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Garrett Epps (born in 1950 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American legal scholar, novelist, and journalist. He is Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore; previously he was the Orlando J. and Marian H. Hollis Professor of Law at the University of Oregon.
Epps attended St. Christopher's School and Harvard College, where he was president of The Harvard Crimson. He later received an M.A. in Creative Writing from Hollins University, and a law degree from Duke University, where he was first in his class. After graduation from Harvard, he was a cofounder of The Richmond Mercury, a short-lived alternative weekly whose alumni include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Frank Rich and Glenn Frankel. He also worked as an editor or reporter for The Richmond Afro-American, The Virginia Churchman, The Free-Lance Star, and The Washington Post. From 1983 until 1988, he was a columnist for Independent Weekly (then a bi-weekly). Immediately before coming to the University of Oregon, he spent a year clerking for the Honorable John D. Butzner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Epps has written two novels, including The Shad Treatment, which won the Lillian Smith Book Award, as well as the nonfiction books To An Unknown God: Religious Freedom on Trial, which was published in 2001 and was a finalist for the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, and Democracy Reborn: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Civil Rights in Post-Civil War America, which was published in 2006 and is the first comprehensive history of the framing of the Fourteenth Amendment.. Democracy Reborn won the 2007 Oregon Book Award for non-fiction, and also was a finalist for the ABA Silver Gavel Award. He has also written numerous articles and editorials in newspapers including the New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic. In his article "The Founders' Great Mistake", he urged America to change its Constitution in a way that more closely resemble a parliamentary system.
- The Shad Treatment (1977)
- The Floating Island: A Tale of Washington (1985)
- To An Unknown God: Religious Freedom on Trial (2001)
- Democracy Reborn: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Civil Rights in Post-Civil War America (2006)
- Peyote vs the State: Religious Freedom on Trial (2009)
- Wrong and Dangerous: Ten Right-Wing Myths About Our Constitution (2012)
- "Changes: Amendment would be first for a single product". Eugene Register-Guard. Oct 26, 2007. p. A10. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
- "The Founders’ Great Mistake". The Atlantic. January/February 2009. Retrieved 24 June 2012.