” (Yale Law Journal, 1996). He is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society.

Thursday, September 1, 2016


The Supreme Court’s First Amendment problem

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert Post ’77 was interviewed for a feature article about the Supreme Court and First Amendment cases. Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law Owen Fiss is also quoted.

Sunday, June 26, 2016


Exxon-Mobil is abusing the first amendment—A Commentary by Robert C. Post '77

Robert C. Post '77 is the Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Exxon Mobil Fights Back at State Inquiries Into Climate Change Research

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert C. Post '77 is quoted in an article about efforts by Exxon Mobil to fight various state lawsuits over past statements it made about climate change.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Merrick Garland’s Path to Nomination Marked by Deference, With Limits

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert C. Post ’77 is quoted about Merrick Garland, nominated to the Supreme Court. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Speaking at Yale, Justice Breyer Calls Scalia 'Titan of Law'

A report on a talk given by Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer at Yale Law School, with remarks by Dean Robert Post ’77.

Saturday, October 31, 2015


Panhandling laws face challenge after church sign ruling

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert C. Post ’77 is quoted in a story about legal challenges to law restricting where and when people may panhandle.

Friday, October 16, 2015


Law, Religion, and Politics Conference on November 6 and 7

The conference Law, Religion, and Politics: Challenges to Traditional Borders in Global and Comparative Perspectives marks the fourth anniversary of the Debating Law & Religion Series at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Dean Robert C. Post ’77 Welcomes Class of 2018

Yale Law School’s new students gathered on Wednesday, August 26, for convocation ceremonies in the Levinson Auditorium. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015


Cellphone Law Sparks Superstar Showdown

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert C. Post ’77 is mentioned and Lawrence Lessig ’89 is quoted in an article about legal arguments regarding a proposed City of Berkeley ordinance warning cell phone users of potential health issues.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Free Speech Zone

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert C. Post ’77 was a guest in a discussion about free speech.

Monday, August 17, 2015


Court’s Free-Speech Expansion Has Far-Reaching Consequences

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert C. Post ’77 and Floyd Abrams ’59 are quoted in an article about the Supreme Court decision on Reed v. Town of Gilbert.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Berkeley passes cellphone ‘right to know’ law

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert C. Post ’77 is mentioned in an article on a “Right to Know” ordinance that requires local cellphone retailers to advise consumers with information regarding the safe use of their phones.

Thursday, January 8, 2015


Dean Robert Post of Yale Law School is Interviewed

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert C. Post ’77 is interviewed about free speech in relation to the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.

Monday, January 5, 2015


Dean Post Delivers Lecture at AALS Annual Meeting

Robert C. Post ’77, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, gave a talk at the Association of American Law School’s (AALS) annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on January 4.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Trust in the Legal System Must Be Regained—A Commentary by Robert C. Post ’77 and Martha Minow ’79

Robert C. Post ’77 is Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Martha Minow is the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Yale Law School to Hold Conference on First Amendment in the Shadow of Public Health

The Public Health in the Shadow of the First Amendment Conference will take place at Yale Law School on October 17 and 18.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Dean Robert C. Post ’77 Welcomes the Class of 2017

Dean Robert C. Post ’77 welcomed the Class of 2017 on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. The incoming class includes a diverse group of students coming from 8 different countries, 36 different states, and 77 different
undergraduate institutions.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


When Doctors Have the Right to Speak—A Commentary by Robert C. Post ’77

Robert C. Post ’77 is Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Citizens Divided: Campaign Finance Reform and the Constitution—A Book by Dean Robert C. Post ’77

The Nature of Public Opinion

In 2010, a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court overturned a federal prohibition on independent corporate campaign expenditures—and ushered in a controversial new electoral era in which money has flooded political elections.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


YLS 2014 Commencement: Graduates Encouraged to Use Law to Work Toward an Imagined Future—PHOTOS, SPEECHES, VIDEO

More than 200 graduates of Yale Law School participated in commencement ceremonies on Monday afternoon at the William K. Lanman Center at Payne Whitney Gymnasium, joined by a celebratory crowd of more than 1400 people, including friends, family, and Law School faculty.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Robert C. Post ’77 Reappointed Dean of Yale Law School

Yale University President Peter Salovey has announced the reappointment of Robert C. Post ’77 as Dean of Yale Law School and Sol and Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, effective July 1, 2014, for a term of three years. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Dean Robert Post '77 Welcomes the Class of 2016 to Yale Law School

Dean Robert C. Post '77 delivers the convocation address to incoming Yale Law students marking the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Monday, May 20, 2013


YLS 2013 Commencement: Graduates Encouraged to Use Law as Tool for Change

Yale Law School's 2013 Commencement Ceremonies were held on May 20, 2013 with addresses by Professor Anne L. Alstott, Dean Robert C. Post, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Dean Robert C. Post ’77 to Deliver Prestigious Lectures at Harvard University

Dean Robert C. Post to deliver Tanner Lectures at Harvard University on May 1, 2013 through May 3, 2013.

Monday, August 27, 2012


Dean Post Welcomes the J.D. Class of 2015 to Yale Law School

In his convocation address on August 27, Dean Robert Post ’77 welcomed the 203 members of the Yale Law School J.D. Class of 2015.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Lecture by YLS Dean Robert Post ’77 is First Event in Yale Collaboration with French Universities

Dean Robert Post’s recent lecture at Université de Paris-Panthéon-Assas was the first co-hosted event by Yale and Panthéon–Assas under the terms of their new Agreement for Collaborative Activities.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Dean Post to Lecture in Paris on Constitutional Protections for Academic Freedom

Yale Law School Dean Robert Post ’77 will deliver a lecture in Paris on Constitutional Protections for Academic Freedom.

Sunday, May 27, 2012


COMMENCEMENT 2012: Yale Law School Degree Candidates Urged to Remember the Poor, Work for Equal Justice - VIDEO and PHOTOS

251 degree candidates were honored at Yale Law School’s Commencement ceremonies on May 21, 2012.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Dean Post Welcomes the J.D. Class of 2014 to Yale Law School

In his convocation address on August 31, Dean Robert Post ’77 welcomed the 205 members of the Yale Law School J.D. Class of 2014.

Monday, May 23, 2011


229 Degree Candidates Honored Before Downpour Cuts Commencement Ceremonies Short -- VIDEO and PHOTOS

229 degree candidates were honored at Yale Law School Commencement ceremonies on May 23.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Dean Robert Post '77 Elected to American Philosophical Society

Robert C. Post ’77, Dean of Yale Law School, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society.

Friday, March 25, 2011


April Seminar Will Consider Critical Issues Facing Military Justice Systems

Leading military appellate court judges from around the world will take part in a Global Military Appellate Seminar April 1 and 2 at Yale Law School.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


International Supreme Court and Constitutional Justices Meet at Yale Law School

The fourteenth Global Constitutionalism Seminar took place at Yale Law School September 22-25, 2010.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Dean Post Welcomes the J.D. Class of 2013 to Yale Law School

Dean Robert Post ’77 welcomed the 199th class of new J.D. students to Yale Law School on August 25, 2010.

Monday, May 24, 2010


222 Degree Candidates Honored at Commencement Ceremonies May 24 - VIDEO AND PHOTOS

222 degree candidates were honored at Yale Law School Commencement ceremonies on May 24, 2010.

Thursday, February 4, 2010


Media Freedom and Information Access Practicum Looks to Increase Government Transparency and Support the Public’s Right to Know

Yale Law School has announced the launch of the Media Freedom and Information Access Practicum.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Yale Law School's 2010 Commencement Ceremonies Will Be Held May 24

Yale Law School’s 2010 Commencement ceremony will take place Monday, May 24

Monday, October 12, 2009


SELA Participants Gather in Paraguay to Examine Law and Sexuality

Nearly 100 lawyers and legal scholars from North and South America gathered in Asunción, Paraguay, this past June for the 2009 SELA meeting.

Monday, June 22, 2009


Robert C. Post ’77 Named Dean of Yale Law School

Robert C. Post ’77 has been named Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School, effective July 1, 2009.

Monday, June 22, 2009


A Message from Yale University President Richard C. Levin—Robert C. Post ’77 Named YLS Dean

Robert C. Post ’77, Dean and Sol and Lillian Goldman Professor of Law

Tuesday, May 29, 2007


Professor Robert Post Delivers First Lecture in New Series on Free Expression

The China Law Center and Peking University kicked off a new lecture series in Beijing on May 18, 2007, with a lecture by YLS Professor Robert Post.  His address, part of a day-long program, was the first in a new series on “Information and Expression in a Transforming Society.”