J. Gordon Hylton

  • Professor of Law, General Faculty

J. Gordon Hylton is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Virginia Law School. He also holds a Ph.D. in the history of American civilization from Harvard University and formerly clerked for Justice Albertis S. Harrison and Chief Justice Lawrence I'Anson of the Virginia Supreme Court.

Before joining the UVA Law faculty, Hylton taught as a visitor at UVA and on the faculty of Marquette Law School, which he joined in 1995. He previously taught at the Chicago-Kent College of Law of the Illinois Institute of Technology, and has served as a visiting professor of law at Washington University, Washington and Lee University, and the University of Virginia. During the 2000-01 academic year he was the Fulbright Professor of Law at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kiev, Ukraine.

He is a former member of the Diversity Committee of the American Bar Association's Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. He is also past chair of the Association of American Law School's Sections on Legal History and Sports Law and was the Marquette representative to the American Society of Comparative Law and the International Association of Law Schools.

Hylton is a past recipient of the Gihardi Award for Excellence in Teaching and the teaching award presented by the Marquette Chapter of Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity. Earlier in his career he was named professor of the year at the Chicago-Kent Law School on three occasions, and was twice the recipient of the Illinois Institute of Technology's award for superior teaching. He is also the only visiting professor to be named professor of the year at Washington University Law School.

His current research interests focus on the history of the legal profession, the history of civil rights and the legal history of American sports.


  • Ph.D.
    Harvard University
  • J.D.
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • M.A.
    University of Virginia
  • A.B.
    Oberlin College

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